There’s only 3 things needed for a day at National Trust Plas Newydd – an M&S picnic, the camera bag, and a large bottle of water.
We’re ideally located in Llandudno right between 3 amazing National Trust properties – Bodnant Gardens, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. So it’s really worth our annual membership.
If I had to pick a favourite it would hard – they’re all lovely for different reasons. But we chose Plas Newydd on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
If you cross the Britannia Bridge onto the Isle of Anglesey it’s just a few miles towards Llanfair PG and then follow the signs for Brynsiencyn. It’s just a short distance down this road. Once you see the signs for Red Squirrels, you’re there.
One of the things I love about this place is that no matter how crammed the car park is, once you’re through the gift shop and into the grounds you’ll be amazed how much space there is. The people all seem to disappear into different parts of the estate and you can walk for quite a while and not meet anyone – even on a June Saturday.
The pathway skirts the edge of the woodland with tall redwoods rising up into the sky. The other side of the path is open meadows full of tall grasses and wild flowers. Every time, it takes me back to a childhood spent with my nose in Enid Blyton and “The Faraway Tree” books. Tall forest trees that were the home of Dame Washalot and Mr Moon Face, and led to fantastical lands.
The view really hits you when you turn the corner around the lawns and down the slope towards the Menai Straits. It’s just breathtaking.
I’m ashamed to say we’ve never actually set foot in the house. We’ve always visited on nice sunny days when it seems a shame to be inside. There’s both sun and shade at Plas Newydd and you can have both in equal measure. On hot days we head to the trees on either side of the house and stop at the regular benches perfectly located to get the best view of the Straits.
We found a delightful spot in the Italian terraced garden to munch our M&S Prawn Sandwich and Cray Fish Salad. Entertainment was laid on in the form of a family so eager to photograph the flitting dragonflies on the waterlily pond that Dad dropped his mobile phone straight into the water. No amount of digging around with his arm and very soggy shirt helped and after a frantic 10 minutes, it was consigned to an insurance claim. The things we do for the perfect shot!
The National Trust shop is always a temptation for me. All sorts of lovely things. I managed to make it out with just 1 purchase – a cute hand thrown vase in speckled shades of blue, perfect for the home grown peonies that are almost in bloom in my garden.
The joy of having National Trust membership is that you can just pop in for a few hours, whenever you fancy, and not feel like you have to stay for the whole day to get your money’s worth.
Our next stop will be Bodnant Garden. They open on Wednesday evening 5-8pm for dog walkers and for locals to avoid the crowds. So I’m thinking this Wednesday – just you , me and the camera – Mr Bond?
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