Top new tours for 2013

Our tours take place at a wide selection of National Trust houses and gardens throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are all listed in the Groups Guide.

Here’s our pick of all the tours available to you:

    Wartime Hughenden

    Your visit will begin with an informative introductory talk about the role that Hughenden played during the War. During the Second World War, Hughenden Manor was requisitioned by the Air Ministry. This hillside hideaway housed a vital and top-secret mapping unit, codenamed ‘Hillside’.

    Cabinets of Curiosities

    Designed to give you a brief overview of the house and family, this taster tour explores 600 years of Catholic treasures at Coughton Court with one of our knowledgeable guides. For conservation reasons the tours may be conducted in artificial lig

    Wonderful Wild Flowers

    Glendurgan is home to a rich variety of trees and shrubs – many are tender and thrive only in the microclimate of this Cornish garden. Between them are plants with a different story – masses of primroses, bluebells, columbines and orchids. On this tour you’ll be guided to the best areas of the garden to see the wild flowers and discover how the garden is managed to ensure these lovely plants thrive and sustain themselves

    Upstairs-Downstairs at Tredegar

    An opportunity to explore the lives of those who lived at Tredegar House, both servants and their employers – the Morgan family. Discover how the relationship between these different parts of the household changed from the Tudor beginnings to the decadent times between First and Second World Wars. This tour will visit not only family rooms at Tredegar, but also the attics where the servants lived, the hall where they ate and the Housekeeper’s Room where the power really lay.

    Kayaking and Coasteering Adventures

    Enjoy the Pembrokeshire coast from a different angle. Choose from either kayaking on our modern fleet of sit-on-top kayaks or an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on a coaster. Suitable from age eight upwards, these activities are great for all the family, or for groups of friends or colleagues. We launch from Stackpole Quay, a sheltered harbour with purpose-built changing and showering facilities nearby.

    Please note: we may be able to accommodate smaller or larger groups.

    Getting Closer to Nature

    Get outside and closer to nature as you join our expert ranger for a guided walk in this 810-hectare (2,000-acre) estate. As one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas, enjoy an introduction to a vast array of animal and plant life that calls Crom home. Watch out for our wild deer, the shy pine marten the native red squirrel, and all eight species of native bat. The walk will include a trip to a bird hide on the shore of Derrymacrow Lough; the great crested grebe, heron, and the very secretive and colourful water rail are amongst some of the beautiful birds you may be lucky enough to see.

    Torchlight Tour

    Enjoy an exciting new experience at Beningbrough and see the hall in a very different light. We leave the shutters down for this intimate and cosy journey with nothing but torches to light your way. Your guide will point out features not normally seen when the house is in full daylight, unravelling the secrets of these grand rooms and their delightful collections.

    Lady Bankes - her story

    For 20 years Corfe Castle was the country seat of the Bankes family. In this period ‘Brave Dame Mary’ coped with the death of her parents and husband, the care of 14 children and homelessness – a remarkable story.