Hanbury Hall National Trust

A National Trust William and Mary-style country house, garden and park in North Worcestershire.

Hanbury Hall is our local National Trust, around 6 miles down the road from where we live so we have been a few times, both with and without our family dog. We like to walk the dog in the parkland which is
extensive and so even on busy days it is possible to find a quiet spot.

After a walk there is an undercover area in the courtyard for a cup of tea and a piece of cake (or a full lunch from the restaurant if we have timed it right). Dogs are restricted to the parkland and courtyard areas
which we don’t find too restrictive as this is where the toilets, shop and café, restaurant and
outdoor play area can all be accessed. We have never been on the equipment in the formal play
area as even in mid-November it was too busy for my son; particularly as some of the equipment
is pretty tight and hemmed in and would force him too close to other children playing which he
can’t cope with. There is a natural play area next to the formal play area but it was easier for us
to dodge it all, though it looked good.

Without the dog in tow my son loves to explore the formal gardens. He loves nothing better than
skipping back and forth along a straight path and clambering up some steps. The gardens weren’t
too busy and we found some nice spots where he could enjoy himself, there are number of
different sections to explore and some of it is more orchard like so you don’t have worry about
staying off the grass. Without the dog we also ate inside in the restaurant. You order at the
counter and then hot food is brought to your table. As it is part of the outbuildings, space in the
restaurant is tight (there is an access ramp but I don’t think I would fancy negotiating a
wheelchair or pushchair in there). Our food was pleasant, pretty standard for a National trust,
seasonal ingredients in a one-pot style or jackets and soup. There is a kid’s lunchbox but as my
son won’t eat sandwiches it seems a waste so we usually share our adult portion with him.

The car park is about 150 yards from the house on a firm gravel walkway. Much of the formal
gardens and ground floor of the house are wheelchair accessible. Toilets are part of the
outbuildings and quiet close together. I changed my son in the disabled toilets. As he is able to
stand to be changed (and prefers to) we didn’t have too much difficultly but I don’t remember
there being an abundance of room.

Overall, the grounds and gardens at Hanbury are lovely and
we have always felt welcomed. I went in the house before my son was born and I recall it was
interesting but now we don’t dare go in NT houses for fear of breakages so have avoided in recent years.

Written by Kate Smedley