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The Decision To Buy A National Trust Membership


A few weeks ago James and I decided to get a twelve month National Trust Membership. So last weekend we took a trip to Nunnington Hall and signed up for the Couples package.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL TRUST

The National Trust is a charity organisation that strive to protect historical houses, open green spaces and coast lines in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1895 and wishes to preserve our nation's heritage. Due to it being a charity, the Trust relies on the money provided through memberships and the help of thousands of volunteers.  

WHAT DOES A NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIIP INVOLVE?

There are a number of different memberships available when joining the National Trust. James and I opted for the 'Joint Membership' which is for two adults for £105, as a one off payment, or £8.75 as a monthly direct debit. As a member there is unlimited entry to five hundred different places, free parking at National Trust car parks, a National Trust Handbook with all the information about each property and area of the Trust and a National Trust magazine, sent three times a year. 

WHY WE DECIDED TO JOIN

I have had a huge involvement with the National Trust throughout my life. Growing up, my parents always had a family membership with the Trust and so we were forever visiting stately homes, going for countryside walks and trips out to the Lake District. Until recently I was a member of staff at the National Trust and worked at one of their properties in York; The Treasurer's House. Working for the National Trust was so lovely as their morals and visions are continuously filtered through all departments. As a member of staff I was provided with a full membership for myself and one other.

However, since leaving, I have missed being a part of the National Trust and miss the opportunity to visit and explore the amazing and beautiful places they have to offer. James and I aren't having a holiday abroad this year, instead we are having a beautiful week away in September, staying in a lovely, converted chapel in the Lake District. This was one of the reasons we decided to buy a National Trust membership, as there are loads of properties and places to go in the Lake District that are part of the Trust. 

Again, because we are staying in England for the year, and not having a holiday until September, we thought that a National Trust membership would be a good thing for us to get as we can have lots of day trips exploring our beautiful country. As a huge history lover I am so excited for us to plan lots of trips and days out exploring the historical houses and buildings the Trust has to offer. We both enjoy the outdoors and so summer will be so much fun, making a picnic and spending the day walking and exploring together.


What are your thoughts about a National Trust Membership?

Madolyn
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