Photo: Vintage Lulu

Built between 1684 and 1687, Erdigg Hall was voted Britain’s second finest stately home in 2007. Consisting of 300 years worth of Yorke family history, it is hardly surprising that Erddig is so popular with tourists.

One of the most unique things about this country home is the collection of portraits of its servants. It was relatively popular for families to commission portraits of their servants, particularly if they had been especially loyal. Erddig unusually still holds 10 of these paintings. Each picture has its own poem, written by the owner at the time about the servant.

When you visit Erddig you will be able to see what it was like for the servants below stairs as a group of interpretation volunteers relive the daily routine.

It isn’t just below stairs that promises to fascinate and surprise, however. The rest of the house will mesmerise you as it showcases beautiful tapestries, paintings, furniture and much more.

While you’re at Erddig you should explore the walled garden – all 13.5 acres of it! Boasting one of the longest herbaceous borders in Britain and many features from the 1700s, the garden is a real treat to see.

If you want to get up close and personal with another mammal then head over to the stables and meet Claire and Jerry, Erddig’s resident shire horses. They’re really friendly and love to be made a fuss of.

If you’ve brought the dog with you, the Erddig Estate is the ideal place to take a stroll. You can wander through woodland, meander through the meadows and splash about in the river. You can even re-fuel at the Coachmans Tea Garden where your beloved be-pawed pals are welcome.

So whatever the weather there is so much on offer both indoors and outdoors at Erddig that you won’t be disappointed.

Wrexham, LL13 0YT

Tel: 01978 355 314

Opening Times: House 12:30pm-4:30pm (Last admission 3:30pm), Garden, Restaurant & Shop 11am-5:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.