Houses and gardens

Spring colour

Enjoy the colours of spring in parkands and gardens near you © NTPL

Enjoy the colours of spring in parkands and gardens near you

The places we care for are a riot of colour at this time of year, as spring shrugs off the starkness of winter and bursts into brilliant bloom.

Explore gardens, parklands and woodlands to see how much spring colour you can find this year.

The big spring clean

Spring cleaning can take weeks or months at some of the places in our care © NTPL/National Trust/Joanne Hudson

Spring cleaning can take weeks or months at some of the places in our care

Like us you are probably feeling re-energised after winter to turn your mind to the big spring clean.

Many of the daily and weekly chores we have to complete to conserve the places we care for are the same as in an normal domestic property, just on a much bigger scale. 

Things to see and do

Find a place near you to enjoy spring days out in the Midlands © NTPL/Sasha Taylor

Find a place near you to enjoy spring days out in the Midlands

Not sure where to head on your next day out?

Our county by county guide will help you to plan your days out throughout the year, with new things to see and do every season.

Family fun

Come for a walk by the river and see what you can spot today © NTPL/Jen Warton

Come for a walk by the river and see what you can spot today

There are acres of outdoors space to burn off energy at the places we care for, perfect for completing your 50 things to do before you're 11¾  too.

Plus, you'll find intriguing indoor trails, hands on activities and plenty of dressing up are all waiting for you in the Midlands.

 

Explore the great outdoors

Carding Mill Valley is perfect place to explore the great outdoors © NTPL/National Trust / Chris Stratton

Carding Mill Valley is perfect place to explore the great outdoors

We love nothing more than a day out in the fresh air, exploring great British landscapes and discovering new views.

We've got lots of seasonal walk ideas and free downloadable trails to help you explore more of the special places you enjoy.

Top tea-rooms

Enjoy delicious afternoon tea in the Midlands © NTPL/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.

Stoneywell opens its doors

Stoneywell in Leicestershire opens 2 February 2015, book your visit today © NTPL/National Trust/Andrew Butler

Stoneywell in Leicestershire opens 2 February 2015, book your visit today

A rare surviving example of a traditional Arts and Crafts family home, Stoneywell in Leicestershire, opens its doors on 2 February 2015 offering you an insight into a pivotal moment in Britain’s art and design history and an intimate portrait of domestic life.

Stoneywell is open seven days a week until 30 November when it will close for two months for conservation. Due to its small size, all visits must be booked in advance.

Derbyshire

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.

Warwickshire

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.

Worcestershire

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shropshire

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.

Herefordshire

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.

Staffordshire

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.