Guests to Tan yr Eglwys frequently say “We are members of the National Trust are there any NT sites nearby”?
A journey along the M4 to Tan yr Eglwys can easily be broken by a visit to Tredegar House, just off the M4 at Newport. It is important to put PENCARN WAY into your Sat Nav -see T H website for details. Tredegar House is a 17th Century country mansion on the western side of Newport. The stylish house is set in 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland.
Also a convenient stopping point to of from tan yr Eglwys cottages. It is near to the M4 on the western side of Cardiff. Dyffryn House is surrounded by over 50 acres of gardens created in the 1960’s. The gardens are currently undergoing an ambitious revival project to restore them to their original splendour. The house was developed as the home of the Cory family, wealthy coal industrialists – their name now associated with the world famous award winning Cory Brass Band.Having then been developed as an educational centre during the 1960’s, the house is now being returned to its old splendour of ornate interiors, spectacular carved marble fireplaces and opulent carved wood panelling in the billiard room. These all contribute to recreating to the previous grandeur & opulence.
Just 15 minutes away is a very family appealing site. The attraction is compact, but it very successfully combines the industrial history of the area with a safe waterfall experience for younger children. The water flow is mesmerising but protected by a railing. A very welcoming site that educates the family in an entertaining way, with small exhibition areas and a dressing up option. There is a choice of climbing lots of steps or using the lifts, making this a great way for wheelchair users to experience the power of the waterfall from safe tarmac paths!
Forty minutes away is Newton House, sitting within the Dinefwr Estate, both merit time in a visit. Tour the house and explore the surrounding beautiful landscape. The original house was built in 1660, but it is the Gothic facade added in 1850 that dominates the appearance. Some 17th Century features remain of note are the grand staircase and ornate ceilings. The basement, tea rooms and gift shop are well worth visiting. The house is surrounded by idyllic vistas. The grounds were designed by Capability Brown circa 1775. There are lovely walks around the estate. Watch out for the herd of ancient white Welsh cattle and the deer grazing on the estate.
There’s certainly gold in them there hills. If panning for gold appeals then families will enjoy at trip to the Dolaucothi Gold Mine.It is an hour’s journey through picturesque countryside to Dolaucothi near Pumpsaint. There is a choice of tours available dependant upon your group make up and abilities. For an active chose either of the hour long tours. Explore the mine and see the impact of the Romans or don a hard hat and lamp to explore deeper into the Victorian era workings. Additionally there is a 30 minute wheelchair friendly tour. In general refer to the website for tour times and note the height restrictions for younger family members.
Two of the most popular Gower beaches that guests recognise and visit are Rhossili and Three Cliffs Bay. The carpark at Rhossili is free to NT members. To enjoy the view and upland walk to Three Cliffs park at the village green in Southgate then walk the wide moorland above the coast to get a stunning view down to Three Cliffs Bay. Cows and horses are often grazing this area. The car park here is free to NT members. A visit to the shop & cafe at Pennard Stores is obligatory and highly recommended.