Incredible places for Mother's Day

Published 27 March 2014

Afternoon tea at a 19th-century French chateau, a walk in Brontë Country or a game of tennis on the oldest royal court still in use – spoil your mum this Sunday with an incredible day out.

1. Afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire

Free entry with National Art Pass

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the splendid surrounding of Waddesdon Manor, built over a century ago as a place for Baron Ferdinand to entertain his circle of friends. Once you've filled up on smoked salmon and asparagus roulade, homemade scones and lemon posset, explore the extensive collection of art and decorative furnishings amassed by successive members of the Rothschild dynasty. (Please note: afternoon tea on 30 March now sold out.)

2. Spa and the Roman Baths in Somerset

Reduced price entry with National Art Pass

According to legend, Prince Bladud was cured of leprosy after bathing in Somerset's hot muddy waters and in gratitude, he founded the city of Bath around them in 863 BC. Treat your mum with a trip to the surviving archaeological site and museum, which explores 7,000 years of human development around the springs, particularly focused on the Roman remains – which are exceptional for northern Europe. Having seen the original bathing complex, soak up the city's spa culture for yourselves with a pampering session at one of the many treatment facilities in the area.

3. Beach and the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden (part of Tate St Ives) in Cornwall

50% off entry with National Art Pass

Barbara Hepworth's former garden studio in St Ives – now a museum dedicated to her sculptures in bronze, stone and wood – was the recent winner of our Incredible Places competition, praised for its ability to be 'lush, dramatic and intimate all at the same time'. You and Mum can admire Hepworth's work in the setting in which it was created or just find somewhere serene to sit, before taking a walk along the surrounding Porthmeor Beach​ that forms Tate St Ives' 'backyard'.

4. Country walk and the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire

Free entry with National Art Pass

The parsonage where Charlotte and Emily Brontë penned some of their most famous novels is packed with family memorabilia, original furniture and artefacts from the sisters' lives. Impress your mum by tracking down Charlotte's drawing of Zenobia Marchioness Ellrington – a reminder that she once considered a career as a visual artist. Round off the day with a stroll across the wild moorlands that served as inspiration for Wuthering Heights, stopping at local attractions such as the Brontë ​waterfall – a place enjoyed by the family on their own country walks.

5. Shopping and Kensington Palace in London

Free entry with National Art Pass

Feel free to spoil your mum in the upmarket boutiques of Chelsea, because a trip to the palatial home of Kate, William and baby George won't cost a thing with your National Art Pass. As well as being the official residence of a number of today's prominent royals, it was also the childhood home of Queen Victoria. In fact, it was here that she learnt she was going to become Queen and that she met her future husband Albert.

6. Tennis at Falkland Palace & Garden in Scotland

Free entry with National Art Pass

Challenge your mum to a match or two on Falkland Palace's royal court, the oldest still in use. Built in 1539, it hosts matches of real tennis – also known as the sport of Kings – from which the modern sport derives. Once you've called game, set and match, head inside the spectacular Renaissance building that was the country residence of the Stuart monarchs of Scotland for over 200 years. Don't forget to look up at the Dressing Room ceiling – the elaborately painted ceiling bears the arms of the 3rd Marquis of Bute.

7. Crafts at Tredegar House in Wales

Free entry with National Art Pass

Originally belonging to the wealthy and powerful Morgan Family, who later became Lords Tredegar, the house is packed with tales of tragic ends, eccentric big spenders and famous philanthropists with which you can keep your mum entertained. One favourite is colourful character Evan, who along with hosting scandalous parties collected a menagerie of animals, including Blue Boy the parrot, Alice the bear and Somerset the boxing kangaroo. A group of independent craft shops have also been set in the old farm buildings, where you can try your hand at quilting or pick up candles, hand-painted tea cups and folk instruments.

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