Immerse yourself in 500 years of history at the utterly charming Baddesley Clinton manor house, which comes complete with a moat and manicured gardens that make it worthy of a painting – and great photo opportunities. Here, discover an array of characters who dwelled here and learn more about the unusual events that form the rich heritage of this historic English estate.
Visiting Baddesley Manor is like stepping through a time warp – straight back to Elizabethan England. Here, you’ll find splendid old-world interiors and furnishings that appear eerily frozen in time. The building itself, which dates back to 1438, has seen its fair share of drama; for example, its secret passageways served as a hideaway for outlawed Catholic priests and their domestics during the troubled times of the late 16th century.
When you arrive at the manor, you’ll hear an introductory talk and learn a thing or two about the intriguing Ferrer family, who occupied the estate for some 500 years; the National Trust took possession of Baddesley Clinton in 1980. Once you’ve explored the house and garden, venture out into the greater estate, where you can follow the Baddesley Clinton Estate Walk trail. The trail takes you past Baddesley Clinton church and to the Baddesley Bird Screen, where you can enjoy some peace and quiet and keep your eyes peeled for resident wildlife.
If exploring one beautiful, historic Tudor manor just isn’t enough for you, combine your visit with a trip to nearby Packwood House (which the National Trust also manages), where Queen Mary stayed in 1927. Check out its famous tapestries and exquisite yew garden. You’ll find Baddesley Clinton in the historic town of Warwick, about 14 kilometres from Birmingham International train station.