Working holidays

Looking for a different sort of holiday? Experience life as a ranger, a farmer or gardener with a National Trust working holiday.

Volunteers take a break on a working holiday

Working Holidays have been part of the National Trust for over 50 years. In that time participants have helped us to look after some of the most incredible places in England and Wales.

No two days are the same when looking after our special places and you’ll discover just that on a ranger led working holiday. You could find yourself knee-deep in a muddy pond or enjoying one of Britain’s oldest, most traditional, and calming of crafts dry-stone walling. 

The range of locations and experiences are forever evolving, allowing participants to help care for some of the finest coast, countryside, historic houses and gardens in Britain.

It's not just about working in some amazing places. It's also an opportunity to gain new skills and enjoy unique experiences, work alongside and learn from the experts, and make lifelong friends. 

Find a working holiday

With over 170 working holidays to choose from, varying from weekend breaks to week long adventures, you're sure to find your perfect break.

A view through the spectacular Devil’s Dyke towards Newtimber Hill, with chalk downland and distant views to the Weald.

Featured holiday: The Devil's in the detail 

At the end of August, join the rangers at Devil's Dyke for some good honest work, with stunning panoramas in Britain's newest National Park. In return, we'll take you on a guided walk to explain how your work will directly contribute towards its conservation.


A working holiday on the Devon Coast

Find out what a group of participants got up to when they went on a working holiday on the Devon Coast.

Celebrating 50 years of working holidays
Volunteers on a National Trust Working Holiday, at Bosigran Farm, Cornwall.

Working Holidays leaders 

Our Working Holidays are run by volunteer leaders, who work with Trust staff to ensure you have the best possible experiences. If you're interested in becoming a leader, find out more about the role.

Book a working holiday

To find out more about our working holidays, call the Holidays Team on 0344 800 3099.