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Wimpole Estate, Arrington

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A historic property featuring an imposing mansion and a working home farm, Wimpole Estate covers an area of over 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres). The mansion, begun around 1640, is the largest house in Cambridgeshire. Over the centuries, many notable architects worked to expand and improve the house, including Thomas Chicheley, Henry Flitcroft, and H.E. Kendall. The estate is renowned for its north park, which includes belts of woodland, gentle rolling hills, restored lakes, and a gothic tower. Stroll through the walled gardens to see a variety of wildlife, or join a guided walk to learn the secret stories of this historic estate. Check online for a full list of upcoming special events, which include outdoor performances, tours of the hall closets, and guided bike rides.  Arrange to visit Wimpole Estate and other attractions in Arrington using our Arrington tourist route planner.
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  • This National Trust property is outstanding in its history, educational facilities, beautiful gardens and park and house whose history is so interesting. It is so worth a visit, and provides entertain...  more »
  • Visited with kids, niece, nephew, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law etc - not disappointed! Very pleasant surroundings with plenty for all to keep interested in, nic-nac shops, several tea rooms, love...  more »
  • Very nice place for a day get away, beautiful grounds and house with tons of history, If you can make it to Highclere castle for you Downton Abby fans, this is an excellent alternative.  more »
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  • Vast property - 94 rooms - and the largest house in Cambridgeshire. That alone should interest you in a visit. Fascinating look into how those of privilege used to live. To do it justice take your time and explore. There's more than enough for a day, for the whole family. The gardens are huge, stocked with a dazzling array of plants and trees. A truly peaceful location - there is no traffic noise!
  • Wonderful grand English house, stables, parkland and farm. So much to see and do .... if you like that kind if thing. Take a tractor-trailer ride to the farm, see the shire horses and rare breed pigs. Take a long walk over parkland to the 'ruined castle' folly. Eat a hearty lunch in a clean and fairly-priced cafe. Buy some NT branded gifts. Have an ice cream. Have fun.
  • Very very very National Trust. Nice bookshops, nice tea and cakes nice, nice overpriced garden centre crafts. Beyond that are the best open grounds to walk in in the County along with the old castle which is a wonderful example of Listed Building conservation.
  • Have taken the national trust membership now. Awesome place to spend the day with the family. Lot to see and the farm experience is great for kids. Nice picnic areas all around the property. I have recently made my 5th visit.
  • As a family, we've been to the farm several times, but this time I decided to invest in a "full fat" ticket, which also provided access to what turned out to be beautiful garden and a wonderfully preserved stately home. Even my 5 & 7 year old children found it interesting! Maps are handed out by the front door and they will even look after your bags / etc for you so you don't have to carry them round with you (probably stops them being bumped into antiques and damaging them too!) A generous amount of guides are stationed all round the rooms for any queries, be they historical or where you can take your little ones who decided that playing on the grass was a better idea than your "do a just in case" suggestion a few minutes earlier! We even saw some of the behind the scenes renovations going on, which made a nice change and you can see physically where your entrance fee is going.

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