In our holiday to Anglesey, we’ve been to Holy Island. We’ve been there before, at South Stack Cliffs and it’s a beautiful place. This time we’ve explored the island a little bit more. The main city is Holyhead, located halfway up on Anglesey’s west coast. The Island was a landing point between Ireland and Britain for almost 4,000 years. The name Holy Island comes from the incredible amount of standing stones and burial chambers found on the island.
My favourite location on Holy Island was Porth Dafarch Beach, owned by The National Trust. It opens out to the Irish Sea. We found it by chance, while we were driving around the island. The sand is beautiful, the water was warm, it was a wonderful surprise.
Sudbury Hall is a lovely manor house, closed in winter for conservation purposes. But the Hall houses the National Trust Museum of Childhood in the servants’ wing. It was open to the public when we visited it last week.
The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages. We found it fascinating and there are so many toys for kids that it makes it a wonderful family attraction.
The museum has 8 galleries and it’s much bigger than I was expecting it to be. It also shows the way children worked and how school was. There is an array of beautiful old toys and a few modern bits&pieces as well.
Cliveden is part of National Trust, a little over an hour’s drive from central London. As we didn’t have enough time to visit the house too, we’ve only been to the Cliveden woods. There are 3 different trails to follow, but as it was late, we wondered around, looking at signs and we managed to have a lovely walk.
The house looks so nice, I would love to see it. Now the house is a hotel, but there are guided tours twice a week. The gardens can be visited too. For the woodland there is another car park, but it’s not opened till late, as it is in our parts.
At Quarry Bank Mill in Manchester was organized a Victorian May Day. I mentioned on my blog that I should have been Victorian and I was so keen on attending the event. We had some things to do before leaving, so we’ve arrived at 11.10. Obviously, we had to park in the overflow car park as is was so crowded. The event was spread out on the lawn, so we managed to have a look at everything.
We were greeted by two Victorian ladies who handed us a leaflet with the activities for the day.
For my birthday, in November last year, hubby bought a National Trust membership for us. We’ve visited a few before becoming members, but we were reluctant as there aren’t many properties around Liverpool.
We were wrong. In less than 1 year, we’ve visited more than 10 properties, in day trips to North Wales, and around Shrewsbury & Manchester. Also, it was very handy on our very short holidays in Yorkshire and Ascot.
I’m always happy with our days out, the properties are beautiful and the tea rooms are nice with lovely freshly baked scones. So, it was worth to get the membership and we’ll continue to have it for next year. The handbook was a lifesaver on our trip to Ascot. In it we were able to find a countryside location to play with the dog, near the camping site, in an area where there aren’t many parks.
We’ve decided to get memberships to English Heritage too. We’ve visited a few locations and we thought it will worth it. We’ve been to Beeston Castle as members, but we’ve also visited Conwy Castle, Beaumaris and other attractions in Yorkshire.
I wasn’t a huge fan of history classes while at school, maybe I found it boring. I started to be interested in history after I moved to UK and I’ve started reading about different tourist attractions that we planned to visit: houses, castles, Liverpool docks.
Now we are watching a series about the English monarchs, for me it’s the best way to learn some history in a very relaxed and easy to remember way. I enjoy the stories behind them and it’s a shame it took so many years to discover this passion. Having a membership with EH will surely make me even more interested in history.
Can’t wait for another year of day-trips and short holidays.
Little Moreton Hall is a Tudor building in Cheshire, only 50 min. drive from home. I have no idea why we didn’t visit it sooner.
It was a family home and it was in the Moreton family until they donated it to National Trust. At times it had tenant farmer, but it was kept in the family. Due to being rented, there weren’t improvements made during the years and this means it’s a Tudor gem, an original building from that time.
The house was built in 1504-1508 and it had a few additions over the years, last one was in 1610. This part of the building has 500 years.
It is amazing how well is preserved. It has no foundation, only a few stones at the base and the walls and roof are made of oak. The roof is made from stone, but not the light slate that it’s used today.
We can’t go to a NT property without the usual cream tea. I forgot to buy bird food, so I had to share my scone with the ducks.
I can’t say the ducks were friendly as they bite my fingers a few times.
The sparrow was afraid to get the food from the hand, but it was confident enough to eat from the table.
The guided tour was so interesting. I was surprised to see so many people participating at the tour, more than 40 people and it was one of 4 or 5 tours during that day.
In this model is shown where the building was reinforced. As the guide told us, there wasn’t any supporting beam from metal or bricks, only timber.
The Hall has a moat and this actually helped with the damp in the house. I would have thought it’s the other way around.