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“Super day for the family”

Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Alcester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to Ragley; the family home of the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their children. If a fun family day out is what you're looking for then Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens really does have something for everyone! Children of all ages will be entertained for hours within our Adventure Wood and 3D maze and with boating on Ragley Lake, an 'Artist in Residence' and a Woodland Walk; it's easy to see why Ragley is one of Warwickshire's most popular family days out. If gardens are your passion then you just have to explore Ragley Gardens! The 10 hectares of 'Capability' Brown gardens surrounding Ragley Hall are diverse and display a spectacular array of snowdrops in the winter, tulips and daffodils in the spring and a Rose Garden and Prairie Garden throughout the summer months. Also look out for the Sculpture Collection which further enhance the Ragley landscape. It includes sculptures of the Hertford children and even one of a family dog!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Super day for the family”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Ragley Hall built in 1720's south of Alcester in Warwickshire. A 21st century country estate with farm, gardens, woodland area and a sawmill. In the grounds there is a adventure park with a maze for the kids where you can have a picnic and let the kids play safely. Very reasonable entrance fee.

Visited April 2014
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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“Wonderful outdoor fun for young & old !!!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We visited during the Bank Holiday Weekend whilst the Classic Car Show was on. Weather was overcast with occasional light rain but this didn't dampen our spirits! Kids and those young at heart adults amongst us were kept entertained with the Adventure Woodland area and maze...lots here to while away a few hours. The Gardens are extensive and magnificent and well worth walking around the nature trails. There were plenty of picnic tables to rest at when you needed to take the weight off your feet. We took a picnic hamper as places like these are notoriously expensive to purchase food at....as one reviewer discovered. Boats rides were available on the lake which looked pleasant enough. We walked around the outside of the rather grand looking house but didn't enter...it does seem a bit cheeky to pay an admission fee to the grounds and then be expected to pay again to tour the house. We opted to not go inside simply because the Classic Car Show there seemed more appealing to us as a family. We were not left disappointed. There were vehicles on display from all over the world and from all eras, the sights and even the smells of the interiors of these classics brought back fond memories of our childhoods whilst the kids were overawed by the sports car display of Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus plus others. With a falconry display on offer too....we all had a very enjoyable and 'purse friendly' day out. Would recommend Ragley Hall for all ages where you can do as little or as much as you please.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Super family fun day”
Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

We visited here on Good Friday, weather was fab and we had packed a picnic. Plenty of things to do, we walked around the gardens and stables. We were lucky enough to see the falconry display and got to find out about the birds. Tree top assault course was enjoyed by young and older!! Maze was lots of fun too. Take a picnic along, plenty of places to sit and enjoy.

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pleasant day out”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

A beautiful House set in magnificent grounds and gardens, with boating lake, nature trail, large picnic areas, and wonderful children's play area. There are lovely walks and tearooms and plenty to occupy a whole family day out.

Visited September 2013
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Money, money, money”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Potentially a lovely day out, unfortunately we visited on their first day of opening for the year and were disappointed.

Firstly the weather wasn't great, but I haven't factored this into the rating as they can't control that. But a lot of the activities here are outdoors so if the weather isn't nice then the adventure playground, grounds and gardens aren't such a good option.

What annoyed me most though was the money grabbing attitude. Ok, pay a reasonable sum to get in, but then to have to pay again for a tour of the house and the extortionate prices they charge for food, of which the selection was AWFUL.... £4 for a pre-packed sandwich for heavens sake.....

The adventure playground looked good, but the maze was in a very poor state, they hadn't even bothered to seep the leaves out to make it a bit steadier under foot.

Not sure we would go again and if we did then we would definitely take our own lunch to try and minimise that cost so that we could afford the high costs of entry and the house tour.

Visited March 2014
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