Six signs you're already a member at heart

Environmental champion? Outdoor lover? Intrepid explorer? In that case National Trust membership might be for you. Here are six signs you’re already a member at heart

1. You’re naturally inquisitive

Discovering new places is a breeze for National Trust members, who have access to lots of exciting places. Choose from Roman villas, Edwardian mansions, world-class gardens or one-of-a-kind gold mines, bear huts and dragon lairs. So whether you’re curious about history, the natural world, or the daily specials at our cafés, we’ve got lots to share with you.

Exploring Dunham Massey's spectacular garden in autumn
A family in the garden at Dunham Massey
Exploring Dunham Massey's spectacular garden in autumn

2. You love the environment

You care about reducing plastic waste and were bringing shopping bags with you when the 5p charge was just a pipe dream. Now, you’re shopping sustainably wherever possible - and we are trying to do the same. So we’re phasing out selling single use plastic at our places, having already removed plastic cups and cutlery. As a member you’d be helping us to look after special places for everyone, because the environment needs all the friends it can get.

We need your help to keep our beaches clean
National Trust Great British Beach Clean
We need your help to keep our beaches clean

3. You’ve got a secret spot

With so much to explore, you could well discover a new favourite place. You could get away from it all in the wilds of the Peak District, stand behind the rushing falls of Sgwyd Yr Eira in Wales, or step into a miners’ tunnel in Cornwall. Our members’ Handbook contains inspiration for seeking out lots more, so don’t forget to keep yours a secret.

Running free on the rugged Marsden Moor in the Peak District, West Yorkshire
Running on Marsden Moor
Running free on the rugged Marsden Moor in the Peak District, West Yorkshire

4. You’re a fan of the outdoor life

As well as our amazing houses and buildings, we’ve acres of wild and unforgettable outdoor places to fall in love with too. The winding stretches of coastline (778 miles of it at the last count), magnificent mountains and quiet woodlands in our care are all perfect for adventurers. Members don’t pay for car parking at most of these places either, so head out and see where you can discover next.

Photographing the woods and wildlife of Brownsea Island, Dorset
Photographing woods
Photographing the woods and wildlife of Brownsea Island, Dorset

5. You’re an art lover

We care for one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. Indoors and outdoors, we look after some incredible pieces, and also support new emerging artists through our Trust New Art programme. So whether your passions lie with the Old Masters or the new innovators, with nearly one million objects at over 200 places you’ll have even more art to see when you become a member.

Waddesdon Manor's Red Drawing Room gives visitors a closer glimpse at its treasures
Waddesdon Manor Red Drawing Room with visitors
Waddesdon Manor's Red Drawing Room gives visitors a closer glimpse at its treasures

6. You enjoy the odd slice of cake

It’s probably no surprise that we’re partial to all sorts of cake, and the odd scone as well. If you enjoy the odd sweet treat too, then you’ll find our tea rooms and cafés are great spots to pause during your visit to sit down with a cuppa and a bite of something delicious.
 

Enjoying cake and a break with the kids at Claremont Landscape Garden's cafe, Surrey
Enjoying a slice of cake at Claremont Landscape Garden cafe, Surrey
Enjoying cake and a break with the kids at Claremont Landscape Garden's cafe, Surrey

So whether you’re a cake lover, outdoors enthusiast, art aficionado or collector of secret spots (there’s probably a proper name for that), becoming a National Trust member can mean experiencing even more of the things you love, all year round.