Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

A frosty day on the downs

Walk amongst an ancient forest or discover old age traditions in a number of quaint, quiet villages in the counties of Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Places to visit

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Winter walks at Ashridge Herts

Where you can visit 

We're reopening the places you love in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, safely and in line with government guidance. Booking is essential if you're planning to visit Hatfield Forest.

Archaeology detectives

Places you can visit

Days out on your doorstep
Places to stay
Exterior of Thorington Hall

Places to stay 

You can now stay in Thorington Hall on the Essex/Suffolk border. A beautiful rambling farmhouse, this holiday cottage is an ideal base to explore nearby Constable Country.

To enjoy at home

Three black and white images of people featured in the 125 portrait exhibition

A portrait of the National Trust: 125 stories for 125 years 

As part of our 125th anniversary celebrations, an innovative photographic book and online exhibition tell the stories of 125 people and their relationships with us. Here you can enjoy a selection of these beautiful black and white portraits from the book.

Your membership matters

Our work on the coast

Northey Island on the Blackwater Estuary might have been the site of the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain, but today it's also an internationally important haven for birds. As we face challenges ahead with sea-level rise, your support is helping us plan for the future.