Houses and gardens

Autumn gardens

A frosty morning in the Gunby gardens © James Dobson

A frosty morning in the Gunby gardens

The turning of the seasons to Autumn is the perfect time to visit some of the gardens in our care. The leaves run the spectrums of golds, reds and oranges but there are still beautiful flowers to take in.

Chinese gardens, asters and Michelmas daisies are just some of the surprises you'll find all at places across the Midlands this Autumn.

Harvest time

Orchards provide food and shelter for wildlife © Paul Harris

Orchards provide food and shelter for wildlife

September and October are the months of abundant produce. The sunshine (and showers) of the summer months and the hard work of gardeners means there are fruit and vegetables aplenty to be gathered in.

Many of the places we look after have kitchen gardens and orchards or hold fairs when you can see and maybe even sample some of natures harvest.

Top tea-rooms

Enjoy delicious afternoon tea in the Midlands © National Trust/Attingham Park

Enjoy delicious afternoon tea in the Midlands

Whether you're looking for a hearty lunch or a nice cup of tea, we're sure there is a tea-room that will suit you in the Midlands.

Hot drinks, light lunches, afternoon tea and let's not forget delicious cakes await you and all with their own unique views.


Warwickshire is full of variety for you to explore; from large houses to small dovecotes, landscaped gardens to cosy tea-rooms, making this county perfect for a family fun day out or a full weekend away.


Derbyshire is full of variety; with roughly 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of countryside to explore in the Peak District, five large halls and mansions and the National Trust Museum of Childhood.


Worcestershire has a wide selection of places for you to choose from. From 17th century grandeur to dramatic open spaces, both indoors and outdoors are well covered helping you to explore whatever the weather.

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire

A medieval castle, Victorian workhouse, a 17th century country house and a 1,537 hectare (3,800 acre) park are just some of the many places you can explore when you visit these two Midlands’ counties.

Birmingham & the West Midlands

Situated in the heart of England, places in Birmingham and the West Midlands are easily accessible for all.  Both the back to backs and the manor house tell their own fascinating stories of their place in history.

Leicestershire & Northamptonshire

These neighbouring counties offer a wide range of experiences. From small personal houses to cosy gardens, intimate churches to woodland habitats, including our newest acquisition in the Midlands.


Enjoy a wealth of experiences at the places we care for in Herefordshire. With grand houses and a tranquil riverside garden, it's the perfect county to get away from it all.


In the north west of the Midlands you’ll find the stunning county of Shropshire, home to one of the most visited places in the National Trust; and a wide variety of outdoor and indoor gems.


A day out in Staffordshire takes you right back to the Battle of Worcester in the 1650s, to a series of rock houses and on a trip around the world. This truly is a county worth exploring.