Five must-see national trust houses

Whether you’re an existing National Trust member or you’re thinking about becoming one, there are plenty of sites for you to visit this Easter weekend. As well as spectacular landscapes, National Trust has many historic houses with amazing histories. Here’s our top five for you to discover.


1. Stourhead, Wiltshire

On the Wiltshire-Somerset border sits a beautiful Palladian villa, Stourhead House, and its stunning 18th-century gardens. This National Trust site offers a colourful landscape for the whole family to explore. Take a romantic stroll around the glistening lake or climb the 205 steps to King Alfred's Tower, which has far-reaching views of Dorset. The house also has a grand Regency library and magnificent art collection, where you'll uncover stories about the generations of the Hoare family who once lived there.

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2. Cliveden, Berkshire

Cliveden House has over 35 years of history, and features panoramic views of the Berkshire countryside. Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, this is Grade I listed stately home with formal gardens and woodlands, remains an intriguing property to explore. From beautiful flower displays and sculptures, to antique furniture and period features, the luxurious five-star hotel and National Trust grounds are a great place to spend the day.

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3. Attingham Park, Shropshire

Attingham Park is an elegant 18th-century mansion and estate that was built for the first Lord Berwick 1785. It has remained in the family ever since. It has a fascinating Picture Gallery roof, and you can learn about the family's history and their stories of love and neglect.

It's been 70 years since the park became a National Trust site, and in that time there has been lots of conservation work to ensure the building and estate continues to welcome the public through its doors. Each year the Park hosts many exciting events – from deer feeding to sporting events.

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4. Belton House, Lincolnshire

Belton House is the quintessential English country house. Its classic design and Carolean architecture have been cited as some of the finest in the country. In fact, the impressive Elizabethan manor was Lady Catherine Rosing's in the 1995 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. You can spend the day walking around 36 acres of Italian and Dutch formal gardens. You'll also find a restaurant, indoor and outdoor play area and gift shops.

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5. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

This National Trust property is the perfect setting for a Bank Holiday day out. The magnificent building dates back to 1874, when it was built in the style of a 16th-century French chateau for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Though the manor was not intended for family life, and was for showcasing extravagant art and paintings, today the National Trust welcomes many families through its doors. Enjoy exploring the Victorian style gardens, home to exotic birds, or keep your eye on the regular art exhibitions the property regularly hosts.

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