A member of Work in Progress visited Baddesley Clinton, a National Trust property, on Thursday 11th May to experience the venue as a young person. Baddesley Clinton is a Tudor manor house set in the centre of a moat in the heart of Warwickshire, with secret priest holes that tell of the countries religious divide. The site contains a selection of walks around lakes and gardens as well as hikes through the countryside. There is also a small church on the site.
Here are a few points about what we enjoyed and what we would love to see next time
• Excellent welcome when we first arrived
• Beautiful church on site
• Amazing woodlands to stroll through
• The staff in the restaurant went really above and beyond to make our visit special
• There were two trails for children in the house, a Herb Trail and a Card Trail. The Herb trail gave the house a fantastic sensory experience
• Some really excellent volunteers in the house
• Would have been nice to have a bit more context of the issues surrounding the Catholic/Protestant divide
• We somehow managed to miss the priest hole in the kitchen – perhaps a little sign here would ensure that all visitors spotted this on their first trip round
• Beautiful gardens and grounds – lots and lots to explore!
We had a great time at Baddesley Clinton. It's a gorgeous place to visit and there's plenty to see and do. It's a nice secluded spot, and great to have a chance to relax in piece. If you want to go for a hike then that options available for you as well! There's a selection of walks through the countryside that start out at Baddesley Clinton. The house was really interesting and the sensory aspect of the Herb trail was just brilliant!
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