Visit Historic Kitchens

Berrington Hall

Blickling Estate

Castle Coole

Petworth House and Park

Uppark House and Garden

Penrhyn Castle

Llanerchaeron

Lanhydrock parkrun

Ickworth

Erddig Hall

Dunham Massey

Cragside

Castle Drogo

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National Trust

We love to get inspiration for different kitchens, its always a good idea to find some inspiration in kitchens which have been tried and tested throughout the years. National Trust looks after many fabulous kitchens which are fascinating to take a look at. Many of there historic houses have sculleries, kitchens, dairies, butlers’ pantries, servants’ bedrooms and other ‘downstairs’ rooms that you can explore. We put a few of the best places on the map for you. We think they are well worth a visit so why not add them into your weekend trip plans.

Berrington Hall

  • Berrington Hall preserves Georgian lifestyle in the restored servants’ rooms include the butler’s pantry, footman’s room and laundry room, and the beautifully decorated dairy.
  • On a tour of the rooms, you can try out tools and discover how servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests.

Blickling Estate

  • Blickling Hall is s splendid country house that boasts four centuries of history.
  • Downstairs, in the kitchens and basement rooms, you’ll hear tales of the servants’ lives.
Visitors at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, in the kitchen looking out of the windows

Castle Coole

  •  Castle Coole have been restored so that you can get an authentic experience of life servants’ quarters.
  • You can visit a whole host of rooms including the Footmans’ Room, Wine Cellar and Servants’ Hall.

Castle Drogo

  • Castle Drogo, Devon is the last castle to be built in England and experience this surprisingly warm and comfortable family home full of the luxuries of early 20th-century life.
  • The servants’ quarters include larders, sculleries, butler’s room and pantries, all finished with a rare attention to detail.

Cragside

  • Cragside, Northumberland hides the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius.
    • A temple to high Victorian technology,
    • It’s first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power.
    • The house included labour-saving gadgets for the servants such as a hydraulic lift, and early versions of a gas stove and dishwasher.The kitchen at Cragside, Northumberland

Dunham Massey

  • Dunham Massey, Cheshire is magnificent Georgian estate.
  • Tour the laundry, servery, butler’s pantry and complete range of kitchens and sculleries.
     The Butler's Pantry at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Erddig Hall

  • Erddig, Wrexham Described as ‘the jewel in the crown of Welsh country houses’, Erddig is a fascinating yet unassuming early 18th-century house, which reflects a gentry family’s 250 years of upstairs, downstairs life.
  • The Yorke family had a close relationship with their servants and commissioned portraits of them which you can still see today. You can also tour the kitchen, still room and bakehouse.

Ickworth

  • Ickworth, Suffolk is a sweeping, impressive house with extensive servants’ quarters that have been brought to life through the Ickworth Lives project.
  • Using original audio recordings and documents, we’ve recreated the authentic stories of servants in Ickworth during the 1930’s.
  • You can join a guided tour or take part in hands on activities to learn about their lives.
  • You’ll see the finishing kitchen, servants’ hall, cellars, servant bedrooms, house-keeper’s room, speaking tubes, bells and other rooms needed to run the affairs of the grand rooms above.
Volunteer costumed interpreter in the kitchen in the basement at Ickworth, Suffolk

Lanhydrock

  • Lanhydrock, Cornwall has the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious Victorian family home​. It’s very well preserved from that time when it was rebuilt after a fire in the 1880s.
  • The plethora of downstairs kitchens, larders and sculleries as well as the nanny’s bedroom and luggage rooms.Food being prepared on the kitchen table at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Llanerchaeron

  • Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion is a rare example of an 18th-century Welsh gentry estate with its upstairs rooms full of elegant furniture and accessories.
  • Complete service courtyard, largely unaltered from its original form, with dairy, salting house, brewhouse, laundry and many other rooms.

Penrhyn Castle

  • Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd boasts opulent interiors, glorious gardens and stunning views. A warren of fascinating servants’ rooms includes special areas for brushing hats, cleaning shoes and lighting lamps as well as butler’s pantry, sculleries, kitchens, larders and household offices.

Petworth House and Park

  • Petworth, West Sussex  is vast late-17th-century mansion. The hauntingly atmospheric servants’ quarters reveal the huge kitchen with its extensive copper batterie de cuisine, along with larders, still rooms, pastry room and the chef’s sitting-room.

Uppark House and Garden

  • Uppark, West Sussex is great house, now restored to its former glory.
  • The servants quarters include beer and wine cellars, butler’s pantry.

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