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Powis Cas­tle, Powys

Pull on your win­ter wool­lies and take a stroll around the beau­ti­ful gar­den this win­ter at Powis Cas­tle. See the shapes of top­i­ary and in­tri­cately trained fruit trees, sparkling un­der frost or cast­ing their long shad­ows in the low af­ter­noon light. This is the best time to ap­pre­ci­ate the gar­den's struc­ture and ap­pre­ci­ate how it's been made. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/powis-cas­tle-and-gar­den

Chirk Cas­tle,wrex­ham

Chirk has seen many Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions since it was built in the early 1300s. This year the cas­tle will be fes­tooned with dif­fer­ent styles of dec­o­ra­tions, chart­ing the progress of Christ­mas trim­mings over the last 700 years. From the ‘Me­dieval Christ­mas' in the court­yard and Adam's Tower to the Tudor Kiss­ing Bough in the Portcullis and the Hop Gar­land in the Long Gallery, there's plenty to dis­cover about how the fes­tive sea­son was cel­e­brated in cen­turies gone by. Main ac­tiv­i­ties take place on week­ends, or visit on a week­day and en­joy the dec­o­ra­tions. Christ­mas through the Ages runs be­tween 2-23 De­cem­ber. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/chirk-cas­tle

Aber­du­lais, Neath Port Tal­bot

Look­ing for some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent to the usual Christ­mas lights? Head to Aber­du­lais tin­works and step back in time to the Vic­to­rian era. Us­ing lights, sounds and sil­hou­ettes, join the Na­tional Trust team on a lantern-lit walk as they help you see and hear, first-hand, what it was like work­ing in a bustling tin­works. Night at the Tin­works 28 Novem­ber and 5 De­cem­ber. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/aber­du­lais-tin-works-and-wa­ter­fall

Dyf­fryn Gar­dens,vale of Glam­or­gan

With Dyf­fryn's im­pres­sive architecture, walk through ro­man­tic arch­ways, wind­ing out­door steps and mar­vel at icy wa­ter fea­tures as you me­an­der through the 55 acres in the ru­ral area of the Vale of Glam­or­gan. There will be bright red holly berries burst­ing through the arboretum and colour­ful chrysan­the­mums on show to ad­mire in the glasshouse. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/dyf­fryn-gar­dens

Bod­nant Gar­den, Conwy

Whether you're look­ing for re­lax­ation, to es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of Christ­mas, or in­spi­ra­tion, ac­tiv­ity and fresh air as you stride out into a New Year, Bod­nant Gar­den has 80 acres of land­scape to en­joy. The jewel in the crown is the Win­ter Gar­den, opened in 2013. The new gar­den makes the most of the win­ter light, which at mid­day shines from the south across the Old Park back­light­ing the var­ied herba­ceous and stark plants. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/bod­nant-gar­den

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