National Trust

Our journey so far…

National Trust Membership allows you to visit many houses and places all over the UK that are carefully preserved by the National Trust. If you’re between 18 and 25, at the time of writing this is only £36 a year, adults £72 and a discounted rate for kids at just £10. Its not only the houses to see though, its places to go for picnics or a coffee, those weekends where you’re a little bored or want to explore somewhere you haven't been before. Theres so many places to visit and interesting history to learn about UK.

Our very first National Trust trip was nearly two years ago now, we enjoyed it that much we signed up to be members on the way out. This is our journey so far…

Our First: Biddulph Grange Gardens

This enchanting place is where it all started for us, we went on a date here, had a picnic in the blistering hot weather and an ice cream at the little hut. The gardens are absolutely stunning and go on right into the distance.
You can capture some outstanding images from up high looking over the main garden or down below within the many different themed gardens while exploring. The beauty of this place is the simplicity of the gorgeous flowers and trees with the quietness and beauty making it feel like its your own secret garden, if you like nature this is the best one for you.

Our Second: Sudbury Hall

If you love the finer things in life then this one is very interesting, the history dates back to the late 17th century, It has lavish interiors and also a museum of childhood which has toys from every single ere which is quite interesting to learn about (tip. Look Up). The volunteers in all these houses are phenomenal what ever you want to know they will gladly tell you as they love it so much, we also really recommend going on the tours, they really add to the whole experience for us and help you learn a lot about what you’re looking at.

Our Third: Little Moreton Hall

History is a fantastic thing, learning about it and seeing it, this one has it all. Situated on the outskirts of Cheshire Little Morton Hall is a little Tudor building with a long past, one we’ve been visiting since we were kids. Our tour guide who was very knowledgeable made you feel like you’re in the moment yourself. The building itself is very uneven from the outside, the phrase the guide used was “theoretically it shouldn’t be still standing up”. If you can visit here its well worth it just for the history and the land surrounding it.

Our Fourth: Kedleston Hall

Breath-taking views, sheep, rivers, and an Indian décor house. This is only a small amount of what this house has to offer. If you either do a little research before you visit or ask the volunteers, the history this one really is amazing, with elements from the designer of the Taj mahal, hidden treasures and amazing interior décor. The furniture is so old but at the same time has modern qualities. This is one of our favourite places, with a huge expanse of fields to walk around and the grand arch to visit, this can be seen just as you arrive.

Our Fifth: Shugborough Estate

If you like walking this will be one to visit, it’s huge. Coming from the car park to visiting the house, you’ll have around a 20 minute walk through acres and acres of land down the long driveway, with a few treasures along the way to explore. Keep your maps in hand as you’ll definitely need them. Back in 1624, when the house was occupied, the residents described it as “a perfect paradise”, they were certainly not wrong. There are around ten different Georgian buildings in this whole estate all worth your time to look around and the ice cream in certainly worth a try in the summer.

Our Sixth: Calke Abbey

Stepping back in time to this un-stately home. This is a National Trust house like no other, the peeling paintwork and tarnished decor, as the National trust themselves say “tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate”, the family had a vast collection of hidden treasures. This estate holds amazing nature walks and also a church on grounds which is really interesting to visit as we later found that the whole family were buried in the grave yard here.

Our Seventh: Baddesley Clinton

With hundreds of years of fascinating and unexpected stories this estate is defiantly a rollercoaster of events, it was the main hiding house for Catholic’s they came here to hide from priest hunters and you can actually see where they hid. Surrounded by amazing landscapes and gorgeous buildings in a small fort it is definitely not one to be missed off, theres also a lovely vegetable and plant patch to have a look around which is a lot less boring than it sounds.

Our Eighth: Moseley Old Hall

A very small house but with a tonne of history makes you really feel the emotions they must of felt living in the house, with an amazing apple tree filled garden on the estate, along with a treehouse it really is an oldy worldly kind of feel. You can pick fresh apples off the tree and pay for them in the shop and they are really delicious apples too. Perfect when the weather is warmer.

Our Ninth: Staunton Harold church

Tranquillity, who does not love a court yard with quirky shops and home made cakes, with a church at the bottom that holds a history like no other. Surrounded by a large lake, this is beautiful for just a little peak in, this wasn’t our longest stay at a National Trust, however still holds a lot of history and is worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Our Tenth: Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Passion for art? This is going to be the one for you, lots of Victorian art and design behind the beautiful stained glass windows of the Tudor looking building, it really is beautiful. The history is so much more different than the others we have visited after being told that it has been taken over by the National Trust after only 50 years after a lot of persuasion, being built in only 1937, it still however holds the best art we’ve seen.

Our Eleventh: Hardwick House

Mary Queen of Scots, the film casted with Margot Robbie, was filmed here and I’m not surprised in the slightest this house has got to be my favourite one out of them all! The history and scenery of the whole estate was utterly beautiful, I could not believe just how gorgeous it was to be stood there and see all it offers in the twinkling sun light. Huge gardens and two houses the history is all about woman power which as you walk around the house can see how one womans vision came alive in every room. You’ll notice also, that her initials are carved upon the top of the house.

Our Twelfth: Lyme

Our most recent trip was a step back in time to the 1,400 acre estate of Lyme House, where the famous BBC production ‘Pride and Prejudice’ was filmed. If Mr Darcy loves this glorious house, then we knew we had to visit and we are so glad we did. If it's a full day out you're looking for this is certainly one to visit. We loved seeing everything and going on the woodland walks down little narrow paths and the beautiful orangery to the right of the building (from the back). As you can see for the photo, a huge lake casts a reflection of the magnificent house it lays before.

We still have pletny more to come soon, we've been to so many National Trust's we decided to compile the past ones into one big post.