Special Places Project 2013

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We all have a place that means something special to us whether it's the place you grew up or the romantic setting for your wedding day.

We want to celebrate these places with you and inspire others with your memories and experiences, to help grow the nation's love of the places we treasure.

Our team of celebrities wanted to share their special places to inspire and grow the nation's love of the places we hold close to us.

Actress, Kim Cattrall shares Blickling Estate in Norfolk as her special place 'Visiting my cousin in Norfolk and decided to visit Anne Boleyn's childhood home. It was a perfect day.'

Actor, Jude Law shares his memories of why Cliveden House is special to him 'One of the great scenes of Sherlock Holmes was shot at Cliveden House - It's such a gorgeous place. I had no idea the National Trust looked after the gardens and grounds there, they are glorious and I love spending time wandering around them. We can rest assured the Trust will look after them for generations to come.'

Other celebrities growing the love of special places include Nell McAndrew sharing photographs of Ham House in London. 

Actress, Naomie Harris shares fond memories of Waddesdon Manor 'I'm a huge fan of visiting stately homes, and have visited many of those owned by the National Trust. Waddesdon Manor, is one of my favourite, and when I lived in Buckinghamshire I used to visit it frequently. I love the way the homes are so carefully preserved, so that you can get a very visceral sense of what life must have been like during the different periods of British history. Visiting a stately home is also a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of London life, where I now live, and experience a different pace of life. When visiting a NT property I always feel like a character in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' stepping through the wardrobe into a different world.'

Austin Healey sharing memories of Cowny Bridge in North Wales describing it as his special place after spending time playing in the water as a child.

The Famous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, chose Dyrham Park near Bath after their family picnics there and the spectacular views across the South Gloucestershire countryside.

Musician Gary Kemp chose the Lake District as his special place after summers spent holidaying in the heart of the National Trust countryside, sharing a picture of his son topping a Lakeland Fell.

We carried out study which revealed that four out of five people (81 per cent) said visiting their favourite place had a bigger impact on their well being than shopping or going to the cinema.

  • Nearly a third of those surveyed (31 per cent) said their favourite place was where they grew up, while 30 per cent chose a recent holiday spot and one in four (25 per cent) the location of a childhood family outing.
  • One in ten was romantically-minded (ten per cent) and admitted that their special place was where they were married and five per cent where they were proposed to.
  • 87 per cent said their special place made them happy just thinking about it, with three quarters of those surveyed (75 per cent) revealing the place they love the most reminded them of their family.