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Explore bee-friendly gardens 

Find out where you can explore the most bee-friendly gardens in our care, filled with these pollinators' favourite flowers as well as beehives to call home.

Visitors admiring the rhododendron blossoms in the Rock Garden at Cragside, Northumberland
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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.

The falls at Aberdulais Tin Works,  Neath Port Talbot, South Wales
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Top waterfalls to visit 

Be invigorated by the power of nature, when you visit one of the stunning waterfalls at places we care for.

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Family-friendly walks 

Go on a family-friendly walk with these trails suitable for buggies and children. Go wild in natural play areas and compete in woodland den building.

Adventures for everyone

A long path lined with clipped yew balls leads the eye to a huge, round stone mansion
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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.

A courtyard surrounded by a brick and stone building with tall chimneys on one side, and a moat on the other
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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.

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.

A family exploring the Adam Tower at Chirk Castle, Wrexham.
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Family-friendly castles to visit 

Looking for enchanting family days out? Look no further than these fairy-tale castles, perfect for days out with little knights and dragon-slayers.

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Visitor looking for insects with a butterfly net at Crom, Country Fermanagh.
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Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities in summer 

Enjoy a memorable family day out this summer. Plan your own wild adventures and see how many of our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities you can try out wherever you are.

Children eating a picnic in the covered seating area at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
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No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild 

Pack a picnic next time you go on an adventure and enjoy tucking into your sandwiches surrounded by nature. It’s no. 9 on the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Child's comments in the log-book in the bird hide on Brownsea Island, Dorset
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No. 48 Keep a nature diary 

Keep a record of your own adventures in nature, capturing your memories of the animals and plants you’ve seen. It’s no. 48 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

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, buildings or gardens we care for? Some places need to be booked in advance. Read on to find out which places require booking, and learn how you can join a guided tour experience.

Visitors in the library at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
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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.

Visitors exploring the Green trail at the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim
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Enhanced facilities for disabled visitors 

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

Two visitors cycle side by side through a winding path leading through parkland on the Ickworth Estate. They're wrapped up in rain coats and the weather appears hazy.

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 Old Castle garden at Scotney Castle, Kent
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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.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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