During the May half term we went glamping in Stratford-Upon-Avon which is about 2.5 hours away from where live and as we were travelling with the boys we decided to stop off on the way. Two days before we left I bought a family pass for the National Trust so we decided to see if we could you use this anywhere around the half way mark and found Wightwick Manor and Gardens in Wolverhampton which was just a short way from the motorway and seemed ideal.
Things to do?
As the name suggests there is a large manor house that you can look round as well as gardens that you can you explore. The house is beautiful and the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. The tiddler who is 5 came round the house with me and although he was on his best behaviour and was genuinely interested in looking in all the rooms, it was also great that a number of the chairs had pictures of cats on which was a sign that they could be sat on in case he got bored as I read the various handouts and signs. It was also brilliant that there was an area for children to dress up in one room and another area where they could play with old fashioned toys which he loved, making it feel very family friendly.
I would say that you need about 30 minutes to look round the house, longer if you wish to read all the information and maybe speak to the guides too. You can’t take food or drink in and I don’t think it was wheel chair accessible either but well worth a look if you can just remember to get your tickets at reception before walking up to the house.
In the gardens there are two ponds that are nice to walk round and on our visit we were lucky enough to see a family of ducks having a swim and the ducklings were still fluffy and adorable.
There is also a new hidden play park in the woodland area which was good for the kids to burn off some energy before we headed back to the car.
When we arrived we were told that there were some crafts going on at the back of the gardens and although we didn’t have time to check these out we did see a number of families head up that way so it’s worth seeing what extra activities are going on when you arrive.
Eat and Drink?
There is a lovely little cafe with indoor and outdoor seating where you can order food, drinks and luckily for us ice lollies too. However don’t feel obliged to use the cafe as the gardens provide many beautiful spots for picnics as well as lots of benches dotted around the grounds where you can enjoy your own food and drink.
Can you bring dogs?
Dogs are welcome in the grounds as long as they are on a lead but not in the house. We took Buddy with us and he had a lovely walk outside and enjoyed meeting other puppies too. There was even some water bowls outside the cafe for them to cool down.
As National Trust places go I would recommend a visit to Wightwick Manor if you are in the area. It is suitable for the whole family, parking is free, and you could easily stay for a couple of house if the weather is nice, even longer if you join in with the activities.