In recent years we’ve taken advantage of the odd open weekend to attend some National Trust properties locally. I know for a fact my parents, who are members, regularly scrump apples from Wimpole Hall, which is where we took the kids last summer. They loved it, the house not as much as the grounds admittedly but then we did has to constantly warn them off swinging on the guide ropes.
We’ve not really considered joining the Nation Trust though as there don’t seem to be an enormous number either local to us or near where we tend to holiday, which means it’s not looked like great value to us.
In fact I’m always reminded of a throw away comment my social history lecturer at Lancaster University once made. He said that the National Trust was originally formed by a group of rich landowners with the intention of keeping the railways from crossing their estates.
Whether or not this is true is moot, the work that the National Trust do in preserving our heritage is a great service to the country. If you do shop around for National Trust voucher codes you might get lucky and spot the offer that NetVoucherCodes have on at the moment. For example, as well as discounts in the clothing stores, you can currently get 12 months membership for the price of 9- that’s better than 9 months membership for the price of 12 and is a 25% discount. Which suddenly makes it all a bit more tempting, even for us with our lack of local stately homes (they’re all occupied by wealthy Tory landowners since you ask).