Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is an English Heritage property located a few miles northwest of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. It is one of the most complete surviving examples of a Victorian country house in England. I
I had been tempted by the promise of a brass band but when we got there it was a jazz band. What was nice was seeing everyone sat in the drizzly weather with their own chairs, that they’d brought along, listening to the music. It was lovely as people had come especially to do this, never mind the constant drizzle. I love the British resolve, especially at times like these.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Things To Do Review
The first thing you can do at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is explore the house. The hall was the Thellusson family home for over 120 years. It was designed in the Italianate style of the 1860s with grand rooms on the ground floor. Many of the original furnishings can still be seen. You can also look in the large kitchen and scullery with the original housekeeper’s chair.
One thing that struck us about our visit was the lack of maps. Brodsworth Hall is one of English Heritage’s biggest properties in Yorkshire and although we never felt lost it would have been nice to check we weren’t missing anything. If we didn’t already know that there was an outdoor play area we may never have actually found it.
The other main thing to do at Brodsworth Hall is to explore the gardens. The gardens have been beautifully restored and the flower displays were amazing. I can’t remember the last time I saw such impressive flower displays. There were people there that had come to just take photos of the gardens.
We spent quite a while wandering back and forth. You pass through an archway into the more grotto-like gardens. Here there are lots of different paths you can take up and down the gardens. We tried to take every path we found so that we didn’t miss anything. There are a few interesting buildings and even a pet cemetery. This area felt like an exotic rockery and certainly not like any gardens in the area.
We wandered along a couple of paths in the woods that led us to dead ends so we decided to listen to the music for a while and then head for lunch. There is indoor and outdoor seating although both are quite limited. The food selection was also quite limited with hot and cold sandwiches plus snacks available. They also have an outdoor kiosk selling hot and cold drinks plus snacks.
After lunch, we enquired about finding the adventure playground. This is the third and final thing to do at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. It’s not a massive play area but it’s adequate and my seven year old found plenty to keep him occupied. There is an obstacle course, a couple of swinging boats to play on, a mini-roundabout, a slide, a large swing and a few other pieces of play equipment.
We attempted to walk some more after lunch but we just kept coming to dead ends. I’m not sure we ever found the rose dell that they mention on their website nor the historic loo. We spent almost three hours at Brodsworth including lunch.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens host a number of annual events many of which are great for families. Find out what’s on here.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens FAQ & Further Information
Address: B6422, Brodsworth DN5 7XJ, South Yorkshire
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
FREE for members of English Heritage. Mid-range for non-members. An adult ticket costs £12.60, children 5-17 £7.60. Under 5s are free. Other pricing options include family tickets.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Historic house you can look around, beautiful gardens with grotto, adventure playground and annual events. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Brodsworth Hall is open for most of the year although there are some closure days over the winter. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving limited hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is a free on-site car park.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.