Free admission to Tredegar House this Saturday
ONE of Newport’s most important historic sites opens its doors free to visitors today, Saturday.
The National Trust participates in Cadw’s Open Doors heritage festival, which means that several National Trust sites in Wales – including Newport’s Tredegar House – can be visited free of charge on certain dates and times.
All dates are in September and most have already passed, with the exception of Tredegar House on Saturday September 24 between 10.30am and 4pm and Plas Newydd House and Garden in Anglesey on Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25 between 10.30am. and 4 p.m.
Tredgar House is a 17th century building – although the oldest parts date back to the 15th century – built by the influential Morgan family who later became the Tredegar Lords.
The family owned the building until 1951, when the Catholic Church bought it and used it as a convent school.
It was purchased by the Newport Corporation Council in 1974 and in 2011 the National Trust took over management of the house and grounds on a 50-year lease from 2012.
It is a Grade I listed building and the grounds cover 90 acres.
What people may find more interesting is the story of the Morgan family, who are credited with establishing Newport as an important trading hub.
The family has a long and interesting history, such as supporting Henry Tudor in his rise to become King Henry VII, with some members being on opposing sides of the English Civil War and one member being one of the survivors of the infamous charge of the light brigade. in the Crimean War.
For those planning to visit the house on Saturday, the National Trust advises that although no reservations are required, the event is on a first come, first served basis.
The event is expected to be packed and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of public transportation or carpooling whenever possible.