National Trust Bucket List

The National Trust is home to over 300 historic buildings, from the grand and imposing to the small and quirky.

I’ve been a member of the National Trust for two years – not because I like giving to charity, but because I genuinely enjoy the National Trust places I’ve been to.

I’ve already done a blog on my favoruite National Trust Houses, so I thought I’d share the ones I want to visit in the future, when life gains some normality.

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country. When you look in the National Trust guide book it stands out as a beautiful home and the surrounding grounds look like a place you can explore for hours.

I really want to visit Hardwick in the future because of how beautiful it looks, but also it was used when filming Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows part one.


Lacock, Wiltshire

Lacock was founded in 1232 by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, as a nunnery. It was then turned into a private house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by William Sharington.

Both the abbey and village at Lacock are instantly recognisable from a variety of film and television productions.This includes Cranford, Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.


Wordsworth House, Cumbria

Wordsworth House and Garden is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

In the garden are 18th-century vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, just as it would have been when William played – and learned his love of nature. I love Wordsworth Poetry, so visiting his home would be a dream.


Grey’s Court, Oxfordshire

The de Grey family settled on this site by the time of the Domesday Book. In 1347, the 1st Lord de Grey, was granted a license to crenellate. What was once there is now in ruins, but the modest Tudor house which was built in the courtyard is still very much intact.

Grey’s court has featured in TV shows such as Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie’s Poirot.


Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

Shugborough Estate includes a grade-I listed mansion house and 900 acres of land.

Shugborough was originally a compact, 2-storeyed brick house built for William Anson, Earl of Lichfield, whose fortunes were founded by Admiral Lord Anson, ‘Father of the British Navy’.

I drive past the sign for this on the motorway and it looks interesting as well as amazingly stunning.


Stowe, Buckinghamshire

In 1589 John Temple purchased the Stowe Manor and estate. The landscape garden at Stowe is one of the most remarkable legacies of Georgian England.

The house was established, not by a member of the nobility, as you might expect, but by a prosperous sheep farmer. I love the story behind Stowe House, it’s sounds like an amazing story which I would like to experience first hand.

So there you have it, my National Trust properties Bucket List. There are still many more houses I want to visit, but these are the six that spark my interests the most.





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  1. I have a post just like this in the making. I love our passes but have not got much use out of them this year sadly.

    I loved Shugborough Estate, if you can get in to the flats there, they are well worth a look round but are not always open x

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  2. Hi Rachel. We’re National Trust members too – an added bonus for us of many of the NT places is that they often have large grounds that an energetic Labrador can bound around in to burn off some surplus energy before starting the ‘proper’ walk around the grounds!

    Like you, I think we need to create an NT bucket list of places to visit one we’re rid of this bloody virus.

    Have you been to Agatha Christie’s property? We quite often visit when holidaying in Devon.

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  3. I love visiting castles and stately homes near me. I would love to branch out further and visit other stately homes once the COVID risk has lessened. Hardwick Hall looks absolutely beautiful I will definitely be adding this to my list of places to visit.

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