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? The National Trust was founded over 125 years ago, and there are quite a few little-known facts and figures about the places in our care. We've gathered some of the best below for you to learn about.

These figures are from our annual report 2020/21, which includes the impact of the pandemic, so we've also provided the previous year's figures where appropriate.

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