Spring at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

We had a treat in England this year- the sun came out in March. March I tell you. I was outside in a dress in MARCH. I was so excited by the fact that my daffodil hunting went a bit mad. I’d always heard that Wimpole Hall, just to the South of Cambridge, was a great place to see the daffodils in bloom – so I took an afternoon off work and went to explore, easily spending 3 hours enjoying my visit. And it’s just as well because only 3 days later it was snowing and hailing – blinking English weather!

Daffodils

The moment I walked through the gates and up the path I smiled to myself. Oh my goodness look at the daffodils. I started in the formal gardens at the back of the house and ended up spending ages sat on a bench in the sunshine just happy and content.

In the formal garden

After strolling the gardens, I headed to the walled garden where I met a lovely volunteer who was telling me all about his wife’s work with Sue Ryder, the fact he’d been volunteering for 15 years and even where his daughter kept her horses (bizarrely in the same village my husband was born in but that’s by the by). It was nice just to chat.

The Greenhouse

After the walled garden, I needed to quench my thirst in the sun so I headed to the restaurant – yey for more daffodils on the path up for it. I had a nice cold drink and a cake and then was ready to explore further.

The restaurant

Next I went in to the stables to look in the gift shop and browse some of the plants for sale, before heading on a walk round to the front of the Hall.

View of the Hall

Wimpole dates back to the Domesday book of 1086, and was once a small manor house in the countryside. In the 1400s it was owned by the archbishop of Canterbury, and in 1650 the house was extended massively – and today it’s the biggest house in Cambridgeshire. Queen Victoria even visited for supper in 1843, and stayed for a ball after dinner. You can visit inside the Hall and explore a number of rooms.

A highlight is the Hall’s library, a result of the fact that in 1938, Rudyard Kipling’s (the famous author) daughter Elsie bought the Hall, fully restoring it using her inheritance and father’s royalties. Her particular focus was on the library, and it truly is stunning.

The incredible library

In 1976 Elsie died childless, and her biggest aim was to preserve the work of her father – leaving the entire Hall and collection to the National Trust to look after. Today the Hall forms one of the Trust’s most important collections of books and requires significant care and maintenance. I particularly loved that in one of the rooms there was a pianist playing live, it was just stunning.

The Ceiling in the main drawing room

You can also explore the basement rooms of the Hall, including the servants quarters and the Chapel, which is a really beautiful feature you don’t see in many of these types of houses.

In the Chapel

I fell in love with the Hall, with Elsie’s passion for preserving her father’s legacy (though I’m biased, I like a strong willed woman persisting despite not being able to have children), and most definitely with the daffodils.


What do you think of Wimpole and my spring time stroll? It was a beautiful find in the Cambridgeshire countryside and well worth a visit. And if you’re interested in visiting Cambridgeshire, you can also check out my other posts here:

Thanks for reading – stay safe and happy travelling everyone.

36 Comments

  1. What a beautiful welcome to spring…even if it was a short lived spring. Sounds like the weather here lately, one day warm and sunny and the next a threat of frost. Crazy weather! I love the library- what a wonderful tribute to her father and his works πŸ™‚

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  2. Spring has definitely sprung! It’s getting warmer here in Los Angeles, and today was the first day I wore a T-shirt! All of those yellow flowers outside are a real treat, and here’s to longer days, warmer weather, and more hope as this year moves along!

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  3. Looks like you picked an awesome day to visit Wimpole Hall. The gardens look beautiful with all the daffodils in bloom. That’s too bad that they died a few days later from the cold. I’m still waiting for our spring flowers to bloom.

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  4. The hall is lovely and the flowers are so bright and colorful! We haven’t quite reached that level of spring here yet (it’s getting warmer at times but not so many flowers) so I’m enjoying everyone else’s springtime photos. 🌸

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  5. Oh, yes. The March weather was surprisingly gorgeous and deceptive, making us think that winter’s gone. Back to cold, hail, rain, cutting wind and apparently some snow awaits us in Scotland. Daffodils are beautiful and Wimpole Hall gardens look like a perfect place to see them in their full grandeur. The Hall seems a place well worth visiting, the chapel and library really stand out. Volunteers are amazing throughout this country, we’ve had so many charming encounters and chats with them during our three months. Good piece, Hannah.

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    1. It really was wasn’t it and then BOOM – have some snow!! Thanks Leighton, it was a really beautiful afternoon out, and so close to home but I’d never visited (always the way). You’re right on the volunteers, they are just amazing. Have a lovely weekend, thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh, the English weather 😁 … it almost sounds as if you’re back in winter again!
    But how lucky were you to see those sunny daffodils. What a lovely stroll it must have been – colourful gardens in sunny weather! Oh, and leave me in that library for some time … I would love to have such a room in our house!

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    1. It’s madness isn’t it…..never know what’s coming day to day.
      Yes, I timed it well and its such a beautiful way to spend the afternoon – I had a great time. I’d also love a massive library, a girl can dream huh πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend Corna πŸ™‚

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    1. Ughhh I’m so sorry you are still expecting such bad weather – we now have a mix of sunshine and cloud and mild temperatures (it’s still definitely not hot and the blue skies can be deceiving)….roll on summer πŸ™‚

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  7. The daffodils are dazzling! That library would be a lovely place to spend some time. We have snow in March and April too, no flowers yet at this altitude, but I can go down to Denver to see them starting to come out.

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