4th August 2021
Our fair British Isles offer a wide variety of scenic places to visit, and becoming a member of a UK Trust can be a rewarding way to engage with and preserve British wildlife and history.
In June 2021, we looked at eight memberships offered by conservation charities such as English Heritage, the National Trust, the Woodland Trust and more.
Find out the membership prices, the number of sites each offers and what membership benefits are available, as well as the kinds of causes each trust supports, to help you decide which is the right one for you.
Prices last checked on 2 August 2021.
Below is an alphabetically ordered list of the main trust memberships available in the UK.
Adult (21 to 64)
£51.30 a year
Senior Citizen (65 plus)
£39 a year
Student (valid NUS number required) or Young Person (18 to 20)
£27.80 a year
Junior (five to 17)
£21.40 a year
Joint (from £64.60 a year), family (from £48.30 a year) and lifetime (from £525) memberships are also available.
Number of sites: Cadw cares for 130 sites in Wales, 24 of which are paid entry.
How to cancel: Email the membership department email@example.com
Its mission: Cadw's mission is to protect the historic environment of Wales and make it more accessible to visitors.
One adult aged (18 years plus)
£5.33 a month or £64 a year
Senior adult (65 years plus)
£4.75 a month or £57 a year
Young Adult/Student (18 to 25 with a valid NUS card)
£4.25 a month or £51 a year
Joint (from £7.25 a month), family (from £5.33 a month) and lifetime (from £1170) memberships are also available.
Number of sites: English Heritage members gain access to more than 400 historic sites and places, with free parking where the car park is owned by English Heritage.
How to cancel: Call 0370 333 1182.
Its mission: English heritage wants to inspire public interest in English history while conserving historic sites and artefacts.
Individual (single named adult over the age 16)
£59 a year
Joint (two named adults over the age of 16)
£89 a year
Family 1 (one named adult and up to six named children age five to 15)
£82 a year
Family 2 (two named adults and up to six named children age five to 15)
£116 a year
Number of sites: Six in and around London.
Its mission: Historic Royal Palaces maintain six palaces, which it seeks to safeguard for future generations and tell the stories of Britain's monarchs and their history.
Adult (25 to 64)
£4.35 a month (paid via direct debit with 10% discount) or £58 a year
Concession (65 or over, full-time student, in receipt of state benefit, serving member of British Armed Forces)
£3.45 a month (paid via direct debit with 10% discount) or £46 a year
Young Person (16 to 24)
£2.50 a month (paid via direct debit with 10% discount) or £33 a year
Joint (from £6.37 a month), family (£6.37 a month) and lifetime (from £850) memberships are also available.
Number of sites: More than 200 across Scotland.
How to cancel: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 668 8999
Its mission: Historic Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's historic environment.
Adult (26 plus)
£72 a year or £6 a month
Young person (18 to 25)
£36 a year
Junior (0 to 17)
£10 a year
Joint (from £10 a month), family (from £6.50 a month) and lifetime (from £1620) memberships are also available.
Number of sites: More than 500 special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland
How to cancel: Contact National Trust through your online account with it.
Its mission: The National Trust protects and cares for places so people and nature can thrive.
Adult (25 to 59)
£5.25 per month or £63 a year
Senior (60 plus)
£4.65 per month or £55.80 a year
Young (16 to 24)
£3 per month or £36 a year
Joint (from 7.30 a month), family (from £6.60 a month) and lifetime (from £1575) memberships are also available.
Number of sites: 99 locations throughout Scotland
Its mission: To protect and care for Scotland’s heritage and to provide opportunities for everyone to experience it.
Starting from £3 a month or £36 a year
Concession (senior citizens, full-time students and unemployed UK residents)
Starting from £1.50 a month or £18 a year
Joint (from £2 a month), family (from £4.50 a month) and lifetime (from £900) memberships are also available.
Number of sites: 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland
Its mission: The Scottish Wildlife Trust aims to champion, protect and restore nature and to inspire people to experience, learn about and care for wildlife and wild places.
£4 a month
£4.50 a month
Joint life membership
Number of sites: More than 800 woodlands across England, Wales and Scotland.
How to cancel: Email email@example.com or call 0330 333 3300
Its mission: To restore damaged areas, create havens for wildlife by planting millions of trees every year, as well as campaign for new laws to protect ancient woodland.
Struggling to decide who to join? Here are some questions to consider to help you chose what's best for you and your loved ones.
With most of the memberships on offer, there's a choice between historic sites or wildlife reserves, and most are either a cultural and educational charity or a conservation charity. Some memberships, such as the National Trust, offer you access to both types.
It's worth considering whether your membership offers free parking and if you're required to pre-book parking or tickets to enter any of its sites.
If you or a family member has accessibility needs, we'd recommend getting in contact before joining to check if the sites you want to visit have suitable accessibility and facilities.
Some trusts have sites across the UK, whereas others are more regional. We've included the maps and site locations in the table below so you can compare.
Link to sites
Historic Royal Palaces
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
Cultural and conservation
National Trust for Scotland
Cultural and conservation
Scottish Wildlife Trust
England, Wales & Scotland