The UK is full of fantastic hidden gems, from castles to cottages, country houses to the childhood homes for our nation’s greats, there is a so much to see on our little island. Finding these wonderful properties may have been difficult if it wasn’t for our National Trust that has been purchasing property and land and maintaining it for everyone to enjoy.
The North West of England is home to some amazing cities, but when you have exhausted the attractions of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester here are some great National Trust properties in the area, that are great for days out and UK weekend breaks for people of all ages.
Quarry Bank Mill
If the history of the Industrial Revolution rather the music revolution is more for you head to the Quarry Bank Mill and Style Estate where you can see a fully restored cotton mill. Here you can experience how cotton would have been processed into cloth and see the most powerful working waterwheel in Europe. A great day out with children that allows them to really get a feel for how the apprentices would have worked and lived in Style Village, family tours of the village run throughout the summer and the beautiful gardens provide the perfect spot for a picnic during the day.
Speke Hall, Garden and Estate
If the Industrial Revolution is a little too modern, the lovers of Tudor history should visit Speke Hall just outside Liverpool. This rare Tudor manor house sits on the banks of the River Mersey originally built by the Catholic Norris family it was designed to impress others with its grandeur and even featured a secret priest hole – a most for all Catholic families during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. After some neglect and decay the house was restored to its original glory during the Victorian era and reflects both times in history as you stroll around its buildings and grounds. Speke Hall is also home to a fantastic hedge maze and playground so is a great option when taking children who prefer to play outside.
If the great outdoors is more your thing then head to the stunning Dunham Massey near Altrincham where you’ll find the largest winter garden in Britain. A tour of the garden runs every Monday and Wednesday allowing visitors to see the huge variety of plants and flowers that are bursting with life even at the bleakest time of year, during January thousands of snowdrops are visible throughout the grounds. To continue with the nature theme once you have visited the gardens there is a deer park to explore and children can enjoy feeding the chickens. If you do choose to visit the house during the summer months you won’t be disappointed, there are great outdoor activities on offer including the quintessentially English, croquet on the lawn!
*The previous was a guest post from Rachel at moneysupermarket.com