Queen Victoria’s reign marked the beginning of the modern age when the Battle of Waterloo gave way to the beginning of the modern world. Weston Park was a back -drop to the Bradford family throughout this period of great change as Lord Bradford played a close part in Queen Victoria’s world, serving as Vice Chamberlain (1852, 1858-1859), Lord Chamberlain (1866-1868) and latterly as Master of Horse (1874-1880 and 1885-1886).
Lord and Lady Bradford were friends with Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and besides being a frequent visitor to Weston Park he also shared secrets of his term of office with the family in his rediscovered private correspondence. Always proud of it’s early origins, Weston Park was transformed into the hospitable mansion that it is today in the long rein of Queen Victoria.
Join us in 2019 as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria through a series of tours, guided walks, exhibitions and special events.
Discover how the House was enlarged to cope with Victorian entertaining on a scale that it had never known before.
Learn about how the flower gardens around the House that had been swept away by Capability Brown were restored under two of the greatest gardeners of the Victorian age, William Brodrick Thomas and Edward Kemp.
Uncover the secrets of the Victorian household and hear about the lives of the staff that called Weston both their place of work and their home.
See items not normally on public display in our Victorious exhibition which will tell the story of how this period of immense change shaped not only Weston Park as it now stands but also defined our modern age and way of life.
Taste some of the flavours of the Victorian era with our fabulous Afternoon Tea packages and walk the rooms of the House in the footsteps of some of the famous guest of Queen Victoria’s reign as you unlock the Victorian history of this most welcoming and hospitable of stately homes.