National Trust

National Trust

The National Trust looks after the places you love, from houses, buildings and gardens to coast and countryside. Back in 1895, we were founded with the aim of saving our nation's heritage and open spaces. 120 years later, we're still working hard to uphold these values.

At the National Trust we have over 300 houses and 200 historic parks and gardens across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Not to mention the 250,000 hectares of countryside and miles of coastline there is to enjoy. In fact, wherever you are, you’re never more than 40 minutes away from one of the amazing places in our care.


We provide a membership scheme for schools and academic groups. From only £39 your whole school can be covered for 12 months, getting free admission to any National Trust site.

Find out more about the membership

Costs: 1 March 2015

  • Home-educating family - £41.00
  • Under 50 pupils - £41.00
  • 51-100 pupils - £68.50
  • 101-200 pupils - £83.00
  • 201-500 pupils - £88.00
  • Over 500 pupils - £101.50
  • Tertiary field study - £130.00

Many of our venues offers group visit opportunities and special activities for schools. Visit each venue page to find out full details.

50 Things To Do...

Don't miss the National Trust's 50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 3/4 campaign!

Some Fascinating Facts You May Not Know About Us

  • Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, is believed to be the very one that inspired him in 1665, when the 'notion of gravitation came to mind' after he watched an apple fall. The tree, a rare variety Flower of Kent, fell down in 1820, but is still growing well, having rooted where the trunk touched the ground.
  • Over 43 per cent of rainwater in England and Wales drains through National Trust places and spaces.
  • The cloisters at Lacock Abbey were transformed into Hogwarts classrooms for the filming of the 'Harry Potter' series of movies. We are also the home of many of the scenes from Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall.
  • We’re the nation's largest farmer, with more than 618,000 acres of land and about 2,000 tenants.
  • Some 45 volunteer toad patrollers help save toads on the North Yorkshire Moors.
  • We have 120 volunteer firefighters, 15 volunteer pilots, two beekeepers and one shepherd.
  • We have 32 Plant Heritage National Plant Collections – making us the largest single collection holder in the UK.
  • A 1m sq of tapestry costs £4,333 to conserve, whereas it costs approximately £26,500 per m sq to weave a new tapestry (according to trials carried out by West Dean College).
  • We own 742 miles of coastline, including some of the best beaches and coastal paths in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The Marconi Centre in Podhu, Cornwall, received the world’s first transatlantic radio transmission in 1901 – an experimental SOS was sent by Marconi himself from Newfoundland to the lonely site on the Cornish coast.
  • We have four closets for wig powdering. Wigs needed dedicated powdering rooms to limit the mess.
  • We own a gold mine - The Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire to be exact!

​National Trust HQ - Heelis

The National Trust's award-winning central office is a remarkable example of innovative and sustainable building construction. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in 2005, this architectural gem uses timber from our woodlands and wool from Herdwick sheep grazed on Trust farmlands, to help make Heelis a unique working environment.

National Trust Collections website

Visit the National Trust Collections website at to browse and discover more about the collections the Trust owns.

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