National Trust historic buildings set to battle it out in new Top Trumps game

From: National Trust
Published: Tue Jul 20 2010

The National Trust has launched two new Top Trumps card games to help support the charitable work carried out by the Trust.

Everything from tanks to Transformers have featured in the Top Trumps card game so far, but now some of the country's historic houses are set to battle it out in a new version of the game.

The National Trust game is being made available in Trust shops and online and features thirty historic places to visit in the UK going head-to-head in battles over acreage, film and TV appearances, hauntings and cups of tea consumed.

The national heritage buildings include the 18th century hexadecagon house A La Ronde in Devon, Chedworth Roman villa (Gloucestershire) and Belfast's Crown bar, as well as the more stately Chirk Castle (Wrexham), Basildon Park (Berkshire) and Speke Hall (Merseyside).

The game follows the successful National Trust Monopoly launched last year which gave people the chance to buy up their favourite places and develop visitor centres and holiday cottages.

Alan Parris - buyer for the National Trust - who masterminded the Trust version of the game, explained:

"The 30 properties were selected to show the great variety of the historic places looked after by the Trust. Games are a fun way of engaging people in what we do - but, better still, people also have the chance to visit and see for themselves. The game's size makes it perfect for kids as they travel on days out, so could be ideal for the start of the holidays, but I am sure some grown-ups will be keen to get hold of it too."

A new National Trust game of British Wildlife Top Trumps is also on sale, featuring 30 creatures living on Trust land, including adders and raft spiders.


Notes to editors:

About Top Trumps:
Top Trumps developed from the game of Quartets that was originally designed as a teaching tool for children. The game, which lost popularity in the 1980s, was resurrected in 2000 and in the last 10 years it has sold over 40 million packs. Top Trumps are available in countries throughout the world with some of the games available in many different formats, from an iPhone app to paperback book and video game.

About National Trust:
The National Trust cares for 300 inspiring historic houses and garden walks across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From former workers' cottages to the most iconic stately homes, and from mines and mills to theatres and inns, the stories of people and their heritage are at the heart of everything it does. People of all ages, individuals, schools and communities, get involved each year with its projects, events and working holidays and over 56,000 volunteers help to bring the properties alive for the Trust's 3.8 million members.

The National Trust is a registered charity no. 205846. The National Trust's registered office is Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2NA.

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