Not only do I adore travelling to faraway lands, but I also love exploring what the UK has to offer. From whiling away countless hours in the Devon countryside, to road tripping around Scotland and everything in between, I’m most definitely at home here in the UK.
Being a National Trust member means I can travel extensively around the UK and enter huge mansions and beautiful gardens for free… with free car parking available throughout the countryside too!
A few months ago, I offered you a mammoth list of 21 special National Trust places to see in the UK. And now I’m back with 12 more extra special National Trust places you absolutely must visit.
Are you ready?
1. Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire
Hanbury Hall is a marvellous English manor dating as far back as the 18th Century. It comes complete with landscaped gardens, which really do look incredible during the Spring and Summer months.
The Hall itself is stunning, and you have the opportunity to explore inside where old English grandeur meets sophisticated style.
2. Avebury, Wiltshire
There’s loads to see at Avebury, from the traditional manor, to an archaeological museum, quaint English village and interesting stone circle akin to what you’ll find at the Stonehenge. Avebury Stone Circle is actually a World Heritage Site and dates back over 4,000 years!
Anyone can see the stone circle for free – yes, even if you’re not a National Trust member. But if you want to explore the manor house, then there is a fee for non-members. The archaeology museum is free for English Heritage members, which is a different group from the National Trust.
If you’ve never been, I’d recommend you have a look at everything here as it’s all super fascinating!
And if you’re visiting in December, it’s going to be extra special for you with the house decorated with Christmas decorations and festive events happening in the grounds.
3. Tyntesfield, North Somerset
Found on the outskirts of Bristol, Tyntesfield is a great place to come to for history, luxury and beautiful gardens.
The house really is exquisite with its Victorian Gothic Revival style – it almost feels like you’ve stumbled across an old vampire’s lair or something!
4. Leigh Woods, North Somerset
When it comes to zen places in nature, the National Trust has a lot to offer. Leigh Woods is a perfect walking spot and offers great views over the Clifton Suspension Bridge right here in Bristol!
Personally, I’d say come here with your dog, take a long walk and ensure you wind up at the bridge viewing platform. Now that’s a perfect Sunday in my books! And if you’re visiting in April or May, lookout for the masses of bluebells you’ll also find here.
5. Lundy Island, Devon
Although Lundy Island is maintained by the Landmark Trust, the National Trust play a large part in ensuring Lundy Island continues to be an unspoiled haven for puffin and seal watching.
Found off the coast of Devon, this tiny little island has just one small village, but an abundance of wildlife. It’s super easy to get here by ferry from several Devon towns – Bideford being one of them and is well worth the effort!
As mentioned, Lundy Island offers fantastic walks and amazing scenery, as well as plenty of locations to spot puffins and seals in the warmer months. Check it out!
Quick Tourist Tip: If you like buying souvenirs on your travels, I’d recommend buying Lundy Island stamps. Yep, they have their own stamps! And they certainly make for a unique souvenir for your scrapbook…
6. West Green House Garden, Hampshire
For this one, my first advice is to not let the name fool you – you won’t be going inside a house at this place.
Instead, you will be able to roam through acre upon acre of beautiful landscaped gardens, which also include a lake with pretty little bridges to walk across.
You are able to see West Green House in one corner of the gardens, but only through a fancy looking fence. Still… it’s pretty to see from the outside for you to take a quick photo.
There’s also some cute little greenhouses near to the exit/entrance, which are home to beautiful orchids and a whole array of garden ornaments. You can even hire these out for functions!
Come on… who wouldn’t want to eat a delicious dinner here? Find out more now!
7. Brownsea Island, Dorset
Found just across the bay from Poole in Dorset, Brownsea Island is an awesome place to head to for a day out. You just need to hop on a 30 minute ferry and you’re there. Sadly even NT members have to pay for the ferry, but entrance to the island itself is free for members.
Views from the island are fantastic on a nice day, and you may even be lucky enough to spot peacocks, pheasants and even red squirrels during your walk around the island. You can easily see most of the island in one day, although expect your feet to properly ache by the end of it!
Either way, this is an amazing place to come to and is highly recommended. Check it out!
8. Chastleton House, Oxfordshire
Built between 1607 and 1612, Chastleton House is an incredible looking Jacobean manor house, with lovely gardens.
During your visit, you can spend your time investigating the house, parklands, museum and book shop. There’s even a chapel onsite that frequently sells tea and homemade cakes.
If you’re after a typical English manor, Chastleton House is one of the best around. Learn more about it here!
9. Basildon Park, Berkshire
Found near the outskirts of Reading, Basildon Park is a super fine estate. The parklands are huge, and are great fun to walk around. During the Spring months, you can expect to find bluebells as far as the eye can see.
You’re also able to wander around inside the manor house too, which has some very interesting rooms. One of them well worth a look is the Shell Room, which is decorated top to floor in real seashells!
If you’re planning on taking a look inside the house, they’ll want you to leave your bag in your car, which is a little frustrating. However, if the staff are feeling particularly kind, then they may allow you to take your bag in if you keep it in your hand… if you’re lucky.
10. Bath Assembly Rooms, Somerset
Bath is an incredible place to come to; packed full of history and an absolute must for Jane Austen fans.
One of the best things to do when in Bath is to head to the Bath Assembly Rooms. In the past, this would have been used as a music room, ‘walkabout’ or function room for high society – particularly during Jane Austen’s day.
Entry to the Assembly Rooms is free (even to non-National Trust members). There’s also the Fashion Museum on the lower levels of the building, which are well worth a look (but are not free to enter).
11. Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire
Hidcote is one of England’s most spectacular gardens. Vast in size, beautifully laid out and packed full of interesting photographic opportunities for nature lovers.
A few of my favourite highlights from this place are the fruit and vegetable patches, woodland area and hedged walkways.
But really for this one, I’m always going to suggest coming to see it yourself as its beauty is very hard to describe!
Psst! Whilst you’re in this area, don’t forget to check out some of the prettiest towns and villages in the Cotswolds. Chipping Campden is the closest, and is most definitely in the top 5!
12. Watersmeet, Devon
Watersmeet is a beautiful place to come to for a walk in the Spring and Summer months. Here, you have the opportunity to follow a winding river, chill out in foxglove fields and look for birds in the many trees.
But if you’re keen on paddling your feet in the river, be prepared for it to be super cold though! (I learned this the hard way)! Find out more!
Well, there you have it. 12 more special National Trust places you absolutely must visit here in the UK. Is your list getting longer and longer by the day? Mine too… expect loads more National Trust recommendations to come soon!
If you want to catch up on my previous 21 suggestions, you can find them here!
Did you know that a lot of these National Trust places also accept dogs? Check out this free directory!
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