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“Time Machine”

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Ranked #5 of 50 things to do in Doncaster
Certificate of Excellence
Doncaster
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198 reviews
83 attraction reviews
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“Time Machine”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

English Heritage are responsible for restoring this property initially, and since then has steadily turned it into a time machine allowing "ordinary people" to experience the life (briefly) of times past, currently celebrating with various exhibits around the outbreak 100 years ago of WW1. Inside are a company of enthusiastic and helpful guides in excellent surroundings who make the house tour special. The gardens around the house are yielding gradually to the care and hard work of gardeners who truly know the directions they need to provide a really pleasant tour for all, and make visits to Brodsworth essential repeatable for every one is a great and must be repeated experience. Do Not miss it,

footnote: see the new entrance/reception/shop - fantastic!

Visited April 2014
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Mansfield, England, United Kingdom
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“family day out”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

A drop of a hat day out during the holidays . Brodsworth Hall was recommended to us by a friend and I am so glad that is was and that we went. Walking through the gardens was lovely and we will be returning in the summer to get the full experience of the gardens in full bloom. My 8 year old loved looking at the names on the gravestones in the pet cemetary. The park for the children was a bonus and ideal spot for our picnic. At 1pm the house opened and what a delight it was.Downstairs were glimpses of grandure from the past pitted alongside glimpses of the contribution made during the war. All the guides in each room have stories to tell and knowledge to divulge. Upstairs by comparison is a stark reality check of how the hall fell into disrepair before English Heritage obtained it, but close your eyes and open your imagination and you can picture it at its hayday.. We all loved it. Give it a visit..

Visited April 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“friends visit”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Wanted somewhere to take friends on a visit from the North east, visit to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens was an excellent day out. The gardens are the best seen by all of us, a treat to see. The house was interesting and it was explained by the very helpful staff why the house was in the condition it is and there were plenty of staff to explain or help with any queries. Would visit again any time.

Visited April 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Duty calls”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Brodsworth hall is an English Heritage site and is pretty amazing at the best of times but at present if you visit you get to experience Brodsworth in wartime as well as when it was ran as a home. Access into the property is by a ramp and the steps up to the first floor can be challenging. There is a tea room / cafe and toilets and staff that are very knowledgable about its history. This house is still the same today as it was when the Grant Dalton's owned the property. Experience life in the dining room, which doubled up as the officers mess in the war, the drawing room, bedrooms including the servants quarters, wonderful kitchen to name but a few. Listen to the audio taped messages from some of the servants and owners sharing their memories of how life was like before, during and after the war. And that's not all. After you have been in the house take a stroll around the wonderful gardens including the rock and fountain gardens and south terrace. All in all a good afternoon out and will certainly return at some time. Enjoy

Visited April 2014
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Unusually presented stately home”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Brodsworth's 'unique selling point' is that the house was left as it was when the last occupant bequeathed it to English Heritage - so, rather than being artificially restored to a particular point in history, you get to see the house 'warts and all' with rooms ranging from Victorian splendour, through wartime austerity, to fading 20th Century glory.

As the house is no longer occupied, a surprising amount of it is on public view - allow plenty of time for your tour. It's one of those houses where the guides come into their own - when we visited, there were guides in almost every room, ready to relate stories about the former occupants - not so much tales of glory, but charming anecdotes of everyday life - tinged with sadness, as many of the ladies of the house seem to have died young ... The guides had an astounding amount of knowledge at their fingertips, and clearly loved being asked questions. Guided tours are also available at certain times.

It's well worth 'pressing the button' on the many interactive sound units you'll see - former occupants and staff of the house relate their wartime experiences in an informal manner - if, like me, you can sit for hours while your elderly relatives reminisce about their youthful experiences, you'll love this place.

The library was a room I particularly enjoyed - over 1000 books - be sure to ask the guide about these, as there's plenty to hear.

The gardens are well-maintained and extensive - plenty of benches to sit on and enjoy the peace and quiet - also a children's playground.

The café serves a good range for lunch, and the shop has a range of themed products and some great wines and chutneys.

In all - an enjoyable afternoon out, and a site presented with great honesty and evident passion.

Visited April 2014
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