Wimpole Estate - National Trust

Wimpole Estate - National Trust
Old Wimpole Road




General Enquiries


Weddings & Functions



General Enquiries

01223 206000

Restaurant & Functions

01223 206001


01223 206004


01223 206017


General Enquiries

01223 207838

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Wimpole Estate
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

Mrs Elsie Bambridge, daughter of Rudyard Kipling, bequeathed Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, including the Grade I listed landscaped parkland, to the National Trust in 1976.

Wimpole had a succession of owners from Lord Harley (1711-1740) to the Earls of Hardwicke (1740-1894) and Viscount's Clifden, before being bought by Elsie Bambridge in 1930's and has a roll-call of celebrated architects and landscape designers who have worked on it, each contributing their own layer to its varied history.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Agricultural site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Hall 9 Feb-3 Nov Saturday to Thursday 11am-5pm
Home Farm 5 Jan-8 Feb Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm; 9 Feb-3 Nov Daily 10:30am-5pm; 9 Nov-29 Dec 11-4 Saturday and Sunday
Garden, Restaurant and Shop 1 Jan-8 Feb Daily 11am-4pm; 9 Feb-3 Nov Daily 10:30am-5pm; 4 Nov-31 Dec 11-4 Daily 11am-4pm
Park Open Daily all year Dawn till dusk
Home Farm, garden, restaurant and shops: open 1-7 Jan, 27-31 Dec 11am-4pm
Stable shop and café: open 26 Dec 11am-4pm
Bookshop open same days as Shop but times may vary.

Admission charges

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Hall, garden and farm: £16.10 (£14.50), child £8.40 (£7.60), family £40.70 (£36.80).
Groups (15+) £13.60, child £7.10.
Hall and garden: £10.70 (£9.60), child £5.80 (£5.20), family £30 (£27.10).
Groups (15+) £9.10, child £4.90.
Garden only: £4.50 (£4.00), child £2.40 (£2.10), family £12.90 (£11.60).
Groups (15+) £3.80, child £2.
Farm only: £8.40 (£7.90), child £5.80 (£5.20), family £26.20 (£23.70).
Groups (15+) £7.40, child £4.90.
Farm (members): £3.95 (£3.55), child £2.60 (£2.35), family £12.20 (£11).
Groups (15+) £3.95, child £2.35.
Discount voucher when arriving by bicycle or public transport.
Under 5s are free at Farm


  • National Trust

Wimpole Hall with over thirty show rooms including Yellow Drawing Room; Plunge Bath; Chancellors Bedroom and Basements. Wimpole Home Farm set amidst eighteenth century thatched farm buildings is the largest rare breeds centre in East Anglia. Working Walled Kitchen Garden. Archaeology Walks in parkland.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Fine Art, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Sir John Soane; James Gibbs; Charles Bridgeman; Humphrey Repton; Sanderson Miller; Capability Brown.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Hedge Laying Course

  • 1 November 2014 9:30am-4pm

The course content includes the proper use of hand tools, side up and remove unwanted branches and stems on the hedge, cut and lay the pleachers with axe and hand saw, how to stake the laid hedge, and how to bind the stakes with withies.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


Adult £90.00.



Killerton Woods

Woodlands and Folly Walk

  • 27 July 2014 1:30-3pm
  • 2 August 2014 1:30-3pm
  • 10 August 2014 1:30-3pm
  • 23 August 2014 1:30-3pm
  • 31 August 2014 1:30-3pm
  • 19 September 2014 1:30-3pm
  • 27 September 2014 1:30-3pm

A free guided three mile walk across the estate, accompanied by one of the walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, seeing the estate from a different viewpoint.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Girl in the wood

Den Building

  • 24 July 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Guided by our staff and volunteers utilise fallen branches, leaves and other natural materials to build your den, and then watch it be 'tested' at the end of the session. Finish by toasting marshmallows on the camp fire then walk back. This activity will take place at 10:30 and 13:30.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10


£2.50 per child.



photograph of flying bat

Night Time Nature Walk

  • 25 July 2014 8:30-10:30pm

Come on a guided walk with our ranger through the woodland belts and listen for bats, owls and other night time creatures.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4.00 per adult, £2.00 per child.



photograph of archaeological dig

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Excavation at Wimpole Hall

  • 26 July — 3 August 2014

Come and have a look at this excavation of test pits and trial trenches in search of evidence of medieval settlements. The excavators will be on hand to talk to and a display of finds from recent archaeological work will be on display.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Girl peering through the trees

Climb A Tree

  • 9 August 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Wimpole. Climb into a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securly attached in a harness at all times and if you're feeling brave take the zip wire back down!

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+


£18.00 per person.



Big eared townsend bat

Wild About Bats

  • 5 — 6 September 2014 7:30-9:30pm

Discover some of the many bat species found at Wimpole on this guided walk into the park.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £6.00. Child £4.00.



photograph of running dog

Wimpole Half Marathon

  • 5 October 2014 10am-1pm

This undulating trail run will take in much of the woodland, lakes, folly and spectacular views that Wimpole has to offer.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£23.00 per person.