Coughton Court

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Coughton Court
Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years, this finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family's courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century. Explore this story of fascinating personalities through the 'family album' of portraits and Catholic treasures around the house. Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.
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Very good

Halesowen, UK511 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We had booked tickets online. Our slot was 11am-11.30. Was shocked to arrive to a queue down the car park to get in. Only one person in the kiosk having to accommodate those who hadn't booked before hand and those who had. Surely the idea of booking before was so you could swiftly get admitted. The signage was ridiculous. One way system around the grounds where surely we all know how how to socially distance and should be able to freely roam. We were told that the cafe on a hot 25c day was only serving sausage rolls, pasties and soup. We waited until 12noon for the walled garden to open. The rose garden looked neglected needed dead heading. The herbaceous garden was not accessible because they were cutting a hedge! We left earlier than we had anticipated and had a lovely lunch at the Throckmorton pub.
Written 16 June 2021
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Northampton, UK109 contributions
Underwhelmed and disappointed
Jun 2021
We visited last week and overall were disappointed.
The weather was beautiful and it was quite busy but there was minimal staff to ensure a suitable flow. We had intended to eat there but the queue was so long, even though there were plenty of tables and grassed areas to sit. There appeared to be only one person serving.
Although I appreciate that certain restrictions need to be in place the reduced visitor route was very poor. As a Catholic house with ‘priest holes’ one would have expected one to be on view - but no!
I’ve visited before but found the whole property looked ‘run down’ on this occasion. The grass area of the formal gardens was about 5 inches long, the ‘one way routes’ in the garden areas were unnecessarily complicated, the gardens were full of weeds and looked unkempt, the celebrated ‘bog garden’ was neglected apart from swathes of black plastic weed preventer and neither of the two churches were open to view.
Does the NT think that after 18 months of social distancing that it’s visitors don’t know, or can’t be trusted to socially distance????
Indeed the volunteer in the front hall doesn’t appear to - we stood back to allow the family ahead to move on and the volunteer irritatedly said “We’ll, come in then!”
Written 8 June 2021
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Stamford, UK43 contributions
Beat expectations
May 2021
We had planned to spend 1-2 hours here before heading into town, but ended up staying much longer... wish we had allowed more time! Beautiful grounds with lots of gardens to explore. Try and time your visit with the roses in flower. Saw two large deer running around the manicured lawn and other wildlife along the river.
Unfortunately not all of the house was open due to COVID restrictions, but it was still interesting and great to hear lots of great information from the staff whilst queuing to get in.
The café was very popular, but there is plenty of space to enjoy your own picnic too.
Timed entry at the moment due to COVID, so needed to book in advance, but not a problem at all. Lots of beautiful walks nearby too.
Written 4 June 2021
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1 contribution
Rude ‘Welcome’
Jun 2021 • Friends
Having always had very pleasant experiences at National Trust properties, I was very disappointed upon being faced with an extremely rude, presumptuous and seemingly argumentative member of staff on reception. It really soured our visit yesterday and both my friend and I were shocked at how she spoke to us.
Written 3 June 2021
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Elizabeth C
Shrewsbury, UK1,935 contributions
Lovely house and garden walks
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited on a bank holiday Sunday and had a lovely time.
We pre-booked our tickets online & were surprised that the price was just £5 per adult.
This price included access to all the grounds and a few rooms of the house, which was excellent value.
The paths through the estate are clearly marked, with a one-way system in place. The grounds, gardens, riverside walk, walled garden, and the two churches on the site are well worth a visit.
There is also a tea room, gift shop and second hand bookshop.
There is ample parking and public toilets.
We spent a few hours here, it was a lovely afternoon out and we can highly recommend it.

Written 2 June 2021
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Worcester, UK114 contributions
Terrible food and terrible service. Bring a picnic and avoid staff!
May 2021 • Family
Whole experience ruined by lunch and vigilante attendant with no customer service skills. Visited today for the second time and will definitely not be back. The lunchtime period was busy, as can be expected, but poorly managed by a long hair gentleman who complained, grumbled and was generally rude to all guests. He sat us at a table like it was the greatest effort in the world, then heavily chastised a gentleman with his daughter for sitting at a table adjacent saying it was for larger parties. The gentleman advised your team member he already seated them and the rest of his family were queuing. Your team member then proceeded to ask us if we were a table of plus 5, although we’d given him this information prior to seating and we were all sat there as a table of 5 plus toddler. He then disappeared mumbling into the ether. He reappeared shortly afterwards and proceeded to put food down in front of our toddler, before whipping it away again as my wife was still in the queue. Cue breakdown from hungry infant who couldn’t understand why he had given him food to then take it away. I had to go get my wife from the queue to help calm the baby down. After a lengthy queue for our food we purchased prepacked NT sandwiches (good), flapjack (ok) sausage roll (ok - but scalding hot) coffees (good) tuna melt (most expensive and lacklustre panini I’ve ever eaten which was cold in the middle so certainly not melted) and below par undercooked fatty bacon roll. As a group er spent nearly £60 on lunch and quite frankly it was one of the worst we’ve ever eaten, certainly not to usual National Trust standard and if the queue wasn’t so long and our child so upset we’d have returned it.
Whilst eating this below-par offering and soothing our toddler, the assistant was back once more, this time to clear tables. As he did he was audibly moaning about people leaving rubbish as he did so. He then reappeared once more to interrupt our lunch and tell us which bins we had to use for each item when we finished. Quite off putting! I returned the plates to him as I cleared my own table, for fear of more moaning, and he referred to me as mate! Not very professional. Unfortunately this wasn’t our only meeting, as we were queuing for the toilet he shouted loudly at my wife to move with the pram so he could get past. Talk about Jekyll and Hyde! We are National trust members and love to visit your properties regularly, shop in your shops and buy your food, but this is definitely one to avoid.
Written 29 May 2021
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Stratford-upon-Avon, UK6,290 contributions
Well worth a visit
Mar 2021
The Bog Garden was closed when we visited so we could only wander around the other walks. These were well signposted and operate on a one-way system due to the Covid issues. The house is stunning but obviously was closed due to the restrictions. It wasn’t too busy when we visited so we opted for the Family Walk which comprised of a simple walk around the edges of the estate overlooking the lovely Warwickshire countryside. The cafe was open for takeaway only so it was nice to have a coffee and a cake once our walk was complete. As with all National Trust properties when we visited in early March, pre-booking a visit is essential. We normally only visit NT properties to see the houses but during these strange times, we have been pleasantly surprised at the extent of the grounds and walks which are available. Certain will revisit.
Written 23 May 2021
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London, UK61 contributions
Vegan cream tea
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lovely gardens and grounds. Walking round the bluebell wood was particularly pleasant, albeit small. However, I was most impressed by the vegan cream tea and chocolate cake options in the cafe. It’s so good to see vegan options finally being riled out and I really appreciate the recyclable/compostable packaging. The scone was very large, came with jam and butter, and tasted very nice.
Written 17 May 2021
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK930 contributions
Bluebells and tulips
May 2021
Spring sees an explosion of colour at Coughton Court, the Tudor house long associated with the Gunpowder Plotters. The woodland walk is carpeted with bluebells in all directions, wild garlic flowers proliferate along the riverside, while the formal gardens are ablaze with vibrant tulips. The house will reopen shortly after its pandemic lockdown. But the grounds are a delicious treat meanwhile, in which to contemplate Coughton's role in one of the most famous events in British history. Drinks and snacks to consume in the courtyard are served from the tearoom.
Written 12 May 2021
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25 contributions
Gardens great - cafe & toilets not so good
Apr 2021 • Friends
Grounds & flower beds looking good even in April. Gardeners are doing an amazing job & very knowledgeable.
I know there are Covid restrictions in place, but the cafe ( takeaway) was painfully slow so only visited it once instead of twice. System for using the toilets very slow - it seemed there were only 2 toilets available and a very long queue. Although we had booked online with a designated time slot for entry to the gardens there was still a slow moving queue to get in. Car parking attendant was very efficient and friendly.
We just felt that today NT hadn’t got it quite right - so disappointing.
Written 15 April 2021
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