South Foreland Lighthouse seen across a field

Our cause

You've helped us open more than 135 gardens and parklands

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

More than 100 gardens and parks and hundreds of coast and countryside places are open in England and Northern Ireland. Many historic houses are open in England. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. In line with Welsh Government legislation, all places in Wales will close from 24 October to 9 November. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Toes touching foam

Everyone needs nature 

Everyone needs nature and the calm it brings. Find peace in the lush, expansive woodlands, the lengthy coastline with its rushing waves and gardens bursting with bouquets of colours to marvel at. The places that will always be there to welcome you back.

Arctic tern at Long Nanny

Looking after terns at Long Nanny 

Arctic terns at Long Nanny in Northumberland have not fledged chicks for the first time since 1980 after severe weather and lockdown restrictions hampered our work to protect them. Find out how we look after these rare seabirds.

Sunset on the beach at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex

About the National Trust in 2020

In 2020 we're celebrating our 125th anniversary. We’re carrying on the ambition set out by our founders to care for nature, beauty and history. Here’s a reminder of what we’re here for and how the values of our founders are still at the heart of everything we do.

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Addressing our stories of colonialism and historic slavery 

The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to colonialism and historic slavery. We're addressing these histories and their cultural significance and have published our report into these links.

" As a charity we appreciate your support now more than ever in these difficult times. Over the past few months it’s become clear just how much we all need fresh air, open space and beauty. Your donation today will help look after all our special places for everyone, for ever."
- Lydia Lee, National Trust Fundraising Director
Gathering the hay on Ham Meadow

Hay from Ham House helps its historic neighbour 

Ham House, Surrey, is helping its historic River Thames neighbour with a special delivery of hay, as part of English Heritage’s Marble Hill Revived programme.

Sunflowers at Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Wales

We need your support 

Our natural world and places of historic beauty are at serious risk. Give today and together, we can help nature recover, bring people closer to it, and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all. Thank you for your continued support.

How we're helping

Caring for special places