Welcome to the first in my Your Experiences guest blog series is a day out at Renishaw Hall and Gardens from Gemma. Gemma went here on a day out with her son and had a really lovely day exploring here. Renishaw Hall is a grade I listed building in Renishaw, Derbyshire. The Hall has been home to the Sitwell family for over 350 years. It is open Wednesday-Sunday, and bank holiday Mondays, 10:30am-4:30pm.
Admission prices for Renishaw gardens are priced at £6.50 per adult, children £3 or free under 5’s. Family tickets are available. Parking costs £1, and Renishaw Hall is available for open tours. It is a lived in family home, so tours are pre-booked and taken place on Fridays at 1pm and 2:30pm.
There are many things to do at Renishaw. The gardens are beautiful and won HHA Garden of the year in 2015. There is a museum, a cafe, vineyard, stable yard, visitors centre and plant sales. Click here to see what’s on at Renishaw.
Here’s what Gemma had to say about her day out there…
1. Where did you go and what did you do there?
G: Renishaw Hall & Gardens. We spent the day walking around the gardens & down to the lakes. Along with a picnic in the main garden. However we didn’t go in the hall, as a little pricey & only had tours at two intervals during the day.
2. Why would you recommend a day trip to Renishaw Hall and gardens?
G: I’d recommend Renishaw hall and gardens as it’s one of Sheffield’s hidden gems. The views and atmosphere is something you would never expect. If you have an active toddler it’s the place to burn off energy, also dog friendly.
The gardens are so vast that no matter how busy it is you barely see anyone. Also, a trip here stays low costs as no where really to spend money. The kids can feed the huge koi carp that live in the specially designed moat or just go explore what’s behind every corner. If you are a bit more adventurous, walk through the woods down the steep stairs to two huge lakes.
On first glance or for most people this wouldn’t look child friendly, however, if you follow the wall, there’s a hidden playground with a Disney themed treasure hunt, two children’s mazes & climbing frames.
My son loved it here running around (he’s 2) looking at all the different trees & flowers. There is a free entry museum, cafe & a few little flower shops. An engine from 1914 resides within the courtyard that the kids can watch in action. If it’s a budget day you want and are fed up with parks or the same places; Renishaw is perfect. The kids burn energy and enjoy exploring.
3. What would be your best advice to give anyone taking toddlers out for the day in a park or gardens?
My advice to give anyone that would be considering taking a toddler here, would be take a picnic & pick a nice day as it’s all outside. Some of the areas do have open water so be aware to try and keep little ones in eyesight (sometimes not as easy as it looks, I know!). It’s not ideal for prams, so I would say more for the toddlers that are confident at walking or be prepared for carrying.
Go explore everything. Some of these places have surprising little areas like the treasure walk, that isn’t shown on the map given at reception. Embrace that quality time, unlike most places to take kids a garden such as Renishaw is about nature & enjoying each others company. Take wax crayons & scraps of paper for slightly older children when visiting these types of places. Brilliant for leaf rubbing, as either a little souvenir or to take home and identity the plant.
It is always worth a visit back as well as changing seasons & years mean a different view.
Thank you for sharing your day with us, Gemma! Renishaw Hall sounds like such a beautiful, hidden gem. I would never have thought to go for a family day out, I don’t hear many people talk about it so it was lovely to find something new. I absolutely love the idea of the lakes and the hidden children’s playground!
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