Autumn jewels

Take in some autumn jewels like Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey © National Trust

Take in some autumn jewels like Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey

Vivid colour outdoors and indoors

It's not your imagination, the light really is different at this time of year. The long, low sunbeams and that golden glow make this gilded season unique.

There's a richness about the colours of autumn that we hope you will enjoy in our houses, gardens and countryside.

From ruby tree canopies to avenues of amber leaves, and golden rooms to emerald closets, find an autumn jewel below...

Colourful stories... Stowe

Discover Stowe's Sleeing Beauty among the autumn colour © John Millar

Discover Stowe's Sleeing Beauty among the autumn colour

Sleeping Wood restored

The Sleeping Wood at Stowe, near Buckingham was inspired by Sleeping beauty in the Wood c1697. Recently restored, you can now follow winding paths through shrubberies to discover the remains of a Sleeping Parlour. And until 17 November pick up a Sleeping Beauty parcel to take you along the Path of Vice, passed temples and other surprises, to the wood.

Colourful stories... Mottisfont

Uncover some of Mottisfont's colourful stories © Arnhel de Serra

Uncover some of Mottisfont's colourful stories

Hidden stories brought to life

The team at Mottisfont, near Romsey, in Hampshire, have been working with theatre designers to restore and open the servants’ corridor, maids’ rooms and scullery, taking you into a world below stairs. While the White Bedroom introduces you to life as a weekend guest of former owner and society hostess Maud Russell, who famously kept a pet crocodile.

Colourful stories... Clandon Park

Discover the story of Clandon Park's wartime operating theatre © Genevieve Aberdeen

Discover the story of Clandon Park's wartime operating theatre

First World War operating theatre

Vsit Clandon Park, near Guildford, in Surrey, and step back 100 years into a re-imagined First World War operating theatre.

The theatre was in the Earl of Onslow's own dressing room. The Cladon team have transformed the room, commissioning replica uniforms and furniture and displaying original nurses' autograph books.

Colourful stories... Scotney Castle

Uncover the story of Scotney Castle's First World War officer © Glynn Roche

Uncover the story of Scotney Castle's First World War officer

Arthur’s War opens at Scotney Castle

From 9 October

Hidden in Scotney Castle’s attic, a box lay undiscovered for nearly 100 years. When recently found it revealed a treasure trove of memorabilia from an officer during the First World War. You can see Arthur Hussey’s personal diaries, letters, photographs, medals, battle plans and much more in a new, extraordinary exhibition.

Colourful characters

These essays will explore various aspects of Churchills life and times

Discover the places lived in by our most colouful and famous residents.

 

Colourful interiors

Close up of tapestry.

Here are a sample of rooms bursting with rich colour.

Take an autumn stroll in the woods at Hinton Ampner © NTPL/National Trust

Take an autumn stroll in the woods at Hinton Ampner

Special autumn events

This autumn, join us for blackberry picking days and outdoor photography displays, harvest hop tours and autumn colour walks. These jewels of events will help you bring the colours of autumn to life.