Arlington Court, Arlington, Devon
Like most places that belong to the National Trust, Arlington Court in Devon makes for a fascinating day out; think of it as an opportunity to ignite your curiosity, to learn something new, to see things you’ve never seen before, a place where the whole family can enjoy a day out, making discoveries, having adventures.
The biggest part of the collection at Arlington House is the Carriage Museum, where you can see horse drawn chariots and state vehicles that were used on special occasions; in the house there are displays of things amassed by the family who lived here (Arlington Court was in the same family for over 500 years) – shells, model ships and costumes among them. Outside, there are formal gardens to amble around, including the Victorian Garden full of exotic plants, and the walled garden where much of the produce for the tea rooms and cafe is grown. Go to the little second-hand bookshop, then settle beneath a tree and spend a little time reading together; you might even be lucky enough to pick up a useful nature spotter’s guide - handy for the wider estate where there are over 20 miles of footpaths to explore. Get out there, stretch your legs, embrace the great outdoors and the wholesome fresh air. Stroll around the lake, take the little ones to the wild play areas to blow off some steam. Like we say, a fantastic day out, pet pooch included,
Please see the website for opening times
T: 01271 850296 All information correct at the time of writing