Photo: Les Hull

Hanbury Hall and its extensive gardens are perfect for a day of exploration and wonder. Built in 1706 by the Vernon family, this house if full of secrets just waiting to be discovered! Play records on the gramophone in the sitting room or discover the murky secrets of the blue room. When you stop and admire the exquisite paintings on the staircase and hall ceiling, see if you can find the small depiction of Rev Henry Sacheyerell being thrown to the furies! This was clearly a jab at Tory Sacheyerell by the Whig Vernons when building the house. The rest of the paintings extend throughout the house and feature Greek conqueror Achilles, along with other Olympian works of art. Make sure to take the guided tour to hear about five centuries of misadventures of the Vernon family at Hanbury Hall!

Hanbury Hall’s gardens are not to be missed, with a combination of formal gardens, walled orchards, and tree-lined avenues. A special feature of Hanbury’s gardens is the Shepard’s Hut. Used as a refuge by shepherds during shearing and lambing seasons, the shelter could be transported from one field to the next as the sheep moved! Explore the gardens to see if you can find the hidden ice and mushroom houses, concealed within the grounds. Stop by the orangery and search for a paw print made by a cat on the tile floor which was created almost 300 years ago! Kids will enjoy a day of discovery throughout the grounds and the house. There are plenty of fields to play in for a day out, as well as a playground! There’s also a café and a bookstore to rest your tired feet and learn more about Hanbury’s fascinating history.

 

School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 7EA
Tel: 01527 821214
Times: Daily, excluding Friday, 11am – 5pm, Summer
Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm, Winter