How to Make the Most Out of Your National Trust Membership
I’ve never found the National Trust appealing. The marketing always feels a bit stuffy and in my mind, it’s for people who’re retired. We have loads of friends who are members and who rave on about how great it is. I just didn’t really see the appeal of old houses and whatnot when B was a baby.
Our opinion recently changed.
It was while we were wandering up Cheddar Gorge that we read a sign saying sign up for £9 a month (B is still 4). And in terms of memberships, nine quid isn’t bad at all. So we go home, went online and signed up. And we haven’t regretted it!
Since joining two months ago, we’ve been to a number of sites and had wonderful days out. Today on the blog I’m rounding up our days out and sharing some of our favorite photos from our recent visits. If you’re in any doubt about signing up, take a look at what is in your area and think about any summer travel plans. You can very quickly get your money’s worth.
Dunster Castle is along the A38, before you get to Minehead. It isn’t too far from us in Weston. Although mr D always moans about that road.
The castle is very appealing to the little man, and he behaved well when we did the tour. I think during the peak months, you can roam the castle in your own time. We went in February though and they had guided tours around the rooms.
The grounds are beautiful and there is lots to explore. Make sure you pack good walking shoes/welly boots and plenty of snacks.
We walked along the river bank and there’s a nice children’s play area too.
Tyntesfield is not far from us at all. It has everything you need for a great family day out, walks, play parks, woods, a cafe. We’ve been a few times now and that in itself pays for our National Trust membership!
Knightshayes is in Devon and we visited this property when staying at West Withy Farm for our Digital Detox.
The Victorian house is lovely to wander around and the veggie garden is an absolute must. It’s beautiful.
Cliveden was a stop off on the way to my parents in Hertfordshire. We always come along the M4, and instead of the same old motorway service station, we took a detour through Maidenhead. Infact, if you’re looking for more m4 stop alternatives, check out this post.
The huge hedge maze is fun and the storybook playground was a huge hit with B. Basically, everywhere we have been so far with the National Trust membership has not disappointed.
We stayed in Looe during the Easter break and added a number of National Trust places to our to-do list. Lanhydrock isn’t far from Looe and we really enjoyed this day out. B took part in the Easter Egg hunt – I think we must have completed five or so Easter trails in total!
He was in a mood before we even started though. Something about walking. I captured this moody shot in front of the house and it’s one of my faves.
The gardens are fun to explore and the house had plenty to entertain B too. Even if you think your child won’t enjoy wandering an old property, you might be surprised. B always has a lot of questions about the olden days and how people used to live.
Cotehele was another place we visited when we were staying near Looe. We did a tour of the Tudor house and wandered the gardens. There is also a quay and old water mill to explore as well. We had a lovely day out here, although there was a lot of walking come the end.
B did amazing really. Even I was shattered once we reached the car.
No disclaimer needed – we are fully paid members and loving it!