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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Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Discover what life would have really been like in 17th Century England.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

Attractions
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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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Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Enjoy the sights of the historic towns of Battle and Hastings as you embark on the historic 1066 Country Walk.

Location: Pevensey, East Sussex

Tours and trails
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Picnic at Lanhydrock

Picnic at Lanhydrock

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience grandour at Sledmere House

Experience grandour at Sledmere House

Sledmere ranks a favourite of lots of visitors. Full of unique character and charm designed and still maintained as a family home.

Location: Sledmere, East Riding of Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Unveil the legend of the Black Dog at Leeds Castle

Unveil the legend of the Black Dog at Leeds Castle

Lord Conroy described Leeds Castle as the "the loveliest castle in the world", but this Norman stronghold has a much darker, more mysterious side.

Location: Maidstone, Kent

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Discover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Enjoy a tour of the ruins of Old Wardour Castle, and learn about castle’s long and gruesome battle.

Location: Wardour, Wiltshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Follow in the footsteps of Dumbledore and Robin Hood.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

Price: From £13.05 per adult

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Grab a loved one and visit one of the oldest and most romantic Tudor houses in Britain.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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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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Let loose a quiver of arrows at Southsea Castle

Let loose a quiver of arrows at Southsea Castle

In 1515 Henry VIII passed a law stating that all able-bodied men must carry out archery practice on Sundays.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Summer’s in the air at Castle Howard

Summer’s in the air at Castle Howard

Intoxicating roses, ornamental vegetables and wild hydrangeas – it’s a riot of colour and fragrance at one of England’s most imposing stately homes.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Cycling holidays with Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Cycling holidays with Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Wheely Wonderful cycling organises holidays throughout South Shropshire.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Cycling
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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Blackpool opens its doors

Blackpool opens its doors

Heritage Open Days annually celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Free
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Visit the historic Nottingham Castle

Visit the historic Nottingham Castle

Nottingham’s magnificent 17th century ducal mansion is built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, overlooking the whole of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

The 10-acre gardens of Coton Manor sit in peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.

Location: Coton, Northamptonshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Camp at Corfe Castle

Camp at Corfe Castle

A ruined fortress above an eponymous Dorset village that's filled with wonky old cottages.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties

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