Everywhere you go, there’s likely to be a National Trust property nearby. The list to follow shows everything within an hour drive of Gwaenynog. For more info and to go to the website for opening times, click on the picture.
Mediaeval Castle rising dramatically above the celebrated garden.
Carding Mill Valley
Extensive area of upland heath, with fabulous views.
New for 2013 – the National Trust are opening a brand new roof terrace on top of the Chalet Pavilion in Carding Mill Valley. This new feature provides more outdoor seating for visitors to the tea-room and it is a great spot to soak up the atmosphere of the Valley. It is also the perfect spot to relax in while watching the birds come to the feeding stations in the wildlife garden opposite and to really enjoy the views of Carding Mill Valley and Bodbury Hill.
Town Walls Tower, Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury’s last remaining watchtower.
Attingham Park, Cronkhill
One of the first and finest examples of John Nash’s Italianate villa designs.
Elegant 18th-Century mansion set in an extensive deer park.
Elizabethan gabled manor house.
Magnificent Medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches.
Remote unspoilt mountains steeped in history, deep wooded valleys and spectacular estuaries.
A little farther afield, but still about an hour away, the world-famous garden noted for its botanical collections and created by five generations of one family, this 32-hectare (80-acre) garden is superbly located, with spectacular views across Snowdonia.
With expansive lawns and intimate corners, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream, as well as awe-inspiring plant collections, there are continually changing glorious displays of colour. Paths throughout Bodnant Garden allow visitors to explore, discover and delight in its beauty – enjoy the clean, fresh fragrances of nature.
Now a part of the National Trust, please check the website for opening times.