Wightwick Manor and Gardens makes for a lovely little day out near Wolverhampton with kids. If you’re anything like us, we’ve loved exploring some fabulous locations close to home this year. And our National Trust membership has been absolutely invaluable. Travel restrictions have meant that we’ve had more time (and inclination) to visit places that ordinarily we would skip for somewhere more well known. Wightwick Manor and its beautiful grounds is one of these places. Although it is small, it surely is mighty!
Can I still visit Wightwick Manor?
Like many attractions in the UK, Wightwick Manor and Gardens is slowly reopening. When we were there over summer, we could only explore the grounds but recently they have allowed limited visitors into the house. The Manor and gallery is open Friday – Tuesday 11am until 3.30 pm. You’ll need to book in advance even if you’re National Trust members. We were able to explore the grounds and the small cafe and shop is open. Tickets are released every Friday morning so get in quick. Please, please wear a mask and keep your distance from other people when you’re visiting.
What can I see at Wightwick Manor?
The Victorian Manor House itself is absolutely stunning, all black and white timber and extremely well preserved. The grounds aren’t huge – this is more a city property than a countryside stately home but they are a lovely place for a quick wander. We found ducks at the lake, some fabulous places for a picnic and a vegetable plot which put my own efforts to shame. The formal rose garden behind the house was my favourite part and I imagine the colours would be absolutely stunning when in full bloom. The main, tree lined route up to the house was another jaw dropper and great spot for a photo.
Inside the house you’ll find a wonderful collection of Victorian art and William Morris furnishings. In normal years there’s an historical children’s nursery where kids are encouraged to play with a few toys. I’ll definitely return to explore this. There’s also a small natural outdoor play area that will be a real hit with the kids.
During the festive period, Wightwick Manor is beautifully decorated for Christmas so this would be a lovely time to visit.
A short history of Wightwick Manor
The Mandor family had the house built in 1887. What drew me to the property was the Mandor families dedication to woman rights. Suffragist meetings were regularly held at Wightwick Manor and the family pushed for equality even for their female domestic help. The Manor house holds a huge collection of work by professional female artists. It may be coincidental but Wolverhampton was the first place in the UK for a woman to vote.
How much is it to visit Wightwick Manor?
Wightwick Manor is free for National Trust members. Otherwise it’s £8 for adults and £4 for kids.
Where is Wightwick Manor?
Wightwick Manor is located on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, just 15 minutes drive from the centre of town. It’s on the main road so easy to locate and public buses are available on the route if necessary.
I’ve really loved visiting National Trust properties this year. The days always feel really well organised and restricted numbers mean there is plenty of space for everyone. Toilets are always spotless and we can always grab a much needed coffee and cake. Plus I love that we can normally bring the dog along.
What else is there to do near Wolverhampton?
For another well spaced out museum, make sure you visit the free to enter Cosford Air Museum. Another lovely National Trust property is Moseley Old Hall which is around 15 miles away. And Cannock Chase, one of my favourite places for a hike is just an half hour drive away.
Have a read of some of my other favourite National Trust Properties in the Midlands. If you like a good walk along with your day out then make sure you check out the Rock houses at Kinver.
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