Plan the perfect Father's Day

Visitors exploring the gardens at Lyme Park, Cheshire

Father's Day is just around the corner, on 20 June 2021. If you’re struggling to think of how to say thank you to that special someone, we’re here to help.

Whether your dad loves historic houses, glorious gardens or wild coastline, we're sure to offer something he'll love. Why not surprise him with a trip to a picturesque cottage with the whole family, or cook up a treat for the special day? From great gifts to amazing activities and relaxing weekends away, grab some inspiration for a Father's Day your dad will love.

Even though there aren't any events happening at places we care for in 2021, you can still have great days out with your loved ones. Gardens, parks and countryside are open to visit, as well as lots of historic houses, cafés and tea-rooms.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

A range of objects that you can find on the National Trust shop, like walking socks, picnic accessories, water bottles and hats

Father's Day gifts 

Our online shop has loads of great gift ideas for Father's Day. From garden tools for green-fingered dads to fascinating reads for history buffs, this is your one-stop shop for the perfect present.

Visitors sitting beneath a tree at Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Plant a tree in celebration of your dad 

From just £5, you could plant a tree in celebration of your dad for Father's Day. It's a unique gift idea for nature lovers, and you'll help nature to thrive so that future generations can enjoy spending time in the shade of these beautiful giants. To ensure your loved one receives their certificate in time for Father's Day, dedicate the tree by 15 June 2021.

National Trust recipe of smoked mackerel fishcake with celeriac remoulade and pickled vegetables
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Try a Father's Day recipe 

Cook up a tempting Father's Day treat with one of our delicious recipes. How about a twist on a comforting classic? Have a go at making these crispy smoked mackerel fishcakes, served with seasonal pickled vegetables and a smooth celeriac remoulade.

View from the terrace of Bar Lodge holiday cottage in Cornwall

Father's Day breaks 

All fathers need some time to relax now and then, so why not treat yours to a getaway at one of our holiday cottages? We've got cosy cottage hideaways all over the countryside, plus beautiful campsites under the stars and coastal retreats for a breath of sea air.