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Shugborough, Stafford

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
"The complete working historic estate," Shugborough touts a functioning watermill, kitchens, tearoom, dairy, and farm animals. Inside the estate's house are renovated servant's quarters and the Staffordshire County Museum, displaying historical artifacts from the area, including the Shugborough inscription, one of the world's top cipher texts that has yet to be cracked. Try a beer from the on-site brewery: the only brewery in England that exclusively brews with log-fire heated stills. Using our world travel planner, Stafford attractions like Shugborough can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visited with two friends on a Friday afternoon. Went to see how the National Trust were doing with their recent acquisition. All the staff were very friendly but the visit didn't have the impact that ...  more »
  • I can understand where the NT are coming from with some of the changes they are making, aiming to take the estate back to how it would have been so unlikely to have been a room of guinea pigs at the f...  more »
  • I visited Shugborough Hall Yesterday. This was the first time that I have visted since The National Trust had completely taken over from Staffordshire County Council. Shugborough is undergoing great c...  more »
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  • Fantastic family day out at Shugborough. Sprawling beautifully maintained grounds with interactive areas for the children. The farm, the house, little shops - would highly recommend.
  • We were shocked to see most of the furniture and paintings have been removed and replaced with 4 pictures displayed on plywood and posters on the walls. We have been visiting Shugborough for many years and when we asked what had happened to the furniture we were told it was in store as a new approach has now now been instigated by the Trust to stimulate people to keep returning year on year to see what new thinking was happening. We will not be returning. Truly a real disappointment since Staffordshire County Council had an involvement with this building. In our view the Trust has got this one completely wrong.
  • The national trust have just taken over management of the property and are doing lots if work doing it up. Better walking paths, toilets and more information on the estates history. As always the national trust staff are great. Always helpfull and full of information. A great place for dogs which are allowed everywhere except inside the cafe and mansion. Lots of off lead areas and you can even take them in the formal gardens. Farm animals for the kids with petting programmes during holidays.
  • The estate and house has recently (2017) been reopened by the National Trust. There's still work going on to bring visitor facilities up to the full Trust standard but if you enjoy visiting English country houses and grounds then it's an excellent day out with the usual high quality lunch or cream tea.
  • National Trust are bringing the site "Up to Scratch", not all the rooms are open yet, and some areas are missing both Staff and exhibits, but having said that, you can see that when the refurbishment is completed this will be a great place to visit. It is still worth coming, there is a lot to see, we shall certainly be visiting again

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