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Snowshill Manor and Garden

SNOWSHILL, Broadway, WR12 7JU

Charles Wade was an eccentric and wealthy sugar plantation owner, and Snowshill Manor once belonged to him. His family motto was 'Let nothing perish', and Wade embodied it. He spent his life and his inheritance amassing a spectacular collection of everyday and extraordinary objects from across the globe, buying objects because of their colour, craftsmanship and design and restoring this golden-yellow Tudor-era manor house to display them. Laid out theatrically according to Wade's wishes, the Manor is literally packed to the rafters with 22,000 or so unusual objects - from bicycles to musical instruments, clocks, Chinese lacquer cabinets, farm implements, works of art, tiny toys, suits of Samurai armour and more. Having filled the manor house with his finds, Wade had to live without any comforts or conveniences in the old Priest's House out in the lovely terraced garden, and to sleep in an old Tudor bed. Snowshill Manor is one of the most astonishing and absorbing museums it's possible to imagine. Its wildly diverse collection has something to interest all but the most hardened detractors of museums. But the interest of the place extends beyond the house itself. Wade was an architect, and a devotee of the Arts and Crafts ideals popularised by William Morris. In 1919 he commissioned another like-minded architect, M H Baillie Scott, to transform grounds he called 'a wilderness of chaos'. Chaos became a series of terraces, the Armillary Court, notable shrubbery, the Well Garden and the kitchen gardens. For almost two decades, the garden at Snowshill has been managed without the use of any chemicals. The gardeners rely on wildlife to maintain a perfect natural balance. They use natural feeds composed of seaweed extract, blood, fish and bone. Today, the National Trust owns and operates Snowshill, displaying Wade's eccentric collections and maintainings the charming country gardens to its usual high standard.

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£10.80 (ch £5.40). Family £27. Garden only £5.80 (ch £3). Family £14.50

Opening times

Open 29 Mar-2 Nov, Wed-Sun & BHs
House 12-4, Garden 11-5.30
7 Jul-Aug, Wed-Mon, House 11.30-3.30
Garden 11-5.30
Average visit 2.5hrs





Partly accessible. Limited wheelchair access, 3 steps to front of manor, terraced garden
Braille guides, audio tapes, 2 wheelchairs, buggy transfer available, virtual tour

Snowshill Manor and Garden


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2m SW of Broadway, off A44

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