Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, B93 0DQ
It’s been a little while since I last went Baddesley Clinton so this review isn’t going to be as detailed as I would like and might not do the place justice. A good excuse to go back! It’s worth mentioning that this place goes hand-in-hand with Packwood House which is only a couple of minutes drive away. Whenever we go to Baddesley Clinton we always visit Packwood House as well. For my review Packwood House click the link
When we next go I will do a full updated review for you but we had a fantastic time when we last visited and I’ve made the journey up there three or 4 times.
The house itself is based inside a moat and it’s got a reasonable number of rooms open. When we went to have a look around there having some work done so not all of the rooms were open that usually are, but I believe that work might have finished now. The house itself is full of intrigue and stories; there was a murder committed here apparently and they also have priest holes that you can have a look at. It even has a connection to the gunpowder plot!
One of my absolute favourite photos of the boys was taken at Baddesley Clinton. They both look so calm, and young, just sitting there watching the ducks.
Most of the staff that we spoke to a quite nice and will happy to have a chat with the children about various things in the room. It’s not the biggest house in the world, but it was very interesting and we did have fun. The gardens are nice too; there are various games on the lawn and there is an amazing climbing tree that has clearly been used a lot. When we visited they also had buckets and those leaf hand thingys so the children could collect the fallen leaves. Genius idea!
They also have a lake and a little woodland walk that goes around it. It’s not massive but it is pretty. When we visited we did a garden trail which took us all away around the lake collecting piece items for a potion – it was a lovely idea and something a bit different from the typical trails where you are going from sign to sign. They tend to do regular trails throughout the holidays so it’s always worth checking the website to see what they’re doing and what the charges are. There is a natural play area in the woods but it has been closed for a while to recover from a hard summer. It should re-open in the spring though.
Baddesley Clinton is well-known for their Dahlia beds and they really are spectacular. September and October are apparently the best times to see them and even though we went at the end of the season they will still looking absolutely beautiful. Who knew that there was such a wide variety with dahlias out there and they inspired me to try and grow my own! Which I completely failed at.
As well as all this they have a big vegetable and kitchen garden. It was autumn, and post harvest, when we visited so obviously it wasn’t as full as it would normally be but I imagine in the summer it’s really nice to have a look around. They actually had a load of Shakespeare theme scarecrows I seem to remember one year which was really funny, sadly they didn’t have them again this year.
They have a cafe in the courtyard and, whilst busy, it was good. I cannot remember the scones well enough to give them a score out of 10 but I know that I had one and I know that I finished it!
The wider Estate has got lots of sheep and there are various walks that you can do around the estate and beyond. The canal is near-by and there are walks you can do along there, plus the Heart of England Way and there’s even a walk through to Packwood House if you didn’t want to drive. All of the walks, including the routes, are on their website.
Entry – free for National Trust members family ticket £33.40
Parking – free, on-site
Food – cafe on-site but picnic also welcome
Toilets – on-site
Rating 4 / 5. I’m not sure you’d fill an entire day here, particularly if it’s less than sunny weather, but could very easily spend 3 – 4 hours here without even having to do any of the walks, and you can combine it with a visit to Packwood House.