For Christmas I got a National Trust membership. It’s being a few years since I was last a member, but now looking forward to visiting new places and going back to places we have been to before.
Back in 2016 I did start to keep a note of how much we saved with the membership, but looking back over the blog, I never kept up to date with that, but with this membership I am intending to blog about the visits we do this year and the savings we made.
We visited Tyntesfield back in January, I also visited in November. I had planned to go before Christmas, but the weather and other things meant that I didn’t actually get there until New Year’s Eve. This was the last day of my membership.
An ornate Victorian Gothic Revival house with extensive garden and parkland, just a stone’s throw from Bristol
Current saving £263.35
Adult Ticket £17.00
Total saving £20.00
Cumulative saving £417.15
Membership cost £133.80
Net cumulative saving £283.35
I really of feel I got my money’s worth from the membership. I do feel though I didn’t get as much out of it in the last few months, than I did in the first few months of 2023.
Anyhow onto my most recent visit to Tyntesfield. I liked the red ribbons on the bushes along the driveway into the estate.
Parked the car and headed to the estate. After checking in at the entrance I headed to the café. I picked up a timed house ticket from the café and headed to the house.
It was rather damp walking down to the house.
The path up the hill from the café had water streaming down it like a river (well a stream).
I was a little early for my timed ticket, so took some photographs of the house.
I tried to take different photographs of the house then I had on previous visits.
I tried different angles and perspectives.
The house was decorated for Christmas which was lovely and festive.
It then started to rain so I headed in a little earlier than my ticket, but I was allowed in, as it wasn’t too busy.
The first room I went into was the library. They had a lovely tree with owl decorations, linking the wise owl to the knowledge found in the library.
In the dining room, the table was set for a Christmas luncheon. Usually the table is not set with plates or with a tablecloth.
The tree in the drawing room was decorated with foxes.
It was fun to see the stockings hung on the bedroom doors.
The main bedroom was closed to visitors, so they had opened up a couple of other rooms. These I hadn’t seen these rooms before.
I had a good look round. They had actors acting as characters from the house.
After exploring the house, I walked a little around the grounds around the house but was conscious it might rain at any time.
There was some rain, but there was also some sun.
Walked back to the café but decided not to have anything. Went back to the car and headed home.