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Archaeologists digging in an excavation area

Festival of Archaeology 

Join us as we celebrate the UK's annual Festival of Archaeology from 13–28 July. Find events and activities at a number of archaeological sites in our care and uncover hidden histories.

Visitors exploring the garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Explore the most famous gardens in our care 

We care for hundreds of historic gardens, encompassing more than 500 years of history and a range of garden styles and fashions. Learn about the most famous and significant gardens you can visit.

Visitors attending a cinema experience at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Outdoor music, theatre and film events 

Watch a show in the great outdoors with a music, theatre or film event at a place near you. Bring some popcorn to watch outdoor cinema, listen to music under the stars or watch an open-air theatre production held in striking surroundings.

Rockpooling at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear

Best beaches for rock-pooling 

Rock-pooling is a great way to get closer to nature. Discover the best places to find wildlife such as starfish, limpets and barnacles at the beaches and coasts we care for.

Start your journey of discovery

Delve into history, get tips from our experts, learn a new skill and go behind the scenes of your favourite places.

Things to see and do

Adonis Blue butterfly

Top tips for butterfly spotting 

Take part in the Big Butterfly Count (12 July–4 August) and learn how to spot butterflies without scaring them away, and find out which types of plants will attract them to your garden.

Plate of pre-cut Bakewell slices with pot of raspberry jam to dip in

Bakewell slice recipe 

Whether you fancy a sweet afternoon treat or something a little more indulgent for dessert, this delicious Bakewell slice is perfect for any occasion.

A garden filled with flowers and trees, surrounded by urban buildings

National Trust Podcast: series eight 

Learn how to enjoy nature in unconventional places in our podcast episode, 'City growing with Tayshan Hayden-Smith'. You can also find more episodes, series and playlists filled with nature and history.

Exterior of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

The history of architecture 

Find out how both social and technological change have influenced architecture throughout history, and find out where to see examples of each period at the places we look after.

In the news

Three ladies sitting in chairs face a huge tapestry. They are sewing the lower border onto the tapestry which shows a biblical scene from the story of Gideon

Hardwick tapestry conservation wins award 

Find out more about the Europa Nostra Award we were given for our work conserving the Gideon tapestries at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire – our longest conservation project that cost £1.7 million to complete. Our textile conservators completed the work by hand using traditional sewing and stitching techniques.

Holidays and shopping

The outdoor seating area at Riverside Cottage, Devon

Plan a summer getaway 

Bring everyone together for an unforgettable holiday with family and friends. Whether you choose to relax or have an adventure, create memories that'll last a lifetime when you book a break with us.

Shoulder bags, a scarf and a hat on coat hooks

Shop summer styles 

Complete your look with our selection of summer fashion accessories. From sustainable sunglasses to wide-brimmed hats and stylish bags, there's plenty to choose from to suit every taste.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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