As our attention turns to autumn touring adventures, National Trust properties are the perfect addition to a caravan trip. After all, many combine beautiful gardens with an interesting indoor space, offering options for activities in response to the changeable British weather.
As well as representing fun for all the family, these destinations offer the chance to snap some seasonal content for your socials. So, which National Trust locations should you be including on your next caravan or motorhome trip if you want to up your Instagram game? The garden and outdoor experts at Hayter have the answers.
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
Not only is Northern Ireland’s most well-known natural attraction managed by the National Trust, but the Giant’s Causeway is also a World Heritage Site. Visiting the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns is bound to be the highlight of any trip exploring the 130 miles of rugged coastline in this part of the world in your leisure vehicle.
Some 346,000 Instagram posts have been created of the Giant’s Causeway.
Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester
The Georgian house at Dunham Massey on the outskirts of Manchester is exactly the kind of property that’s conjured up in the mind’s eye when you think of the National Trust. But it’s the architectural oddities and natural ecosystem found within its grounds that really make this northern gem stand out.
Dunham Massey has attracted 73,000 pics on the image-sharing site.
When you visit the 2,650-acre estate at Stourhead in Wiltshire, it’s easy to see why it was once described as a ‘living work of art’. Yes, there’s Stourhead House, but it’s the gardens centred around a magnificent lake and ringed with enchanting grottoes that really steal the show. They’ll certainly look good on the grid.
Your posts will join the 71,500 of Stourhead already on the ‘Gram.
Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
How would the stately horns of a deer look on your grid? Well, Fountains Abbey is home to a deer park, as well as the vast ruins of a Cistercian monastery and a Victorian church. Wander through the 18th-century landscaped gardens and find corners of your own for the whole family to enjoy.
Add your pictures of Fountains Abbey to the 66,100 uploaded to Instagram.
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
More of a chateau in the style of the French renaissance than a manor house, Waddesdon is seriously impressive. Once owned by the Rothschilds, the property features turrets and an extensive art collection, as well as family favourites like a wooden playground and even an aviary.
Over 48,700 images of the picturesque estate can be found on Instagram.
Annual family membership to the National Trust costs £146.40 for two adults and two children and gets better value the more you use it. A tour of properties managed by the trust offers great focus to caravan or motorhome families, with many people ticking off multiple sites in a single trip.
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