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Other National Trust Properties to visit in Wales.

The Round House, The Kymin, Monmouth Tel: 01600 719241 Landmark hill topped by two Georgian buildings in nine acres of pleasure grounds and woods. The Naval Temple was built by public subscription in 1800 and the Round House, a banqueting house built in 1794, was used by local gentry as a dining club. Lord Nelson and Sir and Lady Hamilton had breakfast here in 1802.

The Kymin has been used as a picnic spot for more than 200 years and is a great place to sit and admire spectacular views across Wales.

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool Tel: 01938 551944 The medieval castle rises dramatically above its world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews. The garden shelters rare and tender plants and an orangery. The castle, built around 1200, began life as a medieval fortress.

Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo Tel: 01558 824512 The 12th century castle and historic Newton House lie in an 18th century landscaped park. The powerful Lord Rhys once held court here and visitors can learn about the herd of fallow deer still resident. Visitors can see how Newton House was in Edwardian times and there is an outdoor children's area and tea room.

Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Llanfairpwll Tel: 01248 714795 Home of the Marquess of Anglesey with spectacular views of Snowdonia, Plas Newydd is set on the shores of the Menai Strait. The house was redesigned in the 18th century and the 1930s restyled interior is famous for its association with artist Rex Whistler containing his largest painting and exhibition. A military museum contains relics from the 1st Marquess of Anglesey who commanded cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. A woodland walk leads to a path beside the Menai Strait.

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor Tel: 01248 353084 This vast 19th century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. Packed with items, including a one-tonne slate bed made for Queen Victoria, the castle also includes restored kitchens and an industrial railway museum, a model railway museum and a dolls' museum. The 60-acres of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection and a Victorian walled garden.

Erdigg, Wrexham Tel: 01978 355314 Widely acclaimed as one of Britain's finest historic houses, Erddig is an early 18th century country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years. The downstairs contains a unique collection of servants' portraits, while upstairs there is fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers. The house is set in a 1,200-acre country park and formal walled garden. Cycle tracks and walking routes cross the park and there is also a stables, smithy, joiners' shop and sawmill.

Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron, Tel: 01545 570200 An 18th century Welsh gentry estate with house, walled gardens and home farm. The property is a rare example of a self-sufficient Welsh minor gentry estate which has survived virtually unaltered. The villa, designed in the 1790s, is the most complete example of the early work of John Nash and the grounds include ornamental lake and parkland walks.

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Pumsaint, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire Tel: 01558 650177 These unique gold mines, in use from Roman times to the 20th century, are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley. Guided tours take you back to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings. Visitors can see and hear the 1930s mine and mine machinery, have a go at gold panning and experience the frustrations of searching for real gold.

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