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.
Life as Mum
That looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I love visiting places like that. That hot chocolate looks like a perfect ending!
Harriet from Toby & Roo
This looks beautiful - we absolutely love going on a wildlife hunt, it's one of the best things to do and boy does it burn their energy running about! H x
There are only a couple of National Trust places near us but Belton House is our favorite. Looks like a lovely place to spend the day.
This place looks amazing! I am currently learning to drive and once I pass I will definitely be buying an annual pass to the National Trust. They have so many great places!
That dress is stunning. What a beautiful historic place to visit.
Lucy Melissa Smith (Hello Beautiful Bear)
Ooh this place sounds amazing! Stunningly beautiful and the history sounds really interesting X
Hannah Budding Smiles
I love National Trust properties so much! There's always so much for families to do, they make the perfect family day out and I love that they're getting people involved in looking for wildlife xx
A Mum Track Mind
I love NT properties, they are always a great day out for the whole family. Loving your pictures too! Looks like you had a lovely time x
Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
It looks like you had a fab day out! We finally had chance to use our pass this week and went to Tredegar House too. It brought back so many memories of visiting as a kid. 🙂