Outdoors

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Two walkers pause on the cliff top looking out towards the sun and sea at Blast Beach on the Durham Coast
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How to book your visit and what to expect 

We’ve opened more than 100 gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. From Monday 6 July, we’re gradually opening gardens and parklands in Wales. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All National Trust houses remain closed for now. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Walkers stopping for a photograph above Hollow Stones on Scafell Pike in Wasdale, Cumbria

Seven ways to recharge yourself outdoors as a member 

The outdoors is out there waiting for you, full of rugged mountains, quiet lakes, rolling countryside and calming coastline. Here are seven reasons why joining the National Trust and heading outside to stunning new places could refresh your body and mind.

Summer meadow flowers with a bright blue sky

Eight things to spot in a summer meadow 

Summer meadows are home to a rich variety of wildlife, from courting butterflies to rare orchids. Our specialist butterfly volunteer and former nature expert, Matthew Oates, shares eight wonderful things to look out for in a meadow.

Father and daughter picnic on grass

Perfect picnic spots 

Pack a hamper, round up friends and family and enjoy a leisurely summer's day outside. Whether you prefer golden sand, wildflower meadows or rolling green hills, there's a landscape for every taste.

Horses on the North Devon coast at sunset

The joys of an evening stroll 

An evening amble can do wonders for your mood. Why not try exploring your favourite countryside or coastal spot in a whole new, dusky, light?

Kayaking in the sea off Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset

Join in the 50 things summer fun 

Check out these ideas for a blast of family fun during the summer holidays, including chances to try out some of our '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' activities.

Barbeques and campfires are a significant fire risk

Our policy on BBQs 

Due to a high risk of wildfires at the moment, we're asking you to please not bring a barbecue or light a campfire when you visit the coast and countryside. To help protect wildlife, please also take any litter home with you.

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