How you can get more from membership

No matter if you’re a new National Trust member or if you’ve been a member for years, there's always something to explore at our places – whether you’ve got a few hours or a few days to spare, or just fancy a change of scenery. So rather than saving your visits for special occasions, why not try some of these ideas to make the most out of membership?

Work out in the great outdoors

Change up your exercise routine by choosing a new route for your regular jog, run or cycle. Across the country you’ll find inspiring places for a workout – from gentle woodland trails to steep hills that are well worth the climb. Who knows, you might even save a few pennies on that gym membership.    

Get sketching

If you enjoy painting, photography or drawing, you’re welcome to spend as long as you want capturing the beautiful buildings and landscapes we look after. You’ll be in good company too – artists as diverse as JMW Turner and Beatrix Potter have been inspired by the places we now look after.

Sketching the view at Allan Bank in the Lake District
Woman sketching a view at Allan Bank in the Lake District
Sketching the view at Allan Bank in the Lake District

Discover local history

It’s hard to unravel all the history of a place in just one trip. So why not become a regular and take your time piecing together the fascinating past of your local National Trust place. 

Have an after-school adventure

You’ll find twisting trees, natural play areas, wilderness activities and lots more to keep curious children entertained after school. Check out our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ – from skimming stones to flying a kite, you can have a mini adventure no matter what the weather. 

Summer at Mottistone Gardens
Two girls walking through the gardens at Mottistone, Isle of Wight
Summer at Mottistone Gardens

Smell the flowers

Brush against wildflowers on secret paths, surround yourself with blooms at one of our rose gardens, or discover something new among our herbaceous borders. With more than 200 gardens across the UK, you just need to follow your nose to find a display you’ll love, whatever the season.

Spend an evening out

Experience your local National Trust place after the sun goes down. We host live music concerts, behind-the-scenes tours and even craft beer festivals throughout the year. Check out the listings at your local property for an evening to remember. 

A perfect summers evening
Outdoor theatre Cliveden
A perfect summers evening

Take your dog for a walk

Rather than doing the same old loop, why not take your dog somewhere a little special? You'll both appreciate the chance to discover a woodland wander or coastal stroll - and all the sights, sounds and smells that go with it. 

Shop local

Our shops are full of sustainable food and lovingly-made gifts.  Some of the places we look after also hold regular farmers' markets and craft fairs where you can pick up local produce and handicrafts and show your support for small producers.

Pack a picnic

You bring the food, we’ll provide the view. Whether it’s a romantic treat, a get-together with friends, or a family meal with a difference, we look after lots of picturesque spots where you can lay your blanket.

Visitors enjoying a picnic at Morden Hall Park, London
Visitors enjoying a picnic at Morden Hall Park, London
Visitors enjoying a picnic at Morden Hall Park, London

Tuck into tea and cake

Feeling peckish? Pop into one of our many cafés for a bowl of warming soup or a traditional cream tea. With over 300 places to choose from across the UK, you won't be short of options.

Go on a ‘place hopping’ holiday

From medieval castles to cliffs teeming with seabirds, forgotten gold mines to world-famous gardens, membership gives you access to hundreds of different experiences. Book a holiday cottage with us and spend a week soaking up the history, culture and scenery of all the nearby National Trust places. 

The Water Tower holiday cottage, Cornwall
View of the Water Tower in Cornwall, one of our holiday cottages
The Water Tower holiday cottage, Cornwall