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National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 with the aim of saving our nation's heritage and open spaces. More than a century later, they are still working hard to uphold these values. In true dedication to their objective, the National Trust has toiled endlessly since their start to preserve and protect historic places and green spaces, opening them up for everyone - forever.

It's fair to say they look after a lot of things, from places and spaces to objects and artefacts, historic houses and castles to gardens and coastlines – and many more in between! You'll never be far from a place to visit in South East England and for frequent visits, National Trust membership is your annual pass to a world of history, stunning architecture and magnificent gardens.

The National Trust acts as your gateway to South East England, with 144 sites in the South East alone, it’s difficult to pass through any county without happening upon one of their beautiful nature reserves, charming villages or even grabbing a bite to eat in one of their quintessentially English pubs (they own and run 61 of them, after all!).

There is plenty to see and do through the National Trust properties - why not bring the whole family to enjoy the views over a picnic at Toys Hill in Kent, the site that inspired the Trust to be founded, or visit Sussex's Alfriston Clergy House, the very first building acquired by the National Trust in 1896.

If you delight in brushing up on your history, you could visit Bodiam Castle, the 14th Century fortress complete with water-filled moat, while art and architecture enthusiasts will favour a visit to Waddesdon Manor.

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Petworth House & Park

Petworth House & Park

The beauty and drama of this 17th century palace inspired the artist JMW Tuner time and time again. Petworth became Turner’s favourite retreat and he...

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  1. Add Petworth House & Park to your Itinerary

    Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Petworth

    Explore this majestic mansion and beautiful landscaped deer park.

  2. Add The Buscot and Coleshill Estates  to your Itinerary

    The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Swindon

    Make a day trip to see these traditional agricultural estates with villages, farms and woodland.

  3. Add Petts Wood and Hawkwood to your Itinerary

    Petts Wood and Hawkwood

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Orpington

    An oasis of peace and tranquillity only 13 miles south-east from the centre of London

    Full of natural history, the area is a haven for all kinds of bird, butterfly, amphibian and plant life.

    William Willett, the leader of the movement to have British Summer Time recognised, is remembered...

  4. Add Nuffield Place to your Itinerary

    Nuffield Place

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Henley-on-Thames

    Closed for 2009.

    Home and gardens of Lord Nuffield founder of Morris Motors and benefactor to medicine, education and social welfare. Set high in the Chilterns. A day out for all the family.

  5. Add Limpsfield Common to your Itinerary

    Limpsfield Common

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    Natural Feature

    Location

    Oxted

    Ancient common on the Greensand Ridge where time comes home to sleep
    Limpsfield Common was used by commoners for grazing their animals and collecting stone and firewood. Now, with its extensive network of footpaths and bridleways through patches of open heathland and large areas of woodland, the...

  6. Add Newtown Old Town Hall to your Itinerary

    Newtown Old Town Hall

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Newport

    17th-century town hall with no town but a fascinating history

    Tucked away in a tiny hamlet adjoining the National Nature Reserve, the 17th-century Old Town Hall is the only remaining evidence of Newtown's former importance.

    It's hard to believe that this tranquil corner of the island...

  7. Add White Mill Rural Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    White Mill Rural Heritage Centre

    Type

    Industrial Archaeology

    Location

    Sandwich

    A smock mill built 1760. Original wooden machinery, miller's cottage, domestic displays, granary farming tools, wheelwright's cobblers, plumber's workshop, Victorian photographs, gift shop, toilets and car park.

  8. Add Reigate Hill and Gatton Park to your Itinerary

    Reigate Hill and Gatton Park

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Reigate

    Spectacular escarpment with sweeping views across the Weald

    This stretch of the North Downs is good walking country with flower-sprinkled grasslands and quiet shady woods. A lovely spot too for family picnics and games.

    Sitting proud at the top of the Hill is the 19th-century Reigate Fort....

  9. Add Ightham Mote to your Itinerary

    Ightham Mote

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sevenoaks

    National Trust moated manor house built nearly 700 years ago with gardens, estate, restaurant and shop.

  10. Add Old Soar Manor to your Itinerary

    Old Soar Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sevenoaks

    Solar block of late 13th century knights' dwellings with a rectangular hall with chapel, raised above ground level. Exhibition room. Possibly owned by the Culpepper family.