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“Shugborough Xmas fayre”
Review of Shugborough

Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Stafford
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Owner description: Step into the past at Shugborough, the UK's only Complete Working Historic Estate. Costumed characters bring your visit to life, taking you on a journey 'upstairs and downstairs' of a large country estate. Features Mansion House, Servants' Quarters, Working Farm, Brewery & Mill, Lots of Animals, Riverside Gardens, Walled Garden, Craft Workshops, Train Ride, Play Park, Tearoom, Old Fashioned Sweet Shop & Gift Shop. Shugborough's grounds, gardens, buildings and collections are entirely funded and managed by Staffordshire County Council.
Reviewed 1 December 2013

This year it was a terrible waste of time going. Half a marquee of stalls, not a christmas feel to it at all. Not even a christmas tree to be seen anywhere. What a let down. We walked around the marquee in 20 minutes and that was dawdling. I can only compare it to past christmas events there and this one is a rip off for the entrance money. Dont waste your time or money going- there are better fayres in your local area i am sure. Couldnt even get a mulled wine! What a dissapointment. There was nothing for children.

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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

We didn't go into the hall itself but the gardens are a lovely walk.
However, a special mention for the fantastic ladies in the tea room who, despite being nominally closed for a big party booking, still kindly fitted us in and gave us tea and excellent cake at a most reasonable price.
We were treated with good humour and courtesy st a time they were plenty busy enough without our plea for refreshments.
Thanks and well done!

Thank BangkokLoft
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

I have lived very close to here for over 40 years and have seen its ups and downs. At the moment it is about average, say 7 out of 10. Having seen its attractions over the years, it has suffered from greedy management putting up the fees and not giving more. If you are in the area then it is a worthwhile day out but do not make a special visit.

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Shugborough is the stately home open to the public in Stafford Borough, owned by The National Trust, but managed by the County Council. The CC run the County Museum and Farm Museum and the walled garden, which incur extra charges if one isn't a National Trust member. If there are special events on the estate, extra charges are also made for all visitors, NT or not. Members may access the estate and Mansion House free of charge. Parking is extra too, as is the land train from the newish car park.

There is a good National Trust shop in one of the courtyards, along with the entrance to the County Museum [which I've not been in for a couple of decades], a room which can be booked for groups, the excellent toilet facilities and cafe. There are also such amenities at the farm museum, I gather [again, I've not been there, only walked past numerous times!].

The gardens can be strolled around, the planting admired and the bridges across the river diversion can be crossed to the sculpture park [changing exhibits] and disused tennis court.

Shugborough estate is extensive and has playing fields and an outdoor education centre, plus camping grounds. One can walk on the estate roads, or on the parkland, which is grazed by cows, to the follies such as The Temple of the Winds, The Triumphal Arch and the entrance/exits to the railway tunnel.

The access road from Milford Common can be walked to the Mansion House [or vice versa], it's approximately 2 miles, which is a nice walk.

I've been visiting Shugborough for over 2 decades and love the gardens, the varieties of butterflies found there, the Chinese style bridges and adjacent chalet house. The exterior and interior of the Mansion House are very elegant and there is much to see inside. Photography is permitted, too. Don't miss the bookcase door in the library or the exhibits of Admiral Anson's explorations on the ground floor, or the displays about the late Patrick, Lord Lichfield, famous photographer!

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

my wife and I have been priority visitors for the last four years which means we can visit anytime by purchasing a yearly pass This entitles us to all areas of shugborough including the main house which in itself is worth it please visit and gain an unforgetable experience

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