A few years ago, we joined English Heritage. It was one of the best things we could every have done. Every year, rain and shine, we find new places to visit and go back to ones we have had fun at before. Going through old photos recently, I was reminded of Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, which we visited last summer on a slightly grey day.
Brodsworth Hall is just outside Doncaster in North Yorkshire. It’s a Victorian country house built in the Italianate style and has barely changed since it was built the 1860s. When English Heritage took over the property in the late 80s, they decided to conserve rather than restore the furnishings, showing the house as it was, not what it had been. To see inside, you need to book a tour but it’s well worth it. To preserve the house, you can’t take photos but I can say it was fascinating to walk around, like going back in time.
After the tour, we spent the afternoon in the gardens, which have been fully restored as grand gardens in miniature and were full of colour.
One of the things I love about Brodsworth’s gardens is there seems to be something different around each corner, including small areas of woodland and it is lovely to just wander.
When the sun is shining, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery and the peace and quite.
And then, when you have bored your daughter or son silly by saying “isn’t that pretty” and “let’s just go up here and see what there is”, you can become super-mom by taking them to the adventure playground.
Oh, and there was cake at the tea room when we were done – but I forgot to take a phot of that!
All in all, a great day out!