As a charity, we rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations.
We’re a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything we do. We look after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for ever, for everyone.
As a charity we rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations.
We have over 4.5 million members and 62,000 volunteers. More than 20 million people visit our pay for entry properties, while an estimated 100 million visit our open air properties.
We protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages – for ever, for everyone.
Although National Trust outdoor properties are still open to the public, we would like to remind guests not to travel to them unless they are local.
In the meantime there are still many benefits to being a National Trust member:
“As a member, you’ll help protect unforgettable places for future generations”
With National Trust membership you can currently enjoy:
- Free entry to outdoor places near you (pre-booking required)
- Free parking at most car parks near you (pre-booking required for a small number of car parks)
- Members’ handbook, full of information about our places
- National Trust Magazine three times a year, packed with inspiration, interviews and news
TOG National Trust Pitstops
These National Trust pitstops all have beautiful gardens and a cafe serving homemade goodies. They are located close to a walk found on The Outdoor Guide and are family friendly.
The Cyril Diver Project
Few of Britain’s remarkable naturalists achieved as much as Captain Cyril Diver (1892-1969).
Diver became fascinated by nature as a young soldier during the First World War when studying snails in the trenches of the Western Front became a welcome distraction from the horrors unfolding around him.
Eighty years on, the National Trust led a three year project between 2013 and 2015 to resurvey the peninsula, with close reference to the Diver archive material.
Now, more than ever, this nation needs its naturalists, to provide data to help us understand the burgeoning issues of climate change, new species colonisation and impending ecological change.
For more info click here.
TOG National Trust Walks
The National Trust have teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor to celebrate the Great British Walks of 2015. The Outdoor Guide and Julia Bradbury share highlights of the 9 coastal walks from clifftop rambles to sandy beach strolls around our beautiful countryside.
TOG Says …
“We had a fab time filming Julia’s new ITV walking series Best Walks With A View. We filmed at many National Trust locations which were all spectacular. The work the National Trust does is fantastic and I am pleased to showcase the different, beautiful areas in the new programmes.”
“There are countless inspirational people in the world, and most of us can probably recall around ten or so names that are inspirational to us personally. People who have shaped our thoughts and opinions, taught us things, prompted us to probe and examine conventional theories.
Octavia Hill is of course one of those people – a pioneering compassionate woman who fought the restrictions and customs of her era.
I was honoured some time ago to be nominated People’s Champion in the Octavia Hill Awards organised by Countryfile magazine and the National Trust. So let’s give thanks today for champions like her and to all of those these days look after our beautiful landscapes and inspire people to experience them.”