Step back in time

Peacocks strut across manicured lawns, children shriek with delight as they try to find their way out of fiendishly difficult mazes, and well-kept gardens dazzle year-round at England’s many historic houses and well-preserved castles. Once inside, enthusiastic curators bring history to life with their expert knowledge and often funny insights into the lives, loves, and artefacts of generations of inhabitants. Castle breaks give you more chances of bumping into the present owners of an English castle, many of whom still live in wings of the properties. Just don’t forget to retrieve your children from that maze before you head home.

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Get married in a royal castle in Ludlow

Get married in a royal castle in Ludlow

Once home to Kings and Queens of England, Ludlow Castle offers a totally unforgettable venue for your wedding.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Wedding celebrations
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Stately Chatsworth House

Stately Chatsworth House

Wander around the film location for the Duchess and Pride & Prejudice.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

Heritage
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Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle

Home to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

City
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Oxford University

Oxford University

A host of famous alumni and one... Harry Potter?

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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From the cocoon to the catwalk, discover the history of silk

From the cocoon to the catwalk, discover the history of silk

At Macclesfield Silk Museum you can travel along a silk road and follow the story of the silk industry from its humble button beginnings.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Historic sites and icons
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Travel Back in Time at Southsea Castle

Travel Back in Time at Southsea Castle

Transport yourself to Tudor times and take a tour around King Henry VIII's famous Southsea Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

Picturesque places
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Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Read love letters and poems from John Keats to Fanny Brawne in the home where the poet fell in love and wrote some of his finest poetry.

Location: Hampstead, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Romance at Peckforton Castle and Combermere Abbey

Romance at Peckforton Castle and Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey and Peckforton Castle make for a romantic trip you’ll never forget.

Location: Nantwich, Cheshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Discover Newark’s Civil War heritage

Discover Newark’s Civil War heritage

Embark on the Civil Walk Trail around Newark, and be transported back in time.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

Military history
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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a Windsor Castle family package with Datchet Hotel

Enjoy a Windsor Castle family package with Datchet Hotel

This family focused visit, staying at the Manor hotel in tranquil Datchet and visiting Windsor Castle, even includes milk and cookies.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Price: From £175 per room per night

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is the very essence of an English garden, and is set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wadhurst, East Sussex

Gardens and Parks
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Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

Countryside
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Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Escape to Croome and explore its Palladian Bath stone mansion house set in extensive parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Step back in time and experience life as it was at this moated, 14th-century castle.

Location: Nunney, Somerset

Picturesque places
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Antony House

Antony House

The star of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Head to St Michael's Mount

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps.

Location: Marazion, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Visit England's oldest Smock Windmill at Lacey Green

Visit England's oldest Smock Windmill at Lacey Green

Restored to working order by The Chiltern Society, Lacey Green Windmill is England's oldest smock mill with wooden machinery dating from around 1650.

Location: Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport

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