Life-changing visits

Our places aren’t just about the past; incredible tales of resilience and romance are unfolding every day.

We all have a place that means something special to us. Whether it's a place to relax or a place that inspires you, share it with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Here are a few of our favourite stories that you have shared.

    Getting through chemo on the Farne Islands

    The Farnes are breath-taking. When we last visited I was in the middle of having chemo and it seemed like I was never away from hospital. The family were all so worried. Words can’t really describe what a difference that trip made to us all.

    ‘The wildlife there is incredible. It was the first time some of the younger family members had seen puffins and they were totally in awe of them. Arctic Terns were dive bombing our heads, making everyone howl with laughter.

    ‘That day gave me the strength to keep going through the remainder of my treatment. It’s a magical place and will always hold terrific memories for me.’
    - Amanda G, visitor

    Falling in love for the first time at Saltram

    'I have always wondered if I'd properly fall in love. Then with the arrival of spring I knew in my heart that I was in love for the first time in my life. It was in the garden at Saltram that I first met her. Every visit there makes me smile.’
    - Martin S, visitor

    Escaping the Blitz to Pembrokeshire

    ‘During the war I was evacuated to a farm, in Pembrokeshire. Even with the Blitz going on, Wales seemed a peaceful haven. I remember spending time in the tide pools and watching the sea life. In those days there was barbed-wire on the beaches because of landmines.

    ‘That wasn’t the only thing that was different. We had no electricity and petrol was rationed so we used to travel by bicycle, by foot or by horse and cart. But food seemed plentiful and was home grown: with plenty of rabbits, chickens and eggs around.

    ‘Whenever we go back to old Blighty we always visit the place where I spent those gentle formative years.’
    - Maureen B, visitor

    Getting engaged at Stourhead, Wiltshire

    ‘I love Pride and Prejudice, especially the scene in the new film at Stourhead where Darcy proposes to Elizabeth in the rain. So, one rainy day my husband took me to that exact spot and asked me to marry him. Lizzie might've said no, but I said yes.

    'It was one of the best moments of my life, and the beautiful setting added so much to the joy of it. Every time I see a photo of Stourhead, or revisit it, I am reminded of the day my life changed.’
    - Stephanie S, visitor

    Running towards recovery at Sheringham Park

    ‘I’ve been visiting Sheringham Park for years, but one morning I turned up to find people in running gear everywhere. Curious, I found out Sheringham was hosting a weekly parkrun.

    ‘When I got home I talked to my 15-year-old son David about it. He was recovering from a liver transplant and wanted to re-build his fitness: we talked each other into going. The first week was a struggle – we walked most of it and at one point I didn’t think we’d finish, but the other runners were so encouraging. We came last, but it was a big achievement, and each week after that got easier.

    ‘I go to parkrun nearly every week now. I like feeling a part of something, surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastal views, doing something that’s good for you, and sharing it with other people.

    ‘I can’t overstate how important completing that first parkrun was to us. David has recently finished a sprint triathlon and is now volunteering at Sheringham Park.’
    - Janet A, visitor

    Courting the gardener, Dunster Castle

    Dunster Castle is a very special place for me. I fell in love with the gardens there and the man who tended to them so passionately. I have very special memories of courting at the castle.

    ‘We’ve now moved to the Midlands, where I work at Charlecote Park. This is another of my special places as it is where that same gardener proposed to me. Our son loves to explore the deer park there. ’
    - Ruthie W, visitor