Hanbury Hall

3 children entering the garden through a walled entrance

I’ve been itching to get out and about and visit another National Trust Property after we visited Packwood House four months ago. The place I had in mind was Hanbury Hall in Worcester. It is only half an hour’s drive away for us so it was frustrating that I’d had to wait so long. I think this is why I got impulsive and went from being in my pjs at noon, to having the kids dressed fed and on our way just over an hour later.

Hanbury Hall was built by Thomas Vernon, a highly successful London lawyer, in 1710. The building is English Baroque but not like the styling of those that were built by the upper classes that had inherited their wealth. Vernon was one of the new emerging ‘red brick gentry’ who had gained his wealth by earnings. He commissioned James Thornhill to paint the walls and ceiling of his new country home with lavish mythological scenes.

The gardens were designed by royal gardener  George London, thoroughly structured and rigorously preened. The orangery, walled garden, orchard and mushroom house where later added to retain sustainability.

We started our visit in the gardens, starting at the sunken parterre which is beautiful in its symmetry of plants and flowers.

a sunken garden full of greenery and flowers

We moved on to the orchard and the kid’s investigated the snob’s tunnel. Then we made our way into the walled garden which was full of fruit and vegetables. They even had a trolley load for sale and we came away with a nice selection of herbs and a few chillies.

The Orangery and Mushroom house was next. Outside the orangery there were lemon and lime trees and the most gorgeous Chrysanthemums. The kids were astounded at how dark the mushroom house was, thank goodness we had torches on our mobile phones, a candle would have been nicer though.

orange crysanthemums

We made our way back to the house for a look around. I could mooch around downstairs but the sweeping staircase was too much for me so the others had to go on without me. I didn’t mind too much though, it was really nice downstairs, and I could spend a while admiring the paintings which depicted the story of Achilles.

There was lots more to explore but as we had left it so late it was getting near to closing time so we had to call it a day. I’d be happy to go back again some day though.

I’ve put all my photos together in a little video.

Our day out at Hanbury Hall National Trust Property in Worcester
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  1. September 2, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Oh I love National Trust places – we were going to stop there earlier in the year on our way home form Lincs but ran out of time. Those formal gardens look beautiful #CountryKids

  2. September 2, 2017 / 9:32 am

    The gardens were beautiful, I don't think I captured half as much as I could have but sometimes I like to just relax and take it all in.

  3. coombemill
    September 2, 2017 / 11:09 am

    Lovely little video of your day, the kids look like they are having a great time running up to you leaflets in hand and inside looks as beautiful as outside. Those manicured gardens really are stunning, though I wouldn't want to be the gardener! Great to understand a little of the history too and the self made wealth of Thomas Vernon.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids .

  4. September 2, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I heard that the gardens take a lot of work and many gardeners. They were exceptionally kept though, everything trimmed to perfection x

  5. mommamack15
    September 2, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Glad you had a good day out. Hanbury is not far from us either and we've enjoyed a few trips there, we particular enjoyed the pumpkin trail around Halloween. We can also recommmend the cake in the cafe too. We love NT places and feel they are great for kids to get out and about in the fresh air #countrykids

  6. Bubbablue
    September 3, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    Hanbury is on my list of NT places to visit, although it's a bit more of a trek for us. Love a good garden, although I think N would get annoyed with me taking too many photos #countrykids

  7. sherry
    September 4, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    It looks stunning there and the video really shows just how beautiful it is. We love our National Trust passes #CountryKids

  8. michelletwinmum
    September 4, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    This looks like a fab day out, I don't think NT site ever let you down. Mich x #CountryKids

  9. pamelaagar
    September 5, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Oh my goodness, the sunken parterre is beautiful! I love National Trust places – this is a new one for my list. Thank you! #countrykids

  10. liquoriceuk
    September 6, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    What a fabulous day out. I love the look of the sunken parterre and those chrysanthemums are beautiful 🙂 #countrykids

  11. September 6, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Oooh, this is only about an hour away from us. And we have just joined NT. I must add it to my list!! Thank you!! #countrykids

  12. Steph
    September 7, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Looks like a beautiful places to explore, the gardens are stunning, how lovely! Good to hear a little more information about the place too, sounds like a really interesting place to visit #countrykids

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