Hughenden Manor was once the home of Victorian prime minister Benjamin Disraeli. You can explore the rooms and see various memorabilia from his life there. The rooms are all displayed as they would have been in the 1800s. There are 3 floors in total to look round. On the top floor is a timeline of Hughenden’s long fascinating history.
The highlight of the manor house for families is the Victorian playroom. Here there are traditional toys and dressing up clothes for children to enjoy. The toy below kept all 3 of my children entertained for ages! They loved changing the image strips.
In the cellar at the bottom of the house you will find the Second World War rooms. Around 100 personnel were based at Hughenden drawing up maps for bombing missions during the war. It was so top secret that very few knew about it’s existence even after the war had ended. It was only by chance that a volunteer overheard a visitor telling his Grandson that he’d been stationed there, that the story of Hughenden’s military past was discovered!
As well as the cellar you can also learn more about Hughenden’s war history in the ice house. Here you can see the recreated photography dark room. This is where aerial photos would have been printed from the RAF’s reconnaissance missions to aid the map makers.
During one of our visits we were able to take part in a White Rabbit trail around the woods which was great fun. There are regular events in the house and gardens so its worth having a look at what’s on when planning your visit.
Another event we attended was the 1940s living history weekend. There was an army camp with skirmish re-enactment, live music, Punch and Judy, cars and more. The highlight was a flypast featuring a Hurricane and a Spitfire. This is an annual event that usually takes place in September so do look out for it.
If you are a National Trust member then entry to Hughenden and many of its special events is free. It’s a lovely place to visit with outdoor ground to explore as well as the Manor. If you aren’t a National Trust member then I highly recommend taking out an annual pass with them so you can visit this and many other properties all year round free of charge!
Address: Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA
Price Band: ££ (free for National Trust members)