As the guardians of some of Wales’ best-loved castles and houses, National Trust properties make for perfect days out across the land, offering a really eclectic mix of places to wander. Find out more about the National Trust in Wales.
Powis Castle and Garden
Powis Castle and Garden offers Italian and French-style orangeries and aviaries, dotted with statues and enhanced during centuries of family use. The Clive Museum is full of Indian treasures, and the castle itself has an amazing vantage point thanks to its position on top of a rock. Originally built for princes, it's fit for wannabe kings and queens today.
Plas Newydd House & Gardens is situated on Anglesey on the shores of the Menai Strait. It's famous for its association with the artist Rex Whistler, whose work is exhibited here. There is also a military museum and a collection of hydrangeas that are irresistibly colourful during the autumn months.
Penrhyn Castle, between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait, was built by Thomas Hopper as the home of the Pennants, a wealthy sugar-trading family during the early 19th century. An enormous neo-Norman castle surrounded by vast expanses of parkland, this is the place to find railway and dolls' museums, Victorian kitchens, beds of queens and all manner of other decadent surprises.
Dinefwr Park accommodates deer and a famed herd of white cattle in its medieval grounds, viewable from a tearoom and a wooded boardwalk. The parklands there were shaped during the 18th century, and are accompanied by Newton House, a mid-17th century site with a Victorian façade and a fountain garden.
Elaborate Chinese wallpaper from the 19th century is just one of the eye-catching attractions at Erddig. The house has over 1,000 acres of land and the impressive outbuildings range from a bakehouse and stables to a sawmill and smithy. Treat yourself to a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or saunter through the walled gardens.
Tredegar House offers a journey back to the days of Charles II 300 years ago, with unparalleled state rooms within a 90-acre park. The earliest parts of the Newport complex date back to the start of the 16th century, and the servants’ quarters entice you to imagine what life might have been like working in a glamorous house all that time ago.
Owners the Myddelton family still live at Chirk Castle, in Wrexham, 400 years after their ancestors moved in. Portraits, tapestries and furniture rival a shrub garden, terrace, lime tree avenue, tower and dungeon here, with the parks making space for ancient trees and elaborate gates.
Llanerchaeron is an elegant, almost understated, Georgian mansion beside the River Aeron in Ceredigion. Llanerchaeron was built in 1790 by John Nash, who included Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion on his impressive CV. The house now functions as a working organic farm, with Welsh black cattle, rare Welsh pigs and Llanwenog sheep.