Wimpole Estate National Trust – day trip from London


Wimpole Estate National Trust in a nutshell: a unique working estate relatively close to London, including a mansion next to gorgeous Dutch gardens and a croquet lawn, a home farm with rare breed animals, a huge parkland and an adventure playground.

National Trust near London - Wimpole Estate with kids: the formal gardens

A day is not enough to go round and soak in the beauty or the history, eat fruit from the orchard, go wild in the playground and see all the barns and animals.

Wimpole Estate National Trust with kids: the farm land

We and our friends drove 1 hour and 20min from Kensington each way, but given how much fun we all had, it’s already on the list to go back!

We had a picnic by Wimpole Estate National Trust mansion and by the croquet lawn – the landscapes are just amazing and the kids can play and run around whilst the adults could enjoy some bubbles or beer. We had quite dramatic summer skies but luckily no rain and pleasant 21 degrees.

Wimpole Estate with kids: Croquet lawn

My youngest son and I went on a tour of this spectacular architectural pedigree mansion: superb paintings, ceilings, bath house, Baroque chapel, library and fun basement including butlers’ rooms.

A rich mixture of mainly 18th-century decorations loved by lots of historical characters, including Queen Victoria who spent a couple of overnights.

Post lunch with our friends we explored the working farm – lots of cute baby animals and then headed to the playground.

Wimpole Estate with kids: the adventure playground

I thoroughly enjoyed my youngest nap time and took him around the walled gardens.

Wimpole Estate with kids: formal garden

Later on, friends and other kids joined in, they loved the apples from the yard, the little pond with the fish and simply going round so much gorgeous colours and flowers. Very zen and back to nature!

National Trust Wimpole Estate: apple orchard

We have concluded the day purchasing local goodies – cheese and brioches – mostly devoured on the car on the way back.

National Trust Wimpole Estate with kids: the gardens

A gem so close to London afterall – highly recommending Wimpole Estate National Trust with kids or without! For our favourite days out within an hour drive of London, head here. Less time to drive? Do check our list with 6 fabulous gardens and gorgeous countryside within 30 minutes drive from London.

National Trust Wimpole Estate with kids: the gardens

Ps: thank you Wimpole Estate National Trust for the complimentary Family day pass, excited kids – ours and our friends; impressions and pics entirely ours.

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16 comments

  1. Looks like you had a great day out, we love National Trust places you just can’t beat them for good value days out can you! thanks so much for sharing with us at #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky x

  2. I do love a good National Trust property and this one looks like it has everything you need. A fabulous house, stunning grounds and a playground not to mention all the little extras that make it so much fun like discovering the orchard and the dressing up. The kids look so cute with those croquet sticks and I’m just imagining admiring the view with a glass of bubbles!

    Thank you for sharing a lovely day on #CountryKids

  3. I’ve had this on my to do list for ages, but it’s quite a trek, but looks like it’s worth it #Countrykids

  4. I’ve only been to Wimpole once and it was far too quick a visit. I’d love to take the family and explore properly. Mich x #CountryKids

  5. So beautiful! We miss NT properties now that we’re in the US, always such a good day out 🙂 #CountryKids

  6. I can understand why, thanks a lot for stopping by Sara!

  7. I hope you grabbed some of those apples! (if they weren’t too wormy). I’ve not heard of the Wimpole Estate, looks good (and not too far out of the way for us) – another one for the to-do list…!! #countrykids

  8. It looks like a great place to visit. We need to explore more places like this #CountryKids

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