Dramatic transformation on show as the Mansion springs back to life

The Regency Mansion at Attingham Park will be throwing open its doors to the public once more as it springs back to life for the new season and will be open daily from 1 March for visitors to experience the dramatic transformation as the first completed part of the Through the Roof project is revealed.  There will be free flow access from 12.30pm, giving visitors to the property a chance to immerse themselves in the property’s fascinating history and stories at their own pace and get a feel for what life would have been like in days gone by. 

Regular visitors will be amazed to see the mansion in a new light having become used to seeing the mansion surrounded in scaffolding as extensive work took place.  This scaffolding has come down in the Nash Staircase and the Rotunda leaving the dome and skylight revealed. This is a significant stage in the ambitious Through the Roof project to repair and restore the precious John Nash roof that has leaked ever since it was installed over two centuries ago.  The National Trust put in a second roof to protect the property interiors and collection in the 1970s but the project will see this roof, which is nearing the end of its natural life, replaced with a new one that is expected to last well into the next century. 
Helen Royall, the Mansion Engagement and Conservation Manager at Attingham has been delighted with the progress of the project and said, “With the scaffolding down I have been sitting on the Nash Staircase staring up at the glittering glass and gilding and the beautiful pink fish scales. Even though there is no natural light in there at the moment anything that catches the temporary lighting glints. Come along and see this amazing transformation for yourself!”
New videos on Attingham Park’s YouTube channel give an insight into some of the painstaking work that has gone into the project, including the challenging task of cleaning 200 years of dirt from the walls and carefully painting over 11,000 scales in the Nash staircase to restore the original colours. 

Younger visitors to Attingham can search for the house mice on a special trail and will enjoy exploring below stairs to discover the servant’s rooms, with the chance to dress up and get an idea what it would have like to cook for so many.

Visitors will also experience changes on entry to the grounds, as other work at Attingham has been going on over the winter months.  The Stables Courtyard has been returned to how it would have been in its heyday and visitors will arrive at the new Visitor Reception building, which is now separate from the shop, making the shop much less busy and a better place to browse. 

Daily tours of the house will also take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm where knowledgeable guides will share more about Attingham’s stories, from the lives of the generations of the Berwick family who lived in the property to the work that has been going on behind the scenes. 

After exploring the mansion visitors can enjoy a visit to the Mansion Tearoom or Carriage House café for a well-earned slice of cake.  And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, the shop is full of inspiration for gift ideas.   

Opening times

From March 1 Attingham Park’s grounds, Visitor Reception and Carriage House Café are open daily 9am – 6pm. The Mansion Tea room will be open daily from 11.00am – 5.30pm. Lady Berwick’s Afternoon Tea Room will be open in the Outer Library from 1pm-5pm between Wednesday and Sunday. From March 1 the Mansion will be open for tours only from 10.30am daily, then for free-flow at 12.30pm. Last admission to the mansion is at 4.30pm.

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