5 must-visit National Trust sites

Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield - Credit: Archant

Here in Somerset and North Somerset we are very fortunate to have some truly spectacular landscapes and beautiful buildings right on our doorstep. Whether you have lived in the area your whole life or are just visiting, here is our list of five of the best National Trust sites around

King John's Hunting Lodge

King John's Hunting Lodge - Credit: Archant

TYNTESFIELDLocated just a stones throw away from Bristol in Wraxall, this stunning gothic revival mansion offers ornate gothic carvings and sprawling grounds including a lake and woodland.

The lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family, dating back to the building’s creator, William Gibbs.

One of the views from Brean Down.

One of the views from Brean Down. - Credit: Archant

KING JOHN’S HUNTING LODGEIn the heart of Axbridge’s medieval town square lies this wool merchant’s house dating back to around 1500.

The National Trust has also carefully recreated arcaded stalls on the ground floor during the building’s restoration.

It is also run as a museum by Axbridge and District Museum Trust.

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge - Credit: Archant

BREAN DOWNBrean Down is a natural pier standing 97 metres high with stunning views of the Bristol Channel towards South Wales and across the Somerset Levels.

Uncover the site of a Roman temple as you progress along the 1.5 mile walk and explore the Victorian Palmerston Fort.

CLEVEDON COURTTake a look at the stunning display of Eltonware pottery and superb collection of Nailsea glass as you explore this 14th century manor house complete with 18th century terraced garden.


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The medieval house was bought by Abraham Elton in 1709 and is still home to some of his descendants today.

CHEDDAR GORGEThe gorge is one of the UK’s most recognisable and spectacular landscapes.

At nearly 400 feet deep and three miles long it is the largest gorge in England and first began to form around one million years ago during the last Ice Age.

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It is also home to the famous Cheddar Caves which were carved out as the Cheddar Yeo River gradually made its way underground.

If you have anymore suggestions of National Trust sites that are worth a visit let us know by tweeting @NSomTimes or commenting on the Times’ Facebook pageYou may also like: North Somerset’s top 5 historical sites

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