Favourite National Trust place?
fellyjish · 31/12/2019 20:29
We got NT membership for Xmas and it kicks in tomorrow! I'm really excited and want to use it to the full! Where are your favourite NT places?
I'm in the South West but would like to use it as a tool to plan weekends away/visit friends etc too!
SpringFan · 01/01/2020 17:13
Gobsmacked by the PP who said there wasn't much for her parents to visit in Suffolk! There are Ickworth, Lavenham Guild Hall, Melford Hall. sutton Hoo ( worth a years subscription on its own since the recent work there) Dunwich Heath., Orford ness. Just over the border in Essex is Paycocks, Coggeshall Grange Barn, Bourne Mill, Hatfield Forest. IN Norfok there is Blickling, Oxbrough, Felbrigg for starters..
BubblegumFactory · 01/01/2020 17:42
I’ve visited a lot of those already mentioned so won’t repeat what others have said.
I will, though, mention one place which has only had a brief mention. It’s my favourite place ever, regardless of being a NT property, and that is Bodnant Gardens in North Wales. There is no house to plod round, but instead the most wonderful landscapes gardens with lots of different areas on the site. Spring is probably the best time to visit as that is when most plants are in flower. You can walk down to a river and follow it through ancient cedars to beautiful fish ponds at one end a stunning views down the estuary at the other. Each time I visit, they seem to have opened up more of the gardens.
There are cafes and kiosks for refreshments. A garden centre and craft shops if you like that kind of thing.
hairymclarey152 · 01/01/2020 17:48
We've just been to chirk castle for Christmas and it really is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been
But my all time favourite is packwood which you can walk together as it's near to baddesley Clinton that was mentioned above.
I've loved my national trust pass we've even been camping at the nt with ours
Ginfordinner · 01/01/2020 18:13
Sorry to go against the flow, but Lanhydrock left us a bit cold. We really didn’t enjoy it. It was dull. Gloomy house set on the moor.
Maybe it depends on the weather? It was raining the day we went, and I don't remember feeling wow about the place. I loved Cotehele.
DobbyTheHouseElk · 01/01/2020 18:59
It was drizzling and overcast. October time. But for some reason we couldn’t work out how to get in the car park and seemed to drive round looking for the entrance. Long walk to the house (we are walkers, but this seemed boring and unexpected) Not particularly friendly staff.
We love the outdoor spaces at NT, but this was too formal and uptight. Maybe we didn’t see it on a good day, but I don’t get why pp are so overjoyed by it.
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