I signed up for a National Trust membership a few weeks ago when I visited Scotney Castle. I think I’ll be able to get some good use out of this membership, especially since I’m off to Cornwall in a few weeks and a lot of the places I want to visit on that trip are looked after by the National Trust.
My boyfriend and I signed up for the joint membership which costs £105 for the year (£52.50 each). Admission to Scotney Castle would have cost £13 if we hadn’t become members, so we need to save a further £39.50 each to fully recoup the cost of the membership.
After I received my welcome pack in the post I flicked through the National Trust handbook and picked out a few places that I want to visit over the next year.
Located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, this 14th-century moated castle can be visited on a day trip from London. It’s easiest if you have a car as there aren’t any mainline train stations in close walking distance.
This country house is Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire has been built in the style of a 16th-century French chateau. Advance booking for the house is recommend, if you are a National Trust member you can still book in advance via the Waddeston Manor website for free.
St Michael’s Mount
This is one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks and is high on my list of places to visit during my trip. The castle and medieval church are set on an island a few hundred yards off-shore. A pedestrian crossing to the island is accessible during low tide and there are ferry services running at high tide during the summer. Image source: Flickr
This Victorian country house in Tiverton, Devon, is another planned stop on my Cornwall roadtrip. Image source: Flickr
This was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill. Located in Westerham, Kent, Chartwell is easily accessible on a day trip from London.
This Victorian Gothic Revival house is located near Bristol so we are planning to make a stop here on the way down to Cornwall. Part of the most recent Sherlock special, The Abominable Bride, was filmed here so if you’ve watched it you may recognise Tyntesfield as the Carmichael’s home.
A late Victorian country house with extensive servants quarters, gardens and a wooded estate. We’ve booked a house through Airbnb for our Cornwall trip which is only about a mile way from Lanhydrock so we will definitely stop by for a visit.
This is an Edwardian house and estate located near Dorking, Surrey. Polesden Lacey is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties and is quite close to London (just outside the M25).
We may be able to swing by this late Elizabethan mansion in Somerset on our Cornwall trip depending on which route we take to/from London.
Cotehele has quirky mix of architecture styles - it’s a medieval house which was rebuilt in Tudor times. This will hopefully be another stop on our Cornwall roadtrip. Image source: Flickr
If I were to visit each of these places without a membership I would be paying £123.10 in admission fees, and that doesn’t even include the parking costs that some properties will charge. I’m certain I will be able to visit most if not all the properties on this list. At a minimum if I visit 4 that would probably be enough to re-coup the membership costs so I’m sure I will come out ahead.
There are so many other impressive National Trust properties that I haven’t mentioned. Here’s a list of some of the other properties I’ve already visited:
- Fenton House
- Ham House and Garden
- Osterley House
- Hughenden Manor
- Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
Can you recommend any other National Trust properties I should check out? Let me know in the comments.