Walk through the ages....and get in the beds at Avebury Manor
This 16th Century Manor House is the boys favourite National Trust property. The interior was created by a collaboration between the National Trust and the BBC to reflect the house’s use through the ages. This is not a great spot for a Heritage purist, but if you are a little person who likes dressing up, playing chef and climbing in four poster beds, then it is the stuff dreams are made of.
The house has been decorated to reflect how it was used by its different residents over the years, from the Tudors through to the 20th Century. The interior is a mix of antique furniture and pieces recreated by craftsmen, all able to withstand being used by the new house guests – us!
The children were encouraged to dress up, play billiards, sit at the tables, handle the cutlery and crush up the herbs. It was lovely to watch their little faces as they scampered to get their shoes off and leap up on to the four-poster bed. This, along with a great trail through the house and the particularly friendly volunteers, are all great ways to embrace children in National Trust properties. I am sure they learnt a great deal and it definitely encourages their interest in historic places like this.
The tea room really takes the biscuit too – to the manor born!
The manor house together with the stones, the village, museum and other prehistoric sites nearby are more than enough to occupy everyone for the whole day.
You can read about our time exploring Avebury Stone Circle here.
High St, Avebury, Marlborough SN8 1RF
Entry is free if you have National Trust membership