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Experience A Picture-Perfect Christmas At Tredegar House

22 October 2021

With the popularity in recent years of TV shows such as Downton Abbey and Bridgerton, the interest in period properties and the lifestyles of their residents has grown.

And Tredegar House, a stunning National Trust mansion in Newport, South Wales, is a wonderful example with its stunning formal gardens, a picturesque lake, and sprawling parkland.

It’s the perfect place to explore everything that encompasses a period drama – particularly at Christmas time. Come and experience the magical charm for yourselves.

Meet the family

So, what’s the story behind Tredegar House? It’s not only a popular attraction for locals, but Tredegar House also attracts visitors from further afield.

The red brick mansion you see today was built in the 17th-century and was home to the Morgan family until the 1950s.

They played an important part in Newport’s heritage influencing social, political, and economic decisions – the fascinating stories and interesting characters from this wealthy family are waiting to be discovered on your visit.

What will you find?

Explore a traditional Christmas and experience what life was like when living in a stately home at this special time of year.

Between November and throughout December, Tredegar House is transformed into a quintessential retreat where you’ll uncover some unique treasures.

There are state rooms, below stairs kitchens and servant’s areas to roam and you'll truly be  able to imagine yourselves living day-to-day in this spectacular house.

Especially when it’s decorated with gorgeous Christmas knick-knacks and traditional decorations, the beauty of the historic house cannot be underestimated.

Christmas trees are adorned with twinkling lights in almost every room, and you’ll also see the formal gardens and outdoor trees dressed in a variety of Christmas decorations including baubles and lanterns.

Christmas events galore

A calendar full of festive fun is planned for Christmas 2021 at Tredegar House. Whether visiting on your own, as a family, or a couple on a date, you’ll find a Christmas activity to enjoy.

Throughout December, choose from different Christmas trails around the gardens and parkland including Wander with Percy the Park Keeper, Reindeer walk and Twelve Days of Christmas trail.

Want to take part in more Christmas craft activities? You’ll find more fun things to do in the Orangery.

Tasty Christmas delights

Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie, or thinking of fabulous gift ideas for the passionate cooks in your family?

See if you can spare a few moments to roam the Food and Craft market – a great opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts.

There are some festive musical performances while you uncover hidden gems around the house and formal gardens during the Magical Music weekend. A lovely way to get into the festive spirit.

Finally, make your introductions to Victorian Scrooge with his comical behaviour, infamous nightgown, and deep frowning expression.

Dare to wish him Merry Christmas and he’ll be sure to wish you ‘Bah Humbug!’

Spread some sustainable cheer

Keep cleaning up the environment at Christmas!

Newport’s first zero-waste shop has opened at Tredegar House, finding its home in the grounds of the house, and nestled in the lesser barn.

The National Trust is a conservation charity, so while visiting and enjoying the seasonal festivities you can take steps to help the environment this Christmas.

You’ll have a chance to refill soap, shampoo and shower gel bottles and learn more about how to reduce the amount of waste created by shopping.

There’s also a second-hand bookshop to give old books a new home.

Sweet treats before the trip home

We recommend pulling up a pew and sipping some hot chocolate at the Brewhouse café, where you’ll be debating what delicious cake to go for.

Christmas at Tredegar House is a perfect way to have a change from your daily routine and celebrate the festive season.

Feeling inspired by the sweet Christmas traditions?

Make the trip to Tredegar House over the Christmas period – there’s nothing like spending time at a glorious historical house during the festive season.