National Trust

National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to promote and look after places of historic beauty permanently for the benefit of the nation across England, Wales and Northern Island. Our core purpose is to look after special places for ever, for everyone.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (205846)




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



We protect over 700 miles of coastline and in total we look after 617,500 acres (250,000 hectares) of countryside, moorland, beaches and coastline. Amongst the historic properties in the Trust's care are 166 fine houses, 19 castles, 47 industrial monuments and mills, 49 churches and chapels, and 35 pubs and inns. The millions of objects in the care of the National Trust reflect its diversity. Conservation staff and volunteers care for an astonishing range of structures and contents, from 26 sets of samurai armour, or 19 magnificent paintings by Turner, to the Oscar awarded to George Bernard Shaw, the national collection of lawnmowers, 57 meat strainers or a photograph album the size of a postage stamp. The National Trust is an independent charity and receives no direct funding from the Government. Membership fees only cover just over a third of the total income we need in order to protect and provide access to the beautiful places in our care. Please make a donation today. Your gift will help to make sure future generations will continue to experience walking through majestic sunlit countryside …seeing children’s faces light up as history comes to life…being welcomed home by the first glimpse of the White Cliffs of Dover – and a thousand other joys of our lives. A landscape without them is unthinkable.