Cottages for active holidays

If you're looking for inspiration for your summer holiday, why not book one of our holiday cottages? We've cottages close to running and cycling trails,or just enjoy the stunning views.

Wartime tunnels open at White Cliffs

Second World War tunnels built on the orders of Winston Churchill have opened to visitors for the first time. It was decommissioned in the 1950s and filled in two decades later.

Outdoor Screen Season

This summer we're teaming up with the British Film Institute (BFI) and The Luna Cinema to bring you the National Trust Screen Season – special alfresco cinema screenings at five places we look after.

Places to visit by theme

  • Connected with the sea

    Many of our places have nautical connections. From Sir Francis Drake's house to hoards of buried treasure, each one tells its own tale of the sea.

  • Famous residents

    From childhood homes to places where they gained their inspiration, many of our houses have connections to famous faces through the ages.

  • Haunted houses

    The many old houses, castles and abbeys that we care for are full of things to look at. But at a number of our places you might also get to see a little bit more than you bargained for. Several properties are rumoured to be happy hunting grounds for an assortment of ghost and ghouls. Here are a few of our spooky stories.

  • Intriguing curiosities

    We've unearthed some of our most intriguing curiosities, fascinating stories and unusual objects.

  • Jane Austen trail

    If you're a Jane Austen fan, the names of the settings in her stories are as readily recognisable as those of her characters. Ever wished to take a peek inside 'Netherfield', or admire 'Pemberley' from across the lake? It's easier to follow in the footsteps of Lizzy and Darcy or Elinor and Marianne than you might think.

  • Just off the motorway

    If you’re out and about in the car and are in need of a break, why not drop in on one of our special places. Lots of our places are near to the main routes but a million miles away from the rush and congestion of the motorways. You'll discover peaceful places where you can enjoy a complete change of pace, see an amazing house in a beautiful setting and even a slice of cake.

  • Life below stairs

    Get a taste of what it was like to serve in our greater houses. This is a selection of our houses that allow you to experience life below stairs.

  • Literary connections

    Generations of writers, playwrights and poets found inspiration in the beauty of the places where they lived and worked. We now care for many of these special places so you can discover the inspiration behind the words for yourself.

  • Mysterious places

    Many of our houses and gardens hold secrets ripe for exploring. Whether you are investigating a secret passage, baffled by a maze or intrigued by a resident ghost, you'll soon discover that there is more to us than meets the eye.

  • Second World War connections

    Several of our places played important parts in the Second World War. From Orford Ness which was used for balllistic testing of aircraft and their vulnerability under fire to Chartwell, which was home to Winston Churchill until his death, and was where he penned his wartime speeches. Find out how our places were involved.

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