The National Trust
If you've ever dreamt of owning one of those grand stately piles with dozens of bedrooms, bathrooms and a great estate, now's your chance. The National Trust have launched their very own Monopoly edition – becoming the first ever charity version of the game to be created. Until now the National Trust properties that have made it to the ‘Mayfair’ and ‘Park Lane’ sites have been kept under wraps, but today the Trust can reveal that:
Lyme Park in Cheshire – which featured in the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with Colin Firth emerging from the lake as Mr Darcy – is Mayfair.
Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire - one of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses built by the formidable Bess of Hardwick –- is Park Lane.
Players can also purchase National Trust countryside sites including the iconic Snowdonia (Bond Street) and the glorious gardens of Stourhead (Fleet Street). The game also features 20 Forthlin Road - the childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney as Old Kent Road, and the Birmingham Back to Backs – the atmospheric 19th century courtyard of worker’s homes, as Whitechapel.
Twenty six National Trust places from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland feature in the board game, including beaches, a light house, a mill from the Industrial Revolution and Sir Winston Churchill’s family home. Where there are houses and hotels in the original game, National Trust Monopoly has players building visitor centres and holiday cottages; and the grouping of National Trust locations including countryside, beaches, grand mansions, industrial works and beautiful gardens reflect the range of sites within the Trust’s care.