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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Flowers Timber Framed Paycockess

Places in the East of England you need to book 

Some of the smaller places we care for in England are open with guided experiences or you may need to travel by boat to reach them, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. Our tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. Tickets are released on a Thursday for a two week period.

Children enjoying hot chocolate drinks

Christmas in Essex, Beds and Herts 

In the lead up to Christmas, why not join us on one of our new winter trails? Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand as you make your way around Ashridge Estate and Dunstable Downs - who will you come across on the way? You'll also be able to enjoy festive treats from our cafes.

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.

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 The 125 Treasures display at Petworth House

Celebrating 125 treasures in our collections 

From artistic masterpieces and vast tapestries to precious personal possessions, the range and breadth of the collections in our care is astonishing. Discover more about some of the intriguing objects featured in our recent book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust - and get up close to some on special display at over 50 of our places.

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.

Beech tree in Frithsden at Ashridge, Herts

Looking after our ancient trees and woodland in the East 

Find out how we are working with the Woodland Trust to look after the ancient trees and woodland across the East of England.