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18 Surprisingly Interesting National Trust Locations

History right on your doorstep.

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Location: Mount's Bay, Cornwall

With its 12th century medieval castle and church, this island wouldn't look out of place on Game of Thrones. And if you like your breathtaking attractions to be steeped in legend, then this rocky isle is just what you're looking for.

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Location: Ardingly, West Sussex

Noted for its sprawling botanic garden, the Elizabethan country estate of Wakehurst Place sits on the grounds of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Greenery lover or not, it's impossible not to be taken aback by the vast collection of plants on display.

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Location: Southwark, London

Nestled away in the heart of London, this old-timey pub puts to rest the misconception that the National Trust only deal with manors and parks. Still operating as a fully licensed pub, this public house has a proud literary history, with Charles Dickens having visited the inn and even going so far as to mention the place in Little Dorrit.

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Location: Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

This National nature reserve, complete with its historic deer park dating back to medieval times, is rooted deep within Welsh history. Two fonts on the premises indicate a history stretching back to Roman times, and in the more recent centuries, the Lord Rhys is known to have held court here.

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Location: Airth, Stirlingshire

This eyebrow-raising structure is easily one of the weirdest buildings in Scotland, if not the world. Unsurprisingly, the building itself was previously used as a hothouse for growing pineapples, amongst other exotic fruit.

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Location: Compton, Isle of Wight

There's no better way to spend a warm summer's day than on a beach, and there's no better beach to spend it on than Compton Bay. If the sand and sea isn't to your liking you can enjoy a peaceful walk on the scenic downs.

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Location: Alford, Aberdeenshire

A glance at this castle and you can see why it's reputed to be the inspiration for Disney's iconic logo. With a fresh lick of paint, the fairytale-esque castle stands exactly as it did when it was built in 1626.

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Location: East Grinstead, West Sussex

For beautiful interiors, stunning gardens, and a welcoming atmosphere, Standen House and Garden is perfect. Decorated as it would be in the 1920s, it's easy to imagine yourself having been transported back in time for a weekend stay at the homely property.

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Location: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey

Everyone knows Llanfairpwllgwyngyll… for its long name, but what most people don't know is that the place happens to be home to one of the county's most beautiful properties: Plas Newydd House and Gardens. You can take in views of Snowdonia in the distance while enjoying a tour of the house's military museum.

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Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

Once home to a monastery of monks, Fountains Abbey was a bustling place of worship up until Henry VIII ordered its dissolution. Although no longer used as a place of worship, the haunting ruins still attracts crowds looking for a quiet retreat.

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Location: Bushmills, County Antrim

Discover Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attraction and see what all the fuss is about. Caused by an ancient volcanic eruption, the terrain is forever marked with a stunning landscape of basalt columns that attract tourists from all corners of the world.

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Location: Disley, Cheshire

This National Trust property boasts of an incredible 1,300 acres of land, a herd of red deer, and a lake you may recognise from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. With an indoor nursery and an outdoor play area, this is somewhere even kids are guaranteed to have a great time.

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Location: Taplow, Buckinghamshire

Live like a member of royalty by staying in this stately home turned luxury hotel. Explore the sprawling gardens and surrounding woodland, but be careful not to get lost in the famous Cliveden Maze.

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Location: North Uist, the Outer Hebrides

Officially being the remotest part of Britain, this island is no easy place to get to, but if you do manage to make it there, you'll be greeted by a place whose human history stretches back an incredible two millennia. With its last inhabitants leaving in 1930, the island is now a World Heritage Site, being one of only a few to hold joint status for both natural and cultural qualities.

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Location: Mere, Wiltshire

Dating back to the 1740s, Stourhead is a labyrinth of temples, grottoes, and even nature itself. If you're not feeling outdoorsy, Stourhead house will shelter you with an interesting array of classical furniture and paintings.

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Location: Lacock, Wiltshire

Step back in time with a visit to Lacock village. The historic village, with its charming streets and quirky country house, is filled with great shops and places to eat, so there's no need to pack a picnic basket. There's even a museum that's worth a visit.

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Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

With more than 770 acres to explore, there's enough to see at Scotney Castle to keep even the most uninterested of tourists busy. The beautiful woodlands make this a place worth visiting all year round.

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Location: Ilam, Staffordshire

What's better than one attraction? How about three. Located in the Derbyshire Peak District, Ilam Park is the very definition of picturesque. If you're feeling up for a challenge, you can ascend the White Peak and take in the views of the surrounding countryside from Thor's Cave.

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