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Shugborough Estate, is a complete working
historic estate, near Stafford in the heart of
The main features are the Park Farm, Mansion, servants quarters, walled
garden, gardens, and monuments.
In the farm you get to meet Georgian dairymaids, and a miller. The dairy
maids show things as it would have been in the early 1800's, producing
cheese and butter, and the miller demonstrates a working watermill. The water
wheel is larger than a double decker bus.
The scents of freshly made warm bread drift from
the scullery as the bailiff’s wife, Mrs Wheelock, busies herself baking
delicious wholesome food.
Rare and historic breeds of livestock, roam the
parkland just as they did 200 years ago.
The theme continues in the servants quarters with
a range of period characters showing you their way of life and skills, from the
laundry to brewing, eight pints of ale a day were part of the servant’s wage at
Shugborough, and further in the mansion, gardeners likewise show you the
All the people in costume that you will
meet at Shugborough think they are in the 1800s, so any questions
outside of that era will simply confuse them.
They think £21 a year is a good wage,
eight pints of beer is a normal daily allowance and a journey to
London will take at least three days!
Please DO ask them about their lives. We
can guarantee that the answers you get will surprise you, that the
banter they spout will make you smile and that the tales they weave
will leave you wanting more.
You can find out more about the various
There is a lot to see and explore here, and you
would need a long day to see it all, or perhaps several visits. Quite a lot of
this is indoors so its not perhaps as weather dependent as some places. You can
get tickets cheaper by buying in advance, there are good season ticket prices
available, and more, so if its near to you it may be a place you would like to
visit a number of times.
There is no mention of photography on the
website, but as the National Trust is involved don't be surprised if someone
pops up with a notice or something about commercial use of photography. In any
event it may be worth giving them a call to get a full understanding of what
limits there are if any. If I was going to visit I would want to clarify this
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Location: Shugborough Estate,
Grid Reference: SJ990215
Map Link: multimap
Getting there: signed from Junction 13 of the
M6. The main entrance is located at Milford Common on the A513 Stafford to
printable PDF map of estate
Other Useful Websites:
Milford Nr Stafford
Postcode: ST17 0XB
Telephone: or 0845 126 0797
Opening Times: Mar to end Oct: Open every
day 11am to 5pm. See also
Charges: Adults £12, Children £7, Concessions
£9.50, family 2+3 £30, single family 1+1 £15, under 5 free. Parking is £3
but refunded when you pay entry fee. Gardens and Grounds £3 (no parking
refund). Watch the event conditions there are a number of special offers or
unusual concessions on some days. Also if you are going more than once look
season pass rates
for example adult is £20. Season ticket holders also get free parking, other
discounts and more.
NT members free entry to house, but parking
has to be paid. There are also various upgrade options for NT members to
include other parts of the estate.
Other Location Pages:
List of Living
Living history museums introduction
Notes: An enterprise that is a joint venture between
the National Trust and Staffordshire county council.
'Carers Go Free': Registered
Carers gain free entry when accompanying disabled visitors - what are
registered carers? See more on
CIN Page Ref: shugborough
Date Updated: 07/2008
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