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New Monopoly set gives everyone a chance to own a stately pile

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.

Fiona Reynolds, Director General of The National Trust, said

‘Spending time playing games with family and friends, especially at Christmas, is great fun.

It’s fantastic to see so many of the Trust’s amazing places on the famous Monopoly board. Sales of the game go directly to helping us look after the real versions of the special places on the board. Hmm, so even the most ruthless Monopoly property developer will still be doing their bit for conservation.’

The game features National Trust – specific Community Chest and Chance cards including scenarios like ‘Health and Safety Inspection. Pay £50’, ‘Coastal Path Repairs. Pay £100’ and ‘Fundraising Appeal Does Well. Collect £150’.

The National Trust edition of Monopoly is one of many variations on the game, which has its roots from America in 1930s. The game is sold on over 80 countries across the world in 37 languages and it is estimated over 200,000,000 copies of Monopoly have been sold since it was first mass produced in the 1930s.

Mark Marriott from Monopoly, said,

‘We are delighted to partner with the National Trust to produce this limited edition Monopoly Game. It’s wonderful to see the fantastic properties of the National Trust joining the Monopoly family.’

The National Trust Monopoly set is now available from the online shop at www.nationaltrust.org.uk