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Snowshill Manor, Snowshill

4.4
#2 of 40 in Museums in Cotswolds
History Museum Historic Site
Filled to bursting with eclectic items collected by architect Charles Wade, Snowshill Manor stands as one of the Cotswolds' little-known but remarkably rewarding tourist attractions. Interested in every object that shows outstanding craftsmanship, Wade lived by the motto "Let nothing perish." He filled the house with antique clocks, rare musical instruments, small toys, old bicycles and more. Among thousands of items amassed during Wade's life, you can see 26 suits of samurai armor, the manor's most famous possessions. The grounds include a typical English garden, restaurant, and a gift shop, where you can pick up handmade souvenirs and second-hand books. With our international travel planner, Snowshill attractions like Snowshill Manor can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a fabulous Manor House with all original features and a fascinating layout. We thought from the guide book description that it would be over-filled with collectibles and look messy, but each r...  more »
  • Had a few hours looking around Snowshill Manor, Great views on the walk down to the house, loads and loads of things to look at in the house, Charles wade started collecting at the age of 7 so you can...  more »
  • What a delightful walk from the reception centre to the manor house with lovely views or the surrounding countryside and flanked by beautiful wild flowers. Yes it is a fifteen minute walk and yes it c...  more »
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  • National Trust... automatically a 5☆. Staff good, and informative. Light meals and teas and cake good. Fantastic collections of STUFF, in a great building. Lovely gardens and out buildings. Special day out.
  • What Snowshill lacks in acres in makes up for in sheer overwhelming eccentricity. There is no house in the world with a collection anything like this. Nice tea room with friendly staff too.
  • Staff was lovely and offered loads of info and tidbits.... But it's not a historically significant place, which tainted my experience there. Not really my cuppa tea! Give me cannonballs in Walls and family heirlooms! Not 200 metallic bicycles stored in a creaky old attic.....
  • Lovely gardens, and more than expected to see in the house. Great dressing up section for my daughter.
  • Interesting old house and gardens of an eccentric early-20th-C architect and sugar heir who was clearly bonkers. Basically the house is a collection of thousands of historic, anthropological and artistic bits of stuff, which was interesting to look at for an hour or so - there was enough variety to interest our kids (10 and 8) including old clothes for dressing up and pieces of armour to try on. An Easter egg hunt added to the fun. The grounds have lots of exciting twists and turns and out-buildings to explore. Beautiful views of the rolling Cotswolds countryside. It is quirky and makes a nice change from the usual NT posh old mansions.