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National Trust Sites

The National Trust is a charity which is completely independent of the Government and which relies on income from membership fees, donations, legacies and revenue raised from commercial operations.

They look after and protect some of the UK’s most glorious countryside and historic sites.

Houses, castles and buildings, gardens and parks, forests and woods, nature and wildlife, coastal and countryside, sites and monuments, archaeological remains and art collections…to name just a few.

Here in Dorset we are lucky to have a number of National Trust sites and as their saying goes they are “For ever, for everyone”

National Trust properties are open to everyone and you do not need to be a member to visit them. However if you plan on visiting a number of National trust sites it may be more beneficial to take out a membership which will give you unlimited access to hundreds of places across the UK, plus your membership fee will ensure that the National Trust can continue their work to preserve places and spaces for your enjoyment.
Please click here for further information on National Trust memberships.

In the meantime let’s go visit some of the local ones to Bournemouth and Poole…

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island, a beautiful island in Poole Harbour rich in wildlife, history and adventure. The island is the biggest in Poole Harbour and is made up of woodland, heathland, salt marsh and beaches and is home to a variety of wildlife including the rare red squirrel, Sika deer, peacocks, pheasants, birds and insects.
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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy
An elegant country mansion brimming with intricate treasures and paintings, situated in 8,500 acres of beautiful parkland. It was built to resemble an Italian Palace and features grand, beautifully detailed carvings. Outside are rivers, woodland, farmland, ancient trees, rare orchids and even an Iron Age fort.
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Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle
Explore the stunning remains of Corfe Castle which date back 1000 years and provides beautiful views over the Purbeck countryside and the quaint village of the same name. Feel history come to life at one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War.
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Hardy’s Cottage

Hardy's Cottage
Hardy’s Cottage was the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, the English writer and Poet, who was born in this cottage in 1840. Inside the cottage you will find examples of 19th century life and the traditional cottage garden is simply delightful. The cottage sits next to ancient woodland and a nature reserve.
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Clouds Hill

Clouds Hill
Clouds Hill near Wareham was home to T.E Lawrence, more commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia, beautifully preserved as he left it. During your visit explore the beautiful grounds or why not enjoy a walk along the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ trail’ taking you through idyllic country lanes and leafy woodlands.
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Max Gate

Max Gate
Max Gate, part of Hardy Country, was the home of the English writer and poet Thomas Hardy, who designed the house himself and who lived there until his death in 1928. Whilst here he wrote Tess of the d’Urbervilles, The Major of Casterbridge and Jude the Obscure, along with many pieces of poetry.
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