Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Enjoy a day out amongst an ancient forest or discover age-old traditions in a number of quaint, quiet villages in the counties of Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The highest point in Bedfordshire, from here you can enjoy views of a landscape that has been sculpted over time.
This incredible tree cathedral, made from trees, shrubs and plants, was created after the First World War in the spirit of 'faith, hope and reconciliation'.
An ancient woodland and chalk escarpment, crowned with traces of an Iron Age hillfort.
Shaped by people over centuries and home to the rarest species of wildlife and oldest ancient trees, no other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting Forest so completely.
A picturesque watermill with working waterwheel a short stroll from the centre of Colchester.
Book a guided experience around this perfectly formed Tudor merchant's house whose walls have more than a few stories to tell.
One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, Grange Barn stands as a lasting reminder of the once powerful Coggeshall Abbey.
Explore Essex's second largest area of common land.
Ashridge Estate is a 5,000 acre area of the Chiltern Hills, with ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Join a guided tour of Shaw's Corner and learn more about its owner, playwright George Bernard Shaw, who lived here for 44 years.
Get ready to unwrap the magic of the season at Dunstable Downs! This holiday season, we are thrilled to bring you an enchanting array of festive experiences that will make Christmas special for all the family.
Visit Paycocke's House for an authentic Tudor Yuletide, kick off your Christmas shopping at the Tudor Craft Fayre and enjoy a mince pie or two in the tea-room.
Visit Paycocke’s House and Garden and be transported back 500 years to and authentic Tudor Yuletide. The Companye of Merrie Folke will bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the festive season from Tudor times.
Enjoy a special performance of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol in the beautiful, atmospheric and intimate setting of Paycocke’s Great Hall. Tickets are limited to book now to avoid disappointment.
Refresh the mind and blow away the cobwebs as you explore the Essex coast.
Plan your visit to Northey Island, and discover what you can see and do while you're there.
Explore Copt Hall Marshes, a wildlife-rich working farm on the Blackwater Estuary, part of the extensive Essex coastline.
Numbers of protected birds soar to new record after overhead power lines are removed on remote Essex island
National Trust rangers at Northey Island in Essex, with support from volunteers, have recorded record numbers of two protected bird species following the re-routing of the island’s power infrastructure.
A major restoration project is underway at the National Trust’s largest ancient woodland, Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, to improve the site’s prospects for wildlife and protect its diverse habitats, which are home to many species that are endangered or in decline.
Learn about the major conservation work we’re carrying out at Northey Island in partnership with the RSPB to restore and retain vital saltmarsh habitat in the Blackwater Estuary.
We are looking at making changes to the infrastructure across the estate to help manage the careful balance of increased visitor numbers with the impact on nature. Read about the 'Protecting Our Roots' project and find out more about our vision for the future of Ashridge Estate.
Making new friends, working in amazing places, and knowing that you're helping a cause you care about – just three great reasons to volunteer with the National Trust in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
There are a number of supporter groups in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Find out more about what they do and how you can join one near you.
There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.
As darkness descends on the Downs, see us light up the courtyard for a cosy evening of music, wreath making, late night shopping and night time version of our family trail.
Calling all dogs of Dunstable - Santa Paws is coming to town! Don your favourite Christmas garments, win best in show, and take your two-legged friends on a stress-busting gentle stroll that will be sure to earn you a place on the nice list.
Walk away from the stress of Christmas and join us for a gentle stroll across Dunstable Downs before the start of 2024! This walk will be led by our legendary volunteers, Geoff and Annette and will be along the multi-user path.