Set in mid-Staffordshire, Shugborough Hall is the ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield
The hall and grounds have recently been taken over by the National Trust as, as you might expect, things are not fully up to speed.
Being a dog, I’m not allowed in the house so just the grounds for me but I have to say they are some of the better one I have been around.
There are (partially) defined paths to follow around and areas where dogs can run free, thankfully. They were great.
There are some beautiful sights as you amble around but my folks got lost quite quickly due to poor path marking. We all muddled through okay though and made it back to the modern world.
There are a large number of ‘follys’ (follies?) around the grounds but there used to be a lot more, 11 in fact.
The gatehouse leads you along the road to the deer/cattle grazing areas which are vast.
There is an art ‘thing’ going on around the grounds as well where you can look into these viewers, below, and watch an art house piece relating to the history of the park and the two brother that brought ‘paradise’ to the grounds in the shape these follies. Inspiration taken from their travels the area was transformed.
Unfortunately, many of these were destroyed or neglected over time leaving only a few remaining which can be found about.
The arch of Hadrian, above, is the most visible one remaining but there are still the Doric Temple, The Tower of the Winds, The Shepherd’s Monument and more to see.
We did make use of the fabulous tea room though. That clotted cream was lovely.
A nice park and well worth a visit. Not seen the house yet but we’ll go back. The grounds still have some way to go but still a nice spot.