We’ve had our National Trust Membership for almost six month now. We have definitely saved money by purchasing the membership, but it’s time to start expanding our National trust adventures and finding new places to visit. Starting locally, I’m going to showcase 5 National Trust properties to visit in Dorset.
Kingston Lacey is one of our favourite places to explore with Lola. A country house and estate located near Wimborne, Dorset, designed to resemble an Italian palace. We haven’t explored the house or all of the grounds yet at Kingston Lacey despite visiting very frequently on a Sunday morning. We love to explore the woodland trail and the views that it provides, all the while providing lots of exercise for Lola and tree climbing for Miss A.
A beach we have never visited is Knoll Beach at Studland Bay. Located in Studland, near Swanage in Dorset. Sarah from Digital Motherhood loves the views to Pool and Bournemouth and the Isle Of Wight. This is definitely going to be a beach we visit this year judging by the pictures she has taken.
We have visited Corfe Castle a couple of times now, once during October for Halloween, and another time during the Spring. Both times, the views from the top of the castle were amazing, even on grey days. Corfe Castle is the setting Enid Blyton based Kirrin Castle on in her stories of Famous Five, and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how much fun the character would have had when you explore the grounds.
Corfe Castle is located in Corfe, Dorset, and there is a large free car park for National Trust members at the bottom of the hill which is a great bonus. A short walk from the car park and you can spend hours exploring the ruins.
Golden Cap is near Lyme Regis in Dorset, and provides stunning views from the highest point on the south coast. It gets it name from the golden colour of the cliffs. Hayley from Devon Mama enjoys walking to Langdon Hill which is a wood based walk suitable for dogs and buggies. She also explains how it’s very close to the filming of Broadchurch. Definitely a place for us to visit soon.
Brownsea Island is accessed via ferry from Poole Quay and Sandbanks. I remember visiting Brownsea Island for the first time when I was on a school trip years ago, and couldn’t wait to go back a couple of years ago. We visited during Easter for the Easter Egg hunt, but we also took time to explore the island and all it has to offer.
Brownsea Island is a full day out by the time you factor the ferry times in. Ferry’s do leave at frequent intervals but we did find in the nice weather the queues were increasing.
On Brownsea Island you can see some amazing peacocks, a lot of them liked to show off when we were there, so we got some amazing photos to remember the day. You may also be able to spot red squirrels as they go about their business on the island.
I’ve definitely been given some inspiration to visit Golden Cap and Studland Bay by writing this post. Where are your favourite National Trust properties to visit in Dorset?