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NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES & GARDENS TO VISIT

ERDDIG a National Trust Property dating from the 18th century and set in its own parkland. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig  LL13 0YT. About 9 miles. Explore this unique family home that captures life above and below stairs of a bustling family life in the early part of the last century. The garden has been restored to its 18th century former design, with herbaceous borders, fruit trees trained against the garden walls, pleached Lime Trees and impressive water features. The garden provides a gentle afternoon walk. The park land extends to 1700 acres and provides longer walks along the Clywedog river, where you can discover the Cup & Saucer, a cylindrical water cascade and explore the earthworks of a Norman Mote & Bailey.


CHIRK CASTLE a National Trust Property dating back to the 13th century. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle LL14 5AF. About 15 miles. It was constructed by Roger Mortimer De Chirk under instruction from Edward 1. This fortress was tuned into the elegant family home of the Myddleton family in 1595. The castle takes you on a trip through time, explore the towers, descend into the the dungeon and tour the elegant 17th & 18th century family rooms. There are impressive formal and informal gardens laid out over 5.5 acres to explore along with longer trail walks in the surrounding parkland. Like all National Trust Properties, there are a number of special events over the year, check their web site for details.
 
POWIS CASTLE a National Trust Property. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle. SY21 8RF. About 45 miles at Welshpool. This medieval fortress was built circa 1200 and over 400 years has become a grand country mansion. It houses a magnificent collection of sculptures, furniture, paintings and tapestries put together by generations of the Herbert family. Robert Clive and his son Edward Clive  brought home many Indian treasures whilst working with The East India Company, these are now in a, museum in the castle. The world famous gardens have been laid out in both the French and Italian styles and contain many rare plants and spectacular yew hedges.

SPEKE HALL a National Trust Property. A  framed, wattle & daub Tudor Manor House, built by the Norris family on the bank of The Mersey. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall-garden-and-estate  L24 1XD. About 43 miles Nr Liverpool, One of the finest surviving Tudor timber Manor Houses of its kind is well worth a visit. It was restored as a family home in the 19th century and its interior reflects the influence of The Arts & Crafts Movement at that time, but still retains its Tudor structure including a priest hole. The house is set in restored gardens and the whole is surrounded by woodland to provide an oasis of peace and calm on the edge of the hustle & bustle of Liverpool. 

OTHER LOCAL N.T. PROPERTIES; LITTLE MORETON HALL, TATTON PARK, DUNHAM MASSEY, LYME PARK, ATTINGHAM PARK, 

 
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