New experience reveals village life

visitors enjoying the new experience at Lavenham Guildhall

visitors enjoying the new experience at Lavenham Guildhall

Stories from across 500 years of Suffolk history form a major new visitor experience, which is now open at Lavenham Guildhall. Real life characters are used to tell the story of Lavenham and its Guildhall from the boom of the medieval cloth trade to modern day. 

Conserving a Folly

The Gothic Tower at Wimpole has been off limits since 2005 due to the fragile nature of the structure. Now, in what is by far the biggest conservation project at Wimpole this year, work is underway to conserve and repair this amazing structure, stabilise the stonework and provide access around the exterior for visitors once more.

  • Anglesey's ever-evolving garden

    It’s not just the delicate snowdrops that are the star attraction at Anglesey Abbey, visitors are often left spellbound by the beautiful Himalayan Silver Birch grove, which has become an iconic feature of the Winter Garden. And thanks to your support, work has now started on a new project to plant 112 more trees to extend and safeguard this plantation for the future.

  • Work begins on Blickling's Walled Garden

    Of the 140 walled gardens looked after by the National Trust, 30 have been restored to their former glory, but many others still need saving! One of those is in Norfolk and we’re pleased to report that thanks to your support, work has now started on the regeneration of Blickling’s disused walled garden.

  • Record breaking season for seals

    Back in 2001, just 25 seal pups were born at Blakeney Point. This winter, over 2,426 have been born making this stretch of Norfolk Coast home to the largest colony of grey seals on the English coast!

  • Life below stairs at Anglesey Abbey

    Every year thousands of visitors enjoy Anglesey Abbey and the elegant contents once owned by the 1st Lord Fairhaven. Now visitor can also experience the domestic areas of the house and find out more about the hard work that went on behind the scenes to maintain Lord’s luxurious, regimented lifestyle.

  • Water level restored in Oxburgh's moat

    Did you know that the moat at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk helps to keep the building standing? A project has just been completed to restore the water levels in the moat, which protects the foundations of the Hall and has helped to keep it standing for more than 500 years.

  • Emperor busts back on display

    They were the most powerful men of their day – some known for their strong leadership and military adventures, some for their cruelty and wild debauchery. Now, after an absence of more than 60 years, four 17th century Italian busts of Roman emperors have returned to Wimpole Hall.

  • Norfolk coast recovering a year after storms

    Coastal sites we look after in north Norfolk were some of the worst affected by the 2013/14 winter storms, but a year on, thanks to hard work and collaboration, a huge amount has already been achieved.

  • Fancy staying at Thorington Hall?

    Thorington Hall in Suffolk is a hidden hideaway, set within a landscape timelessly evoked in John Constable’s paintings. Not only is it full of charm and history, it’s the newest and largest holiday let to be tastefully restored and opened by the National Trust, sleeping up to 18 people (with 3 additional people in the former gate lodge)!

  • Melford's long-lost owner is found

    Melford Hall in Suffolk has finally unearthed a portrait of its long-lost owner – largely thanks to a mysterious little red bag. The painting in question was thought for 200 years to be a 17th century Archbishop of York, but experts have now discovered it is in fact Thomas Savage.

  • Future of Orford Ness lighthouse

    Orford Ness National Nature Reserve has been owned and cared for by the National Trust since 1993. At no time has the Trust owned the lighthouse on the site and whilst we care for the Orford Ness landscape, Natural England holds the authority for determining permissions on any coastal defence work.