Spring is finally here and it feels so good to get out and about, breathe in the fresh air, blow off the cobwebs and enjoy the outdoors. Last week we headed off to a fantastic National Trust property – Tredegar House, near Newport.
Tredegar House was owned for 500 years by a great Welsh family, The Morgans and is a truly fascinating building. The website quotes …
Dark arts, riotous parties, war heroism, crocodiles and crucifixes…Tredegar House has never been an ordinary household. A place of dark days and golden ages where flamboyance is at the heart of the history.
And I found this to be absolutely true. Visiting Tredegar House was utterly fascinating and it’s history was brought alive by the amazing staff who guided us through the various rooms. They were brilliant with the children too and they were so fascinated by it they have been telling people about it ever since and even made a pretend Tredegar House out of cardboard at home! There was a huge box of dressing up which the children loved and they were even encouraged to brush the hats in the butler’s pantry.
What really makes Tredegar House so special though is the grounds. It is set in 90 acres of parkland and gardens and it is truly a beautiful space. The parkland is free to get into (the car park costs £2 and there is a charge to enter the house and gardens) so it is the perfect place to take a picnic and spend a day in the great outdoors. There is a great little playground for the kids and when we were there they were running a trail through the gardens too which they loved.
The National Trust are encouraging people to get out this Spring and go wildlife spotting. They have even put together a great guide showing what sorts of wildlife you might see. You can download it here. Bean loved taking her notebook and exploring the parkland to see what she could spot.
We had a fantastic day out and we finished it off with hot chocolate and cake in the cafe. The perfect end to the perfect day.
We did make a little video of our day out too so you can see for yourselves how much fun we had!
Disclosure – we were given a free family pass to a National Trust property for the purposes of this post. All opinions are honest and my own.