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A superb Jacobean country house set in spacious landscaped gardens, with Baroque state rooms and lovely countryside walks.
Ragley is the seat of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. The Seymours count among their forbears Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII.
The estate at Ragley stretches to over 1000 acres. Some of that is devoted to managed timber harvesting, but the grounds near the house offers some very enjoyable opportunities to walk amid landscaped gardens and enjoy superb views. Near the house are formal walks and terraced garden areas, while further afield the ground rises to a treed summit, where a bench is set to allow you to rest your feet and admire the view back down the tree-lined avenue to the house. Scattered along the woodland portion of the walks are a variety of modern sculpture. The gardens include meadow and pririe areas, a spring bulb bank, and a winter garden.
To the side of the main hall is the beatifully proportioned stables, the work of James Gibbs. Gibbs designed the stables in a circular shape about a small courtyard, and the symmetry of the design is quite lovely. Horses are kept on one side of the stable range, while another wing is devoted to an interesting exhibition of carriages and coaches, covering several hundred years of Ragley history. Here you wil find not only the ornate carriages of the Seymour family, but smaller, more informal traps and utilitarian transport.
There is lots of open space for children to explore, but even more exciting for the younger generation is the Adventure Playground. Our children, aged 6 and 11 when we visited, really enjoyed the playground, and also enjoyed visiting the stables, where they could get a glimpse of the horses catching the fresh air.
- Classical manor house
- formal and informal gardens and garden walks
- carriage collection
- classical stables
- sculpture walk
About Ragley Hall
Address: Alcester, Warwickshire, England, B49 5NJ
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 2 m SW Alcester, on A435
Website: Ragley Hall
Phone: 01789 762 090
Historic Houses Association
OS: SP073 555
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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