Claremont National Trust After Lockdown. Continuing with our National Trust post lockdown series this week we visited Claremont. I had high hopes after staying up until 12.40am to book tickets. But I have to say I was a little disappointed. To be fair our experience was not helped by the good old British weather. The heavens opened about fifteen minutes into our visit.

I felt as though ticket numbers are very limited for Claremont and this was backed up by the fact that when we got there the carpark was quite full. As it is not very big. The entrance is straight off of the road. If you are regular visitors of Claremont then it has effectively been turned back to front. You enter via the exit near the amphitheater and leave by the entrance and the play area.  Like many of the other National Trust properties, we have visited during lockdown the play area is closed as is the cafe.

The boys and I decided to stick to the low path and walk around the lake, rather than around the top of the amphitheater. Kipper was fascinated by the lawnmower they were using to mow the sides of it. It looked like a little yellow tank that was remote-controlled. He stood and watched it for a little while. Monkey, on the other hand, climbed the many tree trunks dotted around by the lake. There was a lot of goose poo though so we had to be careful where we stepped.

Exploring Claremont

Deciding to follow the most interesting pathway up through the statues towards the keep. Unfortunately just as we reached the seating the heavens opened. Typical.  I have lost track of the number of places we have been in the rain recently. We found a little place to shelter, but realising it was not going to stop we went to look at the keep. The boys were disappointed that we could not get up close and that it was behind closed gates.

Instead, we walked back down towards the lake and sheltered on the way down. By the time we got to the lake again, it had stopped altogether. I can imagine that it would be beautiful if the sun had been out and reflecting on the water. The lake is so still it is really beautiful. The boys found some log stepping stones that they enjoyed jumping back and forth on. Until the rain came again and they became slippery.

Although small I can see the attraction of Claremont. It is perfect if you only have a couple of hours. If you are looking for a longer day out then you could combine it with a fruit and vegetable picking at Garsons Farm. As this is just around the corner.

Other National Trust properties we have visited recently

We have been lucky enough to visit a couple of National Trust properties since lockdown started to ease. You can read about the other ones below:

Nymans National Trust after lockdown

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15 Comments

  1. Oh I love Claremont Gardens! It’s just down the way from us. Always such a lovely spot for a bit of adventuring!

  2. lynn neal

    It’s good to see you are visiting so many fantastic National Trust properties!

  3. Tiffany @ Parsnips + Pastries

    Looks like fun was obtained by all. I applaud making the best of the rain too. Definitely looks like a fun place to visit and casually explore.

  4. ESHR PRKR

    Wow, stunning photos. I’m happy to read Kipper and Monkey had a good time 🙂

  5. Catherine

    A beautiful place to spend the summer afternoon with the family! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  6. Clarmont looks like such a refreshing destination – so green! The only thing better than a fun nature outing: seeing kids being happier because they’re having fun outdoors! How lovely!

  7. oh wow, the place looks ammmmmaaazing!!! I would love to spend a day or two there, that would be so relaxing…

  8. Jay Aguirre

    This looks like it was a fun little adventure. Glad you’ve all been able to do a little bit of exploring during this times!

  9. There are some lovely places to visit with the national trust . Shame about the weather but expect the boys didn’t mind the puddles

  10. adrian price

    Looks a nice place to visit–but dosn`t seem to be fully open yet–like many places still in limbo

  11. Priscilla Stubbs

    We try and get out whatever the weather but rain doesn’t make for the best experience

  12. RUTH ROBERTS

    Shame about the weather! Looks like a lovely place to visit.

  13. Margaret Gallagher

    So.much beauty and joy – positivity in abundance AMAZING

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