Dutch Winter Scene by Charles Henri Joseph Leickert (Brussels 1816 - Mainz 1907)

Art & collections

Elizabeth I portrait

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.

Objects in focus

New year exhibitions
a coloured plate from James Bateman's 'The Orchidacaea of Mexico and Guatemala', (London: 1843), in the Library collection at Tatton Park, Cheshire

A potted history of houseplants 

From orange trees to orchids, bonsai to ferns and hyacinths, the fashion for greening our interiors and filling them with plants and natural fragrances is nothing new. Discover the history of houseplants through objects in our collections and in National Trust houses and gardens across the country.

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

Hispano-Moresque basil pot, 1440–70, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Art and collections publications 

Delve deeper into our collections and curatorial research in some of the key specialist publications the National Trust produces, including the lavishly illustrated Historic Houses & Collections Annual and Art, Buildings & Collections Bulletin.

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