Fascinating facts and figures

Have you ever wondered which house we bought first? How many pubs we look after? Or what our connection to the discovery of gravity is? In 2020 we celebrated 125 years since the National Trust was founded, so we've gathered together some little-known facts and figures about the places in our care.

Please note this article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation.

Octavia Hill (after John Singer Sargent) by Reginald Grenville Eves, RA

Where it all began

In 1895 Octavia Hill, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and Sir Robert Hunter came together to establish the National Trust. With a shared belief in the importance of historic places and green spaces they fought to preserve them for everyone’s ‘enjoyment, refreshment and rest’. These values are still at the heart of everything we do.

A year later we saved our first house, Alfriston Clergy, in East Sussex for £10.

We’re one big family

Stars of stage and screen

Where history was made

In good company

Nature's friend

We do things on a big scale

You're always welcome

Sunset on the beach at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex

About the National Trust in 2020 

In 2020 we're celebrating our 125th anniversary. We’re carrying on the ambition set out by our founders to care for nature, beauty and history. Here’s a reminder of what we’re here for and how the values of our founders are still at the heart of everything we do.