Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • moneylover
    • By moneylover 19th Jun 12, 9:02 PM
    • 1,625Posts
    • 408Thanks
    moneylover
    0 WOW
    Any tips for getting National Trust membership discounted?
    • #1
    • 19th Jun 12, 9:02 PM
    0 WOW
    Any tips for getting National Trust membership discounted? 19th Jun 12 at 9:02 PM
    Have been dithering over National Trust membership for husband and myself wondering if I will get enough use to pay almost 70. We are going to Northern Ireland for a few days and will go to a couple of properties and several beaches where you pay for parking so would get some good use right away.
    Just wondered if there were any offers anyone knew of? Thank you
Page 1
    • SilverSapphire
    • By SilverSapphire 20th Jun 12, 2:13 PM
    • 395 Posts
    • 1,944 Thanks
    SilverSapphire
    • #2
    • 20th Jun 12, 2:13 PM
    What about a single NT membership?
    • #2
    • 20th Jun 12, 2:13 PM
    Although married, I have a single membership for the National Trust which is obviously cheaper than joint. Every time we go I only have to pay for OH and of course the parking at properties is covered by my membership.

    We find it quite amusing when some of the snootier NT stewards say "Perhaps your friend would be interested in joining" as they look him up and down. They obviously think we are an illicit couple LOL!
    "Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence": Desiderata
    • thegirlintheattic
    • By thegirlintheattic 20th Jun 12, 4:48 PM
    • 2,684 Posts
    • 3,509 Thanks
    thegirlintheattic
    • #3
    • 20th Jun 12, 4:48 PM
    • #3
    • 20th Jun 12, 4:48 PM
    I personally wouldn't bother. OH has membership but just to get the free parking when hiking.
    Save 200 a month : Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
    • moneylover
    • By moneylover 20th Jun 12, 7:09 PM
    • 1,625 Posts
    • 408 Thanks
    moneylover
    • #4
    • 20th Jun 12, 7:09 PM
    • #4
    • 20th Jun 12, 7:09 PM
    yes, actually it might be a good idea to get single - a lot of what I need covered when we go to Northern Ireland next week is parking. I will go back to the NT website and take another look.
    Would I have to be driving or is just being in car enough?
    • SilverSapphire
    • By SilverSapphire 21st Jun 12, 1:05 PM
    • 395 Posts
    • 1,944 Thanks
    SilverSapphire
    • #5
    • 21st Jun 12, 1:05 PM
    Single NT Membership
    • #5
    • 21st Jun 12, 1:05 PM
    I think as long as one of the people in the car, be it driver or passenger, has a National Trust membership that is OK to cover the car park.

    I don't drive and it has never been queried anywhere we have visited.
    "Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence": Desiderata
    • apt
    • By apt 21st Jun 12, 2:13 PM
    • 3,087 Posts
    • 1,750 Thanks
    apt
    • #6
    • 21st Jun 12, 2:13 PM
    • #6
    • 21st Jun 12, 2:13 PM
    Parking charges tend to be a lot lower than in Northern Ireland than England. The high charge I came across was Giants Causeway which is 6 until the 'visitor experience' opens when the parking charge is replaced by a visitor charge. However, you could avoid the 6 by parking at the nearby pub and having a drink there.
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 21st Jun 12, 3:04 PM
    • 6,246 Posts
    • 2,670 Thanks
    roddydogs
    • #7
    • 21st Jun 12, 3:04 PM
    • #7
    • 21st Jun 12, 3:04 PM
    Use a cashback site.
  • LunaLady
    • #8
    • 21st Jun 12, 9:37 PM
    • #8
    • 21st Jun 12, 9:37 PM
    I got mine through Quidco - I got 10% cashback on our membership.

    We go to Belton House alot, and Wimpole Hall. After three visits I made the initial outlay back in savings.
    SPC #1813
    Addicted to collecting Nectar Points!!
  • LunaLady
    • #9
    • 21st Jun 12, 9:37 PM
    • #9
    • 21st Jun 12, 9:37 PM
    Also, once you have been a member for a year, they send you an offer to renew.
    SPC #1813
    Addicted to collecting Nectar Points!!
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 21st Jun 12, 9:41 PM
    • 14,183 Posts
    • 12,314 Thanks
    zagfles
    Many years ago we joined the Scottish NT which gives you access to all the English and Welsh NT places (not sure about NI) and was a lot cheaper than joining the English NT!

    If you pay higher rate tax you can get 25% tax relief on your membership, or if you claim tax credits you can offset it against the income you declare and get more in tax credits.
    • moneylover
    • By moneylover 21st Jun 12, 10:15 PM
    • 1,625 Posts
    • 408 Thanks
    moneylover
    Also, once you have been a member for a year, they send you an offer to renew.
    Originally posted by LunaLady
    I think that to get cheapest on website you have to do direct debit though so I suppose automatic renewal.
    • zenmaster
    • By zenmaster 21st Jun 12, 11:01 PM
    • 3,052 Posts
    • 3,281 Thanks
    zenmaster
    NTS was available on Tesco Clubcard deals last time I looked. It was 20 for joint annual membership.

    Sadly, I forgot to cancel my current membership and they have just stung me 80.
    • moneylover
    • By moneylover 21st Jun 12, 11:30 PM
    • 1,625 Posts
    • 408 Thanks
    moneylover
    NTS was available on Tesco Clubcard deals last time I looked. It was 20 for joint annual membership.

    Sadly, I forgot to cancel my current membership and they have just stung me 80.
    Originally posted by zenmaster
    can only see NT Scotland
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 22nd Jun 12, 5:41 AM
    • 6,246 Posts
    • 2,670 Thanks
    roddydogs
    Always cancel the DD once the yearly payment has been taken (you must still tell them) no need to do this till the year is nearly up. Wait a week or so then re apply, otherwise youll pay full price.
    • zenmaster
    • By zenmaster 22nd Jun 12, 8:02 AM
    • 3,052 Posts
    • 3,281 Thanks
    zenmaster
    can only see NT Scotland
    Originally posted by moneylover
    NTS is National Trust for Scotland.

    It's valid in England too.
    • paul2louise
    • By paul2louise 1st Jul 12, 7:23 PM
    • 1,892 Posts
    • 699 Thanks
    paul2louise
    Always cancel the DD once the yearly payment has been taken (you must still tell them) no need to do this till the year is nearly up. Wait a week or so then re apply, otherwise youll pay full price.
    Originally posted by roddydogs
    I have just had the renewal letter. It says it will be 88.50 for the 2 of us. It expires 31st August so I was thinking of cancelling it then wait till next spring and get a new annual pass. Do they do deals at the end of summer to get members or should I wait till spring when worth renewing.


    Thanks
    • moneylover
    • By moneylover 1st Jul 12, 10:50 PM
    • 1,625 Posts
    • 408 Thanks
    moneylover
    if NTS is valid in England too then its probably the best deal if you have Tesco points I should think - presumably not Wales just Scotland and England?

    In the end, I went for single membership as mostly in NI we wanted car parking which would have added up to about 15. It has worked out very well as we also went to just one house/garden (Mountstewart) and until end of first week July you can take a non member for free so didnt pay for husband.

    Am sure will use more than the value of my single membership and perhaps next year we will do single in husbands name.

    There are special offers and am sure they are sometimes better than others. I got free binoculars, I havent looked at them yet but, if nothing else, they will be enjoyed by the grandchildren.

    If you are going to pay to join rather than using Tesco points leave it till the last minute to max out your year - you get a temporary membership number by email within seconds of applying. And don't forget Quidco.

    This thread has been brilliant, thank you, when I posted I thought I would be lucky if I got one reply! I should have known better from MSE'ers!
    Last edited by moneylover; 01-07-2012 at 10:54 PM.
    • paul2louise
    • By paul2louise 2nd Jul 12, 7:29 AM
    • 1,892 Posts
    • 699 Thanks
    paul2louise
    If you are going to pay to join rather than using Tesco points leave it till the last minute to max out your year - you get a temporary membership number by email within seconds of applying. And don't forget Quidco.
    Originally posted by moneylover
    that's probably what I will do. We have the membership till end of August which gives us 2 months yet of wonderful summer to enjoy!!!.
    Then wait till spring next year and get a new pass. Tesco are only doing NT individual trips not annual passes for Scotland so wouldnt be any use.

    Does quidco do cashback on nat trust for scotland
    Thanks
    Last edited by paul2louise; 02-07-2012 at 7:38 AM.
  • southern nick
    Savings at NT
    Hi i joined last month via Quidco, 21 cashback.
    • paul2louise
    • By paul2louise 2nd Jul 12, 1:46 PM
    • 1,892 Posts
    • 699 Thanks
    paul2louise
    Hi i joined last month via Quidco, 21 cashback.
    Originally posted by southern nick
    I got 18 via quidco last year so will hang on at least till after it has expired. No benefit from being an existing customer.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,574Posts Today

9,270Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • This is why I wrote the guide to financial abuse. It's tough to know when it's happening to you. It's also worth? https://t.co/XGI2sI7hOU

  • RT @David_Challen: Really happy @MartinSLewis is raising awareness of economic/financial abuse. My mother cleaned her cousins home for poc?

  • Has anyone successfully reclaimed PPI on behalf of a deceased relative. I'm doing a blog on how to do it, and I'd? https://t.co/PHXJXCzvc6

  • Follow Martin