How To Make The Most Of Your National Trust Membership

I've been a member of the National Trust for 5 years now (I've got the car stickers to prove it) and the memberships pay themselves off pretty quickly. They cover parking and entry fees to Trust locations, so in just a few visits I find myself actually saving money, but if you really want your membership card to work hard, follow my tips for making the most of it.

a valley between two hills in the lake district, with 'how to make the most of your National Trust membership' written over the photo in black text

Visit paths and woodlands as well as properties
The National Trust is synonymous with manicured gardens and historic stately homes, but they also own, manage, and protect natural landscapes like Brimham Rocks, Cuckmere Valley, and Tarn Hows, where you can explore the best of our beautiful British countryside.

By having a National Trust membership, you're helping to fund the conservation of these sites, so make the most of them by taking along a picnic and spending time spotting the British plants and wildlife.

Plan trips with National Trust places in mind
As the name suggests, National Trust properties are widespread, so to tick lots off your list it's a good idea to stay a night or two in a location close to a few of them.

When I stayed in The Lakes I knew Fell Foot and Wray Castle were close, and since I had my membership card they were a great, inexpensive way to spend a few hours, and I'd like to plan a break to Llandudno to enjoy another trip to Erdigg and Bodnnant Garden.

Go along to organised events and activities
Bat watching, craft workshops, even yoga and mindfulness, there's always something happening at National Trust properties that will leave you with new memories, souvenirs, or more knowledge about your favourite places. 

Allan Bank in Grasmere is an especially good property to enjoy these activities, with a dedicated craft room for you to create at your own pace alongside planned workshops where you can try your hand at felting, embroidery, and more.

Visit in every season
Nature paints the landscape with new colours and textures every season, so where better to enjoy them than National Trust properties, woods, and gardens? One of my favourite places for this is Dunham Massey, Cheshire. 

In Spring and Summer I love seeing both the wildflowers and the beautiful gardens, in early Autumn the deer are out in droves, and the whole place is perfectly picturesque under a blanket of Winter snow- plus it's a great excuse to warm up with treats in the restaurant.

Which National Trust property is your favourite?

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