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Cathy Winston
Award-winning travel writer
Cathy Winston

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National Trust breaks

Cathy's verdict:

For a short break with a difference, don’t just visit some of the UK’s loveliest sites - you could help to preserve them. Including archaeology, gardening and conserving historic houses, see country and coast without any single supplements as well as family-friendly breaks perfect for single parents, as part of a National Trust working holiday.

Recommended organiser: The National Trust

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The National Trust says

Do you fancy a short break or longer holiday with a difference? A life-enhancing experience where you can feel part of something worthwhile? If so, a National Trust working holiday is for you.

  • great idea for single parents
  • no single supplements
  • popular with solos

Whether you have a couple of nights or a week or more to spare, National Trust working holidays offer the chance to help with conservation tasks.

We have vast range of options on offer throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can choose from coastal or countryside locations and there are projects specifically focused on construction, historic houses, archaeology, gardening or rural skills, for example.

We welcome those travelling on their own as well as couples, families and groups of friends.

People from all walks of life and age groups enjoy our working holidays – many make lasting friendships, and some have been inspired to change careers as a result. It may be the appeal of learning a new skill, indulging a passion, or simply having great fun.

Each break is run by a volunteer Holiday Leader and Assistant Leader, working with National Trust staff who allocate and supervise the day’s tasks. Groups vary from 5-15 people depending on the holiday type and the available accommodation. Participants receive accommodation and food, while evening meals are prepared by the group using – where possible – local and seasonal produce.

Accommodation in our base camps is generally in bunk rooms for six to eight people – venues include converted barns, granaries, farmhouses and stableyards. Accompanied children from the age of six are welcome on selected breaks – it’s a great idea for single parents.

Find out more about National Trust working holidays.

* Photographs courtesy of the National Trust

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