botanical illustration of daffoldils

Art & collections

Exhibition highlights
The front of the Kings Cabinet at Chirk Castle

Introducing our remarkable treasures 

We look after 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.

Pencil study of Beatrix Potter's pet rabbit

Spring into our collections 

Artists and designers never cease to be amazed by the natural world, taking inspiration from plants, trees and wildlife. Celebrate the season by exploring these evocative depictions of spring in our collections.

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Marble busts

Striking a pose 

An exceedingly unusual ancient marble cat, a rare alabaster survival from the Reformation, the earliest known wood carving by Grinling Gibbons and a brass modernist interpretation by Barbara Hepworth… just a few examples from our diverse and internationally significant collection of sculptures to explore.

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

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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