Best National Trust Properties To Visit In Berkshire

Cliveden, a great part of National Trust Berkshire
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Berkshire is home to some incredible National Trust properties with miles and miles of breathtaking landscaped gardens, wild woodland and parkland.

With historic family homes, magnificent gardens, acres of park and woodland and trail upon trail to discover with the kids and the dogs, National Trust Berkshire has more than enough to keep the entire family entertained and outdoors for the whole of the summer. A family visit to the National Trust in Berkshire is sure to inspire the whole family as you discover all that the National Trust in Hampshire has to offer.

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Basildon Park

Basildon Park is a magnificent, historic Georgian mansion house you may recognise from the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. With over 400 acres of parkland to explore and four different marked trails to follow, Basildon Park is a great choice for a nice long walk in the country surrounded by incredible, panoramic views. Basildon Park is one of the jewels in the crown of the National Trust in Oxfordshire.

Where is it? Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR.

How long does it take to get there from London? It takes an hour and a half to reach Basildon Park from London.

Is it buggy-friendly? Yes, Basildon Park is buggy-friendly.

Is it dog-friendly? Yes, dogs are welcome on leads at Basildon Park.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? No, you must leave your bikes and scooters at reception (or in the car) when visiting Basildon Park.

Are there toilets? Yes, near the visitor reception and next to Basildon Park mansion.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets? Yes, baby-changing facilities are in the accessible toilets by Basildon Park mansion and reception.

Is there parking? Yes, free parking 400 yards from the house.

What outdoor amenities are there? Woodland Walk trail, Giant Drafts, Garden Jenga, formal gardens, rose garden, parkland, Wild Play Trail.

Cliveden

The exquisite gardens of Cliveden are a must-visit for any Kidadler living in or near Berkshire. With acres of elegant formal gardens and miles and miles of majestic woodland, a day at the National Trust property of Cliveden is a guaranteed feast for the eyes and an inspiring day out in nature.

Where is it? Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS.

How long does it take to get there from London? Cliveden is about 50 minutes drive from London.

Is it buggy friendly? Yes, there are buggy-friendly walking routes. Ask for a map at reception.

Is it dog-friendly? Yes, Cliveden is dog-friendly.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? No, Bikes and scooters not allowed on the estate at Cliveden.

Are there toilets? Yes, in the Gas Yard by the main carpark.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets? Yes, in the Gas Yard toilets.

Is there parking? Yes, but you must pre-book a parking space at Cliveden.

What outdoor amenities are there? Cliveden has several formal gardens including a water garden, maze, play area, goalposts for family football games, woodland, picnic areas.

Greys Court, a perfect place if you're looking at National Trust Berkshire
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Grey's Court

Grey's Court is a spectacular mansion house and idyllic estate in the Chilterns. With picturesque gardens nestled amid medieval ruins and a grand but cosy country house with over 900 years of history to discover, there's more than enough fuel to fire up any young imagination. Wander round the grounds and take in this beautiful National Trust location, nestled in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Where is it? Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4PG.

How long does it take to get there from London? Greys Court is a little over an hour from London.

Is it buggy friendly? At Greys Court there is some difficult terrain but in general, yes.

Is it dog-friendly? On the estate walk only, and must be on a lead.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? No, they are not allowed on the property.

Are there toilets? Yes, 500 yards from the Greys Court visitor carpark.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets? Yes, there's an accessible toilet in the toilet block with baby-changing facilities.

Is there parking? Yes, there's free parking on-site.

What outdoor amenities are there? Walled gardens, play area, bluebell woods, fields.

The Vyne

A magnificent 16th century Tudor manor house surrounded by gardens, woodlands and wetlands. The Vyne counts Jane Austen, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I among its past guests and was originally built for Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. The inscribed Roman ring in the house is said to have inspired Tolkien, who began work on the Lord of the Rings days after having visited the house.

Where is it? Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9HL.

How long does it take to get there from London? It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to get to this Hampshire gem from London.

Is it buggy friendly? Yes, there are buggy-friendly paths in the gardens and all-terrain buggies can access all parts of the estate at The Vyne.

Is it dog-friendly? Yes, on leads.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? Yes.

Are there toilets? Yes.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets? Yes, near the visitor reception and the tea-room.

Is there parking? Yes, there is a free carpark on-site.

What outdoor amenities are there? Play area, lake, tea garden, walled garden, orchard, woodland trails, medieval fish ponds, wetlands, picnic area.

West Green House

Kids will be enchanted by the magical gardens surrounding this gorgeous 18th-century manor house. Marvel at the water staircase and magnificent fountain, the Persian water garden nestled in a wooded glade and the oriental Garden of the Five Bridges.

Where is it? West Green, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8JB.

How long does it take to get there from London? About an hour and a quarter.

Is it buggy friendly? No, dogs aren't allowed at West Green House, Hampshire.

Is it dog-friendly? Dogs are only allowed in the carpark and apple orchard at West Green House.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? No, West Green House isn't bike or scooter-friendly.

Are there toilets? Yes, in the Alice Garden which you can access via the Walled Garden.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets?  Yes.

Is there parking? Yes, there's a carpark on-site at West Green House.

What outdoor amenities are there? Apple orchard, Paradise Water Garden, walled garden, Temple garden, lawns, oriental gardens, woodland.

Nuffield Place, a great stop off for National Trust Berkshire
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Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place remains the same today as it did during the lifetimes of its last owners Lord Nuffield and his wife. Lord Nuffield founded the Morris Motor Company and the Oxfordshire house is just as he left it; completely furnished, with all their personal possessions still in place. Beautiful gardens provide ample outdoor space for social distancing and light exercise in the fresh air.

Where is it? Huntercombe, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 5RY.

How long does it take to get there from London? About 1 hour 20 minutes.

Is it buggy friendly? Yes, although there is some uneven ground and rough terrain at Nuffield Place.

Is it dog-friendly? Yes, dogs are welcome in the garden on leads at Nuffield Place.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? No, Nuffield Place isn't bike or scooter-friendly.

Are there toilets? Yes.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets? Yes, in the upstairs toilet of Nuffield Place house.

Is there parking? Yes, there is an on-site carpark.

What outdoor amenities are there? Gardens.

Sandham Memorial Chapel

Check out Stanley Spencer's visionary murals in this little chapel and picnic in its picturesque garden with views over Watership Down. Built in honour of the fallen of the First World War, this small chapel is a treasure to discover with young history and art buffs.

Where is it? Harts Lane, Burghclere, near Newbury, Hampshire, RG20 9JT.

How long does it take to get there from London? Sandham is about 1 hour 30 minutes from London.

Is it buggy friendly? Yes, Sandham is buggy-friendly.

Is it dog-friendly? Yes, dogs welcome in the grounds on leads.

Is it bike and scooter-friendly? No.

Are there toilets? Yes.

Are there baby-changing facilities and disabled toilets?  Yes, accessible toilet available. No baby changing table but nappy bins available in the unisex toilet.

Is there parking? Yes, parking available in the carpark opposite the chapel.

What outdoor amenities are there? Garden, orchard, trails.

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