Home Newsletter Locations Diary
Topic Alpha County Sections By

Travellers Resource
Reference Section Controlling Costs


Organisation Membership Benefits

English Heritage Membership Benefits

As a member of English Heritage you get the following benefits:-

  • Free entry to over 400 properties for up to 6 accompanying children (under 19) within your family group.
  • A welcome pack with full-colour guide to all properties.
  • Members' quarterly magazine, Heritage Today.
  • Free or reduced price admission to events - some events like the Annual Festival of History still requires members to pay an entry fee, although this is reduced over what normal members of the public pay.
  • Half-price admission to historic properties in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man (FREE after your first year of membership).
  • Reduced price entry to many other historic sites in England.
  • The opportunity to participate in a diverse range of heritage related activities from lectures and behind-the-scene tours to short breaks and world cruises.

Prices change on an annual basis so rather than putting them here, it is better that you take a look at their membership section, where you can also join online.

National Trust Membership Benefits

  • FREE entry and parking at more than 300 historic houses and gardens.
  • FREE parking at their countryside and coastline locations.
  • A Members’ Handbook – the complete guide to all of the places you can visit.
  • Regional Newsletters packed with details of special events at locations near you.
  • Three editions of their magazine, featuring news, views, gardening and letters, exclusively for members.
  • Information about Centres and Associations  in your area.
  • FREE admission to properties cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.
  • They also have agreements with a number of other countries. If you’re visiting any of these places and have a valid membership card, you could visit their National Trust facilities for FREE or at a concessionary rate.

The range of membership rates and the fact they change each year means it is not effective to show them here, so take a look at their membership page for more details on this and how to apply.

National Trust for Scotland Membership Benefits

  • Free access to over 300 properties throughout Britain (including free admission to National Trust properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and others worldwide).
  • Free car parking at The National Trust for Scotland sites when displaying your membership sticker.
  • Complimentary copy of `Guide to Properties` listing all properties, travel directions, opening times etc.
  • 3 issues each year of  `Scotland in Trust` magazine.
  • Join a Members´ Centre. There are 39 Member Groups throughout Scotland, along with one in Cambridge and one in London. Groups help organise fundraising events, guide at properties and help run some of the shops. Each group has a varied programme of talks and outings for everyone to enjoy. For more information please click here.

For more details on membership rates and how to join NT for Scotland see their website.

Cadw Membership Benefits

  • Free admission to all Cadw attractions, from Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch and Tintern Abbey in the south to world-famous Caernarfon and Harlech castles in the north.
  • Half price admission to hundreds of sites in England and Scotland, from Stonehenge to Edinburgh Castle. When you rejoin ‘Heritage in Wales’ without a break, then admission to the historic sites in all three countries is free. (National Trust properties and Historic Royal Palaces such as the Tower of London are not included).
  • Free 'Heritage in Wales' membership pack-includes a range of full colour brochures with details of all the castles and historic places in the care of Cadw, and a large, illustrated, full colour map.
  • Discounts: save 10%  on purchases of £5 or more on all Cadw’s specially-designed gifts and souvenirs.
  • A full year's issues of 'Heritage In Wales' magazine to keep you up-to-date on new developments and special events.
  • Special Entitlements For Life And Joint Life Members. As well as gaining free admission to sites in the care of Cadw, English Heritage and Historic Scotland, Life/Joint Life members may each take their children under 16 years of age or one adult guest, free of charge.

For latest membership rates see this page on their website.

Historic Scotland Membership Benefits

  • Free Entry to all Historic Scotland's properties.
  • Free Entry to over 400 Historic Scotland events from living history and music to battle re-enactments and spectacular jousting tournaments.
  • 20% retail discount in all Historic Scotland shops - includes books, clothing and gifts.
  • Exclusive online area offering information on special tours, events and retail offers at onsite shops and our online shop.
  • Half price entry to over 500 heritage attractions in England, Wales and the Isle of Man in your first year of membership (free entry in your second and subsequent years).
  • The opportunity to take part in members activities from guided tours and lectures to ceilidhs and cruises.
  • Membership Pack containing handbook, events guide and full information on all  membership benefits.
  • Free quarterly magazine keeping you informed with features on history and heritage conservation projects and places to visit.

For full details on membership benefits together with latest membership rates - see here.

Historic Houses Association Friends Membership Benefits

Individuals or families who do not own historic houses but who have an interest in and enjoy visiting them and their gardens, and subscribe to the aims of the Association. Benefits include:

  • Being able to visit free nearly 300 HHA Member properties that are open to the public. Free to Friends   is a list of the current properties available to visit.
  • Copies of the HHA's quarterly magazine Historic House and Activities supplement
  • Annual booklet Houses and Gardens which Members and Friends may Visit
  • Opportunities to join special regional tours to properties, many not generally open to the public, which are organised by the HHA's volunteer Regional Friends Representatives
  • Invitations to attend the Annual General Meeting and HHA/Smiths Gore Lecture
  • Opportunities to attend occasional social events for Friends in some individual Regions and the annual Hugh Shirreff Lecture.

Membership types and costs can be found by going to their website and taking the Join the HHA tab.

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Membership Benefits

  • Free Entry with a guest to RHS Gardens: Wisley, Rosemoor, Harlow Carr and Hyde Hall.

  • Free Access to over 140 RHS Recommended Gardens, some throughout their opening season and others at selected periods.

  • RHS Flower Shows Privileged entry and reduced rate tickets to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

  • Free Monthly Magazine Enjoy The Garden, full of practical advice, ideas and inspiration.

  • Gardening Advice Free support and answers to your gardening questions.

  • RHS Recommended Events Reduced rate tickets to hundreds of lectures, tours and workshops around the UK.

For list of membership types, prices and the ability to join online - take this link.

Woodland Trust Membership Benefits

  • Dedicate a recently planted native tree in your name, you get a certificate
  • An informative directory featuring Woodland Trust woods
  • A handy guide to identifying native trees and shrubs
  • Regular copies of the members only magazine, Broadleaf.

There are various membership types available so see their membership page on their website for details and the ability to join online.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Membership Benefits

  • FREE entry to WWT's wetland centres
  • FREE quarterly "Waterlife" magazine

For latest prices and categories or membership see this page on their website.

RSPB Membership Benefits

  • Free entry to over 100 nature reserves all over the UK, from dramatic coastal cliffs to tranquil grasslands and inspiring hills and mountains

  • BIRDS magazine the RSPB's members' magazine, a large-format, quarterly production packed full of news about RSPB action and events, photographs, features and members' news and views.

  • Family members also receive special magazines age related to their children. These 'Wingbeat' for 13-18 year olds, 'Birdlife' for 8-12 year olds and Wild Times for under 8's

  • Free Gift for adult members and children members see their website for latest offers and prices.

Scottish Wildlife Trust Membership Benefits

  • copy of magazine, Scottish Wildlife
  • a copy of Exploring Reserves guide
  • free entry to their three visitor centres
  • free entry to their reserves
  • discounts on guided walks and events
  • an invitation to the annual members' event
  • an opportunity to vote on SWT affairs
  • a chance to participate in the many activities run by local Members Centres

For fuller details on benefits, membership types and prices see their web page here.

The Wildlife Trusts Membership Benefits

  • A newsletter or magazine from your local Wildlife Trust, keeping you informed about the wildlife on your doorstep
  • The majority of local Wildlife Trusts also distribute Natural World magazine to their members, a colour magazine produced three times a year and is full of articles, photography and the latest wildlife news.
  • Details of the Wildlife Trust nature reserves in your area
  • Invitations to local events, many of them free
  • Opportunities to lend a hand and play a direct role in helping local wildlife

For fuller details on benefits, membership types and prices see their web page here.


next to the item signifies that you can use Tesco Clubcard Deals to pay for annual membership of these organisations. See our Tesco Clubcard Deals page for more details on what you can do.

There are many different organisations across the UK and too many to list here, but if you belong to a similar organisation to those listed, that you think others may like to join then please let us know and we will make efforts to add it to this page.


By: Tracey Park Section: Reference Section Key:
Page Ref: organisation_membership_benefits Topic: Controlling costs Last Updated: 04/2010

This page:

Link directly to this page, with text or the button on right.

Text linking: Membership Benefits of Organisations on Photographers Resource

Linking Instructions                            http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/

Photographers Resource, all the information for the photographer