We joined the National Trust because we love exploring new places in our local area and beyond. Before joining, we didn’t realise just how many amazing places there are in the UK that are part of the National Trust. There are various membership options which are pretty reasonable and would also make great gift ideas for family and friends.
Here’s a round-up of our top National Trust places in the South:
Perched high on the hilltop, the ruins of Corfe Castle are a spectacular sight. Wandering around the maze of ruins provides a fascinating insight into the royal castle’s historic past. It’s also well worth taking a walk down into the quaint village of Corfe Castle, which has a number of independent cafes and shops.
Set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Hinton Ampner is an elegant stately home with fantastic views across the South Downs. It is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens which make the perfect backdrop for a picnic on a summer’s day.
Isle of Wight
A trip across the Solent brings you to the Isle of Wight and these iconic chalk rocks known as The Needles. Here you can explore the old Victorian fort, catch the chairlift for a birds-eye perspective, or even take a boat trip for a close-up view.
Birling Gap, Seven Sisters & Beachy Head
Located in East Sussex, Birling Gap is a pebble beach which sits below the dramatic Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. A walk along the cliff-top takes you to Beachy Head, with its famous lighthouse and breath-taking coastal views.
In the Surrey countryside lies Winkworth Arboretum, a collection of magnificent trees and shrubs in a tranquil woodland area. Although enjoyable in all seasons, the highlight of the year is definitely Autumn, where the trees are ablaze with bright and vibrant colours.
I hope these photos have inspired you to get out there and explore some of the special National Trust places that the UK has to offer!