Houses and gardens

Summer gardens

See gardens set against impressive backdrops © National Trust/Jana

See gardens set against impressive backdrops

We care for some of the most beautiful gardens and parkland in the country and summer is the very best time to enjoy their colours and smells.

Meadows, herbs, vegetables, roses or formal borders you'll find all of these and more at places across the Midlands.

Historic Houses Association offer

Grimsthorpe Castle, one of the places taking part © Grimsthorpe Castle, Historic Houses Association

Grimsthorpe Castle, one of the places taking part

We're pleased to be working with the Historic Houses Association to offer our members 2 for 1 entry at selected Historic Houses Association attractions in the Midlands.

From 1 July to 31 August you can use your membership to visit some other unique places in the region.

Theatre under open skies

Soak upthe sun and some Shakespeare © National Trust

Soak upthe sun and some Shakespeare

Open air performances have a magic all of their own. Every summer the places in our care use their magnificent settings as a backdrop to outdoor theatre productions.

So pack a picnic and enjoy the smell of the grease-paint and roar of the crowd in some very special places

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.

Stoneywell opens its doors

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