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A couple, of advancing years, stop to look at the snowdrops growing among birch trees while the winter sun pierces the leafless trees

Where to see snowdrops 

Snowdrops are a sign that milder weather is on the way. Find out where to see swathes of these delicate white blooms at the places we care for.

Two visitors explore the garden at Cragside, wrapped up warm in their padded coats in autumn.
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Explore the most famous gardens in our care 

We care for hundreds of historic gardens, encompassing more than 500 years of history and a range of garden styles and fashions. Learn about the most famous and significant gardens you can visit.

Fallow deer doe in the woods at Cannock Chase, Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
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Places to spot winter wildlife 

Whether you're spotting seal pups in Norfolk or catching a glimpse of Devon's Dartmoor ponies, there's plenty of wildlife to see in winter. Get outdoors and discover the best places for winter wildlife watching.

Pony grazing on Rockford Common, New Forest, on a misty, sunny day
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Wild places to get away from it all 

Despite living increasingly urbanised lives, you can still find some wild places in the UK where you can go to get away from it all. Why not visit one of the many areas of outstanding natural beauty that we look after?

Indoor adventures

Some of the historic houses in our care close over the winter months so we can carry out vital conservation work. Please check opening times before you visit.

View of the house at Knole, Kent in winter
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Top 10 unique houses 

Learn about some of the most unusual houses we look after and find out what makes them so special, from a tiny woodland cottage to a romantic country retreat.

Speke Hall in winter
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Places with Tudor connections 

Discover the places we look after that have links to the Tudor period, from prominent figures like Henry VII and key events such as the dissolution of the monasteries. They’ve received royal visitors, hidden Catholic priests and witnessed important events.

The Long Gallery at The Children's Country House at Sudbury, Derbyshire
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Kids' indoor activities for rainy days 

How do you keep the kids entertained on a rainy day? Here's a selection of indoor activities that won't be ruined by a sudden downpour.

Visitors in the 16th century kitchen at Buckland Abbey, Devon
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Places with famous connections 

Walk in the footsteps of famous people. From The Beatles to Sir Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie to Isaac Newton, discover more as you step into their former homes.

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Children playing at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
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Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do in winter 

Winter is the perfect time for many of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. Wrap up warm and go welly wandering, fossil hunting or stargazing.

Child in a pink hooded jacket, pink trousers and turquoise wellies jumping in a muddy puddle, Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
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No. 6 Go welly wandering 

When it's pouring with rain, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and zooming around in the puddles, soaking up all the watery fun?

Children playing in the garden in winter at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
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No. 15 Go on a wintry adventure 

When it's cold or snowing, there's still plenty to discover outdoors as lots of outside activities are just as fun in the winter. Wrap up in your warmest clothes, and maybe take a hot drink with you, before setting off.

Visitors following a family trail at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
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No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure 

You can double the fun when you share your wildlife adventures with a friend. Taking a friend on a nature adventure is no. 50 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Information about visiting

Visitors inside the Conservation Studio at Knole, Kent

Places you need to pre-book 

Planning a day out at one of the houses or gardens we care for? Some places need to be booked in advance. Find out which places need pre-booking and learn how you can join one of the new guided tour experiences.

A family exploring the Tudor way of living inside the manor house at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
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Visiting and booking frequently asked questions 

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about visiting and using the booking system.

Family exploring the garden in winter at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
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Enhanced facilities for disabled visitors 

Find out more about which places in our care have specialised facilities for disabled visitors.

A cyclist in a yellow winter coat rides his bike through the heathland of Carding Mill Valley, with rolling hills seen in the background.

Sustainable travel to the places in our care 

Find out how you can travel to the places in our care by train, bus, bike or on foot, helping you to save money and care for the environment.

Visitors in the garden in January at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
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Touring Pass 

If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.

Visitors descending a path through the Rock Garden at Cragside, Northumberland

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