As a family we have been National Trust members for over 10 years, we joined when our kids were small as we found that a visit to a NT property was a great day out for the kids (and parents). I am a big fan of what the Trust does, they have their detractors, but someone has to manage and maintain these bits of history and countryside for us – and they do a good job.
We joined all those years ago at Chedworth Roman Villa in The Cotswolds, as a site it is near my late Mothers house, so was a good stop off when visiting her. It also proved invaluable as a venue for the kids when they were doing the Romans at school.
It would however be fair to say that the site hadn’t changed much since the roman mosaics were uncovered in Victorian times – it was a bit tired! Well that has now been addressed and a new building now sits over the Roman remains which allows access on a par (but a smaller scale) to the Roman remains in Bath.
The building is also very sympathetic to the local environment, so all in all another excellent job by the National Trust – and well worth a visit!