National Trust Discounts?

DuncR replied on 06/12/2020 17:37

Posted on 06/12/2020 17:37

Hi All

After paying a hefty parking fee at an NT carpark today, thought it's about time we joined. There's a few properties & bits of land locally that we'd certainly make use of if we didn't have to fork out each time.

I can see there's a small discount for CAMC members but I tried using the code on the NT Membership page and it wouldn't work. It seems that it only works on gift cards.

Am I right or have I missed something? It seems a pretty convoluted way to join up by buying a card and then spending it on Membership (and the Membership page only shows visa/debit card or Direct Debit so not even sure how we'd use the gift card!)

Is there any better way of getting a better membership rate from NT? Or are they very much a take it or leave it sort of outfit?

Thanks - Dunc

SteveL replied on 07/12/2020 16:05

Posted on 07/12/2020 16:05

The national trust member offer is just a gift card on which you receive a discount. It does say it can be put towards membership, so I assume there will be some way of doing this, even if it is only at a NT property. In more normal times the NT often gave 15 months for the price of 12, however given the losses sustained during Covid, I suspect they may be a thing of the past. I can't find any mention on the NT website.

eurortraveller replied on 07/12/2020 16:19

Posted on 07/12/2020 16:19

Sorry, can't help with National Trust, but if you would like to join English Heritage instead you can pay  with Tesco vouchers, and multiply the face value on the voucher by three. 

Takethedogalong replied on 07/12/2020 17:43

Posted on 07/12/2020 17:43

National Trust tend to offer just the one price, although like others, they used to do a 15 months pay for twelve month deal for new Members. Beware their single entry fee prices at properties as well, they will automatically charge you the Gift Aid price, unless you state no.

On the plus side, they were excellent at giving Members a three month extension this year due to C19. Over 60’s need to ask for the senior price as well, otherwise it isn’t automatically applied.

It can be a bit of a wasteful organisation generally, and it has already announced staff redundancies due to Covid, but if you Tour a lot, and enjoy history and open spaces, it’s usually worth the Membership.

Cadw (Welsh version of EH) is the one to join. Cheaper than EH and Historic Scotland, and you get an automatic discount in their shops. Gets you into EH and HS half price first year, after that they are all free.

DSB replied on 28/02/2021 22:57

Posted on 28/02/2021 22:57

I was just going to mention about the Scottish National Trust, but JVB66 has already mentioned it above.

The other thing that might be worth mentioning is that if you just use the National Trust for car parking, parking is free if you have a Disabled Badge...

David

ask66 replied on 28/02/2021 23:33

Posted on 07/12/2020 16:48 by JVB66

I think the national trust for Scotland  for one is about £10 a year cheaper?  which is valid in England/Wales wink

Posted on 28/02/2021 23:33

I think the general idea of joining the Scottish National Trust is that you mainly intend to visit Scottish NT properties but with the added bonus of free admission when you occasionally visit English NT properties - they are completely separate organisations.  With the English NT, over 60s get a senior discount (25% I think) once they have been members for 5 years.  It's great to know that your membership is helping to conserve wonderful houses, gardens and countryside for the future!

MikeyA replied on 01/03/2021 09:14

Posted on 07/12/2020 16:48 by JVB66

I think the national trust for Scotland  for one is about £10 a year cheaper?  which is valid in England/Wales wink

Posted on 01/03/2021 09:14

If you are over 60 then the difference for the first 5 years would be £30.

TBH we were members of the NTS but, due to the moral dilemma of enjoying mainly English properties and contributing nothing, we have now changed our allegiance.

 

DSB replied on 01/03/2021 09:37

Posted on 01/03/2021 09:14 by MikeyA

If you are over 60 then the difference for the first 5 years would be £30.

TBH we were members of the NTS but, due to the moral dilemma of enjoying mainly English properties and contributing nothing, we have now changed our allegiance.

 

Posted on 01/03/2021 09:37

We stopped our NT membership about 9 years ago when we had our dog.  Although dogs are generally allowed in the grounds of NT properties, they are generally not allowed in the properties themselves.  She won't stay in the car for even a short period of time (separation anxiety etc), so we decided not to bother.  Since my knee operations, I now have a disabled badge which gets me into the property grounds and NT car parks (e.g. the one at Godrevy and the Lizard in Cornwall) free of charge.!

David