A few weeks ago, Ed and I took a trip with my mum and the kids. We didn’t have much money to spend, so kept things affordable with last minute Booking.com hotel rooms and making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. We also spent our days away visiting multiple National Trust venues, to save money.
We signed up for National Trust membership last summer and have since made the most of our membership by visiting as many places as possible and always searching out venues near to where we are staying.
During our recent stay, we visited the areas of Gloucester, Bristol, Bath and Salisbury and made sure to book our visits in advance, to ensure we could get time slots.
Our first visit was Tyntesfield, near Bristol. We liked that there were options for a shorter or longer walk, depending on your preference. We went for the shorter walk as we had tickets in the afternoon for another place, but if we had longer, I’m sure we would have enjoyed the other route.
We were actually really unlucky with our visit to Dyrham Park as it absolutely poured with rain as soon as we arrived. It was so heavy, everybody was sheltering from it and there was even a bit of flooding! Luckily, just afterwards, the sky cleared and the sun came back out so we still got to have a look around and take some photos. I’m glad we didn’t abandon our plans and head back to the car, as it turned out to be a lovely visit.
Stonehenge is an English Heritage site, but the land is National Trust, so you can visit with your National Trust membership. I loved our visit, and was pleasantly surprised by how much the children enjoyed it too, as I wasn’t sure if they would appreciate it.
Our final stop of the break away, and probably my favourite. Stourhead is such a beautiful place to visit. We were really lucky with the weather, although I would like to go back at a different time of year to see the difference in the landscape – photos taken at Stourhead are simply breathtaking.