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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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Hale Purlieu

Hale Purlieu

Situated on the northern side of the New Forest, this former manorial waste is still grazed under the traditional commoners’ rights and is made up of...

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  1. Add Hale Purlieu to your Itinerary

    Hale Purlieu

    Type

    Forest

    Situated on the northern side of the New Forest, this former manorial waste is still grazed under the traditional commoners’ rights and is made up of dry and wet heath and mires and woods such as Millersford Plantation.

    This is a strip of woodland alongside Hale Purlieu common, part of the...

  2. Add Hinton Ampner House and Garden to your Itinerary

    Hinton Ampner House and Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Alresford

    Best known for its fine garden, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art.

  3. Add Eastbury Manor House to your Itinerary

    Eastbury Manor House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Barking

    Striking Elizabethan merchant's house and gardens

    Important brick-built Tudor gentry house, completed about 1573, little altered since. Early 17th-century wall-paintings showing fishing scenes and a cityscape grace the former Great Chamber.

    Evocative exposed timbers in attic, fine...

  4. Add Slindon Estate - National Trust to your Itinerary

    Slindon Estate - National Trust

    Type

    Nature Reserve

    Location

    Arundel

    Enjoy wonderful woodland walks, a quintessential Sussex village and spectacular views of the South Downs and the coastline from the Slindon Estate.

  5. Add Owletts - National Trust to your Itinerary

    Owletts - National Trust

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Cobham

    Owletts is a small red-brick Charles II house with an interesting garden.

  6. Add Long Crendon Courthouse to your Itinerary

    Long Crendon Courthouse

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Aylesbury

    Medieval courthouse

    The courthouse is a fine example of an early 15th-century timber-frame construction, set in an idyllic village. The ground floor (now tenanted) was the village poor house. You can visit an exhibition on the village in this property. Please note, there are very steep...

  7. Add Sheffield Park Garden to your Itinerary

    Sheffield Park Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Lewes

    A magnificent landscaped garden laid out in the 18 century by 'capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20 century by its owner, Arthur G Soames. The centrepiece is the original four lakes.

  8. Add Cliveden to your Itinerary

    Cliveden

    Type

    Formal Garden

    Location

    Maidenhead

    Glorious gardens overlooking the River Thames

    Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age.

    Follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls and royalty as you explore a series of gardens, each with their...

  9. Add The Homewood to your Itinerary

    The Homewood

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Esher

    Come visit this well-preserved 20th-century Modernist house and garden.

  10. Add Compton Downs to your Itinerary

    Compton Downs

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Newport

    One of the island's favourite beaches and biggest expanses of open downland

    Compton Bay and Downs are at the the heart of the much loved open landscape of the south west of the Isle of Wight. It has all the elements of a great day out in the countryside. There is plenty of space for...