A textile piece by artist Kate Findlay, depicting the standing stones at Avebury

Art & collections

Mechanical arm on show at Cotehele

Introducing our remarkable collections 

We care for one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. With more than one million objects at over 200 historic places - including over 400,000 book titles - a surprise discovery awaits you around every corner.

Exhibitions in the spotlight
Powis Portraits

More special exhibitions 

Here's our guide to current and future exhibitions at our places. Take your pick from exhibitions showcasing The Tiger Who Came to Tea artwork, Chippendale, mixed media at Mottisfont, Jacobean portraits and women's suffrage.

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Mural painting

William Morris and his Palace of Art at Red House 

The interiors of Red House in Kent are decorated with painted scenes from literature that held potent meanings for William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement. A new book by Tessa Wild, the former curator of Red House, sheds more light.

Detail of the lamp at Souter Lighthouse, Tyne & Wear.

A light fantastic 

The landmark Souter Lighthouse of Tyne & Wear, with its dramatic red and white hoops, was a technological innovation of the 19th century. But the mighty lamp which beamed out to avert ships from danger - the first in the world to be powered by electricity - is an even more striking and intriguing object.

The art of marbling

Places with collections we recommend

Petworth, West Sussex

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.

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Grantham, Lincolnshire

The perfect English country house?

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Sevenoaks, Kent

Be part of a 400 year history of visiting Knole

Partially open today
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Recent acquisitions and loans

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded on our National Trust Collections website. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you