National Trust Properties

Visiting the world renowned Bodnant Gardens almost goes saying, but within easy striking distance are a host of other National Trust treasures. Set in spectacular surroundings on the Menai Straits, Plas Newydd on Anglesey has a military museum, an important collection of works by Rex Whistler and lovely gardens. Penrhyn Castle, just outside Bangor, is an impressive 19th century fantasy castle with railway and dolls museums, and gardens. The elegant and atmospheric mansion of Erddig, near Wrexham, provides a wonderful evocation of grand family and servant life in on a country estate in the 18th and 19th centuries. The nearby medieval fortress Chirk Castle is the last of Edward I’s Welsh castles still in occupation and well worth the trip.

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