National Trust Membership

National Trust Membership

First of all I’m certainly not going to try and convince you to become a member of the National Trust. I think the National Trust does a fantastic job at conserving historic houses and gardens for future generations but they also have their critics and, if you don’t have time to visit the properties on enough occasions the membership fee can work our quite expensive. If you are retired and love travelling in the UK then I think it’s a great idea. 

In Dorset, and in particular around Studland and the Purbeck region, the National Trust do have a lot of properties as well as car parks which are free to members. 

National Trust Membership Fees

For up-to-date membership fees visit the webpage https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/join-us

National Trust Membership FeesFee per Year
Adult 26+ years£76.80
Young Person 18-25 years£38.40
Junior 5-17 years£10
under 5 yearsFree
Joint (2 adults)£127.20
Family 2 adults + children£133.80
Family 1 adult + children£83.40
Info last checked on 30 May 2022. Membership fees and details subject to change. 
For a detailed map of all National Trust properties in Dorset visit their website at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/days-out-in-dorset

Studland Peninsula

National Trust manages the entire Studland Peninsula including Shell Bay BeachStudland Naturist BeachKnoll BeachMiddle BeachSouth BeachOld Harry Rocks and Studland Nature Reserve. Access to all of these areas is completely FREE to everyone (National Trust members and non-members). 

Although it’s free to visit all the beaches mentioned above National Trust own all of the car parks. National Trust car parks can be found at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach, Studland Village (near the Bankes Arms Pub) which serves as a car park for South Beach and the start of the path to Old Harry Rocks. The typical price of all day parking at any of these car parks is £7

Corfe Castle Entrance Fees

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Entrance Fees for non-members is as follows: 

Non-membersStandard
Adult£10
Child£5
Family 2 adults + children£25
Entrance is FREE to NT members. Entrance fees subject to change. Information updated 30 May 2022

Brownsea Island Entrance Fees

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island

Entrance Fees for non-members is as follows: 

Non-membersStandardFerry Price
Adult£9£12.50
Child£4.50£7
Family 2 adults + up to 3 children£22.50£32
Family 1 adult + up to 3 children£13.50£19.50
Entrance is FREE to NT members. Everyone has to pay for the return ferry from Poole Quay. Entrance fees subject to change. Information updated 30 May 2022

Spyway (near Langton Matravers)

Towering sea cliffs and grasslands rich in wild flowers

Kingston Lacey House and Gardens Entrance Fees

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy


Non-members
Standard
Adult£18
Child£9
Family 2 adults + up to 2 children£45
Family 1 adult + up to 2 children£27
Entrance is FREE to NT members. Entrance fees subject to change. Information updated 30 May 2022