We have been National Trust members for a number of years now and we have an extensive list of National Trust properties to visit around the UK. One of them was Plas Newydd, mainly for the outdoor side. Plas Newydd is a go to spot to see Red Squirrels with feeding stations dotted about it is Squirrel heaven.
About Plas Newydd
Plas Newydd means New Mansion but it is far from new, stretching back over 5,000 years with a Neolithic Burial mound on the lawn. Here you will get fantastic views across the mountains and strait and has seen a house here since the 16th centaury. There are a lot of royal links here and you can see some impressive artwork. including the 58ft Rex Whistler Mural. Again I would recommend purchasing a guidebook for more info.
'Plas Newydd's family story begins with William Paget. Born around 1505, he was employed by King Henry VIII as Secretary of State. He built the main family home, Beaudesert, near Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and was given the title of 1st Baron of Beaudesert.
1st Marquess of Anglesey and the Battle of Waterloo
Henry William Paget, born in 1768, was Henry Bayly Paget’s second child. As eldest son, he inherited the title, 2nd Earl of Uxbridge.
Most famous for leading the cavalry in the Battle of Waterloo 1815, he lost a leg and was awarded the title ‘Marquess of Anglesey’ for his bravery.'
It was again, a fairly warm afternoon which made a walk down to the house more enjoyable. We did go into the house first, although not as much to explore as some other National Trust properties there's still quite a bit too see. I love looking at the artwork and imagining what life would have been like back when the house was in its heyday.
I personally preferred the outdoors. Lots to explore including a Rhododendron garden, Arboretum, lots of woodlands, Squirrel trail, Italianate Terrace and lots of gorgeous plants. There's also a lovely play area, tree house and frisbee golf. We only spent a few hours here because we had lots to squeeze in on our last full day in Wales so we are planning on going back and exploring more.
Good to know
Large Car Park
Dogs on short leads welcome (not on the Italianate Terrace)
Terrain - is ok but some steep sections. Accessible most of the main areas and I did notice a little bus taking people too and from the house.
National Trust members go free Please check HERE for prices for non members