Tenants

Jon Watson National Trust farm tenant with the flock of Herdwick sheep at Yew Tree Farm

Tenants can benefit from free access to our places with a tenant pass. It is available to most of our residential, commercial and agricultural tenants.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

Each year, you’ll receive a copy of the National Trust Handbook, a parking permit and three editions of National Trust Magazine. You’ll also receive a card which allows you, your children (under 18) and one other adult free entry to most National Trust places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland during normal opening times. The card, together with your parking permit, gives you free parking at most National Trust places, so always bring them with you when you visit.

How does it differ to membership?

Tenants will not be given access to the National Trust AGM or be able to vote. If tenants would like these additional benefits then they can purchase Trust membership.

If you become an eligible tenant after the packs are distributed at the start of each year, you’ll be given a welcome pack so you can still take advantage of the benefits for the remainder of the calendar year after your tenancy starts.

After this, you’ll be sent the tenant pass and pack at the start of each year for as long as you’re an eligible tenant of the National Trust.

Great Landgale in the Lake District, Cumbria

FAQs for tenants 

Here are some answers to the questions tenants may have in the light of the current coronavirus situation.

Close up of an oak leaf

Our spending cuts in response to coronavirus losses 

Like most organisations, we've been hit very hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite already making considerable savings we need to act now to save much more to secure the beautiful places that we all love. Regrettably, this means proposed staff redundancies alongside other measures to cut our costs. We're confident that these savings will put us in a strong position to face the challenges ahead, for generations to come.

Erddig's tenant farm sheep grazing on the estate in foreground with the house in the background

Residential & farm lettings 

We offer lettings of houses, cottages and farms for tenants in addition to our places open to the public.