Take a ‘behind closed doors’ tour of Attingham Park this summer

Step back into the regency world of Attingham Park’s impressive Mansion on an early evening private tour this summer.

Martin Jones, will be leading the early evening tours at Attingham as ‘Thomas, 2nd Lord Berwick’ on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 July, and Saturday 19 August this summer. Photo: National Trust
Martin Jones, will be leading the early evening tours at Attingham as ‘Thomas, 2nd Lord Berwick’ on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 July, and Saturday 19 August this summer. Photo: National Trust

‘Behind closed doors’ is a dramatic tour of the Mansion, taking place when the building is usually closed to visitors, who will be able to find out more about the family who built Attingham in the late 1700s.

The tours will take place at this popular National Trust property on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 July, and on Saturday 19 August this summer.

Rebekah Ingham, Events Officer at Attingham Park said, “An empty mansion and ‘Lord Berwick’ await you, on these special tours. This is an unusual opportunity for our visitors to immerse themselves into the atmosphere and history of Attingham after the front door has closed to visitors. Our humorous tour guide will really bring Attingham’s stories to life!”

Tours will be ‘led’ by, Thomas (1770- 1832), 2nd Lord Berwick, who inherited the title at the age of 19, embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe, married a renowned courtesan, and was responsible for some of the important developments at Attingham. Such as the iconic Picture Gallery at the centre of the Mansion, with an iconic, and innovative for its time cast iron frame and glass roof. It was commissioned by Thomas in 1805 from the famous Regency architect John Nash, who also designed the Brighton Pavilion. The Picture Gallery being in the centre of the building, had no windows. Nash’s solution was to provide natural light for the 2nd Lord’s Grand Tour art collection from above, with curved cast iron ribs supporting a series of glass panes allowing light to shine in. The roof is an example of the picturesque architectural style, providing a sense of beauty through decorations and light, and a sense of the sublime through the sheer size and height of the space it spans.

Tickets cost £5 per person (plus 5% booking fee) and standard admission charges will also apply for non-members of the National Trust. Tours start at 16:45 on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 July, and on Saturday 19 August from the front of the Mansion, last approximately an hour, and the tour route includes stairs.

Tickets for each tour are limited, and advance booking is essential via the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park/whats-on or by calling 03442491895.