The most beautiful National Trust locations in the UK

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A gorgeous sunset behind Corfe Castle (Getty Images)
A gorgeous sunset behind Corfe Castle (Getty Images)

We all love a good visit to a pretty National Trust property - and never more so than when we can snap the perfect photo while we're there. But where are the UK's most beautiful, aka most Instagram-friendly National Trust locations? 

A new study by MyJobQuote, counting the number of hashtags that each property holds, has revealed 20 of the most popular - with the top medal going to Corfe Castle in Devon. 

Here's our pick of the best from the list...

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Over a thousand years old, this seriously impressive fortification was built for William the Conqueror’s son, King Henry I. At 21m tall and made from iconic Purbeck limestone, the ruins of the castle look all the more special because they stand on a 55m hill in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck peninsula. 

Capture it for posterity, then sit back and enjoy the panoramic views. 

Scotney Castle, Kent

Scotney Castle is an English country house built back in the 14th century (Getty Images)
Scotney Castle is an English country house built back in the 14th century (Getty Images)

The biggest draw at this picturesque Victorian house and formal gardens, in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent, is the medieval ruins of a moated manor house (Scotney Old Castle) on an island lake. 

Wander around the woodland estate for a wealth of romantic views. 

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Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont in Hampshire is a former medieval priory (Getty Images)
Mottisfont in Hampshire is a former medieval priory (Getty Images)

This grand former priory in Hampshire features a walled rose garden populated with pre-1900 roses and a pretty riverside walk. 

The house was modernised in a neo-classical style in 1930 - don't miss the Rex Whistler entrance hall, where the British painter (not to be confused with the famed American painter James Whistler) created spectacular trompe l’oeil murals to provide a glamorous backdrop for Mottisfont’s party guests. 

Mount Stewart, Country Down

A view of County Down's 18th-century house and garden Mount Stewart (Getty Images)
A view of County Down's 18th-century house and garden Mount Stewart (Getty Images)

Head to this grand 19th century house and garden in Country Down, Northern Ireland to check out the famous extensive and lavish formal gardens - each of which have a distinctive character, with themes including Italian, Spanish and Shamrock. 

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The house, meanwhile, has been the home of the Stewart family for over 250 years and now showcases the era from the 1920s to the 1950s in its interior design. 

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Cheshire's Dunham Massey on a sunny day (Getty Images)
Cheshire's Dunham Massey on a sunny day (Getty Images)

This vast Georgian pad near Manchester is situated in lovely parkland, complete with a medieval deer park, an ancient tree walk and pretty formal gardens. Stroll around and imagine yourself in the latest BBC period drama - or just enjoy an ice cream in a glorious setting. 

Ham House, Surrey

A carpet of crocuses in front of Ham House (Getty Images)
A carpet of crocuses in front of Ham House (Getty Images)

Situated in the upmarket, quasi-bucolic London borough of Richmond, Ham House is a palatial 17th century property on the banks of the River Thames. When you're worn out from walking around the ornate, unique interiors and the magnificent gardens, take a few minutes in the atmospheric Orangery cafe. 

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