I thought I would do a round up of a few Travel Memberships that I’ve held during 2017 and if I thought they were worth the money I splashed out on them during the year.   Travel isn’t cheap and is a luxury item for most of us; I think we all forget this at times; there are so many Travel Memberships that can help reduce travel costs but you need to work out what is best for you personally.

Travel Membership: Wizz Air Discount Club – is it worth it?

This Travel Membership costs yearly just £29.99 which doesn’t seem a lot of money but to make the joining fee worth it you really need to book at least two flights with Wizz Air with luggage.  The Wizz Air Discount Club provides you with discounts of up to £7.50 per flight and they are always sending me an email about 20% offers ex London Luton which are only available if you’re a Wizz Air Club Member.

If you buy the pass just for yourself and are booking a flight for yourself and a plus one, you receive discount on both tickets.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the Wizz Air Discount Club?

So far in 2017, I’ve taken two return flights with Wizz Air plus G also travelled with me to Croatia on Wizz Air (think he now appreciates Business Class just a tad more…the shock of no champagne or tea was too much for him!)

London Luton to Poland Return – saved £15 on flights (you can read all my Poland travel posts here…new and old!)

Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

London Luton to Croatia Return – saved £30 on flights (you can read all my Croatia travel posts here…new and old!)

Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

I also booked these flights when they had a 20% off special just for the Wizz Air Club members so I think it’s safe to say that the £29.99 was truly well spent.  I do fancy a trip to Gdansk and Riga…I’m just waiting for another discount email to pop up to book myself another flight…thankfully I didn’t join the Wizz Air Club till April this year so have a few months remaining!

Totally recommend joining the Wizz Air Club if you’re going to take one or more flights with the carrier; they offer some great destinations that you won’t find on other airlines.

You can read my review of Wizz Air here and also my tongue in cheek guide to Luton Airport.

Travel Membership: National Trust Pass – is it worth it?

I decided to renew my National Trust Pass again in 2017 even though I felt that I hadn’t really got the value out of the travel membership in previous years; all my own fault to be honest.  I now have a car so getting around to visit properties is a lot easier than trying to reach properties via public transport.  I purchased a National Trust Pass for 2 people and pay monthly via DD for £9 per month.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the National Trust Pass?

So here you go…I have visited the following properties in 2017 and have included the value of the entrance I would have paid if I didn’t have the NT membership.

Polesden Lacey in Surrey – Entrance Fee £15.00 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Polesden Lacey in Spring. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Lyme Park in Cheshire – Entrance Fee £12.10 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Lyme Park in Cheshire in Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire – Entrance Fee £14.65 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire in Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Hill Top Farm in Cumbria – Entrance Fee £11.50 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, Cumbria during Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead in Cumbria – Entrance Fee £7.00 pp

Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire – Entrance Fee £10.00 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire during Autumn. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

Stowe in Buckinghamshire – Entrance Fee £12.40 pp

England Travel Inspiration - National Trust Property Stowe in Buckinghamshire. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

I think it’s fair to say that I’ve definitely got more than my money’s worth out of my National Trust pass in 2017 (£165 worth of entrance fees vs £108 Membership Fee!) and there are a few more properties that I would like to visit so I’ll definitely be renewing the travel membership going forward into 2018.

We also bought the National Trust Touring Pass for my folks which is a travel membership for foreign nationals visiting the UK and wanting to visit a number of National Trust Properties over a certain number of days and it was totally worth it…watch your pennies so you have more money for scones!

Travel Membership: Historical Houses Pass – is it worth it?

So I automatically renewed my Historical Houses Pass in 2017 as I’ve found it to be such great value in the past years that I’ve held the pass however due to ill health in 2017 I didn’t use this pass as much as I would have like unfortunately (a number of properties are only open during the summer months)…if only I had a crystal ball to tell me what was going to happen in the future.  The travel membership price is £77 for a double if paying by DD.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the Historic Houses Pass?

Scone Palace – Entrance Fee £7.50 pp

England Travel Inspiration - Scone Palace during Autumn in Scotland. Travel Memberships - Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Where They Worth It?

No I didn’t however it was more of an issue with me than the pass itself…I’ll be castle hunting in 2018 like no ones business!

I will most likely let this travel membership automatically renew in 2018 as there are a number of properties that I would like to visit in Northumberland which I didn’t get a chance to visit this year so will make a bee line to see them next year when they all re-open.

Travel Membership: British Airways American Express Card – is it worth it?

The British Airways American Express Card is a pretty easy way of accumulating avios to use towards flights on British Airways or other One World Airlines.  What I love the most about this card is the 2 for 1 Companion ticket which is great if you fancy flying Business or First Class without paying full price…you can see here how we flew to Hong Kong ex London for only £500 each in First Class on British Airways.  The Annual Fee for the British Airway Premium Plus Credit Card is £195 per annum however we find we get exception value overall and will keep the card going forward or until something better comes along.

Did I get my money’s worth out of the British Airways Express Card?

I think it’s fair to say that we have; we didn’t get good value out of our companion vouchers this year due to illness (again!) however we did fly First Class with BA to Moscow for the huge price of £110 (yeap £55 each to fly First Class and only 68,000 avios…this is the current redemption cost however I think it cost us less from memory!) and G used one to fly to Salzburg before it expired with his mum in Business Class (terrible value but better to use it than lose it!).  G and I still have another 3 companion vouchers to use so will try to go a bit further on them next year if we can; we still would like to visit China one day and I have a Mexico itinerary sitting in an excel spreadsheet…or maybe Iran.

Anyhow…instead of doing a huge round up of where I’ve traveled to in 2017, I wanted to see if the money I had spent on my travel memberships were actually worth it in 2017.  Obviously you can’t help things like sickness but it does make you reflect on what works for you as an individual when travelling.

What are your favourite travel memberships?

Travel Memberships – Where I Spent my Money in 2017 & Were They Worth It?

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On the first weekend my folks and little sister were over from New Zealand, we decided to head out for a picnic…the problem was choosing where to go?!?  I decided to round everyone up and head to Buckinghamshire to visit the National Trust property, Stowe Landscape Gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

I’d never visited so we all like to explore something together for the first time if we can…the girls headed down to Tesco to buy the necessary ingredients to pop in the picnic basket…G was forced into the loft to bring down the picnic baskets…loaded up, we were on our way to National Trust Stowe.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Stowe has attracted visitors since 1717 and 2017 is no different! Not having any idea what to expect, we had an oooh moment as we headed up the drive at Stowe……we parked up (it’s free parking for National Trust members)…decided to take the golf buggy rather than walk the necessary 10 minutes…yes our legs were painted on…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…why would you use your legs when someone invented a golf buggy to take you for a quick twirl to the best vantage point at Stowe.  It also gave us some time to take some family pics…golf buggy family photos are what every family photo album is missing these days.

The view was pretty impressive…I’m pretty sure you’d agree!  Do you remember when Elizabeth first sees beautiful Pemberely in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice…Stowe has a tendency of creating these special moments as you wander around the gardens…just when you least expect it…you find yourself admiring a wonderful gardening masterpiece.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We decided to pull out the picnic blanket and set out our carefully made *coughs* purchased picnic ingredients…no picnic is complete without a thermos!!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

^^Jonelle and Mark, I can’t thank you enough for the picnic basket that you bought me a few years ago for Christmas…it’s getting used a lot these days!  The perfect Christmas Gift for the difficult to buy for folks…a picnic basket and a National Trust Membership would be a great present…the links for everything are in the travel tip section at the bottom of this post.

We sat down enjoying the perfect English summer weather…complete with an angry grey cloud or two…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…made a few sarnies, ate a few strawberries, poured the tea and said chin chin (not the Japanese meaning!)…okay we may have taken china cups with us as well on our picnic…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum did a few instagram lunges while holding her phone for weight training (who said instagram is bad for your health!?!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…then the heavens opened of course!  So we made a run for it to this little temple in the gardens (not a bad spot if I say so myself)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…still with a lovely view over the lake to Stowe House.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

After a few comments from complete strangers about taking bone china cups on a picnic…obviously they don’t know what they’re missing…we packed up and went for a wander around the landscape gardens at Stowe…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…but not before taking a few hundred photos of that beautiful vista of National Trust Stowe for the family blog album; I thought it would be good to get my belly out for the photos as well (don’t zoom in to close…I repeat don’t zoom in!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum nailed the back to the camera instagram pose…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…along with Lisa!

This isn’t going to be a short post as you can probably already tell…it includes our family photos from the day…we like to have a giggle and enjoy ourselves and as my family and friends read this blog, this is an easy way to share our day with everyone…with almost 100 photos.  You may want to pull out your own bone china tea cup and fill her up and maybe make a sarnie or two…otherwise you could end up a bit parched from a crap load of scrolling!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

It would be fair to say that Stowe isn’t a small property to walk around and something that I didn’t realise…there aren’t really any gardens with flowers…it’s more parklands which you can easily walk around but it’s rather large (like 10,000 steps large!).

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!There isn’t a set route that you must follow so we did a rather large loop around the National Trust property…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…stopping whenever daddy wanted his photo taken…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…mum was having a fluffy hair day due to the water in Bedford so dad didn’t get told off for placing his hat on her hair and ruining her hair…her usual birds nest was a complete fluff ball!

Dad found a pretty good spot to take a photo or ten…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…a pose that he has now adopted for this European 2017 tour photos…while us ladies tried to hide our copious double chins…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we failed, and this was after dad jumped as high as he could to get us from above (double chins are less visible from above…dad jumping while trying to take a photo was bloody funny!).  A picnic basket does hide a number of picnic / afternoon tea sins if you hold it in front of you.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Dad found time to have a round of golf…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…while Lisa and I decided to take a dip in an English swimming pool!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We found a naked lady who must have being feeling slightly nipply from the wind…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she didn’t seem to be to bothered though…she held onto her milk jugs so she didn’t poke any eyes out!

Stowe House was being used for filming (we don’t know what for) so there were certain areas that you couldn’t access…however we did of course…and then the English followed behind…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…so we rambled up to the front of the house to take in it’s beautiful features…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…Dad decided he would have a sneak peek inside Stowe House…I was pretty sure we would get arrested at this point…can you imagine telling someone that you got arrested at a National Trust Property (how bloody rock n roll!)...it’s just as bad as being banned from Nandos for bad drunken behaviour *coughs* I was the innocent party!

We continued our little walk around National Trust Stowe with Lisa trying to take some lovely photos of mum…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…but she got photo bombed by a couple of crazy folks…they will appear again shortly.

There were a load of little nooks and crannies to explore…including finding a little church…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…the locals were dead quiet…to a couple of folks practicing the flamingo pose…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…a pretty little building or two in the middle the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…ohhh some roses…we did see some flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we rocked up to see these men, they didn’t look to happy to see us…300 years of tourists visiting Stowe and they couldn’t even raise a smile at our arrival…pffff…they call this The Temple of British Worthies…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we stopped to take a few photos with them of course, punishment for them not smiling…how cool is Lisa’s dress, she made it herself…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…Mum and Dad both admired the fence which of course left dad pondering about the front fence at home.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

How beautiful is this vista…my favourite word in this blog post is vista…can you tell? V-I-S-T-A…I feel like I need to channel my inner Nigella to say vista while licking a wooden spoon covered in chocolate.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Lisa and Mum gotta posing…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…while Dad and I carried the picnic baskets.

Mum took over the humping of the baskets…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she put on an oscar worthy performance for the cameras…then a black ops rouge sheep decided to take me out and came racing towards me in a full on charge with red blazing eyes (I have a fear of sheep…weird I know as I come from New Zealand…sums me up nicely really!)…I ran while Mum, Dad and Lisa all laughed at me…apparently the sheep was moving slowly to the lake to take a sip of water when I crossed his path…they didn’t see the look he gave me…he was going to eat me!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We made for a beeline to the pretty building in front of us…The Gothic Temple…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…once again, I can’t get over how amazing Lisa is with making her own clothes; that dress is so cute…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we snapped a few photos, mum may have posed while those crazy folks photo bombed her again…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…she was totally oblivious <Dad and Kelly insert an evil laugh or two>!

Mummy got her pretty photo without the crazy folks…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…well almost…Dad and I are humping the picnic baskets in the back ground!

By this stage we had walked off our picnic but there was another rather photogenic spot that we had to cross…Palladian Bridge…super pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we stopped to take a few photos as it would be like passing Go on a Monopoly board without collecting the £200…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…always remember to look up…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we spotted another family that was out having a picnic at National Trust Stowe…they probably weren’t as crazy as us Kiwis.

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

We headed in the direction towards the exit… having a backwards glance over the beautiful vista behind us…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…we awaited our chariot to take us back to the facilities and shop.

I popped into the New Inn for a little snoop…

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

…it’s right by the entrance and set up as it would have looked like all those years ago!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

Travel Tips for a Picnic at National Trust Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire

  • National Trust Stowe is located in Buckinghamshire, quite close to Milton Keynes and Buckingham.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes as the property is rather large
  • You can hire a golf buggy to make your way around National Trust Stowe which is something I would definitely do if we take G’s brother to the property due to his disabilities.
  • There is a cafe and shop at the entrance and another little kiosk right at Bell Gate however their are only two toilets…one at the entrance and by Stowe House itself.
  • There are a number of great picnic spots at Stowe but just be aware you will need to carry all your bits and bobs around with you like we did afterwards.
  • The car park is free for National Trust Members
  • Entrance to the property is £11.20 per adult / £12.40 with gift aid however it’s free if you’re a National Trust member.  If you’re a foreign national and plan to visit a few National Trust Properties over a week or so then I would highly recommend investing in a National Trust Touring Pass.
  • If you can’t make up your mind which British Heritage Pass to purchase then I’ve written a nifty little post for you.
  • Stowe House is managed by the Historic Houses Association so you will need to pay an additional fee to gain entry ontop of the above prices if you don’t hold a HHA card to snoop inside the house.
  • Take a raincoat with you as there isn’t much shelter offered around the grounds…I’ve just purchased this great little Barbour number in bright yellow (and it’s in the sale!)…it’s lightweight and the best bit is, it covers my bottom and I’m basically a giant!
  • Check out Amazon for some great deals on picnic baskets…remember a picnic is what you make of it…our family are big fans of picnics and we enjoy our time together as you can see from the photos.  If you want a posh picnic basket then check out Fortnum & Mason or if you’re happy with second hand then check out eBay.
  • The National Trust have a some really great picnic spots to enjoy…one of my favourites is Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire…watch out for the falling apples!

Where is your favourite National Trust property or Picnic Spot?

England Travel Inspiration - A Perfect Picnic Spot at National Trust Stowe, Buckinghamshire. Stowe has beautiful Landscape Gardens that has attracted visitors since 1717 so why not take a step back in history and enjoy one of the walks and get back to nature. The NT membership is a great investment if you have kids as there are so many beautiful places to visit. Pop on over to see more photos at the blog!

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After a rather soggy bottom adventure to Alfriston in East Sussex, my next stop was my old home town of Arundel in West Sussex…if you love proper castles and tea shops then Arundel is for you!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

There is no bad way to arrive in Arundel; the journey via train provides sweeping views over the castle and town and they’re just as good arriving by car…the views are just breathtaking.  I will be honest, Arundel Castle is one of my favourites and even though we used to live here, the town never gets old…I love it here.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

I can’t remember the last time I entered Arundel Castle so to escape the dreaded rain, I popped inside to explore and have a little trip down memory lane…the Norfolk family are big party poopers and won’t allow photography inside the castle so I can’t give you a guided tour however if you are in two minds on visiting…this is how cool the exterior is! (side note: they do like a good party especially for charity…they threw a few when we lived down in Arundel)

Don’t let the blue skies fool you…blue one minute…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and dark grey the next….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…it was raining big fat cats and dogs…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…even my shoes were soggy AGAIN…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…my favourite thing about Arundel Castle is that it actually looks like a fairy tale princess castle…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…you could imagine Prince Charming ride through the South Downs to rescue his damsel in distress from the castle…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…or maybe it’s Princess Charming doing the rescuing….I’m not sure of these metrosexual princes these days….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…metrosexual is our new favourite office word….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…don’t you think Arundel Castle suits autumn?!?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Thinking that I managed to escape most of the rain by doing a tour of the interior of the castle, I popped back outside only for it to start raining again…so I went in search of another spot for my shoes and I to escape the rain…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…through some pretty gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…which were truly lovely even in the autumn…dahlias daddy…dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…then had a quick look back at the castle and scowled at the grey sky…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…stopping quickly so I didn’t melt in the rain to take a photo of a door…I can’t pass up a good door…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and inside the chapel…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…which is currently getting restored…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

….I had a quick wander around…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and then felt that I needed a cake stop.

I walked pass a number of tea shops that were overflowing with patrons and steamy windows  (I like to think they were having hot raunchy chats over a cup of tea but in all honesty, they were english so they were probably discussing the weather)

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…I continued through town which lets be honest, is gorgeous and I felt a bit sad not to be living here any more…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…walked across the river, our house was on the left hand river bank to the end of this photo…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and then I found gluten free heaven…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and I do mean gluten free cake heaven…almost every cake was gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…come to mama!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

All in all a pretty good day exploring…I managed to tick Alfriston off my England bucket list and had a successful castle and gluten free cake hunting day in Arundel.  England is full of hidden surprises, many of which are still to be discovered by the instagram crew!

This is my favourite door photo from Arundel…the light looks like a crown!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Have you visited Arundel before…did you enjoy the town?  What’s your all time favourite castle?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Travel Tips for Arundel, West Sussex

  • Arundel is extremely easy to reach via train from London (it’s a quick walk into the town centre) or you can drive to the town and there is sufficient parking around which you will need to pay for.
  • Arundel Castle is not open all year round so make sure you check opening times; it will reopen in April through to October in 2017 and entry fees start at £11 through to £20 to access different areas of the castle
  • I stopped for a piece of gluten free cake at Gaskyns in Arundel, they had an amazing selection of gluten free cakes on offer when I visited.
  • I’m slightly gutted that I no longer live in Arundel on the gluten free front alone as there seems to be a number of options looking at this gluten free trip advisor thread of the ten places to eat in the town.
  • If you want to get a photo of the castle like my top photo then you need to walk up the hill past the train station to look down on Arundel, it’s a stunning view.
  • Arundel has a number of independent shops that are always looking for support plus if you love antiques then you will love Arundel as there are a number of little antique shops in the town.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

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I love a good snoop like the next person, especially when it means I can take a peek inside some of the UK’s most famous houses but the big question is – which British Heritage Pass should you buy to get the best snooping value for money.

England Travel Inspiration - Confused over which British Heritage Pass to buy to explore England, Wales and Scotland? Let me help you make your decision if the National Trust, English Heritage or Historic Houses Association Pass is right for you plus I share the properties that I've visited with each card. Click the link to read more about these passes for your next England vacation exploring castles, gardens and stately homes.

English Heritage

The English Heritage Membership offers free access to over 400+ properties around England including Forts, Castles, Pre-historic sites and pretty Gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Confused over which British Heritage Pass to buy to explore England, Wales and Scotland? Let me help you make your decision if the National Trust, English Heritage or Historic Houses Association Pass is right for you plus I share the properties that I've visited with each card. Click the link to read more about these passes for your next England vacation exploring castles, gardens and stately homes.

Popular Sites – Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Kenilworth Castle

London Sites – Eltham Palace, Wellington Arch, No 1 London

Properties I’ve visitedKirby HallWrest Park, Houghton House, Dover Castle, Audley End House

Membership Cost – the English Heritage membership starts at £43.50pp and up to 6 children can enter free with one paying adult / member.  The 12 month membership offers free access to sites plus a membership booklet and 4 magazines sent to your home throughout the year.  If you are an English Heritage Member you can get a 25% discount off the price of the Historic Houses Association Membership.

If you have a number of Nectar points which you are not sure what to do with then look at converting them over to a free English Heritage Membership.

Overseas Membership Cost – the Overseas Visitor Membership starts at £30pp for a 9 or 16 day pass; you can find more details here.

Overall – The English Heritage Membership is perfect for families as it offers free entry for children with an adult member plus there are a number of fun activities offered to families during the holidays.  For me personally I love the diversity of the sites on offer to members and am seriously over indulging on English history at the moment; these are the 10 properties that I want to explore this year.

Historic Houses Association

The Historic Houses Association Membership offers entry into family owned Castles, Stately Homes and Gardens so you are really going to be able to snoop away to your heart’s content.  They have 600 properties listed in the handbook and you can gain free entry into approximately 275 properties in England, Wales and Scotland.

England Travel Inspiration - Confused over which British Heritage Pass to buy to explore England, Wales and Scotland? Let me help you make your decision if the National Trust, English Heritage or Historic Houses Association Pass is right for you plus I share the properties that I've visited with each card. Click the link to read more about these passes for your next England vacation exploring castles, gardens and stately homes.

Popular Sites – Highclere Castle, Burghley House, Alnwick Castle, Longleat House, Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.

London Sites – The Queens House, Strawberry Hill House, Syon House

Properties I’ve Visited – Knebworth House, Rockingham Castle and Deene Park, Woburn Abbey, Burghley House

Membership Cost – The Historic Houses Membership starts at £48pp however only free entry is given to children under the age of 5 at most properties.  The 12 month membership offers free entry to many properties (still a small charge to enter some so you need to check) and a quarterly magazine.

Overseas Visitors Membership Cost – I can’t see any special overseas visitor memberships unfortunately which is a shame so you will need to cough up for the 12 month membership.

Overall – For me the Historic Houses Association Membership is amazing when it comes to snooping and value for money.  As most of the Stately Homes and Castles cost at least £15pp to enter you would only need to visit at least 3 properties in a year to recoup the cost of the membership.  If you want to visit Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey then you can gain free entry with the HHA membership and you don’t have to try and get a ticket online (apparently they are like gold dust especially during the summer months!).

National Trust

The National Trust membership provides access to many Stately Homes, Gardens, Farms, Parks and many more areas around the United Kingdom – there are 575 properties listed on the National Trust website that you can gain free entry too with your membership.

England Travel Inspiration - Confused over which British Heritage Pass to buy to explore England, Wales and Scotland? Let me help you make your decision if the National Trust, English Heritage or Historic Houses Association Pass is right for you plus I share the properties that I've visited with each card. Click the link to read more about these passes for your next England vacation exploring castles, gardens and stately homes.

Popular Sites – Bodiam Castle, Corfe Castle, The Giant Causeway, Hill Top and Cliveden

London Sites – Fenton House and Garden and George Inn

Properties I’ve Visited – Belton House, Woolsthorpe Manor, Lacock Abbey

Membership Costs – A National Trust Membership starts at £63pp (for an adult) which is more expensive than the above two memberships and children under the age of 5 can enter free otherwise it’s £30 per child.

Overseas Visitors Membership Costs –  Overseas visitors can purchase a 7 or 14 day touring pass which allows access to properties starting at £26pp.

Overall – The National Trust Membership is perfect for families due to the number of family events held at National Trust properties around the country however if you are looking at saving your pennies then the English Heritage Membership is potentially better value.  If you are wanting to visit the big Stately Homes then I would recommend the Historic Houses Membership over the National Trust Membership.

Personally I love all the history within the UK and get a huge kick out of visiting all these fabulous properties dotted around the English countryside especially the castles; I’m pretty sure I was a princess in a past life! (I can confirm that via the Past-Life website, I was a princess, I knew it – queue my little happy dance.)  I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these British Heritage Passes especially the Historic Houses Association membership if you’re a huge Downton Abbey fan; there is a lot of snooping to be done.

So what is your favourite British Heritage Pass and Property?

England Travel Inspiration - Confused over which British Heritage Pass to buy to explore England, Wales and Scotland? Let me help you make your decision if the National Trust, English Heritage or Historic Houses Association Pass is right for you plus I share the properties that I've visited with each card. Click the link to read more about these passes for your next England vacation exploring castles, gardens and stately homes.

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