Before you visit

Sometimes you may need to plan your visit to really get the most out of it © Arnhel de Serra

Sometimes you may need to plan your visit to really get the most out of it

Get the most out of your visit

You’re here to have a great time and we’re here to make sure you really get the most from your day out. We want you to have a day to remember for all the right reasons, so before you leave home, here are a few points to bear in mind.

Help us to look after these special places

We have to make sure that all the special places you love to visit remain unspoilt for generations to come. We value your help in protecting our historic houses and the treasures within for everyone to enjoy.

  • Remember that sharp heels or ridged soles can damage our delicate floors.
  • We know you want to capture your day out, but photography is only allowed inside some of our properties - please check if you are in any doubt.
  • Our houses, restaurants and shops are non-smoking.
  • You may be asked to leave any large bags at the entrance to prevent any damage to walls, or restriction to access.
  • Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time, unless stated otherwise.

Opening times

Don’t forget to check the opening times of the places you are visiting. Entry times and days vary between the houses, gardens and seasons, so do have a look first, just to be on the safe side.

Are you a member?

If you’re a member of the National Trust you can enjoy free entry to all our special places, so do make sure you have your membership cards with you when you visit. We can only give free entry to valid cardholders, so please remember to carry them.

On the rare occasion that a place is hosting a special event, members may be charged for entry, but you can double-check with a quick phone call to the property before you leave home.

At some of our busier places, you may be issued with a timed ticket and have to wait a little while before admission. This is just to avoid any overcrowding and to make sure that you get to see everything you want to see, comfortably. We promise not to keep you hanging around for too long.

Other useful info

  • Dogs

    Planning on bringing your dog? We've loads of info, hints and tips for dog owners.

  • Visitors with disabilities

    Our staff and volunteers will do everything they can to ensure that you enjoy your visit.

  • What is Gift Aid?

    Find out more about the Gift Aid on Entry scheme operating at most of our places.

The Countryside Code

 However you choose to spend your visit, follow these simple steps from the Countryside Code and you’ll help wildlife and farmers, as well as having a great day out.

  • Check weather forecasts before you leave and don’t be afraid to turn back.
  • Follow local signs, advice and access restrictions.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Take your rubbish home with you.
  • Don’t damage or remove rocks, plants or trees.
  • Give wild animals and farm animals plenty of space – they can behave unpredictably.
  • Keep dogs under control.
  • Drive or cycle carefully on country lanes.

Tick bites
We have some fantastic woodland and heathland areas but if you are visiting in the spring, summer or autumn, it’s important to be aware of ticks.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers when walking through tall vegetation.
  • Light fabrics are useful, as it is easier to see ticks against a pale background.
  • Inspect skin frequently and make sure that children's head and neck areas are properly checked. At the end of the day, check again, especially in skin folds.
  • Check that ticks are not brought home on clothes and pets don't bring any in on their fur.
  • If you get bitten, remove ticks with care.