Some of the greatest parts about Britain are our history and our countryside. The National Trust helps to conserve these for future generations while letting us enjoy them.We are massive fans of the National Trust and regularly go to houses and stroll around fields that they protect. So here is our top 10 best National trust sites that you need to visit.
Farne Islands- Northumbria
The Farne Islands are just off the coast on Northumbria and is now a nesting island for thousands of birds each year including puffins and arctic turns (and you may see the occasional seal.) On one of the islands is also a small chapel, built in the 1300’s, where they hold exhibitions. St Cuthbert stayed on these islands as a hermit for 10 years and even died on the island. When going to the Farne Islands please check the national trust website for weather updates and boat times to get across to the island. If you are going during hatching time it may be best to take a hat, the birds are not afraid to attack!!
St Michaels Mount- Cornwall
St Michaels Mount is one of the most popular National Trust sites in the UK and you can see why. Just off the coast of Cornwall, St Michaels Mount looks like something from a fairytale. It has been a monastery, a fortress and a port all before becoming a family home. See the suits of armour that go back to the war of the roses and live your very own romantic fairytale in their sub-tropical gardens. If you visit doing low tide you can walk over to the island however, at high tide you will need a boat ride. See the National Trust website for more info.
White Cliffs of Dover- Kent
Well lets face it, i would be stupid not to include this iconic coastline. The White Cliffs of Dover (yes like the song) are forever part of our history. Here you can walk along the cliffs on designated paths to get some of the best views of our english coastline. You can also take a trip down in to Fan Bay Deep Shelter, which is a series of tunnels built in the second world war. Go up the Victorian lighthouse to get an arial view and see further across the English Channel.
Homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney- Liverpool
These are two separate properties but you can do them in one tour. See the famous Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road where John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney grew up in Liverpool. Both have been restored to how it would have been when they were both living in these homes. See where some of their earliest songs were written and where the ‘quarrymen’ practiced. It is further out of town than you think so if you are heading to Liverpool on the train or bus you may need to plan how you get there before getting to the city.
Hadrian Wall- Northumbria
Hadrian’s Wall is very important to our British history, hence why it is also a UNESCO heritage site. It is unclear why the wall was built originally and is thought to have been planned before Hadrian got to Britain. Along the wall you can take many different treks and learn about Roman forts which are dotted along the length of the wall. On the 3rd and 4th September there is ‘Hadrian’s Wall live‘ where Roman soldiers show you around the forts and the wall at night, guided by torch light.
Giant’s Causeway- Northern Ireland
We can’t quite believe that this is a natural structure! The Giant’s Causeway brings thousands of visitors to Northern Ireland each year. Be sure to sit in the wishing chair and look out for the camel (yes, rock that has formed to look like a camel!) Once you’ve climbed on the rocks why not check out one of the National Trust hikes around the costal area.
Attingham Park- Shropshire
Attingham Park is one of the most popular estates in the national trust, and its not hard to see why, this beautiful estate used to have 8,000 acres of land surrounding it. Sadly now it is only 4,000… HA! This grand house became a auxiliary military hospital for wounded soldiers in 1914, Lord Berwick’s wife, Teresa, was originally a red cross nurse on the Italian front line. Fun Fact: Thomas, 2nd Lord Berwick, once had a working model of Mount Vesuvius. Well where do I sign up!
Brecon Beacons- Wales
Known as some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK the location provides some amazing hikes and stunning landscapes alike. See the amazing preserved glacial lake: Llyn Cwm Llwch (Welsh everyone) with its historical legends and see “southern Britain’s highest waterfall”: Henrhyd Falls. There is a hike for everyone and downloadable walks, to save you getting lost. See the National Trust website for more information.
Cliveden House- Buckinghamshire
Originally it is thought that Cliveden was built by the Duke for his mistress, the Countess of Shrewsbury. In 1668, on hearing of the affair, her husband challenged Buckingham to a duel and was fatally injured (WHOA, that escalated quickly.) Unfortunately this house has burnt down, the house that we see was designed by Sir charles Barry (the same man who deigned the Palace of Westminster.) It has been home to Dukes, Viscounts and even a Prince, but is known, in more recent history, for its parties that Nancy and Waldorf Astor threw. Hosting people like Sir Winston Churchill, Lloyd George and Ghandi!
Kinver Edge- Staffordshire
We are slightly biased towards this one. Kinver Edge is right round the corner from our home in the West Midlands and we have spent many an afternoon having a stroll round the beautiful woodland, taking in its magnificent views and checking out the cave houses. So it is the cave houses that the National Trust looks after, people still lived in these homes carved out of the sand stone rocks until the mid 50’s. (If you watch Grand Designs religiously a man carved himself a new home in to sandstone just like this in the area, you can also rent it out on airbnb.)
What is your favourite national trust property?