Packwood House , Warwickshire is right next to another NT property, Baddesley Clinton. If you’re travelling from Aylesbury it makes sense to visit both on the same day, as they’re both relatively small places. You don’t have to though, particularly if it’s a nice day, as you could spend several hours at each one individually. It all depends on how long you want to be out for. It’s been a little while since I was last here and so this review of Packwood House isn’t as detailed as normal but I will update it the next time I go.
The house itself was built in the 16th century but there’s been lots of restoration and changes since then. There are lots of rooms open, including the long gallery. I seem to remember they also had a sedan chair with a “person” in it that terrified the Middle Child! If you hear lots knocking in one of the rooms, it’s because there is a hidden door on the outside. Once Middle Child had been told this he, of course, had to go and find the door (hence the picture at the top)!
The gardens are a real highlight. The Yew Garden was great – the trees are perfect for playing hide and seek. The garden is self contained so you don’t have to worry about the kids disappearing. Because it’s a large area so they won’t find each other every 10 seconds either. Apparently the yew trees have suffered a lot recently and aren’t as spectacular as they once were. Follow the spiral path at the end for some awesome views though. There is also an orchard, traditional games and lots of little nooks to explore.
The Kitchen garden and parkland
Make sure you visit the kitchen garden as well. My kids always enjoy looking around a kitchen garden, but there is also a bug hotel and a life size teddy bear’s picnic. This was a surprise and a real highlight. It’s a really good garden for the kids to explore. The use a lot of this home-grown produce in the cafe.
The Welly Walk is in the wider park. It’s a brilliant nature trail which has got lots of interesting activities along the way such as music making, stump jumping and the obligatory den building. I didn’t realise this was here on my first visit. I thought it was “just” parkland so we decided not to explore it. That was a real shame as we missed out. The path goes through woodland and I cannot remember if it is pushchair friendly, but it is a family friendly trail so I cannot imagine it being too much of a problem.
They regularly have children’s trails and activities during the holidays. Previously we’ve done trails through the woods and made bats out of spoons (which are still kicking around the house somewhere)
Entry – £33.40 for a family ticket, cheaper in winter. FREE for NT members.
Parking / How to get there
Parking – on-site, free. The car park is on the other side of the road to the house but it is a fairly quiet road. The wider parkland is also on the same side of the road as the car park but I usually go to the house and gardens first.
Address – Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire, B94 6AT
On-site, in the visitor centre
Picnics welcome, cafe on-site
Our Packwood House Review
Rating – 4 / 5. The gardens are the real highlight here.
For the latest events visit the Packwood House website