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Our Visit to Tredegar House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope you have all had a great Easter bank holiday weekend.  Ours has been hectic but on Sunday we visited Tredegar House, courtesy of the National Trust for their Easter Egg Trail.  Tredegar House holds many memories for me (it’s also the reason I am here because my parents met there 31 years ago).  I haven’t visited in over a decade though.

Tredegar House is a gorgeous 17th century mansion set in 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland on the outskirts of Wales’ youngest city, Newport. It is said to be one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles. It was home to one of the most well-known Welsh families, the Morgans. They were a significant family within Wales, owning acres upon acres of land throughout the old counties of Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Glamorganshire.  (I will have to make a mental note to do some more research on the family.)

Admission prices are as follows:

Standard price/Gift Aid price

  • Adult: £6.75/£7.50
  • Child: £3.60/£4.00
  • Family: £18.75/£21.00

tredegar house 1Our day out at Tredegar House was provided by National Trust Wales and we visited for one of the Easter Egg Trails and it was a fantastic afternoon for us!

The children thoroughly enjoyed their Easter Egg Trail; even Princess Pants was able to help find the clues, much to ‘big and important’ Boyo’s distaste (he’s used to being the leader).  The grounds of the house are beautiful, and there is even space to kick back and relax.  However, with two children eager to see everything else, we didn’t have much time for relaxing; not only were they eager but Princess Pants decided our afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a twisted ankle.

On entering the house, we listened to a few titbits of information and some do’s and don’ts from the guides.  It turns out that you are able to touch many of the items on display and sit on the furniture; photographs can be taken although no flash photography and no photographs of the portraits adorning the walls because they are on loan to the house.

The house is set in three main era’s:  the ground floor is set in the 17th century, around the time the house was built; the 1st floor is decorated in the style of the 1930’s when it was last occupied by the Morgan family and the kitchens and servants areas are very 19th century.Tredegar house 2

The aspect I loved most about Tredegar House was the fact that it is very much an interactive museum.  I have always been taught to NOT touch artefacts in a museum so for the children to be encouraged by the guides to sit on the furniture, lounge on the beds and open the cupboards it was all very strange and very liberating.

From a child’s point of view, Tredegar House is amazing.  Boyo and Hubby-to-be spent a time in the New Parlour playing some 17th Century games such as Nine Men’s Morris, Draughts and Cards while Princess Pants headed straight to the chest stuffed with dress up clothes.  They finished up their time in the New Parlour by telling all the other visitors a story using the 17th Century puppet theatre.

tredegar house 3At every desk, Princess Pants sat down and relaxed, they lounged on the Day Bed in the Gilt Room.  They tried on the Butler’s top hat, and Princess Pants poured enough cups of tea to quench an army’s thirst.  In the kitchens Boyo had a lengthy conversation with the guide who remarked at how knowledgeable he is.

All in all, we had a fabulous afternoon out, with friendly and helpful members of staff on hand in every room.  We can’t wait to visit again!

 

Please click here to view the National Trust website.

Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.

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