There is more to Worcestershire than the beautiful endless open countryside views and fresh air; it is also home to a vast array of stunning National Trust stately homes. Whether you are after some historical insight or are stuck for ideas on a rainy day, visiting one of the National Trust’s houses and gardens provides a great day out for all the family. You are spoilt for choice when planning a visit to the many different sites to visit, so we have put together a list of our favourite National Trust properties throughout Worcestershire.
Clent Hills offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hill and Welsh borders while you explore the miles of footpath and bridleways. Walk to Walton Hill, a little off the beaten track, for a more tranquil area where you can find peace and quiet or get closer to nature at the wildlife hide. If you have children who love wildlife, Walton Hill is an important area for breeding birds and rare insects. Activities include a picnic area at Nimmings Wood car park, flying kites on the breezy Clent Hills and off-road cycling are welcome on byways and bridleways, although cycling in this area is more suited to mountain bikers than families. Dogs are also welcome!
Make the most of the extra hours of sunshine with a stroll around the beautiful gardens at Hanbury Hall. During the summer months, the garden is at its peak with striking colours and scents to take in. Around the Great Garden you will discover a collection of citrus and exotic plants on display, including pomegranates, oleander, punica and agaves in pots dotted around the upper level of the Parterre and the Formal Fruit Garden. The Walled Garden is home to many chickens since 2010, their feeding time is usually between 1.30pm – 2pm each day so you can stop by and say hello.
Step into what remains of a secret wartime air base, where thousands of people lived and worked in the 1940s. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes with remarkable views over Malvern. At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry with four floors to explore. The 6th Earl of Coventry was an 18th century trend-setter and today Croome follows his lead by using artists and craftspeople in the house to tell the story of its eclectic past in inventive ways, perfect for making new discoveries. Kitty Fisher’s tea-room is a perfect spot to have a break during your visit to the house. Grab a quick cup of tea, coffee and light bite in the tea-room in the basement of the house. Open from 11am until 4pm, every day. Dogs are welcome in the parkland – Assistance dogs only in the court.
Coughton Court is the home to the Throckmorton family who has lived at Coughton since 1409. John de Throckmorton, Under Treasurer of England to Henry VI, acquired Coughton in the early 15th Century through his marriage to Eleanor de Spiney. Their descendants have held it for 600 years and, although the National Trust has owned the house since 1946, the family still live here. Explore the story of fascinating personalities through the ‘family album’ of portraits around the house. The Throckmorton family created and continues to maintain spectacular award-winning gardens at Coughton Court. Get the family together and go on an adventure to Coughton’s ancient woodland where the Treason Train is waiting to be explored.
If you’ve had a jam-packed summer with the children and want some alone time to relax and unwind, then why not spend a relaxing break at The Abbey with our Luxury Summer Getaway offer. Set in the historic spa town of Great Malvern and with spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham, the Abbey makes for the perfect countryside getaway. Enjoy a sunny walk in the Malvern Hills, relax in the evening with a bottle of wine and a delicious 3 course meal, before heading to your luxurious Elgar Bedroom. From only £199 for 2 people, you can enjoy many treats including, two nights at The Abbey, full English breakfast buffet on both mornings, 3-course dinner with a bottle of house wine on your first night, walking maps of the Malvern Hills, complimentary access to Malvern Splash leisure center (5 minute walk from The Abbey) and much more! To book your stay with us or for more information please click here.
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