Secrets of the National Trust in the South West

Join Alan Titchmarsh as he goes behind the scenes in a second series of 'Secrets of the National Trust'.

Tyntesfield House August 2015

Tyntesfield on Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh 

Join Alan Titchmarsh as he goes behind the scenes at our places in a second series of Secrets of the National Trust. At Tyntesfield, Alan learns about the rise of William Gibbs, who became the richest non-aristocrat in 19th-century Britain through the trade of guano - otherwise known as bird droppings. Tune in on 8 August at 9pm, Channel 5 to find out more.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Kingston Lacy on Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh 

Join Alan Titchmarsh as he goes behind the scenes at our places in a second series of Secrets of the National Trust. At Kingston Lacy Alan unearths the story of William John Bankes, an Egyptologist who filled his family mansion with treasures while exiled abroad, but never got to see the home he lovingly created. Tune in on 1 August at 9pm, Channel 5 to find out more.

More hidden stories from the South West

'Moore's Coleridge Cottage Inn' in the 1870s

The cottage after Coleridge

From 17th-century 'hovel' to Victorian pub to being saved for the nation over 100 years ago, Coleridge Cottage has a rich history full of strange and sometimes spooky stories. These are revealed in the 'Cottage Uncovered' guided tour.

The grounds at A la Ronde

Estate tours

The A la Ronde estate has the fine bones of a Regency garden. Unearth a piece of history on our volunteer guided tour that will show the secrets and stories of the estate. New for 2018 - get a glimpse of the bee garden.

Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the wider estate
Walking trail

Explore new parts of the parkland at Kingston Lacy 

The new Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy will lead you through beautiful forest and along old carriage drives that were created by the Bankes family. The 3-mile flat route is accessible for walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and abilities. It reveals views of the house and will allow you to discover previously inaccessible parts of the parkland. You might even come across the estate's herd of Red Ruby cattle along the way.