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Six signs you're already a member at heart

Visitor readying a book while relaxing among the heritage roses in Wordsworth House garden
Relaxing among the heritage roses in Wordsworth House garden | © National Trust Images / Val Corbett

Are you a nature lover and want nothing more than to protect it? Or do you want to get closer to fascinating objects whilst helping to look after them? If so, a National Trust membership is for you. Here are six signs you’re already a member at heart.

1. You’re naturally inquisitive

Discovering new places is a breeze for National Trust members. Whether you’re curious about history, want to see more of the natural world or love to indulge in the daily specials at cafés, we’ve got lots to share with you.

The places we care for might surprise you. Roman villas, world-class gardens and one-of-a-kind gold mines, bear huts and dragon lairs can be yours to discover.

2. You love the environment

Serving sustainable food, reducing plastic waste and helping the environment as much as possible are at the top of our list, and members help us achieve these goals. We're phasing out single use plastic at the places we care for, having already moved to plant-based disposables and cutlery. As a member you'll be helping us look after naturally beautiful places for everyone, because the environment needs all the friends it can get.

3. You’ve got a secret spot

With so much to explore, you could discover a new favourite place. Get away from it all in the wilds of the Peak District, stand behind the rushing falls of Sgwyd Yr Eira in Wales, or step into a miners’ tunnel in Cornwall. Our members' Handbook contains inspiration for seeking out even more, so don’t forget to check it out for new places to visit.

Children and adults wearing hats and coats walk up a hill in front of the house at Stourhead
Visitors in the garden at Stourhead | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

4. You’re a fan of the outdoor life

As well as the amazing houses and buildings we care for, we’ve lots of wild and unforgettable outdoor places to fall in love with too. The winding stretches of coastline, magnificent mountains and quiet woodlands in our care are all perfect for adventurers.

The outdoor places we care for are home to hundreds of diverse plants and animals, and a membership goes towards looking after them too. Members don’t pay for car parking at most of these places either, so head out and see where you can discover next.

5. You’re an art lover

We care for one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections. Indoors and outdoors we look after some incredible pieces, and also support new emerging artists. So whether your passions lie with the Old Masters or the new innovators, with nearly one million beautiful objects in over 200 collections you’ll have even more art to see when you become a member.

6. You enjoy the odd slice of cake

It’s probably no surprise that we’re partial to all sorts of cake. If you enjoy the odd sweet treat too, then our tea-rooms and cafés are great spots to pause during your visit and sit down with a cuppa and a bite of something delicious.

If you want to bring a slice of the National Trust into your kitchen, as a member you'll be the first to know about any new recipes the Trust's experts cook up through member emails and the online Members' Area.

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