Six signs you're already a member at heart

If you're a nature lover and want nothing more than to protect it, or if you want to get closer to beautiful objects while helping to preserve them, National Trust membership might be for you. Here are six signs you’re already a member at heart.

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1. You’re naturally inquisitive

Discovering new places is a breeze for National Trust members. Whether you’re curious about history, want to see more of the natural world or love to indulge in the daily specials at our cafés, we’ve got lots to share with you.

The places we care for might surprise you. Roman villas, world-class gardens and one-of-a-kind gold mines, bear huts and dragon lairs can be yours to discover.

Visitor taking a closer look at foxgloves in the garden at Wordsworth House, Cumbria
Visitor taking a closer look at foxgloves in the garden at Wordsworth House, Cumbria
Visitor taking a closer look at foxgloves in the garden at Wordsworth House, Cumbria

2. You love the environment

Serving sustainable food, reducing plastic waste and helping the environment as much as possible are at the top of our list, and members help us achieve these goals. We're phasing out single use plastic at our places, having already moved to plant-based disposables and cutlery. As a member you'll be helping us look after naturally beautiful places for everyone, because the environment needs all the friends it can get.

Volunteers helping with a beach clean at Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
Volunteers helping with a beach clean at Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
Volunteers helping with a beach clean at Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire

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 even more, so don’t forget to check it out for new places to visit.

Visitors taking photographs in the gardens at Stourhead, Wiltshire
Visitors taking photographs in the gardens in May at Stourhead, Wiltshire
Visitors taking photographs in the gardens at Stourhead, Wiltshire

4. You’re a fan of the outdoor life

As well as the amazing houses and buildings we care for, we’ve hectares of wild and unforgettable outdoor places to fall in love with too. The winding stretches of coastline, magnificent mountains and quiet woodlands in our care are all perfect for adventurers.

The outdoor places we care for are home to hundreds of species. A membership goes towards looking after them, too, so see what you could spot – Lizard Point, for instance, is a haven for birds so it's perfect for the odd birdspotting trip or two. Members don’t pay for car parking at most of these places either, so head out and see where you can discover next.

Walkers ascending Scafell Pike at Wasdale Head, Cumbria
Walkers ascending Scafell Pike at Wasdale Head, Cumbria
Walkers ascending Scafell Pike at Wasdale Head, Cumbria

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 beautiful objects in over 200 collections you’ll have even more art to see when you become a member.

Visitor looking around at Basildon Park, Berkshire
Visitor looking around at Basildon Park, Berkshire
Visitor looking around at Basildon Park, Berkshire

6. You enjoy the odd slice of cake

It’s probably no surprise that we’re partial to all sorts of cake. If you enjoy the odd sweet treat too, then 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.

If you want to bring a slice of the National Trust into your kitchen, as a member you'll be the first to know about any new recipes our experts cook up. We'll let you know about all the new tasty treats you can try through member emails and your online Members' Area. 

Visitors sitting outside at the Stables Café at Osterley, Isleworth, Middlesex
Visitors sitting outside at the Stables Cafe at Osterley, Isleworth, Middlesex
Visitors sitting outside at the Stables Café at Osterley, Isleworth, Middlesex

Whether you’re a cake lover, outdoors trekker, art enthusiast or a secret spot finder, becoming a National Trust member can mean experiencing even more of the things you love, all year round.