It wouldn't be Christmas without visiting a hidden London gem to see traditional festive decorations, meet Father Christmas, sing carols or go on a wintery walk. Explore enchanted grottos or try your hand at Christmas crafts. Experience the festive cheer at our places across the capital from Richmond to Rainham, and when you come to see the Christmas sparkle you keep our places shining.
From merry meanders through Morden Hall Park to rambles by the river at Ham House and Garden, all our winter walks in London are bursting with festive charm. So muster up your family and friends, grab a hat and scarf and head off to embrace the outdoors.
This winter, dogs and their well-behaved owners are being welcomed at even more places in London. Explore the twists and turns of the 17th century gardens at Ham House and Garden, or take to the trails of Osterley Park and House.
Running until 16 December, the Muse to Maker exhibition celebrates the contribution of the female members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle in the iconic home where the Arts and Craft movement began. With items on loan from the William Morris Gallery.
Taking early retirement was a difficult life change for Peter. He missed the routine of going to work, and the connections and friendships he had there. All this changed when Peter got his dogs. Through regular walks at Osterley Park in west London he gets to socialise with other walkers, which is a source of great joy and happiness for him.
Margaret has found friendship and fun at Sutton House in East London. As part of the Recycled Teenagers – a group for the over 55s – Margaret keeps busy and shares her love of dancing, socialising and art.
With no garden, and living in a big city, Lucy used to spend most of her time indoors. Now she is designing wildflower meadows with the rangers at Modern Hall Park. She works with other young people to make a difference to her local green space – and protect the wildlife that lives there.
London is full of history, everywhere you turn. National Trust cares for Tudor manor houses, modernist treasures, and neo-classical mansions, all within easy reach of the city. We can take you on a journey few others get to see - what will you explore?
Escape the high street, burn off some festive calories, and enjoy views of the South Downs, the woods of the Surrey Hills or many of the parks and gardens we look after. Afterwards, warm up with something hot.