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, this time I was on my own. I was going for a walk, and decided I would walk the grounds at Tyntesfield and visit the house whilst I was there.
An ornate Victorian Gothic Revival house with extensive garden and parkland, just a stone’s throw from Bristol
Current saving £243.55
Adult Ticket £17.00
Total saving £20.00
Cumulative saving £397.15
Membership cost £133.80
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Tyntesfield is a Gothic Revival mansion located in Wraxall, North Somerset, England. It was built in the late 19th century for the Gibbs family, who were wealthy merchants and industrialists. The mansion is set in extensive grounds and gardens, and features a range of architectural styles, including Gothic Revival, Jacobean, and Victorian. It is a Grade II* listed building, which means it is of “exceptional interest” and “more than special interest.” The National Trust, a UK conservation charity, now owns and operates Tyntesfield, which is open to the public. Visitors can explore the mansion, gardens, and grounds, and learn about the history of the Gibbs family and the property. Tyntesfield is a popular tourist destination, and is known for its stunning architecture and rich history.
Having parked in the car park, got free parking I walked through the National Trust entrance and headed to the house through the grounds.
I made my way to the house. I went the back way through the workshops.
After being given a warm welcome, I made my way into the library.
They were getting the rooms ready for Christmas, but this will be from the 2nd of December. So in some rooms there were half finished Christmas trees waiting to be finished built and then decorated.
There is a lot of stuff at Tyntesfield. One of the challenges is where to put it all. The agreement they had when the National Trust took over the house, was that nothing could be brought into the house, and nothing could be taken away. The Gibbs family were real hoarders, even retaining broken items which had been replaced.
After looking around the house I intended to go for a walk, but it was raining, so I went back in the house.
Glad I did as I missed out on some of the downstairs rooms, notably the billiards room.
I tried to get my bearings in the house, difficult with all the shutters up, but trying to work out where I was in the house and what rooms were closed to visitors.
After walking around the house a second time, I headed off for a walk. Down to the kitchen garden and the greenhouses.
There was a nice autumnal display in the Orangery.