Britain’s 10 best ‘secret spots’ to visit in half term have been revealed – and if you don’t fancy straying beyond the M25, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Ham House in Richmond has made the cut
Lead image: Ham House by Chris Davies for National Trust
Coming in at number seven in the list, Ham House was praised for the new planting display revealed within the formal gardens this year.
‘Here you can discover a changing pageant of colour and scent as a succession of over half a million bulbs and wildflowers transform vast manicured lawns, making them a delight,’ said a representative from the National Trust.
‘Extensive formal gardens, statuesque borders, a wilderness area and a historic kitchen garden have been lovingly recreated, and free daily tours which are a wonderful way to understand and enjoy the gardens.’
In at number one was Trengwainton Garden in Cornwall, a country house and garden situated near Penzance with 25 acres of sheltered garden full of exotic trees and shrubs.
But if that’s a little far for a half term trip, in at number two is the impressive Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, which you can reach in around 90 minutes by car from London.
The curated list of the top 10 ‘secret spots’ to visit this half term in Britain is as follows:
- Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall
- Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
- Blakeney Nature Reserve, Norfolk
- Rievaulx Terrace, North York Moors
- Bodnant Gardens, Wales
- Cragside, Northumberland
- Ham House, Richmond
- Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
- Kinver Edge and Rock Houses, Stourbridge
- Beatrix Potter Gallery, Cumbria
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