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Lifestyle | 27 May 2022

Top 10 National Trust destinations to visit this summer

The National Trust has a bountiful bevy of historic buildings and sites of natural beauty open to the public.

The National Trust is a conservation charity that should need no introduction. As the caretaker of numerous historic properties, verdant country landscapes and wild coastlines across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there’s bound to be a National Trust destination that will appeal to you and your family.

If you need inspiration on where to go for a long weekend or Bank Holiday, whether or not you’re a Vodafone Together customer with a Kids Go Free pass, here are ten varied and intriguing destinations in the National Trust’s portfolio.

Dunham Massey

This aristocratic house is not only steeped in history, but also surrounded by tranquil gardens, ancient woods and even a deer park! This escape from the hustle and bustle of city life is less than an hour’s train journey away from Manchester Piccadilly.

Quarry Bank

This water-powered example of the UK’s industrial heritage is also remarkably picturesque. Nestled in a river valley, Quarry Bank offers leafy ambles as well as workshop tours that give you insights into the hardships and triumphs of workers from another age.

Corfe Castle

Built by William the Conqueror and then reduced to a dramatic ruin as a result of the English Civil War, Corfe Castle is a medieval fortress that’s imposing and romantic in equal measure. We challenge you not to be impressed by its location perched amidst the rolling Dorset countryside.

Vodafone and National Trust team up to offer families the chance to connect together offline with Kids Go Free passes

Vodafone Together customers can claim 8,000 Kids Go Free passes through VeryMe rewards, opening up family outings to stunning gardens, historic houses and impressive castles.

Brownsea Island

Another Dorset highlight, Brownsea Island is a small island with a big personality. Its lagoon attracts a variety of birds, while rare red squirrels scamper through its woodlands. If you want to really soak up its views over Poole Harbour, then lodge and campsite accommodation is available. Don’t forget to book ahead though – and that applies to the ferry too.

Dyffryn Gardens

This flourishing series of gardens just outside Cardiff teems with plant life. If that’s not enough to keep the kids occupied, then a series of special events takes place throughout the year from story reading to outdoor cinema.

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

Wicken Fen is one of Europe’s most important wetlands, a floating world supporting wildlife from birds of prey to voles and dragonflies. Walk or cycle along the boardwalk to soak up this unique national treasure.

Blickling Estate

This strikingly ornate yet elegant Jacobean stately home is thought to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn and acted as a home for RAF air crew during the Second World War. If that’s not enough, the Estate also has acres and acres of gardens, woodland and farmland to explore. The Estate is also the venue for a series of concerts over summer 2022, including a set from the legendary Tom Jones.

Ilam Park

Don’t be fooled by its deceptive name, Ilam Park is more than just a park. It’s also a hub from which you can explore the hills, valleys, pasture lands and gorges of the White Peak corner of the Peak District.


Stately homes and manicured gardens go together like a horse and carriage; Tyntesfield is a sterling example of both. The splendid neo-Gothic mansion is ornately grand, while the expansive green spaces outside encompasses manicured terraces, a bountiful vegetable garden and lush woodlands, so there’s plenty to explore.


Built by an 18th century coal magnate, Gibside couldn’t be more different from the world of soot-soaked mines. This Georgian landscape garden has winding paths, ruins and picnic spots from which to enjoy the wildlife-rich greenery. There’s even a modern play area with ropes and a zip line, as well as a programme of special events such as art classes and history walks.

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