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Get to know the National Trust* with our guide to Europe's largest conservation charity. Here, we share details of this most recognisable name when it comes to preserving our heritage, from historic sites and houses to landscaped gardens and protected coastlines.

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About the National Trust

The National Trust is somewhat of an institution. Its properties and gardens are destinations for many who return to much-loved spots over and over again, be it for the history, the architecture or the famously good cream teas.

The trust was founded on 12 January 1895 by a team of three remarkable individuals:

  • Octavia Hill - one of the greatest social reformers of the time who understood the value of fresh air and nature and, therefore, the need for green spaces
  • Sir Robert Hunter - a legal expert with a desire to ensure public access to, and the preservation of, countryside and historic buildings
  • Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley - known as 'Defender of the Lakes' for his efforts to curtail the development of natural landscapes

Today, over 125 years later, it has grown a charity of huge national importance with over five million members who, along with countless volunteers, ensure the future of over 500 historic properties, gardens and reserves, 780 miles of coastline and 250,000 hectares of farmland.

It's also a portal for anyone looking to discover new places throughout the land, be it a secluded beach, a woodland walk or a building of some significance.

As more people than ever look to make the most of attractions closer to home, the National Trust is a go-to resource for anyone looking to see what's out there, be it for a day trip or on a longer staycation.

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Types of properties & locations

Choose from over 500 National Trust properties and sites around England, Wales and Northern Ireland from stately homes and historic landmarks to natural features and coastlines. Browse places to go by the following types:

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Popular locations

You'll find National Trust gardens, parks, houses, buildings and outdoor spaces across England along with a sprinkling in Wales and Northern Ireland. If you're exploring in or visiting Scotland, check out the National Trust for Scotland.

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Please note: some properties require members and non-members to pre-booking online.

National Trust membership

Become a member and you'll enjoy free entry and free parking at most National Trust locations. Adult members receive the National Trust Handbook and magazine three times a year, while junior members can discover the world of the National Trust through the junior welcome pack.

Membership Annual Monthly Lifetime
Junior (5-17) - Under 5s go free £10 n/a n/a
Young person (18-25) £36 n/a n/a
Adult (26+) £72 £6 £1,730
Senior (60+) n/a n/a £1,295
Family (1 adult + children/grandchildren - under 17) £78 £6.50 n/a
Family (2 adults + children/grandchildren - under 17) £126 £10.50 £2,265
Couple (18+) £120 £10 £2,160
Senior couple (at least one 60+) n/a n/a £1,620

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Colin Carter

Colin Carter

Updated on Tuesday 26th September 2023

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