Wimpole house and estate

As we are members of the National trust (and the English heritage) we thought that we should make use of membership and visit some nearby treasures. We started with Audley end house and gardens (English heritage) and headed off to Saffron Walden to find a parking place for the night. After sitting in the Swan meadow coach park for a couple of hours we decided to try some where else and settled for a side road next to the Saffron Walden football ground.

In the end, we didn't visit Audley end as the house was shut for the winter and so we headed of to our next stop, Wimpole in Cambridgeshire. We set off in the morning after Andy had completed dog walking duties and parked in the massive new car park at Wimpole house, (National trust). We had a walk around the grounds and took some general touristy type snaps and then headed back to the visitor centre where we found out that there was a 'talk' about the treasures in the gallery in Wimpole house at 11:30 next morning. We decided to check this out the following day and headed of to our second overnight parking spot at Great Eversden church car park.

When we got to Great Eversden church the car park was empty so we settled there for the night.

The following day we returned to Wimpole house and parked the van. Andy enquired about the 'talk' but the tickets had all gone by 10am! So we decided to have a coffee and sandwich in the 'Old rectory' restaurant. Very nice it was too. Then we walked around the walled garden and headed back to the van to settle down for the evening and stay there for the night undisturbed.

Andy was up early the next day and walked the dog and popped into get the tickets for the 'Treasure talk'. We settled the dog down in the van and set off to meet the rest of the visitors for the talk at the big house. It was surprisingly interesting and the guide told us the history of the house and the estate and the beautiful art works in the gallery. Here is a short video.