This past week I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying our newest local attraction paired together with some of our local history at Hagley Hall and Park…
Hagley Hall House Tours
Hagley Hall is a grand and iconic house that is right on our doorstep. I’ve been before for a lovely afternoon tea, and now I’ve enjoyed a guided tour followed by teacakes (with lashings of butter, which put a smile on my parent’s faces!) in the tea room afterwards.
Hagley Hall has been home to the Lyttleton family, and still is, since the 18th Century and is set in beautiful gardens and parkland. On the tour, visitors can explore the magnificent rooms starting at the grand entrance, and view many beautiful artefacts and pieces of artwork. There is a lot to learn about the history of the house and its inhabitants, including connections with the Royal family, past Prime Ministers, the Essex Rebellion and the Gunpowder plot too! I particularly liked the ‘White Room’ and seeing a drawing/watercolour done by Queen Victoria herself. I was amused by the long hall, which is the poshest cricket practice area I’ve ever seen!
The tours are running daily at 10 am and 11.30 am until 19th March 2023. The Tea room is open until 1 pm. Visit here for more details and how to book.
Hagley Park and Visitor Centre
The grounds of Hagley Hall have always been private, until now. Hagley Park and Visitor centre opened at the end of August last year and is awaiting to be explored. There is a lovely cafe full of friendly staff with reasonably priced food and drink that looks and smells delicious. The children’s menu looks good also, which as a mom, I always look for –
For £4 you would get a sandwich with either fruit, crisps or popcorn, plus veggie sticks, and a drink… and as a little treat, upgrade (for only 30p) to a milkshake.
The Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot chocolate I had was gorgeous.
Anyone can go to the cafe as it is just before the park entrance, so even if you’re not a walker, you could go and give it a try! There is a little cafe garden area for nicer days with a little wendy house, giant chess board pieces and a (not too high) basketball hoop, so the kids can play while you enjoy your cuppa and a chat.
Sure it’s a bit cold and dull at this time of year to enjoy parklands and gardens, but a lot of us, myself included, still enjoy a weekly walk. Hagley Park is somewhere new to explore and local so there is no need to drive far, historic architecture to enjoy and most exciting of all – deer to spot! I was very pleased to see a herd of deer bounding across a field and over the path almost as soon as I got in!
I’ll be sure to go back on a brighter day and take my daughter to enjoy a more colourful scene and enjoy one of their children’s trails (keep an eye out for details of these on our What’s On page).
Hagley Park and Visitor Centre is open seven days per week, 10am – 4pm.
Special Offer & Competition
To help you enjoy Hagley Hall and Park; currently on offer:
And if you visit for a house tour, either through the competition or paying, you will receive 50% off the park entrance – so it’s a good time to have your first visit too if you’ve not already been!