A walk around Charlecote Park

I like to break up a car journey with a walk around a National Trust property. It’s much nicer than stopping at service stations and gives us an opportunity to visit places that we might not have otherwise visited. We’re gradually ticking off the ones off the M40 on various journeys to and from Birmingham. This time, we decided to break up the journey home from the Little Hearts Matter open day with a walk around Charlecote Park.


Sophie standing in front of the house at Charlecote Park – “A walk around Charlecote Park”


We were travelling back later in the afternoon so I knew we would be quite short on time with many National Trust properties closing at 5pm. The gardens at Charlecote Park were open until 6pm though which meant more time to explore.


Sophie studying the map of Charlecote Park


Sophie immediately took charge of the map on our arrival, deciding which route we were going to take through the grounds. We headed up the main drive towards the gate house. The inside of the gate house shows some of the family history of the Lucy family who own and live at Charlecote Park. Sophie was much more interested in the big stag’s head on the wall though!


Sophie inside the gate house where the walls are illustrated with the family history of the Lucy family who own Charlecote.


The house at Charlecote Park was built in the 16th century by Sir Thomas Lucy, an Elizabethan politician. It was extensively refurbished during the 19th century by George Hammond Lucy and his wife Mary Elizabeth. The parkland around the house is home to a herd of a fallow deer and there are also Jacob sheep. It took a little while for us to spot the deer on our walk around the grounds. They were a bit too far away for me to get a decent photo of them with my phone!


Sophie pointing to the deer in the deer enclosure at Charlecote Park


We made sure we visited the shop before it closed at 5pm to get Sophie’s National Trust passport stamped and to pick up one for Thomas. There were three different stamps to be put in and Sophie enjoyed helping stamp her passport. She decided that next time we visit a National Trust property we have to pick up another passport for Jessica. I love that she still includes her big sister on our days out.


Sophie in front of the range in the Victorian kitchen


Sophie found the Victorian kitchen and the laundry room fascinating. We talked about how people used to wash their clothes before having washing machines. I explained how the mangle was used to squeeze the water out of the clothes before they were hung up to dry, and that was how it was done when Nanny was a little girl. I remember being quite fascinated as a little girl by how different things were in my mum’s childhood. It’s funny how some things have changed a huge amount since my own childhood too!


Sophie pointing out the washing drying in the laundry at Charlecote Park


We also saw the different carriages in the carriage collection. Sophie wondered which one Cinderella would use to get to the ball.


Sophie in front of the carriages in the carriage collection at Charlecote Park


It was lovely just to spend some time wandering around the parkland and enjoying the late afternoon spring sunshine. Sophie picked up a few things along the way for her collection – a pebble, a white feather, a leaf, a buttercup and a stick.


“They’re to help me remember this walk,” she told me.


Sophie standing amongst a patch of daffodils at Charlecote Park


Collecting things to help her “remember” is a new thing for Sophie. I think we might have to start a little journal for this and show her how to press any little flowers so she can keep them. Of course, we also have the photos to help us remember. Sophie is now starting to take some of them so that Mummy is in the photos too!


Mummy sitting on a bench at Charlecote Park feeding Thomas


We only managed to explore the west side of the grounds during our visit so missed out on seeing the lake and the thatched summerhouse, which I think Sophie would have liked. I suspect we may well stop off again at some point in the future and explore the other side of the grounds!


Sophie standing on a stone bridge at Charlecote Park holding a chocolate lolly

Sophie standing in front of the gate house at Charlecote Park


Visiting Charlecote Park – what you need to know:


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Opening times:

The grounds at Charlecote Park are open from 9am throughout the year, other than on Christmas Day. Closing times vary throughout the year. Entry to the house is by free timed ticket, not bookable in advance. The house is closed on Wednesdays. For more information click here.


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6 thoughts on “A walk around Charlecote Park

  1. The tearooms are really good here – we have stopped off on many many occasions since I was a child. Dan loved the deer and I always have to check out the 2nd hand bookshop.

  2. That looks like a great place to visit and to break up the journey.
    Sophie looks quite the expert at map reading. hehehe
    That is such a sweet idea Sophie had about getting a National Trust passport for Jessica. x

  3. We’ve had so many lovely days there. Didn’t realise that there were three stamps to collect though! You’ll need to go back to see the deer there. Love that Sophie wants to collect memories and include Jessica too #countrykids

  4. I do love the kitchens in the old National Trust properties, it makes my cooking on a large scale look tiny! It sounds very Coombe Mill like in the grounds with Jacobs Sheep and Fallow Deer! A property I’d like to visit and what a great way to break up the journey. #CountryKids

  5. I used to pass Charlecote Park regularly for years en route to my parents but have never actually visited. And it’s got a history of Lucy’s too! How lovely that Sophie remembers Jessica like that and is starting to collect memorabilia. A big part of the bereavement counselling for my best friend’s daughter is helping her not to forget so perhaps Sophie is at a similar stage? It sounds like another wonderful day out, you certainly make the most of life #CountryKids

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