Near Shrewsbury is, according to their website, one of the most visited places in the National Trust. Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, Attingham Hall and its stunning parkland were owned by one family for more than 160 years. Explore the hall along with the beautiful woodland and deer parks, and find out how the families fortunes rose and fell, providing a fascinating story of love and neglect still present in rooms today.
Near Bridgnorth is now the family home of Mr and Mrs Mark Hamilton-Russell and is an old family home shaped by modern tastes and culture. This was a family home for over 875 years and the family rooms are still scattered with photos and personal belongings. The galleries created by the last owner Lady Labouchere are a total contract to the rest of the property and house her and her husbands modern and traditional collections of art. Wander around the gardens with its amazing vistas or the wooded parkland and pool.
In Wellington is a one of the smaller properties to visit but does definitely not disappoint! Tucked away on the edge of town is this rare suburban villa and mini estate, a time capsule packed full of everyday items belonging to the families who lived here, it transports you back to the pre-First World War ‘Country house’ lifestyle. There is also five acres of garden to explore including glass houses, conservatory, kennels, pigsties and stables.
Town Walls Tower
In Shrewsbury town centre is a fascinating little gem that is now owned by the National Trust and forms part of the Attingham Park estate. Built in the 14th century by Henry III Town Walls Tower is evidence of Shrewsbury’s history as an important settlement close to the border with Wales. It formed a key part of the defensive walls that once surrounded the town and is now the last surviving example of those defences. Booking is required to see inside and is it is only open on selected dates in June, August and October – see National Trust website for further information.
Cardingmill Valley and Wenlock Edge
The stunning South Shropshire countryside is home to many areas of natural beauty and two of which are owned and maintained by the National Trust. Cardingmill Valley near Church Stretton and Wenlock Edge near Much Wenlock provide those who love to get out in the fresh air and walk some perfect terrain along with breath taking views.