Chirk Castle - Wales National Trust

From the story of Charles Darwin’s childhood sweetheart to the tale of an exiled Marquess, visitors are being encouraged to uncover the secret stories behind a host of National Trust locations this autumn.

The National Trust Wales' Heritage Hunt links six of its North Wales destinations - Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Erddig, Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd- through a map of questions challenging visitors to discover the hidden history of these special places.

Untold tales such as the trail trodden by secret servant lovers at Erddig and the opening of a previously unseen park at Bodnant Garden are brought to life by the Hunt.  Visitors are lured to look beyond the grand castles and glorious gardens, to delve into dark corners or quiz staff to unlock answers.

Begin the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular gardens with stunning views across Snowdonia. With magnificent collections of plants, a steeply-sided wooded valley, stream and waterfall below.

Enjoy a light lunch in the Pavilion tea-room before travelling the 30 minutes over to Penrhyn Castle.

This dramatic, neo-Norman fantasy castle is filled with fascinating things, such as a one tonne slate bed made especially for Queen Victoria. Learn more about the ‘Fantasy, Fixtures and Fittings’ at this magnificent castle by booking the special interest tour.

Turn your visit into a short break by adding:

Conwy Suspension Bridge, offering stunning views across the historic town of Conwy.

A visit over to Anglesey to see Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens and Rex Whistler’s largest ever painting.

The Heritage Hunt can be downloaded at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wales  Questions, queries, answers and experiences can be shared online using #heritagehunt @NTWales or www.facebook.com/NTWales.