What is a National Trust Passport – I have started something over on my instagram stories! So feel like I should explain mor here. We brought our first National Trust pass the year Monkey was born. That was over seven years ago.  It is by far (in our opinion) the best value annual pass out there. However about six months ago I discovered that they also have something called a National Trust Passport.  It has even formed part of our Travel Bucket List for 2020.

So What is a National Trust Passport?

Its a little brightly coloured book similar in size to a normal passport. They cost £5 and you can either purchase them online or in a National Trust shop. On the pages there are spaces for stamps. These stamps are collected when you visit a National Trust property. There needs to be a cafe on site so those areas which are moorland or coastland, without an occupied and manned building will likely not be able to give you a stamp. So far we have found that everywhere we have gone we have managed to collect one. Some even offer stickers now.

However we are also finding that they not that popular. With many of the staff having to hunt for the stamps. Judging by the reaction to my Instagram stories they are the National Trust’s best kept secret. Which is a real shame as Monkey has really got excited in the last couple of weeks about collecting the stamps. There is space fo thirty stamps. once you have collected thirty you can send off the back page of the passport. The National Trust will then send you a certificate. As we are only ten stamps in, I am not sure what that certificate looks like yet. But it does ask you if you have sent off pervious passports. So I am guessing this could determine the  certificate you get.

In addition to buying the passports you can also buy sticker sets. So far I have seen three of these, they cost £2 each for six picture stickers. They do no count as stamps in their own right. Instead they are designed to be added to the passport to have stamps used over the top/side of them.

The other thing worth noting, is that if you forget your passport when out and about. Or you end up at a National Trust property without your passport. Then do not panic. We have asked for the stamps on plain pieces of paper before so we can cut them out and stick them in. Monkey is very much committed to trying to trying to fill his by the end of this year. So hopefully I will be able to update this post soon with a copy of the certificate.  If you are looking for some suggestions of properties to visit in the South I have a complied a list here.

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34 Comments

  1. What a cool idea-especially for the kiddos! We have a National Parks Pass here in Alberta, but it costs quite a bit more!!

  2. Rosie - Eco-Gites of Lenault Reply

    What a lovely way to keep a record of The National Trust properties you have visited. I do rather miss National Trust treasurers and there is no equivalent in France … although plenty of wonderful places still to visit.

  3. Treasure Every Moment Reply

    This is such a fun idea! We have National Trust membership, so I think I’m going to order these for my two eldest children 🙂

  4. MELANIE EDJOURIAN Reply

    That sounds a lovely way to collect stamps for places you’ve visited provided there is someone that can stamp it. Not excessively priced too and love that it looks like a passport.

  5. Catherine Santiago Jose Reply

    Honestly, this is my first time hearing about this thing but having this kind of passport sounds really great most especially to those kids who loves collecting stamps from every places that they are visiting.

  6. I’ve never known about these before but I love the idea of collecting the stamps of all the places you travel…what a wonderful idea!

  7. That’s so cool that they do that! You can keep a record of where you’ve been and the stamps you collect.

  8. Michelle J Cantu Reply

    How fun, this is a great idea for our homeschooling. We love to travel and explore.

  9. Lisa fucci Reply

    I just bought a travel book. This would go great with that!! Now to actually start traveling is thing!

  10. This is a super cool idea. I wonder if they do this in the states as well

  11. I have never heard of this type of passport. I know we do a card here that only gets you to Canada, and Mexico from the States. We will probably do that to my daughter because I don’t think we will be flying to Europe anytime soon.

  12. katrina Kroeplin Reply

    oh, i have never heard of these. i will def have to check these out. thank you for sharing. my daughter is going to be traveling soon so this may be perfect for her.

  13. I love this trust passport idea. I wish we had something like that here in the states.

  14. Rose Ann Sales Reply

    That sounds so fun, especially for kids, so sad we don’t have something like that in my place. It would have been so fun for my nephews and niece here.

  15. Hmm, I haven’t heard of this type of passport before reading this post. I would have to look more into it to see if it’s available in my region.

  16. Geraline Batarra Reply

    So sad we don’t have something like this on my area. My little cousins would definitely love to do this kind of activity.

  17. Ay, thats a neat idea. I think I will have a chat with my local national trust to see if we can implement something similar. I think the locations listed / visited should offer discounts for passport holders. That would really motivate people to get one. lol

  18. I can’t believe I didn’t know about these!! We visit a lot of National Trust properties so could do with getting one for my youngest. He’d love collecting the stamps 🙂

    Louise x

  19. Melanie williams Reply

    What a great idea. I think this is very cool and kids will love this. I love how they can then exchange for a certificate too xx

  20. What a great idea! I really need to look into getting ourselves national trust passes, especially now we have the puppy 🙂

  21. This is the first time I have heard about this type of passport. Thanks for raising awareness.

  22. We were torn between a National Trust Scotland membership and a Historic Scotland membership last Autumn, and went with Historic Scotland in the end as there are more properties near us. The membership booklet also has a section at the back for collecting stamps at each property.

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