Our Top 5 National Trust Locations (South East)

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  1. Tracy Nixon says:

    Brodick Castle and gardens on the Isle of Arran – beautiful scenery and views and it has a lovely coffee shop in the garden where the scones are out of this world!

  2. stuart hargreaves says:


  3. Love the Giants Causeway on the North Antrim coast – amazing place, full of folklore and history x

  4. Rachael Simmons says:

    Red House in Bexleyheath – small but perfectly formed, I can easily while away the time in the garden in the summer 🙂

  5. Liane Amos says:

    Basildon House near Pangbourne

  6. Liane Amos says:

    Basildon House near Pangbourne

  7. Cherry Edwards says:

    My favourite NT place is Wakehurst Place in Surrey. It is joined with Kew Gardens as it is the national seed bank and you can go and look around the seed bank which is fascinating. The grounds at Wakehurst are enormous and divided into separate areas. There is also a really wild section with a limit placed on the number of daily visitors to help keep it that way. You can see Kingfishers from a bird hide at the lakes, you can walk through Japanese style gardens, picnic in wild meadows or stick to the more manicured areas and duck pond. The cafe is nice with an outdoor seating area too. The house has weddings and art exhibitions. The only slightly less positive thing about this NT place is that itmohe of the very few where you gave to lay to park, but given that it’s such a great place you can benefit from purchasing a yearly car park pass to help keep costs down. It’s really a great place for kids, they will never get bored here.

  8. Danielle Spencer says:

    Cliveden National Trust – Lots to explore and lots to look at.

  9. Heather Haigh says:

    Brimham rocks – the rock formations are just incredible. I don’t know anywhere else like it.

  10. Oh wow… Must visit the UK.

  11. Sheila Shepheard says:

    I love Chartwell House – former home of Winston Churchill. Walking around you get a sense of the ordinary life of a great man. Letters and photos are on display as are several of his uniforms and suits. His painting studio is inspirational. The grounds are beautiful.

  12. theresa cooke says:

    Sudbury Hall is near to us. Its a lovely venue just off the A50. It has a childhood museum which my children love to see the old fashion toys and games set in beautiful countryside

  13. theresa cooke says:

    Sudbury Hall is near to us. Its a lovely venue just off the A50. It has a childhood museum which my children love to see the old fashion toys and games set in beautiful countryside

  14. Helen Tovell says:

    Sherringham park because of the beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas

  15. Harline parkin says:

    Chatsworth house I loved it has a child and I love going round the gardens

  16. What a fantastic prize, how exciting!

  17. Corinne Henson says:

    Tyntesfield, it’s about a 45 minute drive from us and I love walking around the grounds it’s beautiful

  18. Martina Pichova says:

    Croome Park is near us and is great for walking.

  19. Laura Pritchard says:

    I love Stourhead – it’s so romantic & beautiful.

  20. Louise Fairweather says:

    We have visited Belton house when at my parents and that has a great playground for the kids

  21. maria hackett says:

    Mostly Old hall is our family fav! so beautiful, relaxing and we love the coffee shop. theirs homemade cakes are amazing!

  22. Gayatri Gogoi says:

    My fave is nostell priory because I used to go there when I was younger with my family

  23. Deborah Walker says:

    Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, I love the NT’s conservation choices on this property, leaving it in a state of disrepair.

  24. Thoroughly a great British day out for all the family..

  25. Kelly Hirst says:

    My favourite is Ightham Mote as it’s local to us and is really interesting

  26. Llanachaeron is my local national trust house. It has lovely woodland walks that are all free

  27. Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast because it has a conservation site set up by the Trust to protect seals, which used to be the target of hunters. Now the Trust shields seals from visitors walking near them, but you can see them by boat.

  28. I don’t think I have ever been to a National Trust property but I want to visit the old water mill near me in East Anglia.

  29. Katy Malkin says:

    our favourite NT place is Formby Beach for the red squirrels and views!

  30. Fountains Abbey as it’s one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian monestaries in the UK, in an isolated area of beauty with lots of walking opportunities.

  31. Jordan Jarmain says:

    I’ve never been to any of these places but they all look really nice. I personally love ullswater and Windermere over in Cumbria. Stunning scenery and so relaxing on a weekend x

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  33. sian hallewell says:

    Not having national trust membership I havent got a favourite, but my daughter who does have membership has a favourite – attingham Park, shropshire

  34. Marie Evans says:

    Powis Castle…It had lots to see great castle there were lovely gardens & the food was great.What more could you ask for a great day out.

  35. Looking forward to visiting shugborough hall now Stafford / when opened again now owned and run by NT

  36. Hannah Lord says:

    I love Ightham Mote, it’s local and they put on so many events for the family. Such lovely woodland trails and the house is amazing!

  37. Lyme Park. It’s set in the most gorgeous spot and the playground is brilliant for kids. We love it there and visit regularly.

  38. charlotte wilde says:

    Bodnant Gardens in North Wales – beautiful gardens, lots of flowers and amazing trees for the children to marvel at and a fab café!

  39. Kathryn Hipkin says:

    There’s not much near us in the north east but we do have Wallington Hall with the ‘tree-climbing tree’.
    It also has 3 separate play areas including one based on a train, one with zip wire and one where you can build dens.
    You can also sit in a boat and have your picnic there if you feel like being the famous five. My 2 still love it and they’re coming up 10 and 13 (and i’ve just looked out of the window to see the older one up a tree outside and we’re not at Wallington Hall today!)

  40. Katie Skeoch says:

    The Jane Austen house museum. I love all things Austen & this has some wonderful history in a beautiful setting

  41. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One says:

    Stowe Landscape Gardens – it’s close to home, we never tire of it, and it’s beautiful whatever the weather or season

  42. Mel Daniels says:

    I love Clumber Park, a beautiful part of the world with lots to do 🙂

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  44. hali kinson says:

    Lyme Park. – fantastic views and a great place to take the kids, beautiful.

  45. Virginia C. says:

    I haven’t visited many National Trust properties and that is why I’d love to win this prize, so I can visit lots in a year.

  46. Gemma Massey says:

    I love Bodnant Gardens in North Wales because it has beautiful gardens pretty flowers and it’s a lovely day out # WeLoveNT

  47. Samantha Atherton says:

    We love going to Formby, walking through the sand dunes and spotting the red squirrels in the woods.

  48. Julie Scattergood says:

    Sudbury Hall is a favourite of ours. We first went there as school children. The museum of childhood is fascinating.

  49. Louise McArthur says:

    Never been to the top 5 but would love to take my little 1s on some adventure to all od them

  50. Harriet Leonard says:

    We’re lucky to have some gorgeous ones near us. Chirk Castle has to be a favourite though. Beautiful views and some lovely walks.

  51. Fiona Cambouropoulos says:

    We had membership last year and didn’t use it enough, so many lovely places to visit and family freindly

  52. Nicola Perry says:

    The National Trust has some wonderful properties 🙂

  53. Jenny Harlow says:

    Lanhydrock Cornwall
    the kids love riding their bikes around the grounds and through the trees

  54. Steph at Mental Parentals says:

    Wordsworth House and Garden 🙂

  55. Rich Tyler says:

    Bookham common, where my in-laws live!

  56. chani lewis says:

    Nymans gardens because there is always something fun and interesting happening.

  57. Leeds Castle, there’s always something to keep the kids occupied, great Easter egg hunt at Easter.

  58. We like Souter Lighthouse.

  59. Sarah Robinson says:

    Petts Wood and Hawkwood

  60. Christine Caple says:

    Overbecks in Devon, the gardens and views are spectacular.

  61. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    We love going to Rievaulx Terrace in Yorkshire. It’s a beautiful area and a peaceful day out

  62. Hidcote it’s just up the road from us

  63. Tracey Mitchell says:

    Bodiam castle it is so stunning.

  64. Emma Wolski says:

    Nymans is just beautiful and my nephews loves to play in their gardens!

  65. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    I’ve been to Chirk castle a few times in Chirk, Wrexham. Such a beautiful place i loved exploring

  66. Kim Holgate says:

    Oxburgh hall only up the road

  67. Stephen Jenkins says:

    Porth O’er( Whistling Sands) beach on the LLeyn Peninsular in North Wales. A beautiful paradise beach!

  68. Petra Hora says:

    Clandon Park is on our doorstep.

  69. Chris Hunt says:

    Hidcote Gardens

  70. Alison Macdonald says:

    Love Gibside! Such a lovely walk and dogs allowed too 😉

  71. james rowlands says:

    Saltram house the grounds are great

  72. Has to be cragside house … very special

  73. Love Gibside and Wallington

  74. Charlotte Hoskins says:

    Polesden Lacey. So relaxing to picnic on the lawns whilst the kids run up and down the hill!

  75. Robert Parkinson says:

    Chatsworth house all the way

  76. Linda Guest says:

    Sudbury is great for slightly older children as the museum of childhood is very well laid out with activities they can do

  77. Pauline Dring says:

    Kynance Cove is my favourite NT location, because we have had many happy family days there.

  78. Janet Birkin says:

    Giants Causeway

  79. Victoria Allum says:

    I love Lanhydrock, beautiful stately home with lovely gardens, really used to enjoy visiting as a child. Great prize. Good luck everyone 🙂

  80. Sheila Reeves says:

    Ashridge forest, especially at bluebell time, such a beautiful place to explore

  81. Adrian Bold says:

    Cliveden National Trust – Lots to see and explore.

  82. Josh Gough says:

    I love Chartwell House – former home of Winston Churchill. Walking around you get a sense of the ordinary life of a great man. Letters and photos are on display as are several of his uniforms and suits. His painting studio is inspirational. The grounds are beautiful.

  83. Dean Boyle says:

    Awesome giveaway I’m always looking for adventures with my kids

  84. Jade Rogers says:

    It’s fantastic, I love Powys castle !
    There’s so many beautiful places, nothing better than lugging the kids in the car and setting off on a journey!
    Thanks for this chance! 🙂

  85. Have never been so would love to visit a few.

  86. Sam Parkes says:

    Shugborough in Staffordshire, been going there for years and its recently been overtook by the national trust

  87. donna l jones says:

    Sudbury Hall lovely muesuem there

  88. Tracey Belcher says:

    We love the South West Coastal Path – takes you through some amazing landscapes and with fantastic views – stunning

  89. Cathryn Crawshaw says:

    we love attingham park in shrewsbury we love walking the grounds and seeing the deer

  90. Sam McKean says:

    We live next to the National Trust Runnymede, it’s a beautiful site and a lovely walk with our children

  91. Coughton Court as it is very close to us and has a house with a fascinating history and packed full of original things and of course some lovely walks too.

  92. Stephen Yates says:

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway

  93. Melanie Burton says:

    My favourite is Stonehenge. It is absolutely amazing there and the history intrigues me.

  94. Joanna Kasznicki says:

    mine has to be formby we love looking at the red squirrels and going onto the beach

  95. Natalie Crossan says:

    Chatsworth house is so magnificent xx

  96. Powys castle is fantastic 🙂

  97. Lisa butterworth says:

    We had a lovely day at Standen!

  98. Kate Davies says:

    Belton house, it’s just down the road from us and the perfect day out with children.

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