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“Charming house and gardens”
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Arbury Hall
Ranked #33 of 73 things to do in Coventry
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Owner description: This eighteenth-century Gothic mansion, built on ancient remains, boasts a scenic park and garden, plus a rich collection of porcelain and furniture of that period.
Leicester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Charming house and gardens”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We visited this property as a result of finding a leaflet about it. We were a bit apprehensive about going on a bank holiday but it is not open at any other times. However, it was not too crowded. We arrived before the gates opened at 1pm and waited in the car until we could drive in. We wanted to have refreshments before making the tour of the hall and, while buying our tickets, asked if we might arrange a tour time. But we were told that when twenty people were waiting, we would be admitted and that there were five guides that day. We had excellent cakes and sandwiches then joined quite a long queue. We had to stand and wait for about thirty minutes, time we would have preferred to use looking around the attractive grounds. It would seem a better system if visitors could choose a timed tour on arrival, something we have found in other places. This wait was particularly difficult for those with children and for older people.
We did very much enjoy the tour of the house once inside. The guide was helpful and informative, clearly explaining the rather complicated history and family background of the hall. Unfortunately, we were unable to linger and look at paintings etc. as long as we wished. We thought the gothic architecture was unusual and intriguing and also found the former stables, now tearooms, attractive. The steps up this building and the stairs to the tearoom could be very difficult for those with mobility problems. But I think trays could be brought down.

We then walked around the very pleasant grounds. The planting was varied and interesting with identification on roses, clematis and trees. The lake was expansive, there were wildfowl, also many birds around. A real haven for wildlife. We definitely recommend this place. The leaflet's map made it easy to find and there are helpful brown signs on the approach road.

Visited May 2014
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solihull
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776 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 427 helpful votes
“Informative and interesting tour”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

I visited Arbury Hall last bank holiday monday but only had time to tour the hall (downstairs only) (which was very informative and interesting and lasted approx 1 hour) as the Hall and garden do not open till 1.00 (my fault for not checking the web as the wife would say).
I will hope to visit Arbury again with my wife and also to walk around the gardens and surrounding lake.
I am unable to give correct value for money as we are HHA member and therefore free.

Visited April 2014
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2 Thank busterSolihull
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England
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice hall, but visit spoiled by exclusion from tea room.”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Visited recently with my father, who is in a wheelchair. Their website does make it clear that wheelchair access is limited, and we went knowing that that only the ground floor of the hall would be accessible, and only parts of the garden. That's OK, many stately homes are like this; we make the best of it and usually manage to enjoy what we can access. However, Arbury wasn't quite like that. Firstly, there is no designated disabled parking, and I would take issue with their website statement that parts of the garden near the hall are 'easily accessible'. The paths there are loose gravel, which can be killing for the one doing the pushing, especially bearing in mind that many carers of elderly people are often of a similar age themselves. However, the biggest disappointment awaited us when we sought out the tea room. We had been looking forward to enjoying a cup of tea and perhaps a cake or sandwich before going into the hall. The boards outside were very enticing, but anticipation of a nice cream tea quickly dissipated when it turned out that the tea room was located up a flight of stairs. No mention is made of this on their website, nor at the entrance kiosk. Those boards may as well have said 'Everybody Welcome - Except You'. So, feeling thirsty and hungry, we took the guided tour of the ground floor of the hall - where ramps were indeed provided to allow entry - and it is an impressive place, especially if you are a fan of the gothic style. Our guide too was very thorough and knowledgeable. Staff were pleasant, but the underlying ethos of the place felt for us like 'Come if you must, but don't expect us to put ourselves out for you - and we'll still charge you the same entrance fee as everybody else'. Pity they can't stretch to a couple of Stannah stairlifts.

Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Phidan
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Leicester
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101 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Arbury Hall is a hidden gem. The grounds are beautiful and would love to go back in the spring to see the Spring flowers. The building is full of history and very interesting as the house is still a family home.

Visited August 2013
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“disappointed”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

We took the opportunity to visit, knowing it only to be open to the public on bank holiday weekends, and less than 5 miles from where we live. Paying £11 for the two of us to visit the gardens. We were expecting beautiful colourful displays.... there was little evidence of tlc. The surrounding grounds were worth a visit and the natural ponds were peaceful. There weren't too many people, which was a good job because all in all it takes less than half an hour to walk around. Fortunately the sunshine enhanced the views and made us stay longer. Nothing at all for children and you were literally led down paths to locked gates marking the areas as 'private'. We aren't experts on roses, but do know enough to know pruning and deadheading promotes flowers. There were empty beds and sorry looking displays in a very small area. Certainly not the gardens we expected. We didn't visit the house as it was too nice to be indoors, but had we wanted to we would have been put off by the couple heading back to their car who advised us there was a long wait. We assume because people had taken the trouble to visit and had been round the grounds in next to no time. Also, the gentleman and young girl who took our money seemed uninterested in exchanging niceties with us. Pleased the weather was good and would be interested to know how much value for money the house turned out to be. Needs something else to entice you back. And should refer to 'grounds' not gardens.

Visited August 2013
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