Wimpole Estate - National Trust
Wimpole Estate - National Trust
Old Wimpole Road
Weddings & Functions
Restaurant & Functions
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.
Historic house or home, Agricultural site, Garden, parklands or rural site
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Not suitable for children
Heavy Horse Driving Course for Beginners
- 29 April 2014 10am-4pm
- 7 May 2014 10am-4pm
- 24 May 2014 10am-4pm
- 28 May 2014 10am-4pm
- 10 June 2014 10am-4pm
- 16 June 2014 10am-4pm
- 1 July 2014 10am-4pm
- 6 July 2014 10am-4pm
- 19 July 2014 10am-4pm
The course begins with grooming to familiarise yourself with the horses, followed by harnessing and walking behind a Shire giving him directions via the reins and verbal instructions. Then you progress to driving a sledge on grassland, manoeuvring around trees. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to take the reins driving a one horse cart through the Park. At the end of the day, if you don't want to rush away, you can help stable and feed the horses, or put them out in the field.
£125 per person. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.
Hamlets, HaHa's and Bowling Greens
- 2 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
- 7 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
- 16 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
- 24 May 2014 11:30am-3pm
Join one of our walking guides on a short tour in the park. We start our walk outside the Stable Block and you will learn a little of Wimpole's history on a gentle hour long meander.
- Any age
Woodlands and Folly Walk
- 3 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 10 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 18 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 26 May 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 1 June 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 7 June 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 21 June 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 5 July 2014 10:30am-12pm
- 12 July 2014 10:30am-12pm
A free guided 3 mile walk across the estate, accompanied by one of the Walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, seeing the estate from a different viewpoint.
- Any age
Walking the Boundaries
- 3 May 2014 1-3:30pm
- 10 May 2014 1-3:30pm
- 18 May 2014 1-3:30pm
- 1 June 2014 1-3:30pm
- 7 June 2014 1-3:30pm
- 15 June 2014 1-3:30pm
- 21 June 2014 1-3:30pm
- 5 July 2014 1-3:30pm
- 12 July 2014 1-3:30pm
- 20 July 2014 1-3:30pm
A free guided 5-6 mile ramble across the estate, accompanied by one of the Walks team, passing through woodland and parkland, seeing the estate from a different viewpoint.
- Any age
Wimpole 5k and 10k
- 18 May 2014 9:30am-1pm
This undulating trail run will take in much of the woodland, lakes, folly and spectacular views that Wimpole has to offer.
Booking essential. Adult £18.00 - 10k, Adult £9.00 - 5k.
Spend a Day with the Heavy Horse Department
- 21 May 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
- 9 June 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
- 18 June 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
- 15 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
- 21 July 2014 10:30am-4:30pm
Learn about the care and work that goes into keeping these gentle giants. Join Emma and her team and experience grooming the horses; working with Emma to exercise one horse; being involved in whatever other activities are happening on the day which could include harness cleaning and mucking out. Suitable for 16 years and over
£60.00 per person. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.
Climb A Tree
- 24 May 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! These sessions will run hourly from 10:30 - 16:30.
- Any age
£18.00 per person. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.
Wild About Bats
- 30 — 31 May 2014 8:30-10:30pm
Discover some of the many bat species found at Wimpole on this guided walk into the park.
- Any age
Adults £6.00, Children 5-17 £4.00. Under 5s free.
Hand Sheep Shearing Course
- 31 May 2014 9:30am-4pm
The course content includes how to sharpen and use the shears, how to handle the sheep ready for shearing, how to wrap the fleece and grade the wool, how to trim the feet and age the sheep - and at the end of the day you can take home the fleece you have sheared from the sheep!
£90.00. Booking Essential 0844 2491895.
Scything Beginners Course
- 28 June 2014 9:30am-4pm
The course includes setting up the scythe ready for mowing, how to mow efficiently and effectively, how to hone the blade to keep it sharp while cutting, how to peen the blade after it has been worn down by countless amounts of honing and how to cure the cut grass to make hay.
£60.00. Booking Essential 0844 249189.
Charcoal Making and Woodland Produce Conversion
- 5 — 6 July 2014 9:30am-4pm
An introduction to making charcoal and using traditional woodland tools including axes, two man saws, mauls, levers, wedges and other implements.
£160.00 per person. Booking Essential. Enquiries to email@example.com.