How you can get more from membership

Whether 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. If you’ve got a few hours to trek an invigorating nature trail, to spend time relaxing in a flourishing garden we care for, or a few days to uncover the history of a castle, 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. 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. 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.

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

A single trip to a place might not be enough to uncover all of its secrets. Why not become a regular and take time to piece together the fascinating histories of your favourite places? Victorian mansions, Gothic castles and special exhibitions could all be yours to explore as many times as you like.

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. 

Spending time in the play area at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Visitors in the play area at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Spending time in the play area at Dyffryn House and Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

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. 

Young visitors exploring the exhibition at Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate, Devon
Young visitors exploring the exhibition at Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate, Devon
Young visitors exploring the exhibition at Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate, 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

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 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 bowl of warming soup or a traditional cream tea. With over 500 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