Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Attingham Park

The next installment of our whistle-stop tour of Shropshire was a visit to Attingham Park, a National Trust property.  I realised when I got home that I forgot to take a photo of the front of the house, so you'll have to visit the link above to see what it looks like!

The main house was open only for a limited selection of themed tours and we booked to go on the "Italian Connection" tour, but I was particularly interested to see the walled garden which is being restored to its former glory.  We set off on the "Mile Walk" around the grounds.  There are various other walks too, including one to the deer park.  Walks leaflets are available from reception.

This is the bee house, one of only two Regency bee houses left in the country.  The bees are housed in traditional straw skeps.

Forcing sea kale

The dipping pond

Small, off to inspect the forcing bells over the rhubarb.

Brassica patch

Orchard, with over 160 trees

After we'd visited the playground, which is off the orchard, we wandered along the sheds that were situated on the north side of the south wall.  This was traditional with walled gardens as it was the area that got the least sunlight.

One of the sheds contained a see-through bee hive so we were able to see the bees wandering around inside.  There was also a little perspex "escape tunnel" for the bees to get in and out.

The original boiler room used to generate heat for the walls and the glass houses
The original fruit store
Orchard fruit stored in modern crates
The underground root store
The Bothy, where the unmarried gardeners lived

The range cooker inside the bothy
Terracotta pots, including sizing guide

An aerial view of the walled garden, three quarters complete

Inside one of the greenhouses

A tree sculpture in the orchard
I'll post the photos from the remainder of our walk around Attingham Park tomorrow.

Until next time. x


  1. Such an interesting place I find these National Trust homes so fascinating as I don't think we have many in Australia. There is an English show on our TV where they try to find a business or such to run from these National Trust homes to keep the money coming in for their upkeep as they cost so much to heat etc. How lucky you get to actually walk around in person to see this.

  2. Thank you so much. I love Victorian gardens but of course, living in Oz, ive only seen them on DVD or TV. That was a great post. Oh how i wish i had a walled garden, maybe not so large though.


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