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    National Trust - Worth it?



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    In 4 weeks time we both retire and so will be off in our van a lot more
    Thinking of joining the NT. not that interested in looking round old houses to be honest, but note that their car parks are free to members, and they do seem to have a lot close to the coastline/Sea especially in the south west area, where we love to go.
    Are all their car parks free to members, or do you still have to pay at some sites?
    Do any of them allow over nighting, or are they all strictly daytime parking?
    Appreciate any comment/advice that people have.
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    I believe all their car parks are free to members, which you are not meant to overnight in though I know some do in the out of the way ones.
    We are members and living near the south coast regularly use them for the free beach parking
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    Join the Scottish National Trust it's half the price. Ok you don't get a free book but they don't add many new ones and if you are quick you can sometimes pick one up on a visit. You can join online so you don't have to visit Scotland. Not had a problem parking anywhere in last 4 years. You could join the New Zealand National Trust which gives you the same benefits + free access to English Heritage as well.
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    If you join the SNT then get the NT app, it's more useful than the book.
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    Yes. it's worth it just for the parking. There are some remote car parks where you could overnight. Some of their car parks have now introduced a ticket machine where you have to scan your members card. I have used their car parks in Cornwall and it's a damn sight cheaper than private and council parking although they are not located in the best places.
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    We were members in 2007 when we did a 9 month "Grand European Tour" and it was an absolute bargain as the Australian NT membership was accepted throughout Europe.
    Free parking was the least of it, access to museums, formal gardens, stately homes and my personal favourite a 19th Century sock factory in Bergen, Norway.
    "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (defined as a liberal gift) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, followed always by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." - attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler, (October 15, 1747 - January 5, 1813) a Scottish-born British lawyer and writer.

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    I've just had some junk mail with a subscription magazine and a NT leaflet was in there, and i wondered if is worth joining, we don't do the house and gardens because we cannot find out on internet searches if they are dog friendly so it would be for parking only, then I thought we don't need joint membership, we only need individual for parking, but if the Scottish is half the price we could get joint after all.

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    You actually only save 18 by joining the scottish, But join the english/welsh/NI, you get a book and 3 magazines a year, it also shows a phone so presume you get an app as well, oh and a free pair of binoculars.
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    The parking is sometimes chargeable even to members. Tatton Park is an example. Administered by Cheshire East.

    We joined the NTS and it's about 65 a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman View Post
    You actually only save 18 by joining the scottish, But join the english/welsh/NI, you get a book and 3 magazines a year, it also shows a phone so presume you get an app as well, oh and a free pair of binoculars.
    National Trust for Scotland 72 for a couple if one is over 60. National Trust 114 per year.

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