Last weekend we drove over to beautiful Shropshire to visit one of the finest National Trust properties in the Midlands, Dudmaston Hall.
Dudmaston is a beautiful country house near the village of Quatt, set in acres of rolling hills with views over the Shropshire countryside. The house has been a family home for well over 875 years and is still lived in to this day by relatives of Rachel Labouchere, the lady who turned the property around and gave it a modern twist back in the 1960’s.
There’s plenty to see and do at Dudmaston and we spent a lovely day there on Sunday exploring the grounds and the house with our three year old little boy, Olly. We had a wonderful day and here’s our top five things to do at Dudmaston.
Go back in time
On Sunday, as we walked through the Orchard, there were volunteers dressed up as servants in historical dress from the 18th century.
They were showing visitors various activities from back in time such as cooking, tile making and writing with a quill and there were opportunities for Olly to have a go himself. Olly loved having a go at the handwriting using the quill, dipping the scribe into ink and writing on paper.
He also was able to have a go at making a ceramic tile using clay and decorative stamps which he absolutely loved doing. Our tile is currently drying out in the kitchen before we can paint it.
Take the Dudmaston trail
The beautiful country home is open for visitors to take a look around and whilst there’s plenty to see and read for older visitors, children can take the Dudmaston trail and seek out the various hidden cuddly toys around the home. I wasn’t able to take any photographs in the hall itself but Olly managed to complete the trail and get a sticker for his efforts.
Explore the gardens and watch the ducks
The gardens that surround Dudmaston are simply stunning. To the front of the hall there’s fields with grazing livestock and to the rear, rolling green hills with walks, ponds and modern art sculptures to admire.
We spent most of the afternoon out in the sunshine exploring the gardens as they are such a wonderful space. Olly enjoyed playing with his ball, rolling it down the hill and just loved having the freedom to run about.
The gardens are beautifully kept and home to lots of wildlife including butterflies, moths, bees and dragonflies. We also got to watch ducks flying in and out of the big pool which was wonderful to see.
Play on the wooden adventure playground
There’s a great wooden playground for children to let off some steam within the Orchard. There’s a slide, big rope swings, a wooden play house and balance beams to hop over.
Olly loved playing on the slides and we had so much pretending to play shops in the wooden play house. It’s a great space for children.
Enjoy a cream tea in the tea room
After exploring the grounds and having a good walk around the house, we had worked up quite an appetite. The tea room sells hot and cold refreshments including cream teas, specialty coffees and a good selection of cakes and biscuits. We enjoyed a delicious lunch from the tea room and sampled the scones which we can report were really nice (It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it, ha!)
We had a wonderful day exploring Dudmaston. There’s plenty to do and we’ll definitely go back and take part in a wildlife walk around the grounds and explore wooded Dingle. With free parking, accessible facilities, a shop and a tea room, it’s a really great day out for the whole family.
Disclaimer: We enjoyed a wonderful day out at Dudmaston courtesy of the National Trust. All words and photography are my own.