National Trust - Cliveden

Monday, 9 May 2016

We have visited Cliveden on two occasions now and it's definitely my favourite National Trust place so far.

It's just a 50 minute drive away from Aylesbury and it is very family orientated. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Our first visit was just under a year ago, in May last year. We stopped at the Information Centre to pick up a Trail leaflet and then set off. The first part we wandered through was the formal Long Garden. This is beautifully planted.

Then we walked through the woods where there were some lovely views, including down to the river. Little Miss A found a fab tree to climb!

The walk took us to the Manor house. You can't go into this house as it's a hotel but we were happy to explore the beautifully maintained Parterre. We stopped for our picnic lunch in the grounds.

Our route took us back to the Fountain of Love where we managed to get a family picture.

We then headed off to tackle the maze. We took it in turns to decide which way to go and after quite a few wrong turns we made it to the centre!

Near the maze is the Water Garden which is really lovely. We enjoyed a wander around the ponds spotting lots of big fishes.

Then it was time to hit the Storybook Play Den - an absolutely magical playground with lots of characters from popular children's books.

The playground is an absolute must on your visit. It really is brilliant.

Little Miss A and I paid another visit to Cliveden at the beginning of April. We met up with my friend and her two children (one of whom is my god-daughter). Despite the big age gap between the children, they all got on so well. It was so lovely watching them together.

We spent a fab afternoon exploring many of the same areas as last time stopping for a spot of lunch and an ice-cream at the Orangery Cafe. We spent a long time in the Storybook Play Den, it was hard to get the kids to leave!

I'm so glad that they made the journey up from the South Coast to spend time with Little Miss A & I. Hopefully next time we meet-up the Dads can join us!

I've really enjoyed both our visit to Cliveden. It is really family orientated with so much for children of all ages to do. And there are large parts that we haven't even explored yet particularly in the woodlands so I'm looking forward to another visit again soon.

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