In case you missed it see what’s in this section
National Trust Properties in and around Swindon
The better weather is here - and what better way to spend time as a family than exploring a stunning National Trust property/estate? Here in Swindon we have National Trust's head office Heelis - but that's not all! There's plenty of estates to have a wander round too.
We've pretty much done all the National Trust properties and estates around here, so we've picked out the one's that are well worth visiting. You'll be spoilt for choice!
1. Avebury Stones and Manor House
If you're from Swindon, you're bound to have heard of the Avebury Stone Circle. But did you know there's also a manor within it? One of the most unique things about Avebury Manor is that you are not kept away with barriers like lots of other National Trust properties, you are encouraged to have a good look around, sit on the furniture, lie on the beds and play snooker in the Billiard Room.
Price: Adults £10.50, Children £5.25, NT Members Free.
Location: Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1RF
2. White Horse Hill, Uffington
If you're looking for a walk with a view, then we can't recommend anywhere better than White Horse Hill. With views stretching over 3 counties, it makes the perfect summer walk (especially on hot days as there is a lovely breeze!) You can get up close and personal with the world famous chalk White Horse and enjoy a walk around Uffington Castle to admire the views.
Price: Parking £3, NT Members Free.
Location: White Horse Hill Uffington, Oxfordshire, SN7 7UK
3. Ashdown House
Situated in the heart of the Berkshire downs, Ashdown House is a beautiful and unusual Dutch style house with lots of character. The estate is huge and everyone is free to roam around the park and woodland until their heart is content. The estate is open from dawn until dusk every day (besides Fridays) and the house is open for guided tours between 2pm and 5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Price: Adults £5, Children £2.50, NT Members Free
Location: Ashdown House, Lambourn, Newbury, Oxfordshire, RG17 8RE
4. Badbury Hill
Badbury Hill is well known for it's bluebells, but it's definitely a stunning walk in all seasons. Walk through the beautiful woodland and beyond into the rolling Oxfordshire hills. There are plenty of signposted walks - or take a path of your own (we can't promise you won't get lost though!)
Location: Badbury Hill, Coleshill, near Swindon, Oxfordshire SN7 7NJ
5. Lacock Abbey, Museum and Village
Although Lacock is quite far out of town, it is certainly worth the travel. As the birthplace of photography, the Fox Talbot Museum is a huge tourist attraction to people all over the world. Make a day of it and take your time to wander round the oldy worldy village, run through the cloisters inside Lacock Abbey just as Harry Potter (yes, that's right, Harry Potter was filmed here!) and learn all about photography in the Fox Talbot Museum.
Price: Adults £13.40, Children £6.70, NT Members Free.
Location: Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2LG
6. Buscot Park
Buscot Park is (in our opinion) home to one of the most beautiful National Trust gardens. Walk through the walled gardens, with water fountains, beautiful blooms and carefully winding trees to the grand entrance of the house which will then lead you on to the water garden and extensive parkland. Buscot is huge so we recommend a full day here! You can go inside the 18th century house and explore the beautiful building too!
Please Note: Buscot Park is only open from April - September.
Price: Adults £10, Children £5
Location: Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU
Photos: National Trust and Bethany Fry