Formed in 1895 with just 100 members the National Trust now has an astounding 4 million members. The trust looks after over 350 historic houses, gardens and monuments throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, meaning no matter where in the country you take your short break you are never far from a National Trust property.
Whether in search of a great day out, seeking a property with historical interest or just want to see what the fuss is about there is a whole catalogue of locations. From the White Cliffs of Dover to Brownsea Island, Lindisfarne Castle and more there are National Trust properties around every corner.
The Trusts most visited property is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Wakehurst Place is a great day out for those staying at hotels in Sussex, famed for its pristine formal gardens and stunning Elizabethan house it is an idyllic place to visit on your break.
The ruins of Fountains Abbey is a must see for anyone on a Yorkshire break, this Grade I listed building is a UNESCO world Heritage sight. Spend a day exploring the ancient remains of this Cistercian monastery and enjoy a picnic in the relaxing grounds.
In the heart of Somerset Cheddar Gorge is a spectacular sight. Britain’s largest Gorge reaches 450ft into the sky, plus with a fantastic assortment of caves too it is a great place to spend a day exploring.
Cornwalls Lizard peninsular is a stunning piece of coastline that is protected by the National Trust, enjoy a walk along the beautiful cliffs, taking in the amazing scnery along the way. With the fabulous Kynance Cove just two miles north this is not to be missed by anone planning a break in Cornwall.
Which National Trust property is your favourite? Do you prefer the homes or the landscapes?