A family day out at the Shugborough Estate

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Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire.  Things to do near Eagle House Eccleshall

The Shugborough Estate, in Staffordshire is a large National Trust property. It comprises of a stately home, gardens and park lands. There is plenty to do for young and old alike and although we visited on a lovely summers day, there is enough indoors to make a visit worth while on a rainy day.

Originally, owned by the Bishops of Lichfield until the dissolution of the monasteries, the estate then passed through several hands before being obtained in 1624 by William Anson, a lawyer and ancestor of the Earl of Lichfield. The estate remained in the Anson family for three centuries. Following the death of the 4th Earl 1960, it was given to the National Trust in lieu of death duties, and then leased to Staffordshire County Council. Management of the estate was returned to the National Trust in 2016. 

Located about a 30 minute drive from Eagle House Eccleshall, The Shugborough estate is situated on the edge of the beautiful Cannock Chase National Park.

Information on visiting car free, can be found here.

It would be a great place to visit on a bike due to the size of the grounds, with many paths to explore. Bike racks are provided in many places.

We spent an afternoon here and visited with adults, our dog  (not allowed in the house) and several young teenagers. As the weather was good, there was enough to entertain us all for the whole day.

There was plenty of space for kids to run around admiring the countryside, the deer and the architecture. We had a lovely picnic on the benches provided but Shugborough also has a nice looking restaurant and tea room.

Helen particularly enjoyed looking round the walled vegetable garden and we all loved exploring the house and servant’s quarters.

We were very impressed with the free golf buggies that were available at regular intervals to take you to different parts of the estate and the friendly staff that ran them. Shugborough is very spread out so do take advantage of these if needed.

The accessible toilets were also very good and we appreciated the Sensory stations dotted about the place..

All in all, we would recommend Shugborough for a great day out for any of our guests staying with us at our Bed and Breakfast or in our Self Cater Apartment.

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