Editor’s Note: For those that don’t know, Americans can support the National Trust in England and gain unlimited entry to all their properties by joining the Royal Oak Foundation, their American affiliate. We joined last year and have taken advantage of it several times. We got in touch with them and they were kind enough to write this post telling Anglotopia Readers all about benefits of joining and offer you an exclusive discount you can use to join at a special rate.
We Anglophiles can’t help but fall in love with an English country house. Nothing captures the idyllic English country life as perfectly as a manor, complete with manicured gardens, a handsome exterior and an interior bursting at the seams with historical treasures. From Chartwell to Mount Stewart and beyond, the romance of the countryside comes alive in these special places.
There’s no better way to experience the romance of the countryside than with The Royal Oak Foundation, the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Americans can join The Royal Oak Foundation and receive unlimited admission to all of the National Trust’s 400+ properties. These properties run the gamut of English beauty, from manors and historic homes like Polesden Lacey, Surrey, to spectacular gardens such as Sissinghurst, Kent, to renowned coastline like Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland, and important countryside, including the Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire.
One-time admission to a National Trust property for non-members is £10, so a Royal Oak membership represents a huge savings if you’re planning a trip. We also offer dual and family memberships, so bring the whole family along! Anglotopia readers now have the chance to become Royal Oak members at a special rate – 20% off our usual membership dues! All you need to do is visit our website here: www.royal-oak.org/join and enter promotional code ANGLO2019 at checkout.
In addition to the admission benefits, joining The Royal Oak Foundation represents a chance to become a part of the greater Anglophile community in the U.S. through our lecture program, which this Spring will host 33 events across ten cities. Royal Oak members receive discounted tickets to our lectures, which focus on topics such as British art and architecture, fine & decorative arts, gardens, history, and conservation and historic preservation. Anglotopia’s own Jonathan Thomas has attended our lectures and will tell you what a great communal learning experience they are.
We also offer customized tour packages to the UK. Join a group of other anglophiles and take a special trip around the England, Wales and Ireland, visiting National Trust properties and staying in spectacular country hotels!
Royal Oak also provides critical support to the National Trust’s mission to care for places of extraordinary historic and natural significance. Our members raise hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to support key preservation efforts at National Trust properties. Last year we raised $235,000 for urgent work at Stourhead, Wiltshire; this year we seek to raise $150,000 to support research on the Trust’s furniture collection, the most important collection of British furniture in the care of a single institution. Royal Oak also sponsors selected fellowships and scholarships for Americans who wish to learn more about the National Trust and the rich heritage of Great Britain.
As you’re planning your summer travels, now is the perfect time to become a Royal Oak member and take in the splendor of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can follow us on Twitter @AngloFiles and like us on Facebook to get the latest on all things UK.
Take advantage of this special offer and join today!