With September upon us the good weather continues so we decided to review some of our favourite National Trust properties across the UK. A fantastic day out for friends and family alike, we have explored gardens, castles and some of the UK’s most magnificent houses for you to discover.
1. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
Described as a picture perfect castle, Bodiam Castle is a an archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior giving any visitor a marvellous glimpse of medieval splendour. No castle is complete without a full moat, spiral staircases and battlements, with views stretching for miles to scour for enemies. Free guided walks are available around the castle grounds.
2. Knowle, Kent
Knole in Kent is notable for both its size and grandeur. The former Archbishop’s palace is a vast complex of rooms, staircases and courtyards. The showrooms give a fascinating insight into a house which passed through royal hands to the Sackville family, who still live there today. Truly remarkable.
3. Lake District
Ok so the National Trust only owns some of the land within the Lake District, but in our mind that is enough to be able to be on our list. We love it there. With large lakes and gorgeous rolling hills, the Lake District is a fell walkers paradise, whether you have two hours or two weeks. Just remember your waterproof jacket as the weather is not that predictable.
4. Dunster Castle and Gardens, Somerset.
Dunster Castle is over 600 years old and is perched on top of a hill. With amazing 360 degree panoramic views that reach the Bristol Channel, the property enjoys amazing gardens which are home to four different micro-climates. A huge array of plants and wildlife awaits.
5. Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayrshire.
The Robert Burns birthplace museum is a beautiful celebration of the early life and the enduring legacy of Scotland’s national poet. Visit the humble cottage where Robert Burns was born to explore more than 5000 Burns artefacts, and once you are done, why not try a haggis in the museum café.