Screen print of a Chippendale chair by artist, James Bywood

Art & collections

Celebrating Thomas Chippendale
Exhibitions in the spotlight
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.

Places with collections we recommend

Petworth, West Sussex

A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing 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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Focus on...
Venus directing Aeneas and Achates to Carthage

Reynolds and Kauffman: Royal Academy connections at Saltram 

Saltram in Devon houses a fine collection of works by two of the founding members of the Royal Academy: Angelica Kauffman and Joshua Reynolds. As 2018 sees the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, curator Alison Cooper discusses Saltram's important collection of works by these founder members.

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