Get more from your National Trust membership
Whether you’re a new member or you’ve been with us a while, there’s always the opportunity to experience something new. From exploring your artistic side to increasing your gardening knowledge, here are some top tips for getting the most out of your membership.
Endless opportunities to explore
As a member, you get free access to more than 500 places in our care across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including houses, castles, parks, gardens and get free parking at many of our coast and countryside spots. You can also trace the history of the places we look after through the diverse collection of more than one million objects. These include four ornate stained glass windows by William Morris at Red House in Kent, and the Gideon Tapestries at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire – a conservation project that has already spanned 20 years.
Things to do and discover all year round
Whatever the season, weather, or time of day there's always new things to do and see at the places in our care. Vary the time of your visit to enjoy some quiet time or see a well-known place in a new light. Don't forget to check back in regularly with your favourite places to see what new exhibitions, experiences or events each season has to offer.
Magazine and Handbook
You'll receive the National Trust members' magazine three times a year and a member handbook yearly, which contains all the inspiration you need to make the most out of your membership. The magazine is full of stories from places in our care and submissions from supporters. It's a great way to catch up on all the things you're helping us to achieve.
Exercise in the great outdoors
Change up your exercise routine by choosing a new route for your regular walk, run or cycle. At National Trust places across the country, you’ll find expansive views to motivate yourself, from gentle woodland trails to steep hills that are well worth the climb. Getting outdoors certainly beats running on a gym treadmill any day and you'll have plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as red squirrels, birds and deer.
Take your dog for a special walk
Rather than doing the same old loop round the block, why not take your dog somewhere a bit more special? You'll both appreciate the opportunity to discover a whole new world on a woodland wander or coastal stroll – with all the sights, sounds and smells that go with it. Check out the new pawprint rating system on the homepage for each place to help you plan a visit both you and your dog will love.
Treats that make a difference
You can find cakes, snacks and savoury treats from our cafés, which generate vital income for the places we look after. Wherever possible, we use sustainable, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, because whatever’s best for the environment is usually best for our tastebuds. For romantic treats or get-togethers with friends or family, we care for plenty of picturesque spots where you can lay out your picnic blanket and soak up your surroundings.
Get creative in the kitchen
Not only is there plenty to do outdoors over the warmer months, but we've got lots of recipes for you to try at home once you’ve worked up an appetite. From classics like summer berry panna cotta, to twists on the traditional with vegetarian dishes like mushroom and thyme rolls, there's plenty to try with our diverse recipe range.
Get stuck in with school holiday activities
You can find family events, outdoor activities, wide open spaces and lots more to keep curious children entertained during school holidays and after school. Check out our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ – from skimming stones to flying a kite, you can have a mini adventure no matter what the weather. Our website is full of ideas to keep kids busy, and for the whole family to join in with.
Become a green-fingered expert
Your support helps us look after some of the best gardens in the UK, so we've got plenty of tips and inspiration to help take your garden to the next level. Even if you don't have a patch of green to take care of, we've got lots of ideas so you can make the best of smaller spaces like balconies, window boxes and indoor displays.
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