World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems

Places to visit

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Christmas treats

Wig fun

See Christmas through the ages at Avebury

Come in from the bleak midwinter and experience Christmas at Avebury

Close up of big Christmas wreath on front door

Mompesson House 

At ‘The Christmas House’ you can find out how Mompesson’s previous inhabitants celebrated the festive season, right up to the 1970s in the library. Beautiful floral and winter foliage decorations dress parts of the house, and you’ll find delicious mince pies and mulled wine in the drawing room. There's a fun festive trail for kids too. 25 November - 17 December, Thurs to Sun only.

A Christmas tree and roaring fire at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Christmas in the South West 

Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince pies at the tea-room, frosty walks waiting to be discovered.

A young family looking out across a lake at Stourhead, in the winter

Winter walks in Wiltshire

From Avebury to Stourhead, what better way to soak up the history and mystery of Wiltshire's ancient monuments and glorious countryside than on a winter's walk.

Festive interior design trends seen through the collection

Knightshayes in the winter sunset from South terrace

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Upcoming events


Stonehenge and Avebury walking challenge

Tue 12 Dec 2017
An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors in this iconic landscape, rich in archaeology, wildlife and plants. You can enjoy these wide open spaces by challenging yourself to complete all eight walks - once done you'll have walked 50km.

The Christmas House

Wed 13 Dec 2017
Discover traditions old and new and be inspired with ideas for your own home as you wander through rooms transformed by decorations, flowers, lights and trees.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

A Lacock Christmas tale - Family trail

Wed 13 Dec 2017
This festive trail is all about the Christmas tradition of storytelling. Through poems, carols, pantomimes and poetry, we've been sharing tales at this time of year for centuries.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Christmas Tree Festival 2017

Wed 13 Dec 2017
Experience one of Lacock Abbey's more recent Christmas traditions with over 20 beautifully decorated trees in set in the atmospheric medieval cloister.

In the bleak mid-winter... find Christmas cheer at Avebury

Wed 13 Dec 2017
Escape the bleak mid-winter and find Christmas warmth and cheer at Avebury. The whole site will be decorated for Christmas so step into one of the hot-spots and enjoy some festive cheer. Manor open to visitors Thurs-Sun only.

Winter warmer walks

Thu 14 Dec 2017
Why not leave the crowds behind and join Archaeologist Dr. Nick Snashall for a winter ramble around the stone circles? Festive refreshments and free parking included.
Meeting Father Christmas

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Public notices in Wiltshire 

Following The Charity Commission’s Direction the National Trust (in common with all charities) must give public notice of disposals of leases and easements of inalienable land held for charitable purposes for a term of more than 35 years.


From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and Italian palace.


Cotswold landscapes, famed gardens and grand homes dating back to the Romans, discover what Gloucestershire has to offer.