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Visitor watching wildlife at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
Visitor watching wildlife at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Discover and learn

Would you like to dig a bit deeper into history, find gardening tips or even make a bug hotel? Discover more about the places you love and pick up some new skills. 

History

Learn about people and places from the past and discover remarkable works of art, architecture and gardens.

The visitor staircase at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands, featuring Indian rush-work below the dado rail and William Morris' Willow Bough pattern wallpaper above
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Exploring LGBTQ+ history at National Trust places 

Learn more about the LGBTQ+ people with connections to the places we care for and why highlighting these stories is so important.

The Daisy Room at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
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Who was William Morris? 

Learn how William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, brought the natural world indoors with his wallpapers and textiles, which are still instantly recognisable today.

A oil painting on canvas, a three-quarter-length portrait, of Sir Isaac Newton in older age painted by Sir James Thornhill from 1712, held at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire.
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History of Newton at Woolsthorpe Manor 

Read about the history of Woolsthorpe Manor and the impact it had on its most famous resident, Isaac Newton.

Sunny view of a glasshouse with flowering plants on either side
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History of glasshouses, orangeries and garden sheds 

Discover the evolution in garden buildings – from exclusive hothouses for rare new finds, to the cornerstones of every garden today.

Nature

Read our guides to help you get closer to nature. Learn how to identify birdsong and spot bats, water voles and ancient trees, or have a go at forest bathing, rock pooling and many more activities.

Daffodils in the garden on the Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
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The history of daffodils 

The cheerful daffodil has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Learn how the daffodil came to be one of the UK's favourite flowers, where it originated and how its many varieties are classified.

Fungi growing on the woodland floor next to a fallen tree trunk
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Facts about fungi 

Fungi play a vital role in the natural world and decomposition process, helping break down organic woodland material. Learn all you need to know about these important organisms.

Red squirrel sitting on a mossy rock eating a nut
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Red squirrel spotting tips 

Find out how to spot red squirrels, the best times to see them and how to tell them apart from grey squirrels.

Close view of fossils at the disused Loftus Alum Works, North Yorkshire
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Common fossils to find at the coast 

Do you know your ammonites from your devil’s toenails? Discover how to identify some of the fossils commonly found around the UK coast and where you might see them.

Gardening tips

Learn from our gardeners and make the most of your garden, plot or window box.

A volunteer stands on top of a step ladder with a pair of secateurs, pruning an apple tree in winter while wrapped up in a woolly hat and fleece.
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Gardening tips for winter 

Keep your garden or green spaces thriving with our winter gardening tips. There are plenty of jobs to keep you busy, including protecting your plants and wildlife, planting for winter colour, pruning rose bushes and planning ahead for warmer days.

A close-up of snowdrops at Ickworth in Suffolk
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Top tips for growing snowdrops in your own garden 

Discover some top tips for growing common snowdrops in your outdoor space. Find out when, where and how to plant your snowdrops to end up with your own carpet of white flowers every spring.

Two blue tits perched on a green bird feeder with brick wall in the background
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How to build a wildlife-friendly garden 

Looking for new ways to help your local wildlife? Here are some of our top tips on how to make your garden a haven for animals, birds and insects.

Green cuttings sprouting in natural plastic-free pots and peat-free compost
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Guide to peat-free gardening 

We've committed to going peat free as an organisation, and all the plants we grow, buy and sell are potted in peat-free compost. Hear from our team of gardening experts and discover top tips for peat-free gardening in your green space.

Food

Discover the benefits of eating seasonally and try some National Trust recipes for yourself.

A flourless chocolate hazelnut torte cake

Recipes 

Browse a selection of National Trust recipe ideas, from classics such as cheese scones and family-friendly treats to vegetarian and vegan dishes and seasonal delights.

Dish of baked cauliflower gratin with a spoon
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Cauliflower cheese gratin 

Tempt your taste buds with this cheesy classic, combining delicious cheddar and stilton. It's perfect for an indulgent lunch or warming dinner.

An ornate teapot set on a low table with a plate of scones behind
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The history of tea 

Tea first arrived in Britain in the mid-17th century, when it was so expensive that only the incredibly wealthy could afford it. Find out the connections that the places in our care have to this simple brew.

Gardener picking fennel from the vegetable garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool
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Guide to seasonal food 

Grow your own fruit and vegetables and help the environment by reducing food miles. Find out what to harvest, plant and buy each month with our handy guide to seasonal food.

Crafts

Follow one of our many how-to guides and become an expert in something new in no time.

Adding the finishing touches to the bee box
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How to build a bee box 

Bee populations have been dwindling in recent years, and building homes is just one way of encouraging them to stick around. Follow these steps to build your own nesting box to attract bees to your garden.

Finished dyed Easter eggs
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How to make naturally dyed Easter eggs 

Create some vibrant Easter eggs from natural ingredients by following this step-by-step guide and video tutorial. Use them in your Easter egg hunt or as handmade Easter decorations.

Making a pinecone bird feeder
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How to make a bird feeder 

If you’d like to see more birds in your outdoor space, discover how you can make a simple bird feeder with just a few items and ingredients.

Making bug houses in the garden at Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear
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Build your own World Heritage Site 

Challenge yourself to build a World Heritage Site or historic place with whatever you have at home and discover the history and legends of your favourite landmark.

Virtual visit

Enjoy a virtual exhibition, watch a behind-the-scenes video or listen to one of our podcasts.

A beaver kit sits on the edge of a pond eating a leafy tree branch
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National Trust Podcast: series seven 

Listen to series seven of the National Trust Podcast. From the communities celebrating blossom to the Anglo-Saxon ship buried at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, discover stories filled with history and nature.

Walkers on the South West coast path to Old Harry, Studland Bay, Dorset
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Sounds of our shores 

We worked with the British Library and the National Trust for Scotland to create the UK’s first ever coastal sound map. Find out about the project and top tips for making your own recording of the sounds of our shores.

Painting of Saint Agatha, by Carlo Dolci, circa 1665-70 at Osterley Park, London
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Online exhibitions 

Delve into our online exhibitions, where you can see artworks and explore the history of the places and collections in our care from the comfort of your own home.

Wildflower meadow at Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Holnicote, Somerset 

Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of the diverse landscapes and habitats on the Holnicote Estate. Explore beaver enclosures, ancient oak woodland, saltmarshes and more in this immersive audio experience, and learn about the vital work for nature in west Somerset.

Film and TV

Featuring in costume dramas, fantasy worlds and fairy tales, discover the films and TV shows that have been made at National Trust places.

A photo showing the TARDIS prop used for filming Doctor Who on set at Rhosili. The TARDIS is perched on top of the cliff, overlooking Rhosili Bay beneath it in the background.
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Doctor Who filming locations 

Doctor Who is celebrating 60 years of time-travelling adventures. Discover which places in our care have been featured in alien worlds and distant times from the Bronze Age to the year five billion.

Multiple people hanging a landscape painting of Dunkirk while being filmed
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Hidden Treasures of the National Trust 

Follow our conservators at work and get closer to the objects they care for in a new six-part series Hidden Treasures of the National Trust. All episodes are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

A large camera on the shoulder of a person during the filming of Wolf Hall at Montacute House in Somerset
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Top film locations at the National Trust 

Many of the places in our care have been locations for films and TV dramas. Hear from two of our filming and location managers as they discuss the most popular filming locations and share their best stories from behind the scenes.

Scenes from the Netflix series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story have been filmed at Belton House in Lincolnshire
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Bridgerton filming locations 

Find out which places were used as filming locations for Netflix's lavish Regency-era drama Bridgerton and the new spin-off series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, released on 4 May.

Two visitors exploring the garden in spring at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

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