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Published March 14th 2020
The carriages of time
Looking for somewhere to visit while in Devon, your spoilt for choice of things to do and places to see, especially in the summer months when everything is open. If you want a place to relax in with a lovely garden and woodlands to walk around or just to see and learn about local history, then this is the place for you.

Arlington Court is one of the many grand old estates that you can visit around Devon, with this one being bequeathed to the National Trust in 1949, along with several thousand acres.

It was built around 1820, in the Neoclassical style, and is located only a few miles from Barnstable in North Devon.

It is the former estate of the Chichester family, who owned it for over five hundred years.

After taking it over, the National Trust began slowly restoring it to its former glory while opening up as much of the house as possible to the public.

The house is filled with a vast array of artefacts from around the world and collections that the family have left behind. If you want to see the full house, it would take you several hours to look around.

It's a great place to keep fit as there are over twenty miles of paths around the estate for you to explore and on a sunny day plenty of places to have a picnic.

Just off one of the walking tracks, is the woodland play area that has ropes and other timber structures that the whole family can enjoy climbing around.

Along with many of the family's collections, it is also home to the National Trust Carriage Museum, which is located at the old stables.

The Carriage Museum houses the United Kingdom's largest collection of old horse-drawn carriages, including the gold one that is used for Royal weddings. They also have the one that was owned by Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known by his stage name General Tom Thumb. He was part of the original Barnum & Bailey Circus which was the inspiration for the film 'The Greatest Showman'.

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Why? Have a relaxing day out in Devon
When: Opening times vary, check website prior to visiting
Phone: 01271850296
Where: Arlington, near Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP
Cost: Adult 12.80 Child 6.40 Family 32.00. 1 adult, 2 children 19.20
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