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Gawthorpe Hall National Trust Tearoom

Affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, Gawthorpe Hall was redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.

The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë and the family.

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National Trust – Birling Gap Cafe

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Enjoy a latte, juice or beer overlooking the sea on our terrace or savour a light snack or cake with a cup of tea. Children can enjoy an ice-cream or lunchbox on the beach. All the profit we make looks after the countryside and places you love.

Chirk Castle

National Trust – Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle is the only one of Edward I’s marcher fortresses still inhabited today. The area of the castle with the most visually original features is the West Range, where visitors can still explore the Adam Tower, complete with its two-level dungeons, medieval garderobes (toilets) and murder holes.

On most days visitors can meet our castle garrison who will be happy to demonstrate weapons, allow you to feel the weight of the armour, and even take our younger visitors through a pike drill so they can defend the castle – be careful you’re not put in the stocks!

Count House Cottage

National Trust – Count House Cottage, Penzance

Count House sits in the heart of Poldark Country, high on the cliffs of West Cornwall and surrounded by remnants of the mining industry. The small stone cottage was once a workshop for the mine’s carpenter, and now hosts a cosy one-bedroom nook, with lots of character. Step inside to a small but atmospheric space, where timber frames extend up the high ceilings and large windows stream in light from the open seascape. There’s a stand-alone log burner too; perfect for when Atlantic storms lash the coast. 

Great Chalfield

National Trust – Great Chalfield Manor & Garden

A charming 15th-century manor house with Arts and Crafts garden.

Great Chalfield Manor has seen several owners and several changes over the centuries, but in the early twentieth century Major Robert Fuller restored it to reflect it roots.
Discover Great Chalfield Manor

Great Chalfield Manor was built ca.1465 by Thomas Tropenell, a wealthy business man who built and acquired several large estates during his time. At the heart of the house lies the Hall, flanked by unusually symmetrical gable cross wings and oriel windows.

Greenway House

National Trust – Greenway

This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests.

The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with an important and varied collection of ceramics, Tunbridgeware, silver, and books, including first editions of her novels. It is also home to archaeological artefacts acquired in the Middle East where Agatha accompanied her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan on excavations. In the library a frieze was painted in 1944 when the house was requisitioned by the US Coastguards as part of the preparations for D-Day.

Hanbury Hall

National Trust – Hanbury Hall & Gardens

Originally a stage-set for summer parties, the house provides a glimpse into life at the turn of the eighteenth century.

Enjoy a stroll around the gardens at Hanbury Hall. From the Walled Garden to Kytes Orchard and beyond, the gardens at Hanbury look beautiful throughout the year.

Courts Garden

National Trust – The Courts Garden

This curious English country garden is full of differently styled garden rooms, each with their own surprise, testament to its gardeners past and present who have all brought something new to The Courts.
Formal garden

The charming topiary and collourful borders of the tranquil formal garden are a delight throughout the open season.Impressive sculptured yew trees and fragrant flowers fringe the paths to the beautiful manicured lawns.

Acorn Bank

National Trust Acorn Bank

Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a fascinating industrial past. Indulge yourself at the tea-room, where culinary herbs and fruit from the garden are used daily in soups, salads and puddings.

Wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, enjoying wildlife in the woods on the way, and discover more about the history of gypsum mining on the estate. Enjoy the views across the Eden Valley to the Lake District from the magnificent backdrop of the sandstone house.

Aira Force

National Trust Aira Force and Ullswater Tea Room

For 300 years visitors have been drawn here, where rainwater runs from the fells into Aira Beck and thunders in one 65-foot leap over the falls. Yet, Aira Force is much more than an impressive waterfall. A network of trails weaves its way from Ullswater lakeshore to Gowbarrow summit, passing towering Himalayan firs, rare red squirrels, woodland glades, picnic spots and views out across Ullswater.

You can start your day in Glenridding and arrive by boat, taking in the sights of Ullswater Valley along the way, then stroll back to Glenridding through Glencoyne Park and along the lakeshore.

Alfriston Clergy

National Trust Alfriston Clergy House

This early 15th-century Wealden hall-house was bought as a restoration project in 1896 by the newly formed National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty.

Through a series of changes and renovations across the centuries it has become this picturesque house seen today in its idyllic setting with views across the River Cuckmere.

Bath Assembly Rooms

National Trust Bath Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms were at the heart of fashionable Georgian society, the perfect venue for entertainment. When completed in 1771, they were described as ‘the most noble and elegant of any in the kingdom’.


National Trust Blakeney National Nature Reserve

At the heart of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney National Nature Reserve boasts wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. The four mile long shingle spit of Blakeney Point offers protection for Blakeney Harbour and the surrounding saltmarshes, providing a perfect habitat for the vast array of residential and migratory wildlife.

Internationally important, the reserve is noted for its spectacular displays of the summer breeding tern colony and winter breeding grey seals ensuring delight for visitors all year round. Great for walkers, sightseers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, Blakeney National Nature Reserve guarantees an inspiring and memorable visit no matter the season.


National Trust Bodnant Garden Rea Room

With intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant.

Created over 150 years, with plants collected and brought to Britain from far afield, and the incredible vision of generations of the McLaren family and Puddle head gardeners, this haven of rarity and beauty with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia is a delight for the senses.

Brimham Rocks

National Trust Brimham Rocks Kiosk

The natural spectacle of Brimham Rocks, with its giant rock formations, was created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth, and a visit to this amazing landscape is truly a journey into pre-history.

The rocks, sculpted by 320 million years of movement of entire continents as well as hundreds of thousands of years of ice, rain and wind, have taken on weird and wonderful shapes and with a little imagination, they resemble familiar creatures. Visitors are free to explore the site, spotting the Dancing Bear, the Gorilla, the Eagle and the Turtle, whilst the more nimble can crawl through the Smartie Tube and balance on the Rocking Stones.

Corfe Castle

National Trust Corfe Castle

One of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.

A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.

Spot the ‘murder holes’ and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.