A visit to Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe is like stepping back in time, and it’s something the whole family will enjoy. Now part of the National Trust, Hughenden was home to Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli between 1848 and 1881. Later on the Manor would go on to be used as a secret target map making base codenamed ‘Operation Hillside’ during the Second World War. It’s steeped in history and beauty.
The fun starts on the walk down from the car park through the woods, with wooden stepping stones, balance beams, dens and climbing areas. The house itself is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. There are lots of things not to be touched which is always a challenge with little ones, but we loved exploring the rooms and there’s a children’s room with toys and clothes which can be played with and put on. The kiddies were also given a list of items with photos to find as they went around the house which kept them occupied. The underground shelter area was really interesting, the children loved getting hands-on with typewriters and sewing machines and finding out about ration books.
The grounds at Hughenden are beautiful, there’s lots of space for playing, walking or picnicking. We also spent some time in the walled garden next to the café. Again this was great for the kids. There was a bug trail around the garden, loads of flower, fruit and veg to see growing and watering cans and wheel barrows for them to potter around with. There’s a nice little café with the option of eating inside or out in the little courtyard. They do a selection of drinks, snacks, cakes, hot and cold food as well as children’s picnic boxes.
Hughenden runs various themed activities during school holiday periods like tree climbing, trails, craft days and workshops. See their website for details.
You can get in to Hughenden Manor for free with your National Trust membership. Or the following prices apply…
Adults – £12.00
Children – £6.00
Family – £30.00
Opening times vary throughout the year, click here to check before you visit.
*All details correct as of August 2017.
Address: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA
For more information see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden
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