- Visit Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, to uncover the secrets of this Georgian estate and gaze at its wonderful art exhibits, gardens and more.
- Don't miss out on Berrington Hall events from Christmas festivities to family-friendly activities that are regularly held at this National Trust site.
- Be sure to check out the wonderful nature and walking trails as you explore the grounds of this stunning estate.
Berrington Hall is a National Trust venue in Leominster, Herefordshire. This country house and landscape garden, stands strong, boasting a parkland and lake. This exquisite Georgian mansion sits within ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. Created as the perfect house in a picture-perfect setting, Berrington Hall has an abundance of secrets that visitors can uncover. This is one of Henry Holland's first houses, and you can explore the family rooms to see how the servants moved around the estate unseen by the guests and family.
There's plenty to discover, like the Red Earth's 'Genius Loci' exhibition which is located in the parkland. In the house, there are Harley, Rodney and Cawley families jewel-like interiors to explore, designed by Henry Holland. See award-winning ceramic sculpture 'War & Pieces', the Rodney maritime story reimagined by Bouke de Vries, located in the Dining Room. Explore the art and extremes of the 18th-century in the wig and bum shop, from there you can discover the hidden ‘below stairs’. There is a rare curved walled garden, a Brownian design, newly created, unique and as part of the Berrington Garden Project, which is perfect for picture taking and relaxing, plus a Pleasure Grounds Restoration Project. You can stroll and wander around Berrington Hall's landscape knowing that it was created by 'Capability' Brown, who is often cited as 'England's Greatest Gardener'.
The gardens and pleasure grounds are separate from the park, which was partly re-excavated and restored in the 1980's and 1990's. A lawn runs between this and the front of the Hall. To the north of the Hall complex is a shrubbery walk with conifers, expanded in the early 20th century. If you're after some more landscapes in the heart of Herefordshire, be sure to visit Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, the only country park in the county.
The interiors include fine period furniture, Biaggio Rebecca ceilings and pieces on display from the Wade Collection. Surrounding the house is Capability Brown's final landscape. Despite its slightly austere exterior, the house has delicate interiors and a homely, welcoming feel. Afterwards, uncover the story of Ann Bangham, who was the first lady of Berrington, and see her restored 18th century court mantua dress.
If you're looking for things to do in Leominster, then be sure to check out the Lakeside Walks and Parkland Walk trails at Berrington Hall to fully experience the delight of the stunning gardens in this National Trust house. For younger children, there are natural play areas and outdoor games for them to explore. There is much fun to be had in the parkland and gardens at Berrington Hall, from jumping, running and climbing in the woods, to constructing the best den in the den-building area. Berrington Hall welcomes you to bring games with you at this National Trust house; families love playing a game of catch, frisbee and more in the gardens!
Plus there are outdoor adventures to be had that Berrington Hall organises too. You can try some of the '50 Things To Do Before You’re 11' activities. All you have to do is download an activity sheet, and there are plenty of activities you can check off the list, plus make your own and get creative, like discovering animal clues to see what furry friends live in Leominster, Herefordshire. Or you can do den-building, create some 'wild art' inspired by Berrington Hall and so much more. In autumn, there will be many scary beasts to find amongst all the fallen, autumnal, leaves, and an abundance of conkers to use for a conker fight. After you've explored Berrington Hall, you'll enjoy Croft Castle and Parkland, a National Trust castle surrounded by historic woodland, farm and parkland in Herefordshire.
Don't miss out on the events that Berrington Hall hosts, like at Christmas where Berrington Hall provides a lovely atmosphere, decorations and festivities, plus a delightful and delicious meal. There are a couple of Georgian tea rooms, a gift shop and a second-hand bookshop to visit when you're done exploring the grounds.
What to know before you go
- When you're feeling peckish, the Stables café is open from 10am to 4pm daily, selling homemade scones, cakes, hot and cold drinks, ice cream, sorbet, sausage rolls and other snacks. Or you can bring a picnic to enjoy in the parkland, on a picnic bench in the gardens or on one designated tables in the courtyard.
- There are toilets on site and baby-changing facilities which can be found in the car park and courtyard toilets.
- Dogs are permitted on leads in the gardens and parkland.
- You cannot put tents or gazebos up in the garden.
- Adult's and children's bikes and scooters are not allowed within the gardens and ground as they can ruin the landscape.
- It is important to note that the mansion is only accessible via steps.
- There is separate mobility parking in the car park.
- There is a changing places facility in the courtyard for visitors who may need.
- The grounds of the estate are partly accessible, with loose gravel paths, so other areas may be harder to navigate.
- There are two wheelchairs and Powered Mobility Tramper Vehicle available for visitors who may need.
- If travelling via road, please note that the A49 entrance is closed. Ensure you use the other entrance off Eye Lane. This is seven miles south of Ludlow on the west side of A49, and when approaching Berrington from Ludlow, look out for a sharp right turn, and it will have a brown sign directing you to Berrington Hall, this will be as you enter the 40mph zone at Ashton. There is free parking 30 yards to the visitor reception.
- If travelling by train, Leominster Train Station is about four miles from Berrington Hall, you can either get a taxi there or a bus to Hundred Turn, which is just 11 minutes walk to the property.
- If travelling by bus, Ludlow to Hereford, which passes close Ludlow Train Station and Leominster, get off at Luston, from there it's a two-mile walk or Eye Lane, for a seven-minute walk.