Hughenden Manor at Christmas

This post is purely about the Christmas 2020 displays at Hughenden Manor. For my main review of Hughenden Manor (including lots of photos) click here. Don’t miss the brand new playground – it’s amazing. After a lot of covid-related uncertainty, the house and gardens at Hughenden Manor have now opened for the Christmas season. We’ve been down to have a look.

Hughenden Manor at Christmas 2020 | Review by Free Time with the Kids

Christmas at Hughenden is a much more subdued experience than it’s near-neighbour Manor House nr Aylesbury, and that’s no bad thing. There are less crowds and at the moment only 16 people are allowed in the house at once. That just wouldn’t be possible at most NT properties but it’s achievable here.

Hughenden Manor at Christmas 2020 | Review by Free Time with the Kids

Currently only the rooms downstairs (including the WW2 exhibition) are open. There are not as many decorations as there are in a normal year, but that’s entirely understandable. To see what it’s like in a normal year, just click the image below.

This year the theme is all about Christmases past. Because of all the uncertainty surrounding Christmas and covid they weren’t able to put on a fresh Christmas display. That doesn’t mean it’s rubbish though. Instead they’ve decorated the Christmas trees using some decorations from previous years. Because we’re regular visitors, we’ve actually seen all of the decorations before, but it was nice to see them again. There weren’t any other decorations around the house this time, and there weren’t as many trees as in previous years either. None of that mattered though. It was just nice to be inside a National Trust property looking at something Christmas-y! 

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Hughenden Manor at Christmas 2020 | Review by Free Time with the Kids

The gardens

There are a few decorations around the grounds of Hughenden Manor. They’re all quite simple and along the same theme of re-using but who doesn’t love a massive sparkly star?? There’s also the Peter Rabbit winter trail taking place for the children.

National Trust at Christmas in Buckinghamshire | Family friendly Christmas events
National Trust at Christmas in Buckinghamshire | Family friendly Christmas events

Peter Rabbit’s Winter Adventure trail

Various National Trust properties in and around Bucks are going to be hosting a Peter Rabbit themed trail. It’s £2 per trail (price may vary by location). The trail is really good for a range of ages. You have to match each character with the item they’re missing. Smallest Child found this really easy to do. There are also questions for the older kids to answer. Inside the pack you get a decent pencil and a little wooden badge (which I am totally stealing from Smallest Child). There’s also an activity book to do at home. I really liked the trail and I think it worked well for both my youngest and older children.

Our Hughenden Manor at Christmas review

Currently the visitor numbers at Hughenden Manor are still significantly reduced. We visited on a fairly rubbish, very foggy day and there was hardly anyone there. Having been to Christmas at Waddesdon Manor the night before, it was quite refreshing to be somewhere quieter. Yes, it isn’t as good as in previous years, but I was really pleased we got the chance to go.

Admission Cost

Entry – Free for NT members £20 for a family ticket. Admission to the house is included.

Parking / How to get there

Parking – Free, on-site. There is a bit of a walk from the car park to the house along a sometimes muddy track. There is currently no shuttle buggy running.  


Yes – including baby change.


Currently the cafe is open and there is both (limited) indoor and outdoor seating available. Picnics are allowed in the orchard. And the trees all have their jumpers on!

National Trust at Christmas in Buckinghamshire | Family friendly Christmas events
Christmas at Hughenden Manor 2020 | Review by Free Time with the Kids | The National Trust in Buckinghamshire

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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch or get in touch via Facebook

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