Senior membership prices
We currently give nearly one million senior members a heavily discounted price of 25 per cent off our adult rates.
This discount is offered to senior members who have held either an individual or joint membership for at least five of the last ten years as a way of saying thank you for their long-term support and because we appreciate not all senior citizens are well off.
That costs us over £11m a year (in lost income) but we believe it’s right to reward our members’ loyalty in this way, and we want to thank members for their loyalty and ensure they can still afford to stay with us.
The senior discount for the National Trust was always intended to be 25 per cent. However, over recent years this crept up to more than 30 per cent. We’re now readjusting the discount back to 25 per cent.
An individual senior member will pay £47.50 this year, compared to £63 for a single adult membership. Joint senior members will pay £78, compared to £105 for joint adult membership.
These new prices, which came into effect on March 1, mean an increase of 25p a month / £3 a year for an individual senior membership and a rise of 46p a month / £5.50 year for a joint senior membership. That’s less than the price of buying a second class stamp every month and significantly cheaper than the full adult rate.
We rely on your support
We’re a charity which relies on the support of its members and supporters to fund its conservation work. The costs of looking after the amazing places in our care are going up. Last year, we spent the equivalent of over a £2m a week on conservation work at our places, a rise of 15 per cent compared to 2015.
We have also committed to spending an extra £100m a year for the next 10 years to address a backlog of conservation work. We can only do that with the support and generosity of our supporters.
We’re responding to what our members want by keeping our doors open for longer, at times which suit them. More properties than ever are now open for 363 days a year. We’ve also invested heavily in improving our visitor experiences and recruited hundreds of people, keeping places open longer and providing better experiences.
We believe we offer great value for money. For around a fiver a month, a member can enjoy unlimited access to more than 500 of our places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whilst helping to look after them for future generations to enjoy.