On our recent holiday to Bluestone in Pembrokeshire, Wales we were looking for somewhere to stop on our way for a picnic and to let the girls have a run about.
As we’re members of the National Trust we always look to see if they have one that we can stop of at. The National Trust have such beautiful places across the UK and it’s always lovely to find a new one to explore.
Andy had a look on the National Trust App and found Tredegar House in Newport which worked perfectly for us, as it was about halfway into our journey. Plus it was only 1 mile off the motorway and meant we wouldn’t go to far of course.
Tredegar house used to be owned by Newport City Council, but the National Trust took over management of Tredegar House, the gardens and parkland in March 2012. Newport residents and any visitors can still visit the parkland and children’s play area for free.
When you arrive you have to pay for parking, which is £1 for an hour or £2 for 1-4 hours. It’s free for National Trust Members if you display your car badge.
If you are just stopping for a picnic and don’t have much time there are benches right next to the car park that you can make use of, with toilets nearby too.
To see Tredegar House and the walled gardens, you need to visit the National Trust hut and either show them your National Trust passes if you are members or pay an admission fee.
At the moment Tredegar House is currently having work done, but it is still open to look around. I loved this sign they had surrounding it….
For no cost, except your parking you are able to access the tea rooms and a shop, which are situated in a courtyard. Also in the courtyard is a second hand bookshop and a community library.
If you make your way through the courtyard you come out into the parkland, where there are stones to climb on and so much space it’s perfect for a run about.
Around the corner and there is a children’s play area , as the play area used to be owned by the City Council, it isn’t your usual National Trust style play area which tends to be made of wood and more in keeping with it’s surrounding. Instead it is a typical play area that you would normally find in cities.
There is also a park cafe near the play area and that has refreshments and a toilet. We had our picnic near here and then the girls headed to the play area, for a quick play.
Just next to the children’s play area is a large pond which was beautiful.
We took a family selfie to mark the start of our holiday, look at those happy holiday grins!
We didn’t have time to explore the walled gardens as we had to get back in the car to make our way onto our holiday.
This is a little gem of a place and I’m sure we will be stopping of again next time we head to Wales.
Disclosure: I wasn’t asked to write about Tredegar House, I’m sharing because it’s a beautiful place to visit.