So as you’ll quickly learn… we’re dorks. We love a good walking tour or cheesy day trip anywhere and when I tell my Londoner friends where we’ve gone, I always get the response, “Where’s that?!” or “I think I went there as a kid.” Luckily, one of my good friends here is just as bad as we are and told us about the National Trust, which has loads of great historical buildings, gardens, castles, etc. all over the UK that you can take tours of. There are some great places locally around London, but if you like short train rides or getting in the car and cruising through the English country, there are endless options for day and weekend trips. Dork urges fulfilled.
Our first adventure on the list was to Waddesdon Manor in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. We took an easy one-hour drive from London. It was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to display his art collection. The 45 rooms on view contain beautiful French furniture and decor from the 18th century.
The Victorian garden is considered one of the finest in Britain with its parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statuary. At its heart lies the aviary, stocked with species once part of Baron Ferdinand’s collection.
Before our drive back home we stopped at a local pub, Queen’s Head. Super nice atmosphere with an outdoor patio and a Thai kitchen.