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The National Trust is responsible for a number of places in Wales, including castles, historic houses, gardens a gold mine and a waterfall, which groups can visit! They have extended their opening season and most properties are now open all year round. Many sites offer special arrangements for groups – please see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/groups for further information and prices and ensure you book in advance with the individual places.

Group Visits at National Trust Places

 
  • Aberdulais Falls (5km from Neath)

    For over 400 years, this famous waterfall provided the energy to drive the wheels of industry, from the smelting of copper in 1584 to the Victorian tinplate works. Today, the waterwheel is the largest in Europe generating electricity which makes Aberdulais Falls self-sufficient in environmentally-friendly energy.

    Group visit information
    Average length of visit: 1 hr 30mins. On-board coach welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tours. Special interest tours on request.
     
  • Bodnant Garden (13km from Colwyn Bay, Conwy)

    One of the world’s most spectacular gardens; Bodnant Garden is situated above the River Conwy, with stunning views across Snowdonia. It features huge Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, with a steeply-sided wooded valley, stream and waterfall below.

    Group visit information: Average length of visit: 2hrs. On-board coach welcome.
     
  • Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
    Dyffryn Gardens are an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design, covering more than 55 acres featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and seasonal bedding. There is also a statuary collection, and an arboretum featuring trees from all over the world.
     

    Within the gardens is the restored Dyffryn House, a grand Edwardian mansion overlooking key aspects of the gardens.

    Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson, the gardens are the early 20th-century vision of industrialist John Cory and his son Reginald.

    Group Visit Information
    Rates apply to groups of 15 people or more. Average length of visit: 2 hours.  The gardens and house are open for everyone to enjoy at their own leisure but guided gardens tours are available on request but must be booked at least one month prior to the visit.  Knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to share the history of the house.


  • Chirk Castle (11km from Wrexham)

    Magnificent medieval fortress that became a family home. 700 years of history contrasting the austere medieval tower and dungeons with elegant state rooms and fine furniture. Award-winning tranquil gardens with rare trees and shrubs, lime tree avenue and spectacular views across nine counties.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 3hrs. On-board coach, welcome and introductory talks available. Out of hours tours available.
 
 
  • Colby Woodland Garden (16km from Narberth)

    Set in a tranquil and secluded valley, this glorious informal woodland garden with a fascinating industrial past offers a variety of walks on open and wooded pathways. Rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camellias underplanted with bluebells provide spring colour. Later highlights are the summer hydrangeas and autumn foliage.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 2 hrs. On-board coach welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tour. Out of hours tours are available. Special Interest tours: Guided Garden Tour.
  • Dinefwr Park & Castle, Llandeilo

    A magical land of power and influence for more than 2,000 years, Dinefwr Park and Castle is an iconic place in the history of Wales. The ‘hands on’ Newton House gives visitors an atmospheric 1912 experience.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach, welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tour. Out of hours tours are available. Special interest tours: Deer park and Out Park Tours. Also ‘Behind the Ropes House’ Tours and Trailer Tours around park.
  • Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Pumpsaint, Llanwrda

    These unique gold mines overlook the beautiful Cothi Valley. The Romans, who exploited the site almost 2,000 years ago, left behind a complex of pits and channels. Guided tours take visitors through the Roman and the more recent underground workings.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 2 hrs 30 mins. On-board coach welcome and introductory talks available. General guided tour; out of hours tours. Special interest tours: How the Romans did it; Life in the Victorian Mines; The No Steps Mine Tour.

     
 

 

 
  • Erddig (3km from Wrexham)

    Erddig is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain, due largely to the close relationship between the family and the servants. With an evocative range of outbuildings, the house, with its state rooms, displays most of its original 18th and 19th century furnishings. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 2 hrs 30mins. On-board coach welcome, introductory talk; General guided tour; Out of hours tours.

    Special interest tours:       A Grand Garden for All Seasons; Private Tour of Erddig.
  • Llanerchaeron (4km from Aberaeron)

    Centred around a fine Regency villa designed in the 1790s by John Nash, Llanerchaeron’s essential appeal comes from the rare opportunity it offers to experience a complete, self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate. The villa, service courtyard, mature walled gardens, pleasure grounds with ornamental lake and home-farm complex with traditional outbuildings, take visitors back to bygone times.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit:
    2hrs 30mins. On-board coach welcome;general guided tour.

    Special interest tours:
    Guided History Tour; Garden Tour; John Nash Lecture.  Pre-booked evening 'After hours' guided tours also available (bilingual).
     
  • Penrhyn Castle (1.5km from Bangor)

    This dramatic neo-Norman fantasy castle is crammed with fascinating things such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria. The Victorian kitchen and other servants’ rooms have been restored to reveal the preparations for the banquet honouring the Prince of Wales’ visit in 1894.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach welcome, introductory talks available; Out of hours tours.

    Special interest tours:
    A Truly Great Garden; Fantasy, Fixtures and Fittings.
  • Tredegar House
    From a military hero, to tales of lunacy, a Russian princess and wild parties of the 1930s, Tredegar House has a colourful past.  It's one of the finest restoration buildings in the country. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sumptuous style of a 17th century wedding and the grandeur of one of the glitziest rooms in Wales. Play games in the New Parlour, enjoy the 1930s family rooms and explore below the stairs. Along the way hear the stories of the Morgan family and their servants – there are plenty of them!  Enjoy traditional garden games in the elegant formal gardens, and explore the 90 acres of parkland complete with woodland walk, playground park café and lake.

    Group visit information:

    Tour cost £5 (must be prebooked); Group size up to 25; Availability March to October; Duration 45 minutes

    Special interest tours
    Unexplored Tredegar - What lies beyond that locked door? Delve behind-the-scenes of a great 17th century country house.

    Upstairs & Downstairs at Tredegar House - An opportunity to explore the lives of those who lived at Tredegar House, both servants and their employers – the Morgan family.

    The Morgans and their place in Welsh history - hear stories of the family and their exploits on a tour that visits some areas of Tredegar House not normally open to visitors.
       
 
  • Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens, Anglesey

    Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia. This elegant 18th century house is an interesting mixture of classical and Gothic. The comfortable interior, restyled in the 1930s, is famous for its association with Rex Whistler, whose largest painting, and exhibition of his work, is found here. The fine gardens provide colour throughout the seasons.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 3 hrs. On-board coach welcome, general guided tour; Out of hours tours.

    Special interest tours:
    The Glorious Garden Tour; The Magnificent Home of the Marquess; Whistler Behind the Scenes.
     
  • Plas yn Rhiw (26km from Pwllheli)

    This small manor house was rescued from neglect and lovingly restored by the three Keating sisters, who bought it in 1938. The views from the delightful gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain. The house is 16th century with Georgian additions.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 1 hr. General guided tour; Out of hours tours. 
  • Powis Castle & Garden (1.5km from Welshpool)

    Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, this world-famous garden retains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces. Perched on a rock above the garden terraces, the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales.

    Group visit information:
    Average length of visit: 3hrs. On-board coach welcome; introductory talk; General guided tour; Out of hour tours.

    Special interest tours:
    A Garden for Europe; The Castle and the Clive Museum 
     
 

 

 

Head Gardener Walks 

Head gardener walks available at Powis Castle, Erddig, Bodnant Gardens, Chirk Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Plas Newydd and Colby.

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