How you can get more from membership

Whether you're a new National Trust member or if you've been with us for a fair few years, you'll know that there's always something to explore at our places. If you’ve got a few hours to trek an invigorating nature trail or to spend time relaxing in a flourishing garden we care for, here's how to make the most out of your membership.

Exercise 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 expansive views to motivate yourself – from gentle woodland trails to steep hills that are well worth the climb. Getting outdoors beats running on a treadmill any day.

Get arty

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. From the dewy mornings that transform the Lake District to all types of wildlife that calls these places home, you won’t be short of inspiration.

You’ll be in good company too – artists and writers as diverse as JMW Turner and Beatrix Potter have been inspired by the places we care for.

Getting close to nature with photography in the formal gardens at Montacute House, Somerset
Visitors in the formal gardens at Montacute House, Somerset
Getting close to nature with photography in the formal gardens at Montacute House, Somerset

Discover local history

Become a regular history buff when you visit and revisit historical places. Piece together the stories of the past and impress your friends with your knowledge of our ancestors. Historical sites like Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo are yours to explore as many times as you like. 

Get stuck in with summer holiday activities

You can find twisting trees, wildlife activities, wide open spaces to traverse 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. Our website is also jam-packed with ideas to keep the kids entertained. You could introduce some new hobbies for the whole family to join in with.

Impress with your skills in the kitchen

Not only is there plenty to do outdoors over the summer, but we've got lots of recipes for you to try at home. From the classics like summer berry panna cotta, to twists on the traditional with vegetarian dishes like scrumptious mushroom and tyme rolls, there's something to be said for our seasonal bakes and recipes. Wow the crowd with your showstopping snacks, lunches and dinners.

Try one of our delicious mushroom and thyme rolls
National Trust Mushroom and Thyme Roll
Try one of our delicious mushroom and thyme rolls

Stop and smell the roses

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

Become a green-fingered expert

With horticultural and gardening experts on hand to answer your questions online, we've a wealth of information to share with you on how to make your garden the brightest in the neighbourhood. And even if you don't have a patch of green to take care of, we've got lots of tips to keep you in the know about growing your own mini paradise in smaller spaces like on balconies and indoors.

Growing a range of plants in the glasshouse at Greenway, Devon
The glasshouse in the gardens at Greenway, Devon
Growing a range of plants in the glasshouse at Greenway, Devon

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

There's lots of handy items for your garden and kitchen needs and some lovingly-made gifts on offer on our online shop. Every purchase you make, from textiles and decorative items to sustainable ways to go green, is a donation towards looking after your favourite places.

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 out your blanket.

Visitors enjoying a picnic in the garden in spring at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Visitors enjoying a picnic in the garden in spring at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Visitors enjoying a picnic in the garden in spring at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Tuck into tea and cake

Feeling peckish? Pop into one of our many cafés for a cup of warming hot chocolate or a traditional cream tea. With lots of places to choose from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you won't be short of options.

Stay a little longer

From medieval castles to cliffs teeming with seabirds to world-famous gardens, membership gives you access to hundreds of different experiences. Book a holiday with us and spend a week soaking up the history, culture and scenery of all the nearby National Trust places. There are over 400 unique cottages to choose from, with cabins nestled by the sea to cosy woodland retreats, historic manor houses and even a lighthouse or two.

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

Which places are open?

  • More than 135 gardens and parks are open in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Over 60 historic houses are open in England and Wales. Following the latest official guidance, all National Trust houses in Northern Ireland are now closed. If you book a ticket for an open garden or park, you may also be able to visit the house. Visits to the houses are limited to ensure safe, social distancing and so we can't guarantee you’ll be able to view the house on the day you visit
  • We’ve also opened many of our cafés and shops at these places to help make your visit feel as close to normal as possible 
  • Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are open in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Most don’t need to be booked



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