George Stephenson`s Birthplace Middlethorpe Hall Hotel

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George Stephenson`s Birthplace Middlethorpe Hall Hotel
Yorkshire and North East
These properties have a limited offer for
groups, but are well worth exploring for
fascinating short visits that can be worked
into your tour itinerary
George Stephenson’s
Birthplace
near Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8DS
Beside Wylam’s historic Waggonway on the idyllic
banks of the River Tyne, this simple cottage was
railway pioneer George Stephenson’s birthplace.
The costumed guides bring to life the story and
challenges of a mining family living in one room,
whose engineering legacy still lives on today.
Garden best in: April–September.
Contact: 01661 843276 (enquiries via Cherryburn)
[email protected]
Station Bank, Stocksfield, Northumberland
NE43 7DD
Coaches: nearest coach parking in Wylam village
car park, ½-mile level walk along Waggonway.
Visit: average duration is 1 hour. Introductory talk.
Guided tour. Out-of-hours tours. Small place, one
room to view. Shop.
Catering: tea-room, 25 covers, serves light
refreshments.
Bishopthorpe Road, York,
North Yorkshire YO23 2GB
Group admission: £2.75.
George Stephenson’s Birthplace MTWT F S S
Cottage, tea-room and tea-garden
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13 Feb–30 Oct
Tour
Tea-room and tea-garden
2 Jan–7 Feb
11–3
5 Nov–18 Dec
11–3
Open Bank Holiday Mondays.
Access: F4E45D
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Middlethorpe Hall
Hotel, Restaurant
and Spa
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William and Mary house, built in 1699, set in eight
hectares (20 acres) of manicured gardens and
parkland. Note: access is for paying guests of
the hotel, including for luncheon, afternoon tea
and dinner. Children over the age of six welcome.
Coach groups may book accommodation or
dining to enjoy the gardens.
Contact: 01904 641241
[email protected]
Catering: an excellent stop for traditional
afternoon tea.
Wales
Majestic castles, tranquil
gardens, elegant mansions,
historic parkland, and miles
of coast and countryside
to explore
Access: 78403
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Wales is a small country
full of special places. From
Edwardian gardens at
Dyffryn to the 17th-century
architectural wonder
of Tredegar House, and
from the dramatic border
fortress of Chirk Castle to
the ‘upstairs downstairs’
stories of Erddig – you’ll
receive a warm Welsh
welcome at them all.
Perfect for groups
Bodnant Garden
This is one of the world’s great
gardens, with stunning views
across Snowdonia. Explore the
huge Italianate terraces and
formal lawns with The Dell
hidden in the valley below.
It’s a garden for all seasons
with colour and interest all
year round. A new area of the
garden opened last year – so
there’s even more to see.
Top three tours
‘A garden for Europe’
Powis Castle and Garden
Grandeur at Dyffryn Gardens
An exceptional example of Edwardian
garden design that features a stunning
collection of intimate garden rooms, a
large glasshouse, and arboretum. The
Victorian mansion is always changing
as we restore and open up more of this
beautiful building.
Other garden highlights include the
world-famous garden with its unique
Baroque terraces at Powis Castle, and
the spectacular Bodnant Garden which
offers year-round interest with a plant
collection from all over the world.
Pictured: Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Previous page: Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd
‘Fantasy fixtures and fittings’
Penrhyn Castle
‘Upstairs downstairs’
Tredegar House
Itinerary ideas
Variety is the spice of life
in South East Wales
It’s just a 30-mile hop from the
flamboyance of Tredegar House to
the horticultural surprises at Dyffryn
Gardens. An ideal combination for
one day.
North Wales borderlands
North Wales boasts two grand medieval
fortresses and an elegant 18th-century
mansion. Explore beautiful gardens and
intriguing collections at Erddig, Chirk
Castle and Powis Castle and Garden.
Wonders of North West Wales
Explore the world-famous Bodnant
Garden, Penrhyn Castle’s grand design
and Plas Newydd’s story of triumph
and tragedy – there’s plenty to discover
in this part of Wales.
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Aberdulais Tin Works
and Waterfall
Aberdulais, Neath, Neath Port Talbot SA10 8EU
If you like archaeology, you’ll love some of
the secrets that have been uncovered here at
Aberdulais – one of Britain’s oldest tin works. As
you wander through the site, you’ll find yourself
at the very heart of the earliest industry in Britain.
You’ll also discover how Aberdulais played its part
in shaping the world as we know it today. If you
think you’ve seen Aberdulais before, think again
– we’ve made new discoveries and we’re dying
to share them with you. We aim to enthral and
fascinate all ages… Whoever thought history could
be so much fun? Note: waterwheel and turbine
subject to water levels and conservation work.
Garden best: all year.
Catering: function room available for group
refreshments and catering. Booking essential.
Group admission: £4.65.
Aberdulais
MTWT F S S
. . . . . S S
2 Jan–14 Feb
11–4
15 Feb–21 Feb
11–4
M T W T F S S
27 Feb–20 Mar
11–4
M T W T F S S
21 Mar–4 Sep
10:30–5
M T W T F S S
5 Sep–30 Oct
11–4
M T W T F S S
. . . . F S S
4 Nov–18 Dec
11–4
Tea-room opening times vary from main property.
Access: 78F4g4
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Turbine House 0
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Grounds Stable and Tin Exhibition Special interest tours
Special interest tours
Contact: 01639 636674
[email protected]
Coaches: drop-off point 20 yards from entrance.
Limited coach parking available in lay-by outside
property. Free admission, tea or coffee available
for the coach driver/group organiser.
Visit: average duration is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Welcome to site. Introductory talk. Guided tour.
Out-of-hours tours. Shop.
At various times of the year we can offer a range
of tours including popular themes such as,
Industrial Heritage, Green Energy, or Bats and
Birds. We organise tours for schools and colleges,
groups and coach parties by special arrangement.
Please call to discuss your group’s requirements
and check availability.
Tour cost
Duration
Bodnant Garden
Tal-y-Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE
In the foothills of Snowdonia this 32-hectare (80acre) garden features scenery, plant collections
and horticultural styles from formal to pastoral
and wild to exotic. One family’s vision, the garden
was established in 1874 by Victorian entrepreneur
Henry Pochin, who transformed the landscape
with rare trees and shrubs from around the
world. You can enjoy Italianate terraces with
roses, herbaceous beds and parterres, shaded
shrub borders and the drama of The Dell, with
its waterfalls and towering conifers. Every
season brings new delights – magnolias and
rhododendrons in spring, roses and water lilies in
summer, rich leaf colour in autumn and frosted
landscapes in winter. New areas to explore include
the Winter Garden, Old Park meadow, Yew Dell
and the Far End.
Garden best: all year.
Contact: 01492 650460
[email protected]
free of charge
1 hour 30 minutes
Coaches: parking for 10 coaches, 150 yards from
entrance. Tight turning circle.
Visit: average duration is 3 hours. Welcome to
site. Shop.
Catering: tea-room (licensed), self-service, 140
covers. Special dietary requirements catered for.
Group admission: £9.55. Winter £4.78.
Bodnant Garden
MTWT F S S
1 Jan–29 Feb
10–4
M T W T F S S
1 Mar–31 Oct
10–5
M T W T F S S
1 Nov–23 Dec
10–4
M T W T F S S
. T W T F S .
27 Dec–31 Dec
10–4
Garden open until 8 on Wednesdays from May to August.
Access: 78F4gE4
3jE
Grounds 270
Please book all group visits, tours and catering direct with our places
nationaltrust.org.uk/groups
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Group admission: £10.
Chirk Castle
Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AF
Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle
from the reign of Edward I still lived in today.
Features from its 700 years include the medieval
tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery,
grand 18th-century state apartments, servants’
hall and historic laundry. The refurbished east
wing depicts the life of Lord Howard de Walden
during the 1930s. The award-winning gardens
contain clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub
and rock gardens. A terrace with far-reaching
views looks out over the Cheshire and Shropshire
plains, while the parkland provides a habitat for
rare invertebrates and wild flowers, and contains
many mature trees. Note: all visitors, including
members, need to obtain tickets from Home Farm
ticket office before going up to the castle.
Garden best in: February, May–August.
Contact: 01691 777701
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 3 coaches at Home Farm
visitor centre, then 200 yards to castle (up steep
hill). Drop-off point at castle after collecting
tickets. Return minibus transfer available between
castle and ticket office.
Visit: average duration is 3 hours. Welcome
to site. Introductory talk. Out-of-hours tours£.
Maximum group size per tour is 15 people. Shop.
Catering: tea-room, self-service, 86 covers, plus 32
seated outdoors. Full menu with table-service for
hot food. Groups can book set menu, out-of-hours
refreshments and reserve tables. Function rooms
available for larger groups (40 to 60 people).
Chirk Castle
MTWT F S S
Estate
Open all year*
7–7
M T W T F S S
Garden, tower, shops and tea-rooms
30 Jan–31 Mar
10–4
M T W T F S S
1 Apr–30 Sep
10–5
M T W T F S S
1 Oct–30 Oct
10–4
M T W T F S S
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5 Nov–27 Nov
10–4
3 Dec–23 Dec
10–4
M T W T F S S
State rooms
. . . . . S S
30 Jan–21 Feb†
12–4
27 Feb–31 Mar** 12–4
M T W T F S S
1 Apr–30 Sep**
12–5
M T W T F S S
1 Oct–30 Oct**
12–4
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
5 Nov–27 Nov†
12–4
3 Dec–23 Dec
11–4
M T W T F S S
*Estate open to 9, June to August. **Guided State Room
tours 11:15 and 11:30 (places limited). †Guided tour only,
timed tickets available on the day (places limited).
Access: 78EF4gE45
03 Adam Tower 0s233
31jE
Special interest tours
Meet the head gardener
Take the opportunity to meet our head gardener
as you take a guided tour of the award-winning
gardens at Chirk. From flowering shrubs to rare
trees, striking topiary to stunning statues, you’ll
take history and horticulture in your stride as you
marvel at the glorious views across nine counties.
Tour cost
Duration
Pugin’s castle
Famous for his Victorian Gothic designs in
the Palace of Westminster, the internationally
recognised interior designer A. W. N. Pugin
undertook one of his biggest private commissions
at Chirk Castle from 1842. This guided tour of the
sumptuous state rooms looks at his alterations
and designs, including the east-wing room.
Tour cost
Duration
Please book all group visits, tours and catering direct with our places
from £15 per person
2 hours
State rooms Gardens Veteran trees
Enjoy a guided walk in the company of our
experienced head ranger around the historic 18thcentury parkland surrounding Chirk Castle. The
tour will highlight the spectacular landscapes and
the importance of the many mature specimens,
from ancient yews to sweet chestnut trees, that
can be found in the park.
Tour cost
Duration
272
from £15 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
nationaltrust.org.uk/groups
from £15 per person
2 hours
273
Colby Woodland
Garden
near Amroth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8PP
A short walk from the beach, this hidden wooded
valley, with its secret garden and industrial past,
has surprises everywhere. Spring brings bluebells,
camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, while the
walled garden gives year-round colour, peace and
seclusion. There are woodland walks, meandering
streams and ponds with stepping stones and log
bridges in the wildflower meadow, and the whole
valley teems with wildlife. Note: house not open.
Garden best in: April–May.
What’s new in 2016? Three large wildlife ponds
with causeways, islands and bridges to explore.
Contact: 01834 811885
[email protected]
Coaches: coach parking, 50 yards from entrance.
Narrow lanes, essential that coaches book and
request a coach route.
Visit: average duration is 2 hours. Welcome to
site. Introductory talk. Guided tour£. Out-of-hours
tours£. Shop.
Catering: tea-room (not National Trust), waitress
service, 50 covers. Groups can reserve tables.
Final numbers must be confirmed one week
before visit.
Group admission: £5.60 per person.
Colby Woodland Garden
MTWT F S S
Woodland, walled gardens and bothy exhibition
2 Jan–12 Feb
10–3
M T W T F S S
31 Oct–23 Dec
10–3
M T W T F S S
Woodland, walled gardens, shop and bothy exhibition
13 Feb–30 Oct
10–5
M T W T F S S
Gallery and tea-room
19 Mar–30 Oct
10–4:30
M T W T F S S
Car park open as woodland and walled gardens. Closed 1
January, 24 to 31 December.
Access: 78F4gEG5D
3jE
Grounds Special interest tours
A woodland garden walk
Tranquil woodland valley garden with bluebells,
rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias in spring,
year-round colour in the walled garden. Enjoy the
easy-going company of one of our gardeners on
a walk through the secluded valleys and wooded
walkways, and learn about the intriguing social
and industrial history of the Colby Estate.
Tour cost
Duration
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from £1.50 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
Please book all group visits, tours and catering direct with our places
Dinefwr
Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT
A place of legends and folklore, Dinefwr’s long
history has featured power, glory, downfall and
loss. There is even a direct link with the past
through our iconic White Park cattle, which
have been kept here for 1,000 years. Walks lead
through ancient woods, with gnarled veteran
trees, and you can seek the inhabitants of the
Bogwood and Mill Pond and walk in the footsteps
of medieval princes – viewing ‘your kingdom’ from
the castle on the hill. After exploring the tranquil
countryside, you can continue your adventure
in atmospheric Newton House, discovering
the many changes the years have wrought.
Note: Dinefwr Castle is owned by the Wildlife
Trust and is in the guardianship of Cadw.
Garden best in: March–October.
What’s new in 2016? ‘Princes of Deheubarth’
audio trail to Dinefwr Castle and an audio trail of
the family portraits in Newton House.
Contact: 01558 823902
[email protected]
Coaches: drop-off point at entrance, then
coaches park at Home Farm. Coach drivers
provided with free meal and admission.
nationaltrust.org.uk/groups
Visit: average duration is 3 hours. Welcome to
site. Introductory talk. Guided tour. Out-of-hours
tours£. There are many talks and tours covering
all aspects of the estate, essential to book early.
Shop.
Catering: tea-room (licensed) in Newton House,
counter order and waiting staff bring to table,
70 covers. Groups can reserve tables and book
special group menus. Gluten-free menu also
available.
Group admission: £6.
Dinefwr
MTWT F S S
Parkland, boardwalk and deer-park
1 Jan–27 Mar
10–4*
M T W T F S S
28 Mar–30 Oct
10–6*
M T W T F S S
31 Oct–31 Dec
10–4*
M T W T F S S
Newton House, grounds, café and shop
. . . . F S S
2 Jan–27 Mar
11–4**
28 Mar–30 Oct
11–6**
M T W T F S S
. . . . F S S
4 Nov–18 Dec
11–4**
19 Dec–31 Dec
11–4**
M T W T F S S
*Boardwalk and deer-park close one hour earlier. Last
admission to Newton House one hour before closing.
**Billiard Tea-room last orders 30 minutes after last house
admission. Cadw manages Dinefwr Castle and may alter
opening times. Property closed 24 and 25 December; open
other Bank Holidays.
Access: 78F4gE4D
03ls233E
Parkland 31j
Newton House 0s233
Castle 275
Special interest tours
Badger watch
At twilight the badgers come out from the sett,
giving those who are patient and quiet a chance to
encounter these timid creatures close up. This is
an amazing opportunity to watch and photograph
them in the wild. Led by our experienced Badger
Watch Ranger team. Maximum 10 in hide.
Tour cost
Duration
from £8 per person
2 hours 30 minutes
Behind the scenes at Newton House
Go behind the scenes at Newton House. It’s
here that you’ll discover more about Dinefwr’s
intriguing past. Follow your knowledgeable guide
up to the top floor of the house, and experience
the breathtaking roof-top view of the landscape
below. Maximum 15 people per tour.
Tour cost
Duration
from £3 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
Parkland walk with a ranger New
From the designed landscape to the National
Nature Reserve, this guided tour will take you
around the beautiful Dinefwr parkland where our
ranger will share the special stories, features and
wildlife wonders that are at Dinefwr.
Tour cost
Duration
from £3 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
Cattle safari New
Come and see the iconic White Park cattle up
close on the Tractor Trailer tour. Our experienced
Ranger will share the history and facts about these
majestic animals. Only available May to August,
16 per tour including wheelchair.
Tour cost
Duration
from £3 per person
1 hour
Dolaucothi
Gold Mines
Pumsaint, Llanwrda,
Carmarthenshire SA19 8US
Not your average National Trust visit, this hidden
gem reveals the story of the quest for gold more
than 2,000 years ago. You too can try your luck
by panning for gold, and anything you find you
keep. Or you can venture on an overground tour
of the Roman archaeology, go underground to
experience the harsh conditions of Victorian
times and listen to what 1930s miners had to say
in their very own words about their final efforts to
search for gold. Why not join us for the ultimate
adventure and discover centuries of stories in
just one day? Note: steep slopes, stout enclosed
footwear essential. Minimum height, no carried
children/pushchairs on underground tours. We
have a no-steps tour on level ground accessible for
everyone. No coach group bookings in August.
Contact: 01558 650809
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 2 coaches, 60 yards from
entrance. Narrow lane approach.
Visit: average duration is 2 hours 30 minutes.
Guided tour only. Welcome to site. Introductory
talk. Out-of-hours tours£. Groups 10+ must book,
maximum 25 per tour. Shop.
Catering: tea-room, self-service, 20 covers.
Groups can reserve tables.
Group admission: £6.50.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines
MTWT F S S
Gold mines, gift shop and tea-room
18 Mar–30 Jun
11–5
M T W T F S S
1 Jul–31 Aug
10–6
M T W T F S S
1 Sep–30 Oct
11–5
M T W T F S S
Caravan site
17 Mar–30 Oct
Dawn–dusk M T W T F S S
Estate and walks
Open all year M T W T F S
S
Dolaucothi Arms*
. T W T F S S
1 Jan–20 Mar
4–11
. T W T F S S
22 Mar–30 Oct
12–11
. T W T F S S
1 Nov–31 Dec
4–11
Gold Mines peak season: Victorian tour 11, 12, 1, 1:30, 2:30,
3 and 4:30; Roman tour 12:30, 2 and 3:30. Off-peak season:
Victorian tour 11:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30; Roman tour 1:30.
*Tuesdays, 5 to 11; Saturdays, 12 to 11; Sundays, 12 to 8. Open
Bank Holidays, but closed on Tuesdays following a Bank
Holiday Monday.
Access: 78F4gE4
1
Machinery sheds 276
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Dyffryn Gardens
St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6SU
A garden for all seasons, celebrated for its
botanical collection, among the best in Wales.
Meandering through the gardens, you will
discover intimate garden rooms, formal lawns,
and an extensive arboretum. The re-instated
glasshouse in the kitchen garden houses an
impressive collection of rare cacti and orchids.
Designed by the eminent landscape architect
Thomas Mawson, the gardens are the early 20thcentury vision of Reginald Cory. Dyffryn House
stands at the heart of the garden. This Grade II*
listed house is built as a gallery from which to
view the landscape. Partially restored, the house
is used as a blank canvas to interpret the gardens
and Cory family history.
Garden best in: April–November.
Contact: 02920 593328
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 6 coaches. Drop-off point
40 yards from entrance.
Visit: average duration is 2 hours. Welcome to
site. Shop.
Catering: tea-room (licensed), 84 covers with
additional open-air seating, no table reservations
possible. Groups can be catered for in separate
location with a set menu by prior arrangement.
Group admission: £6.50.
Dyffryn Gardens
MTWT F S S
Gardens, tea-room and shop
1 Jan–28 Feb
10–4
M T W T F S S
29 Feb–20 Mar
10–5
M T W T F S S
21 Mar–25 Sep
10–6
M T W T F S S
26 Sep–30 Oct
10–5
M T W T F S S
31 Oct–31 Dec*
10–4
M T W T F S S
House
. . . T F S S
1 Jan–28 Feb
12–3
. . . T F S S
3 Mar–20 Mar
12–4
21 Mar–25 Sep
12–4
M T W T F S S
. . . T F S S
29 Sep–30 Oct
12–4
. . . T F S S
3 Nov–31 Dec*
12–3
Last admission one hour before closing. Tea-room: last
orders 30 minutes before closing. *Closed 25 and 26
December.
Access: 7F4g
3l
House 03j7E
Grounds Erddig
Wrexham LL13 0YT
Erddig tells the 250-year story of a gentry family’s
relationship with its servants. A large collection of
servants’ portraits and carefully preserved rooms
capture their lives in the early 20th century.
Upstairs is a treasure trove of fine furniture,
textiles and wallpapers, while outdoors you can
explore the 18th-century formal garden with
grand lawns, avenues of pleached limes and a
Victorian parterre. The 486-hectare (1,200-acre)
landscape pleasure-park, designed by William
Emes, is a haven of peace and natural beauty,
perfect for riverside picnics. Discover the ‘cup
and saucer’ or explore the remains of a Norman
motte-and-bailey castle.
Garden best in: March–October.
Contact: 01978 355314/315194
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 3 coaches, 100 yards from
entrance. Drop-off point, 20 yards from entrance.
Driveway is single carriage with passing places.
Visit: average duration is 2 hours 30 minutes.
Welcome to site. Introductory talk. Guided tour.
Please request talks and tours at time of booking.
Shop.
Catering: restaurant (licensed), self-service, 75
covers. Tea-room with garden, self-service, 30
covers and additional 50 covers in garden.
Group admission: £9.80. Garden and outbuildings
only £6.30.
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Erddig
MTWT F S S
House
1 Feb–11 Mar†
11:30–2:30 M T W T F S S
12 Mar–30 Oct
12:30–3:30 M T W T F S S
31 Oct–31 Dec*
11:30–2:30 M T W T F S S
Garden, natural play area, restaurant and shop
1 Jan–24 Mar
11–4
M T W T F S S
25 Mar–30 Oct†† 10–5
M T W T F S S
31 Oct–31 Dec
11–4
M T W T F S S
†Limited house opening for fireside chats and selected
highlight tours. *Ground-floor servants’ quarters only.
††23 July to 27 August: open to 9 on Saturday. Closed 25
December. Timed tickets operate on Bank Holidays and
during busy periods.
Access: 78F4gLG4D
03
Building 031
Grounds Special interest tours
Dereliction to distinction
A tour of Erddig’s Grade I listed garden. Explore
the walled garden restored to its 18th-century
formal design. Learn about its history, restoration
and conservation and discover how the garden
is managed today. With rare fruit trees and a
National Collection of Ivies, Erddig’s garden is a
very special place.
Tour cost
Duration
from £5 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
William Emes’ parkland New
Join our rangers to explore the landscaped park
designed in the 18th century by William Emes.
Discover one of Emes’ most original features in
the park, a cylindrical cascade, also known as the
‘cup and saucer’ and follow Wat’s Dyke to the
remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle.
Tour cost
Duration
from £5 per person
45 minutes
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Llanerchaeron
Penrhyn Castle
Ciliau Aeron, near Aberaeron,
Ceredigion SA48 8DG
Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HT
Totally self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor
gentry estate. The villa, designed in the 1790s, is
the most complete example of the early work of
John Nash. It has its own service courtyard with
dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house, giving a
full ‘upstairs, downstairs’ experience. The walled
kitchen gardens, pleasure grounds, ornamental
lake and parkland offer peaceful walks, while the
Home Farm complex has an impressive range of
traditional, atmospheric outbuildings. A working
farm, there are Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog
sheep and rare Welsh pigs as well as chickens,
geese and doves. Woodland walks available.
Garden best in: April–October.
Contact: 01545 570200
[email protected]trust.org.uk
Coaches: coach parking, 75 yards from entrance.
Visit: average duration is 2 hours 30 minutes.
Welcome to site. Guided tour£. Out-of-hours
tours£. Tickets will be organised with on-board
welcome. Shop.
Catering: tea-room (not National Trust), assisted
service, 50 covers. Menu for groups available on
request.
Group admission: £6.60.
Llanerchaeron
MTWT F S S
Entire property
13 Feb–21 Feb
11:30–3:30 M T W T F S S
19 Mar–31 Oct*
10:30–5:30 M T W T F S S
Farm, garden, woodland walks and shop only
. . . . . S S
2 Jan–7 Feb
11:30–3:30
22 Feb–18 Mar
11:30–3:30 M T W T F S S
1 Nov–31 Dec**
11:30–3:30 M T W T F S S
Christmas Fair
. . . . . S S
3 Dec–4 Dec
11–4
Last admission one hour before closing. *Villa opens
11:30. **Closed 24 to 26 December. Geler Jones Rural Life
Collection open 19 March to 1 November, Wednesday and
Friday, 12 to 4. Parkland and woodland walks open daily.
Access: 78F4gLG45
building 1E
03E
Villa Visitor
1jE
Grounds Special interest tours
Open the door and step inside where the Pennant
family and their famous guests dined and played
in opulent fashion. You can’t help but be taken
aback by the vast luxurious rooms, Gothic
stairways and fine art on display. Hear tales of
star-crossed lovers, sugar and slate fortunes and
delve ‘below stairs’ into the Victorian kitchens.
The extensive grounds are perfect for exploring
and enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia
and the North Wales coast. There’s something for
everyone at Penrhyn, just expect the unexpected.
Garden best in: March–June, August, October.
Contact: 01248 353084
[email protected]
Coaches: coach parking, 500 yards. Dropoff point 200 yards. Sat Nav directions are
misleading, use LL57 4HT.
Visit: average duration is 3 hours. Welcome to
site. Introductory talk. Guided tour. Out-of-hours
tours£. Please request if coach welcome required.
Special interest tours (minimum 10 people): outof-hours tour starts from 9:30 to 10:30; garden
tours available from 11 to 3. Shop.
Llanerchaeron guided walk
A rare opportunity to experience a fine Regency
villa designed by John Nash in the 1790s, with
mature walled gardens, pleasure grounds,
ornamental lake and a working Home Farm.
Discover how the estate was run, learn about
the John Nash connection and experience selfsufficiency at its very best.
Tour cost
Duration
from £2 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
Access: 78EF4gL45D
03E
Grounds 03
Castle 3E
Stable block Special interest tours
A garden with views of Snowdonia
Penrhyn’s garden is a hidden gem situated
between the mountains of Snowdonia and the
Menai Strait. There are acres of open parkland,
wooded walks and a spectacular Victorian walled
garden. Enjoy the breathtaking views and discover
the hidden paths that lead you through the
garden.
from £8 per person
1 hour
A connoisseur out-of-hours tour that allows
your group to privately explore the beauty and
opulence of this magnificent 19th-century fantasy
castle. Discover a home crammed with fascinating
features, from carved grotesques, handmade
wallpapers and exquisite stained glass to walls
adorned with impressive paintings by Canaletto,
Vecchio, Gainsborough and Richard Wilson.
Tour cost
Duration
from £2 per person
1 hour
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Penrhyn Castle
MTWT F S S
Castle, shop, tea-room and Victorian kitchens
13 Feb–26 Feb*
12–3**
M T W T F S S
27 Feb–6 Nov
12–5**
M T W T F S S
Garden, parkland and Railway Museum
13 Feb–26 Feb
11–3
M T W T F S S
27 Feb–6 Nov
11–5
M T W T F S S
7 Nov–31 Dec
12–3
M T W T F S S
1 Jan–12 Feb
12–3
M T W T F S S
Coffee shop and stable shop
. . . T F S S
27 Feb–6 Nov†
12–4
*Ground floor only – by guided tour. **Tea-room and shop:
open at 11. †Coffee shop and stable shop: open all week
during school holidays. Castle taster tours offered whenever
possible. Selected areas of the castle open for winter
weekend and guided tours. Closed 25 December.
Fantasy, fixtures and fittings
Join our head gardener on a walk around the two
magnificently restored walled gardens. Learn all
about the work that went into the restoration
project, the contribution made by our garden
volunteers, the working practices of the garden
and the home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs
it produces.
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Group admission: £10.75.
Tour cost
Duration
The wonderful walled gardens
Tour cost
Duration
Catering: tea-room (licensed), counter service,
80 covers. Groups can request table reservations,
special set menus and out-of-hours catering for
special functions, in advance. Coffee shop in
stableyard, 24 covers, with some outdoor seating.
nationaltrust.org.uk/groups
from £8 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
281
Plas Newydd House
and Gardens
Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ
The ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey
sits majestically on the shores of the Menai Strait,
enjoying breathtaking views of Snowdonia. The
surrounding gardens are great for exploring and
include an Australasian arboretum, Italianate
terrace garden and extensive woodland walks.
There’s plenty to explore and wildlife to enjoy
– you might even spot one of the resident red
squirrels! The house is home to a Waterlooinspired military museum, works of art, regular
exhibitions and, at its heart, Rex Whistler’s
famous 58-foot fantasy landscape mural.
Note: manual wheelchairs available for use in the
house, ground floor only. Shuttle service between
cricket pavilion and house available.
Garden best in: April–September.
Contact: 01248 714795
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 5 coaches, 400 yards from
entrance. Minibus transfer available. Drop-off
point 200 yards from house by prior arrangement
for visitors unable to use the minibus.
Visit: average duration is 3 hours. Welcome to
site. Guided tour£. Out-of-hours tours£. Shop.
Catering: tea-room (licensed), self-service, 80
covers, hot meals served 12 to 3. Group visits
to tea-room, 20 at a time. Coffee shop serving
sandwiches and cakes located in the house.
Special interest tours
The glorious garden tour
The real glory of the gardens at Plas Newydd is a
beauty that changes with the seasons. Enjoy the
fine spring garden, the Australasian arboretum
with its understorey of shrubs and wild flowers,
the summer terrace and the striking autumn
colours.
Tour cost
Duration
Group admission: £8.65.
The magnificent home of the Marquess
Plas Newydd
MTWT F S S
House*
13 Feb–21 Feb
11–3:30
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
27 Feb–6 Mar
11–3:30
12 Mar–6 Nov
11–4:30
M T W T F S S
17 Dec–30 Dec
11–2:30
M T W T F S S
Garden, shop and tea-room
. . . . . S S
2 Jan–7 Feb
11–4
13 Feb–21 Feb
11–4
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
27 Feb–6 Mar
11–4
12 Mar–6 Nov
10:30–5:30 M T W T F S S
7 Nov–31 Dec
11–3
M T W T F S S
*Entry by timed ticket. Whole property closed 25, 26 and 31
December. Rhododendron garden at its best April to June.
Tour cost
Duration
Access: 78EF4gL5D
03E
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from £10 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
3j
Grounds nationaltrust.org.uk/groups
Leave the breathtaking scenery of the Menai
Strait behind as you venture into the comfortable
interiors of this splendid house, redesigned by
renowned architect James Wyatt in the 18th
century. As well as discovering Whistler’s largest
painting you’ll hear about the lives and loves of
this interesting family.
from £10 per person
45 minutes
Whistler behind the scenes
Step inside this elegant 18th-century house,
home of the Marquess of Anglesey, and discover
the story behind the world-famous artist Rex
Whistler. Learn about his largest-ever painting and
other renowned works on display here.
Tour cost
Duration
from £10 per person
45 minutes
283
Powis Castle
and Garden
Welshpool, Powys SY21 8RF
The Herbert family spent more than 400
years transforming a medieval fortress into
the comfortable family home you see today.
Furnished with sumptuous fabrics and exquisite
works of art from around the world, the interior
reflects the Elizabethan to Edwardian periods. The
UK’s largest private collection of Indian treasures
is housed in the Clive Museum. From weaponry
to a gold bejewelled tiger’s head, the collection
is unique. The world-renowned gardens are an
eclectic mix of Italianate terraces filled with
herbaceous borders, a formal garden with clipped
yews and a woodland area which boasts a number
of champion trees.
Garden best in: May–August.
Contact: 01938 551929
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 4 coaches, 110 yards from
entrance. Transfer vehicle available.
Visit: average duration is 1 hour. Guided tour.
Out-of-hours tours. Shop.
Plas yn Rhiw
Rhiw, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8AB
The house was rescued from neglect and lovingly
restored by the three Keating sisters, who bought
it in 1938. The views from the grounds and
gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most
spectacular in Britain. The house is 16th-century
with Georgian additions, and the garden contains
many beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, with
beds framed by box hedges and grass paths. It’s
stunning whatever the season.
Garden best in: April–July.
Contact: 01758 780219
[email protected]
Coaches: no access for large coaches. Minibus
parking and small 25-seater coaches by
arrangement, 100 yards from entrance.
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Catering: restaurant (licensed), assisted service,
70 covers. Garden coffee shop. Groups can
reserve tables outside school holidays.
Group admission: £10.30. Garden only £7.50.
Castle only £5.20.
Powis Castle and Garden
MTWT F S S
Castle, Clive Museum and garden*
. . . . . S S
2 Jan–14 Feb**
11–4
15 Feb–27 Mar
11–4
M T W T F S S
28 Mar–30 Sep
11–5
M T W T F S S
1 Oct–23 Dec**
11–4
M T W T F S S
Restaurant and shop
. . . . . S S
2 Jan–14 Feb¹
11–4
15 Feb–27 Mar
10–4†
M T W T F S S
28 Mar–30 Sep†† 10–5†
M T W T F S S
1 Oct–31 Dec††
10–4†
M T W T F S S
*Garden: open from 10 until 31 December; 28 March to 30
September, open to 6. **Reduced number of state rooms
open. ¹Restaurant opens 10. †Shop opens at 11. ††Garden
coffee shop open (opening times vary); garden shop open
until 24 December. Limited catering offer in January and
February. Gardens, shop and restaurant open 1 January,
11 to 4. Closed 25 December.
Access: 78EF4gELG5
0
Building 03jE
Grounds Special interest tours
A garden for Europe
Catering: small tea-room, limited selection of
refreshments. Out-of-hours catering available by
request.
Celebrate this world-famous garden in the
company of one of our specialist garden guides.
Overhung with enormous clipped yews sheltering
an array of rare and tender plants, the garden
benefits from the most exquisite French and
Italian design influences.
Group admission: £4 (groups 12+).
Plas yn Rhiw
MTWT F S S
17 Mar–28 Mar* 12–5
M . . T F S S
29 Mar–11 Apr*
12–5
M T W T F S S
12 Apr–23 May* 12–5
M . . T F S S
24 May–18 Jul*
12–5
M . W T F S S
19 Jul–12 Sep*
12–5
M T W T F S S
13 Sep–26 Sep*
12–5
M . . T F S S
. . . T F S S
27 Sep–23 Oct** 12–4
24 Oct–30 Oct** 12–4
M T W T F S S
January and February: garden and snowdrop wood open
occasional weekends. *Tea-room: open as property, but 11 to
4:30. **Tea-room open as property, but from 11 to 3:30.
Access: 8FgL45
Visit: average duration is 3 hours. Introductory
talk. Guided tour£. Out-of-hours tours£. Shop.
Tour cost
Duration
from £8 per person
2 hours
The castle and the Clive Museum
Spend an enlightening couple of hours in the
company of our knowledgeable guide looking in
depth at the fine collection of paintings, sculpture
and furniture in marvellous, medieval Powis
Castle. You’ll also be guided around the exquisite
Indian art in the Clive Museum.
Tour cost
Duration
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Building 03
from £8 per person
2 hours
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Special interest tours
Bosherston Lakes ramble
A two-hour ramble with plenty of stops for
wildlife-watching along the way. Bosherton
Lakes are part of the Stackpole National Nature
Reserve and home to otters, heron, wildfowl and
dragonfly. The Lakes are famous for the stunning
display of waterlilies in June and July. Note: boots
or stout shoes advisable.
Tour cost
Duration
from £5 per person
2 hours
Kayaking and coasteering adventures
Experience the Pembrokeshire coast from the
water! Either kayaking on our sit-on-top kayaks
or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on a coasteer.
Suitable from age eight upwards and great for
families or for groups, we launch from Stackpole
Quay where there are changing and showering
facilities. Note: minimum group sizes apply.
Tour cost
Duration
Visit: guided tour£. Out-of-hours tours£. We
offer bespoke group visits which are organised
and priced on an individual basis. Groups must
provide adequate supervision at all times and
at an appropriate level for the activities being
undertaken. Shop.
Stackpole
near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
A former grand estate stretching down to some
of the most beautiful coastline in the world,
including Broadhaven South, Barafundle and
Stackpole Quay. Today Bosherston Lakes,
famous for their superb display of lilies, and the
dramatic cliffs of Stackpole Head are a National
Nature Reserve. The former site of the grand
Stackpole Court and nearby Lodge Park Woods
give the historical background to this magnificent
estate and reveal the story behind the designed
landscape. Note: Stackpole Outdoor Learning
Centre is ideal for groups and private hire.
Facilities include Interactive classroom, meeting
rooms, en suite accommodation.
Contact: 01646 661425
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 2 coaches.
Catering: The Boathouse (licensed) at Stackpole
Quay, counter service, 40 covers, additional
65 outside. Special arrangements for groups
include set menu. Outdoor Learning Centre
offers residents an in-house catering service.
Entertainment licence with bar for events.
from £45 per person
3 hours
Residential adventure breaks
Enjoy the thrill of coasteering and kayaking
led by experienced instructors, all equipment
provided. Staying for two nights in our en suite
accommodation, fully catered, in the heart of the
Stackpole Estate, you will be perfectly located to
explore the stunning coastline and Bosherston
Lakes. Note: minimum groups sizes apply.
Tour cost
Duration
from £240 per person
48 hours
Group admission: free, open access site.
Stackpole is the perfect location for budding
photographers with stunning coast, countryside
and wildlife on the doorstep. Enjoy two nights in
our en suite rooms, just a stone’s throw from the
Bosherston Lakes. Develop your skills with our
experienced photography tutor. Note: minimum
group sizes apply.
Tour cost
Duration
Stackpole
MTWT F S S
Boathouse tea-room
13 Feb–21 Feb
11–3:30
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
27 Feb–13 Mar
11–3:30
19 Mar–3 Apr
11–4
M T W T F S S
4 Apr–30 Oct
10–5
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
5 Nov–11 Dec
11–3:30
17 Dec–30 Dec* 11–3:30
M T W T F S S
Estate
Open all year
Dawn–dusk M T W T F S S
*Boathouse tea-room closed 24 and 25 December.
Access: 7F4L
Residential photography break
from £195 per person
48 hours
The grand tour
Enjoy a guided walk with our rangers and learn
about the history of the Stackpole Estate. The
walk will explore the heart of the estate where
Stackpole Court once stood, the Bosherston
Lakes created over 150 years ago and the stunning
coastline. Note: boots or stout shoes advisable.
Tour cost
Duration
3
from £8 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
Building 1j
Grounds 286
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Tredegar House
Newport NP10 8YW
For centuries, the flamboyant Morgan family
called this Grade I listed 17th-century Restoration
mansion their home. With tales of giant birds’
nests, riotous parties, dark arts, war heroism and
animal menageries – the Morgan’s was certainly
no ordinary household. You can hear about
the lives of their servants and connect with the
hands-on spaces that served the family. Enjoy
lakeside walks and an avenue of ancient oak trees
within the 36-hectare (90-acre) parkland, then
meander through the formal walled gardens and
explore the impressive Grade I listed stables. An
oasis hidden a stone’s throw from the industrial
setting of Newport. Note: roadworks likely to
cause delays. Trialing new ways of opening. Roof
project early spring. No group bookings over Bank
Holidays or event periods.
Access: 7F4gL4
E
Reception 0
House 31
Grounds Special interest tours
Informal formal gardens
Garden best in: June–October.
Contact: 01633 815880
[email protected]
Coaches: parking for 8 coaches, drop-off point 40
yards from reception.
Visit: average duration is 2 hours. Welcome to
site. Guided tour£. Special winter group tours in
November and December with catering. Booking
essential. Shop.
Catering: tea-room (licensed), self-service.
Groups can book function room with set menu.
Group admission: £6.10.
Tredegar House
MTWT F S S
House and garden†
13 Feb–20 Mar* 11–4
M T W T F S S
21 Mar–30 Oct** 11–5
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
26 Nov–18 Dec
11–5
Tea-room and shop
. . . . . S S
9 Jan–7 Feb
10–4
13 Feb–20 Mar
10–4
M T W T F S S
21 Mar–30 Oct
10–5
M T W T F S S
. . W T F S S
2 Nov–16 Dec
11–3
. . . . . S S
26 Nov–18 Dec
10–5
Park
Open all year
Dawn–dusk M T W T F S S
†Garden: opens 10:30. House: last entry one hour before
closing. *House: access to some areas by tour only. **House:
fully open. Due to extensive road works, please check
website for opening arrangements before visiting.
Join one of our enthusiastic gardeners on a
fascinating tour of the three different and
characterful walled gardens at Tredegar House.
Find out about the history of the gardens, see
the horticultural highlights of the season and
discover our plans to uncover the stories of these
wonderfully informal, formal gardens.
Tour cost
Duration
from £5 per person
45 minutes
Unexplored Tredegar
What lies beyond that locked door? Delve behind the
scenes of a great 17th-century country house. From
the servants’ quarters in the attics to the cavernous
cellars below, enjoy a rare chance to explore the
unrestored and rarely seen parts of Tredegar House.
Tour cost
Duration
from £5 per person
45 minutes
‘Upstairs downstairs’ at Tredegar
Explore the lives of those living at Tredegar
House, not only the Morgan family, but also their
servants. Understand the relationships between
upstairs and downstairs, visit the attics where
the servants lived, the hall where they ate and the
Housekeeper’s Room, where the power really lay.
Tour cost
Duration
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Wales
These properties have a limited offer for
groups, but are well worth exploring for
fascinating short visits that can be worked
into your tour itinerary
Aberconwy House
Castle Street, Conwy LL32 8AY
This is the only medieval merchant’s house in
Conwy to have survived the turbulent history of
the walled town over seven centuries. Furnished
rooms and helpful volunteers bring different
periods in its history alive. Note: nearest toilets
50 yards. Steps to all parts of property. Low light
levels.
Contact: 01492 592246
[email protected]
Coaches: no coach parking. Drop-off point
opposite the nearby Tourist Information Centre,
then park in long stay, public pay and display
car park.
Visit: average duration is 1 hour. Booking advised
so we can organise your visit between Aberconwy
House and Conwy Suspension Bridge toll-keeper’s
house. Shop.
Group admission: Groups 8+. Please contact for
details.
Aberconwy House
MTWT F S S
House
27 Feb–31 Oct
11–5
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
3 Dec–18 Dec
11–5
Shop
. T W T F S S
1 Jan–1 Mar
11–5
2 Mar–31 Dec
10–5
M T W T F S S
House and shop closed 25 December.
Access: L4
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Building Bodysgallen Hall
Hotel, Restaurant
and Spa
The Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno,
Conwy LL30 1RS
This Grade I listed 17th-century house, set within
89 hectares (220 acres) of parkland, has the
most spectacular views towards Conwy Castle
and Snowdonia. The romantic gardens, which
have won awards for their restoration, include a
rare parterre filled with sweet-smelling herbs, as
well as several follies, cascade, walled garden and
formal rose gardens. Beyond, the hotel’s parkland
offers miles of stunning walks and views to the
coastline. Note: access is for paying guests of
the hotel, including for luncheon, afternoon tea
and dinner, and the Spa. Children over the age of
six welcome. Accommodation includes 15 rooms
in main hall (includes four suites), 16 cottages in
grounds.
Contact: 01492 584466
[email protected]
Visit: welcome to site. Coach welcome must be
requested at time of booking. Guided garden tour
by arrangement with lunch or afternoon tea.
Catering: restaurant in main hall for fine dining
(licensed), 50 covers. Groups welcome for
afternoon tea. Private dining-room.
Access: 84j
from £5 per person
45 minutes
Please book all group visits, tours and catering direct with our places
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Conwy Suspension
Bridge
Tudor Merchant’s
House
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant
Conwy LL32 8LD
Quay Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7BX
Designed in the 1820s by Thomas Telford, this
graceful bridge with its beautifully restored tiny
toll-keeper’s house has stunning views over the
Conwy Estuary. Kept open by a husband and wife
at a time when trade and travel brought Conwy
to life, it never closed, whatever the weather.
Note: sorry no toilet.
Over 500 years ago when Tenby was a busy trading
port, a merchant built this three-storey house to live
in and trade from. Today, this unaltered house and
shop have been furnished with exquisitely carved
replicas and brightly coloured wall-hangings which
re-create the atmosphere of life in Tudor Tenby.
Note: sorry no toilet. Maximum group size 30.
Hidden in the beautiful Conwy Valley, this
traditional upland farmhouse was the birthplace
of Bishop William Morgan, who first translated
the Bible into Welsh. This is one of the most
important houses in the history of the Welsh
language. Two copies of William Morgan’s original
Bible are on display. Note: access via narrow track.
Contact: 01492 592246
[email protected]
Aberconwy House, Castle Street, Conwy LL32 8AY
Coaches: no coach parking. Drop-off point 20
yards. Nearest parking: long-stay car park near
castle.
Visit: average duration is 30 minutes.
Introductory talk.
Catering: no catering available. Several tea-rooms
in Conwy town centre, 100 yards.
Group admission: please contact for details.
The Kymin
Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 3SF
Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton were delighted
with this Georgian banqueting house and Naval
Temple when they visited in 1802. The Kymin is
still a great spot from which to enjoy panoramic
views of the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley. The
woods and pleasure grounds are also perfect for
picnics.
What’s new in 2016? We now have a number
of new artefacts from the period, including a
gentleman’s riding jacket, foodstuffs and 18thcentury games.
Conwy Suspension Bridge
Open 27 February to 31 October. Toll House opening times
available at Aberconwy House (01492 592246).
Contact: 01600 719241
[email protected]
Access: Building 1
Coaches: minibus parking only, very limited
space. No access for coaches: steep lane approach
and coaches cannot negotiate hairpin bends.
0
Grounds Visit: average duration is 30 minutes. Guided
tour. Not suitable for very large groups due to size
of property and access.
Group admission: £2 (groups 10+).
The Kymin
MTWT F S S
Round House
26 Mar–31 Oct
11–4
M . . . . S S
Grounds
Open all year
7–9
M T W T F S S
Open Good Friday. Car park open during daylight hours
only.
Access: 784
Naval Temple 1
290
03
Round House Grounds j
Please book all group visits, tours and catering direct with our places
Contact: 01834 842279
[email protected]
Coaches: no coach parking. Nearest parking: Five
Arches car park, opposite the Five Arches, ¼ mile
from property.
Visit: average duration is 20 minutes. Shop.
Catering: no catering available. Several tearooms, restaurants and pubs in Tenby town
centre, 100 yards.
Group admission: £4.25.
Tudor Merchant’s House
MTWT F S S
13 Feb–21 Feb
11–3
M T W T F S S
. . . . . S S
27 Feb–20 Mar
11–3
21 Mar–17 Jul
11–5
M . W T F S S
18 Jul–4 Sep
11–5*
M T W T F S S
5 Sep–30 Oct
11–5**
M . W T F S S
. . . . . S S
5 Nov–31 Dec
11–3
Open Tuesday in Bank Holiday weeks, 11 to 5. *Tuesday
and Wednesday: open until 6:15 for costumed guided
tours. **Closed Tuesday, except for 25 October. Closed 25
December.
Access: EL4
Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy LL25 0HJ
Contact: 01690 760213
[email protected]
Coaches: no access for large coaches. Space for
minibus (up to 33-seater) at the house – do not
use car park. Please call beforehand to arrange
access and parking.
Visit: average duration is 40 minutes. Guided
tour. Only 20 in house at any one time.
Catering: no catering on site. Various cafés and
pubs in Betws-y-Coed, 6½ miles away.
Group admission: £2.50.
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant
17 Mar–30 Sep
12–5
1 Oct–6 Nov
12–4
Open Bank Holiday Mondays.
Access: 7FG4
MTWT F S S
. . . T F S S
. . . T F S S
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Building 3
Grounds 0
Building Special interest tours
The Tudor merchant
Step back to 1500 as this entertaining, private guided
tour takes you through a typical day in the life of a
merchant and his family when Tenby was one of the
busiest ports in Wales. Please note that this threestorey house has narrow steps and stairways.
Tour cost
Duration
from £6 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
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