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    21 Things Only National Trust Members Will Understand

    There's absolutely nothing worse than forgetting your pass.

    1. You probably originally joined for the free parking.

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    That coveted sticker.

    2. But now there's barely a weekend when you're not looking round an historic house.

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    The free car parking was just a gateway drug.

    Wimpole Estate, Hertfordshire.

    3. Or a wonderful garden.

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    Sheffield Park Garden, East Sussex.

    4. Because some of them are seriously beautiful.

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    Ham House, London.

    5. So you're always looking for new places to go near where you live.

    6. And there's absolutely nothing worse that driving somewhere and realising you forgot your pass.

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    7. You have a passport and get very excited about getting stamps.

    8. And you may have even planned your holidays around where there are lots of National Trust places to visit.

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    What's the point of going on holiday if you can't go and look round an old house and have a nice cup of tea?

    Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.

    9. You have played the National Trust game walking around historic houses.

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    The game: In every room decide on one piece of furniture that you would steal and put in your house. Don't ~actually~ steal it though.

    Blickling Hall, Norfolk.

    10. You've probably got quite good at identifying types of architecture.

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    Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.

    11. You feel the need to read every single piece of information inside.

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    So you "get your money's worth".

    Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk.

    12. And you've definitely found yourself slightly stuck in conversation with a very chatty volunteer.

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    Lacock, Wiltshire.

    13. You don't consider it a proper visit unless you visit the tearoom.

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    Because obviously, free entry means it's acceptable to drop £10 on cake.

    14. So you have strong opinions about the best things they serve.

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    Cream tea or Victoria Sponge, obviously.

    15. And you actually understand this pun.

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    Classic National Trust banter.

    16. You've probably sat on these specific benches while trying to eat your picnic without being attacked by wasps.

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    Red House, London.

    17. Obviously you have to go to the gift shop.

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    But only at the end of the tour of the house, as a reward for reading all the information panels.

    18. And you've probably considered buying one of the ducks at some point.

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    Or you actually own them.

    19. But you know that the National Trust isn't just about houses, because it has some of the best beaches in the world.

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    Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall.

    20. And some seriously beautiful views.

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    Corfe Castle, Dorset.

    21. Damn.

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    Stourhead, Wiltshire.