I took the plunge and joined the National Trust back when we visted Red House for Easter. We'd not managed to make it to anywhere else since, and really wanted to make the most of the membership, so we've started a bit of touring with my parents (who are long-standing members!).
We started a few weeks ago with Knole in Sevenoaks, not far from me. The Sevenoaks area has a lot to see and is only about a half hour drive from me and Kit so expect a lot from that area.
I have Tuesdays and Thursdays off work, and we are often busy at the weekends so we headed to Knole on a Tuesday. That meant that we could only look around the gardens as the house wasn't open, but that was plenty to keep us entertained. I think it was enough to just see deer up close. And they had some great vegetable patches that I was very jealous of (our allotment is not in a good way). We're planning to go back again soon, there is so much ground, it would be a lovely place for walking and picnicing.
The cafe was open. First of many National Trust cream teas.