Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Wimpole Estate

My National Trust membership hasn’t been getting much of a workout lately. To rectify this we took advantage of the warm weather over the August Bank Holiday weekend and popped in to visit the Wimpole Estate.

Located in Royston, Cambridgeshire, the Wimpole Estate contains a large country house (Wimpole Hall), a working farm and about 3,000 acres of parkland.

Many of the historic houses I visit have mostly stayed within one family but Wimpole Hall had a variety of different owners. As you explore the house you notice different styles of architecture and design, as each owner has left their mark on the building.

The Yellow Drawing Room was one of the first rooms we saw and was also my favourite in the house. The National Trust have placed cushions on the floor so you can lay down and look up at the ceiling.

There’s also a pretty staircase leading to the bedrooms upstairs.

With one room in particular featuring a rather elaborate bed frame.

Down in the basement you’ll find one of the more unusual features of this property – the Bath House.

And finally, the in-house chapel.

We wandered around the formal gardens outside the house but didn’t manage to explore the further parts of the estate. Walking for miles in hot weather while laden with bike gear was not very appealing. Had I been wearing more suitable attire I would have liked to find The Folly, at the other side of the estate. It’s designed resemble the ruins of a medieval castle and offers a panoramic view of the estate.

Visitor information

  • Wimpole Estate is open daily year round. Wimpole Hall is open Saturday – Thursday between February and October, and is also open on Fridays during school holidays. Check their website for opening times.
  • Standard adult entry to the whole estate is £16.25. National Trust members can visit for free.
  • On-site parking is available and free for members, £2 for non-members.
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