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Favourite National Trust place?

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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!

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Pantalaimon88 · 01/01/2020 16:17

Landhydrock is by far my favourite in the SW. Cotehele is lovely too.


Fizzypoo · 01/01/2020 16:28

@Alexandrite overbecks view is absolutely amazing! I love the beach at the bottom of the hill too!


Wotrewelookinat · 01/01/2020 16:37

Sutton Hoo, and the surrounding area of Suffolk coast is gorgeous.


SpeedofaSloth · 01/01/2020 16:39

Erddig. Fabulous play park in the woods, for the kids.


Bickles · 01/01/2020 16:43

Our local one is a favourite- East Riddlesden Hall.
My parents got us life membership for Christmas which was a fab gift so want to use it as much as possible.


peekaboob · 01/01/2020 16:50

Our local one is Wimpole Hall and Home Farm and we are up there weekly in nice weather.


Ginfordinner · 01/01/2020 16:51

I had no idea there were two Plas Newydd properties. The one I know and have visited is in Llangollen, but not NT. It is a fascinating place though.


cheapskatemum · 01/01/2020 16:53

Ixworth House and Dunwich Beach, both in Suffolk. I also like Anglesey Abbey, just over the border in Cambridgeshire, particularly the gardens.


Electriccircus · 01/01/2020 16:56

I think I would say Biddulph Grange gardens are my favourite and plenty for children to explore.

Favourite National Trust place?

Skyejuly · 01/01/2020 16:56

Surprised sutton hoo has not been mentioned. Worth a trip to Suffolk for sutton hoo and dunwich. I'm local so here if you need advise.


FairNotFair · 01/01/2020 16:57

In Northumberland, Cragside is lovely but Wallington always gets my vote. Also the Roman Wall - Housesteads is well worth a visit.

Loads of places in the Lake District

Hatfield Forest in Essex

Blickling and Felbrigg in Norfolk


Skyejuly · 01/01/2020 16:59

Orford ness is also Suffolk.


sittingonacornflake · 01/01/2020 16:59

The Beatles childhood homes in Liverpool is amazing!

But in SW: lanhydrock is great!


Ginfordinner · 01/01/2020 17:05

I loved Biddulph Electriccircus


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..


converseandjeans · 01/01/2020 17:15

In South West
Dunster Castle
Castle Drogo
St Michaels Mount


Sparklyring · 01/01/2020 17:21

We're very fortunate to live within walking distance of Gibside so that's a favourite of ours. We also love Fountains Abbey, Cragside, Wallington, Lanhydrock and Brimham Rocks.


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.


Ginfordinner · 01/01/2020 17:47

Oh, I loved Bodnant. I just love gardens anyway.
Sadly, here in South Yorkshire we don't have many NT properties, so we often base UK holidays around areas with loads of NT places to visit.


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


DobbyTheHouseElk · 01/01/2020 17:56

Coleton Fishacre. I could move in tomorrow. Love it.

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.

Trerice is beautiful, sometimes smaller is better imo.


BertieDrapper · 01/01/2020 18:00

We love wimpole hall in Cambridgeshire and polesdon lacy - which I think is in Surrey?
We also went to another place in Dorset but can remember the name- it was another "lacy" though.


Skyejuly · 01/01/2020 18:03

Melford hall is really good.

Suffolk has lots! We get our money worth just from sutton hoo and dunwich in the summer!


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

@Ginfordinner. Maybe.

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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