Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
With extensive gardens, the house and a farm there is so much to do at Wimpole Hall. When you arrive the car park is behind the stables (the main ticket office and shops). There is a little bit of a walk from here to the house and a longer walk through the gardens to the farm. There is a buggy for people who need it. There are always lots of things going on, particularly during the holidays, so keep an eye out on the website.
The house was once owned by Rudyard Kipling’s daughter and houses one of the largest libraries in the National trust. There is also the spectacular dome sky light in the yellow drawing room. They have cushions you can lie on to get the best view. The bath has to be seen to be believed (your average roll top bath it is not!). There are lots of rooms downstairs open as well so you can get a real feel of what life was like for everyone in the house. All of the staff we met were engaging and really good with the kids.
When I first visited Wimpole Hall you had to pay and additional charge for the farm, even if you were an NT member which I thought was a bit of a rip off. They’ve now changed that and I’m glad they did. The farm is lovely and it has a decent range of animals; goats, sheep, cows, horses, pigs, Guinea pigs and rabbits. We were in the barn for one of the pig feeding times and it was one of the noisiest things I have ever heard. They know it’s coming and start going crazy in anticipation. Middle child was actually a bit scared of all the noise so we ended up going back once feeding was over. We went during lambing season and there were so many lambs, we loved it. There is a good cafe and an adventure playground out the back as well. There’s also a milking station so you can try your hand a milking a cow if you want to. They also give children the opportunity to cuddle the rabbits and Guinea pigs at certain times of the day.
There are lots of different things to keep the children entertained in the gardens too. There is a stumpery (weird but beautiful), hidden walkways and a large adventure playground hidden past the farm. There is a really good walled garden and the grounds in general are packed with flowers and trees.
It’s a little bit of a drive from Aylesbury, but a fairly easy one.
Entry – free for NT members. £30 family ticket for grounds and farm. £45 including the house.
Free for Blue Peter badge holders. Each card holder must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
Parking – on-site. £2 all day, free for members.
Toilets – at the stables, farm and house
Food – picnics welcome, restaurant and cafe on site.
Rating – 5 / 5 a wide variety of things to do.