Britain's best heritage picnic spots

Tuesday 30th March 2010
Submitted by nthorne

Soak up some British heritage with a traditional picnic. With spring finally here, Victoria Jones picks her top five spots

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire
Founded in 1131, the abbey is nestled in the beautiful Wye Valley, sitting close to the fifth longest river in the UK, the River Wye. Soak up the history or take a walk through the forest paths.

Lyveden New Bield near Oundle, Northamptonshire
An unfinished summer house, the beautiful Elizabethan lodge was originally built for Sir Thomas Tresham, whose son was involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Take in the picturesque moats around the beautiful water gardens, or take a stroll along the canal before tucking into a picnic.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Climb to the top of the Jacobean mansion of the castle ruins for the spectacular views of the countryside. Boasting red squirrels and brown long-eared bats, take a stroll through the Quarry Garden for a chance to see some beautiful and unusual plants before throwing down your rug for a picture perfect picnic.

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel, Argyll and Bute
Steeped in history, the castle was built on a rock overlooking the Firth of Lorn. The perfect romantic day out.

Osborne House, Isle of Wight
After visiting the grounds Queen Victoria, who would later make it her home, said: “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot.” This breathtaking property and grounds are beautifully maintained and make the perfect backdrop to a spring picnic. Make your visit in June to picnic to the sounds of a string quartet.