The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey
The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey has reopened for visitors after a lengthy closure, during which only the grounds have been accessible to the public. This Jacobean-style house is another jewel in the trust’s crown, and sits among stunning 114 acre grounds.
Anglesey Abbey has a rich history, where Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home; a cosy house in which to entertain, and a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and guests enjoyed 1930s luxury.
Prior to this renovation, the original priory the property now stands on was closed in 1536 during the dissolution of the Monasteries. The Jacobean-style house was then built on these ruins around 1600, with many renowned owners during the following centuries. Lord Fairhaven then made substantial extensions to the property from 1926 and added extravagant furniture, art and books – all of which are now viewable to the public after he left the grounds to the National Trust.
The gardens at Anglesey Abbey are at their most beautiful in July, so this is the perfect time for a visit. This month the grounds team will be running drop in Q&A sessions, so if you’re a rose enthusiast or have a burning question about herbaceous borders, this is a great opportunity to have a wonderful day out and get some first hand, expert advice at the same time. Guests can also book a meadow tour on arrival, and hear about the wildflowers and insects that inhabit the area. Find out more about these summer events here.
Opening their spaces in stages to ensure social distancing can be maintained, the venue are taking all measures to ensure the comfort and safety of all guests. Their shop full of unique local goods is also open, with all profits contributing towards maintaining the beautiful grounds. It’s well worth paying a visit to the plant centre – one of the largest in the National Trust – where you will find an impressive range of plants, accessories and garden essentials.
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