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2 Jul 2021

National Trust and National Trust Scotland compared: which should you join?

See what a membership to the National Trust or National Trust Scotland can offer your family in terms of fun days out this summer

Having a UK Trust membership can be a cost-effective way to visit historic tourist attractions and enjoy days out in the great outdoors with your loved ones.

There are several to choose from, but here we take a look at the differences between the National Trust and the National Trust Scotland, so you can see if it's worthwhile signing up to either for family days out this summer.

For a more detailed look at charitable UK Trusts including Cadw, the Woodland Trust, Historic Scotland and English Heritage, see our guide to the best UK Trust memberships.

Membership options compared

Both the National Trust and National Trust Scotland have a wide range of sign-up options catering for single, couple and family memberships.

In most cases you can choose to pay monthly or yearly.

National Trust

Type of membershipDetailsPrices
Adult joint membershipTwo adults (aged 18+) living at the same address£120 a year or £10 a month
Family two-adult membershipTwo adults (aged 18+) living at the same address and their children or grandchildren (17 or under). Children under five go free£126 a year or £10.50 a month
Family one-adult membershipOne adult (aged 18+) and their children or grandchildren£78 a year or £6.50 a month
Individual adult membership26+ years£72 a year or £6 a month
Individual young person membership18 to 25 years£36 a year
Individual junior membership0 to 17 years. Under fives go free£10 a year
Individual lifetime membershipIncludes free admission for one accompanying guest£1,730 or £1,295 for people aged 60 or over

National Trust Scotland

Type of membershipDetailsPrices
Individual adult membershipOne adult£5.25 a month
Individual senior membershipOne adult aged 60 or over£4.65 a month
Individual young person membershipOne person aged 16 to 24£3 a month
Joint adult membershipTwo adults£9.50 a month
Joint senior membershipTwo adults, one aged 60 or over£7.30 a month
Family membershipTwo adults plus up to six children£9.30 a month
One adult family membershipOne adult plus up to six children£6.60 a month

What are the membership benefits?

National Trust

  • Free entry to most of the places in its care (some require prebooking).
  • Free parking at almost all its car parks (some require prebooking).
  • National Trust Handbook with information about its sites.
  • National Trust Magazine three times a year, with interviews and news.
  • Access to its online Members' Area, with first-look previews and behind-the-scenes features.

National Trust Scotland

  • Free entry to National Trust for Scotland sites.
  • Free or concessionary entry to National Trust organisations properties worldwide, including in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Free parking at National Trust for Scotland car parks, with downloadable passes as soon as you join.
  • Publications, including a subscription of its members' magazine, e-newsletter and guide.

What kind of events they put on

The National Trust often puts on events, such as special talks and tours, at its locations. To find what is near you and when, see the National Trust event calendar.

The National Trust Scotland also offers a wide range of things to do. If you're seeking inspiration for a trip, check out the National Trust Scotland's 'things to do' guide.

The number of sites they cover

With more than 500 locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in their care, you are spoilt for choice with the National Trust.

Find a National Trust location on this map.

National Trust Scotland has 99 locations across the broad and beautiful landscapes of Scotland.

Find a National Trust Scotland location.

What causes do they support?

Both the National Trust and National Trust Scotland have similar missions.

They are both there to protect and care for places of historic and cultural value as well as places of natural beauty. They seek to give current and future generations the chance to experience them.

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