If you like old stones, beautiful gardens and would like to be considered a real Englishman why not become a member of the National Trust?
For the record, we were visiting Somerset when we subscribed to the National Trust. Returning in the evening to our B&B, the lady who hosted us asked: “So what did you do today?” We explained that we visited Dunster Castle and Watermill and that we are now members of the National Trust. Her answer: “Now you’re perfect little English!!”
What is the National Trust? It is an organisation in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, which protects and renovates the British Heritage.
The National Trust is involved in a vast range of projects from the renovation of ancient castles to the protection of animals; through cleaning beaches and supporting British farmers. Moreover, they always offer a multitude of activities for children such as Easter Egg Hunts and afternoon story time in front of the fire at Christmas.
For more information about the National Trust in England, Northern Ireland and Wales visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
For more information about the National Trust in Scotland http://www.nts.org.uk/Home/
We do not often take membership and generally do not promote companies/organisations but in this case we think that the membership is something beneficial. Indeed, during these visits we improved our knowledge of British History and it helped us to escape the noise of the city, to forget the stress and instead see beautiful gardens.
The annual subscription price is reasonable (£ 63 for a single person, £ 105 for a couple or £ 111 for a family) and gives you a free unlimited access to all their properties across UK.
A visit to one of their properties costs at least £20 for two people. Therefore, subscription is quickly profitable.
Here are all the visits we made so far:
- Quarry Bank Mill
- Lyme Park
- Dunham Massey
- Alderley Edge and Cheshire Countryside
- Hare Hill
- Gawthorpe Hall
- Tatton Park
- Acorn Bank
- Marsden Moor Estate
- Yorkshire Coast
- Biddulph Garden
Somerset and Wiltshire
- Dunster Castle and Watermill
- Glastonbury Tor
- Plas Newydd House and Gardens
- Crarae Garden