Collection highlights at our places

Want to delve into the objects and works of art in the houses and world-class collections we care for? Browse all our collections content in one place.

The Drawing Room at Peckover House and Garden, Cambridgeshire
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Addressing our histories of colonialism and historic slavery

The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to colonialism and historic slavery. We're addressing these histories and their cultural significance and have published our report into these links.

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Who was Charles Wade?

Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire

Snowshill Manor as we know it was created from 1919 by the architect, artist and collector Charles Paget Wade (1883–1956).

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Inside Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire

With a sense of fun and theatre, Charles Wade took great pleasure in turning his home into a stage for his collection of varied and sometimes unusual finds. <br><br> The ground floor of the Manor house is open daily from Wednesday 23 September, 11.30am-4.30pm (last entry 3.50pm), with a one-way route in place. Visits are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit.​ 

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Fashioned from Paper at Knole by Delicarta

Knole, Kent

Fashioned from Paper at Knole sees paper artist Denise Watson (aka Delicarta), taking inspiration from 600 years of portraiture at Knole with her exquisitely detailed paper costumes.

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Learning through art at Beningbrough

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire

In the arts focussed programme, a picture paints a thousand words and in this session school children use the pieces on the wall or in the latest exhibition to become portrait detectives and shed light on some surprising stories behind the art.

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House at Basildon Park

Basildon Park, Berkshire

Explore Basildon Park, a stunning Georgian mansion surrounded by parkland. Once the home of Lord and Lady Iliffe, it played host to many glamourous parties in the 1950s.

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Research at the National Trust

Collaboration, information sharing and world-renowned research allows the art and historical collections, house interiors and miles of coastline we care for to be preserved for future generations.

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The National Trust Carriage Museum

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon

Explore the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, which houses one of the most significant collections of carriages in the country. The New Wing of the Carriage Museum is open daily, 11am-3pm. Visits are limited to ensure social distancing; entry is not guaranteed on the day you visit. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering inside. Please bring one with you. Please note the Speaker's state coach is currently not on display due to COVID and conservation restrictions.

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Things to see and do at Overbeck's

Overbeck's, Devon

Explore the banana garden, meander through the woodland or relax beneath the palms. Overbeck's is home to an unusual collection of rare and tropical plants, creating a dramatic display of hot colours and exotic scents set against sea views.

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Dyrham Park’s colonial connections

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

Connections to empire run deep in the activities of three families: the Wynters, the Poveys and the Blathwayts. Together, they take us through 100 years of British imperial ambitions, from exploration and the start of the transatlantic slave trade, to the foundations of a colonial empire.

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Art at Runnymede

Runnymede and Ankerwycke, Surrey

Walk through the meadows of Runnymede and you will come across two major artworks by world renowned artists. The Jurors by Hew Locke and Writ in Water by Mark Wallinger in collaboration with Studio Octopi.

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Great houses and mansions in Wales

From eccentric aristocrats to tales of love and loss painted on to walls, our magnificent mansions and their collections bring history and stories to life. Explore the fine country houses of Erddig, Llanerchaeron and Plas Newydd.

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The house at Trerice

Trerice, Cornwall

An Elizabethan manor with rooms that take you on a journey through history. The house reopened on 16 September, 10.30am-4pm daily. Visits are limited to ensure social distancing and entry to the house is not guaranteed on the day you visit.​ There is a one-way system operating to maintain social distancing. 

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Explore the house here at Coughton

Coughton Court, Warwickshire

The doors to the house here at Coughton are re-opening on 29 September and the dust sheets and covers have come off the furniture. Things are a little different in the house, but we would love to welcome you back, tell you centuries old stories and share with you the beautiful house.

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Pilgrim installation at Mottisfont

Mottisfont, Hampshire

Head to the Beech Circle to immerse yourself in a sound experience combining Japanese percussion and bass baritone voice. Pilgrim is the work of artist Hywel Davies, and is inspired by Mottisfont’s heritage as a place of pilgrimage.

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Places to visit during the winter in the East of England

This winter we're opening our doors and garden gates, so you can go behind the scenes, enjoy talks and walks, as well as experience our newest exhibitions. Step inside and meet the teams, as they go about caring for our places during the winter months.

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Swords of Kingdoms: The Staffordshire Hoard at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Seventy years separates the discovery of the Sutton Hoo Great Ship Burial and the Staffordshire Hoard. Join us for this major new exhibition, opening in May, where original artefacts from both sites will be displayed together for the first time in East Anglia, where some of the items are believed to have been made over 1400 years ago.

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'Adornments' by Carla van de Puttelaar

Lacock, Wiltshire

The beautiful photography exhibition 'Adornments' by Dutch artist, Carla van de Puttelaar, is currently on display at the Fox Talbot Museum.