At the National Trust it’s always a great time to take a group somewhere special and we’re giving you the inspiration to plan your visit.…
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire
Step into this elegant home and journey back to a golden age of country-house living.
The new Domestic Wing shows how the staff serving Lord Fairhaven ran his household like clockwork.
The celebrated garden, with its sweeping avenues, classical statuary and flower borders, offers captivating views, vibrant colours and delicious scents whatever the season. A visit to the historic working watermill and famous Winter Garden will complete your day.
Contact: 01223 810081,
Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Nobody forgets their first sight of Blickling. The breathtaking mansion and ancient yew hedges sit within a magnificent garden and historic park.
Inside the house is one of the most important book collections in the country.
The landscape, ideal for walking and cycling, and has changed little over the centuries.
It is a hive of hidden activity, with farms, barns and cottages adding to its rural charm. You can meet the former residents, from ambassadors and airmen to kings’ mistresses, who have used the estate as a place of quiet refuge while playing their part on the world’s political stage.
Contact: 01263 738030,
This estate reflects the Hervey family’s passion for everything Italian, influenced by their European grand tours.
The Rotunda is a Neo-classical showcase, intended by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house treasures, indeed the collection contains the finest examples of Huguenot silversmiths.
Family history is documented in portraits by artists such as Gainsborough and Reynolds, while in the basement, 1930’s domestic service is portrayed through memories of former staff.
Contact: 01284 736121,
Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk
Set in the lovely village of Lavenham, the Guildhall of Corpus Christi tells the story of one of the best-preserved and wealthiest towns in Tudor England.
You can discover the stories of the people who have used the Guildhall at the heart of their community for almost 500 years.
Then you can explore the picturesque streets of Lavenham, lined with shops, galleries and more than 320 buildings of historic interest.
Contact: 01787 247646,
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
An Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions were unearthed here by archaeologist Basil Brown.
These ancient graves kept their secrets for 1,300 years, but what was found here changed our perceptions of the past forever.
The ancient burial mounds, breathtaking replica treasure and original finds bring this story to life.
Contact: 01394 389700 (option 2),
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