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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Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Pack your suitcase for a hair-raising and luxurious stay in Dover Castle’s former prison tower.

Location: Dover, Kent

Price: From £17.00 for day visit

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Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s family home - the place William Shakespeare courted his future wife.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

See the ruins of the castle and take a peak at 130 acres of rediscovered gardens, now one of the largest restoration projects in Europe.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover the Naze seascapes and landscapes

Discover the Naze seascapes and landscapes

Enjoy a day exploring the cliffs, searching for fossils on the beach or admiring the artworks on display in the Naze Tower.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

This historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Discover the real Downton Abbey

Location: Newbury, Berkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Now only the earthworks and the conical motte remain of Fotheringhay Castle, standing above the peaceful River Nene.

Location: Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Buried treasure at the crusader-inspired Beeston Castle

Buried treasure at the crusader-inspired Beeston Castle

A magical site with stunning views, long walks through rich woodland and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

Location: Beeston, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a tour of the grand Burton Agnes Hall

Take a tour of the grand Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that has remained in the same family for over 400 years.

Location: Burton Agnes, East Riding of Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Tintagel Castle

Explore Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is full of legend and mystery. King Arthur, anyone?

Location: Tintagel, Cornwall

Coast
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Ugbrooke Park

Ugbrooke Park

Why not swap the usual hotel for this rather lovely stately home, and live like lords and ladies of the manor for the weekend?

Location: Newton Abbot, Devon

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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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Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Explore Arundel’s rich history and heritage with re-enactments and family fun-days at Arundel Castle.

Location: Arundel, West Sussex

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Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

See the planets at home with Bath’s most famous starry-eyed siblings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Discover Howick’s heavenly history

Discover Howick’s heavenly history

A famous cup of tea, a stunning garden and it’s very own bathing house; the haven of Howick is one of Northumberland’s true hidden gems.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

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Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

A tale of forbidden love to rival Romeo and Juliet is immortalised in Bessie Surtees’ 16th century house, tucked behind NewcastleGateshead's quayside

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Rushton Triangular Lodge

Rushton Triangular Lodge

This place is proof that in England you'll find architectural treasures in the most unlikely places.

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

Architectural wonders
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Picnic at Corfe Castle

Picnic at Corfe Castle

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

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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Visit the first ‘Royal Oak’ and Boscobel House & Gardens

Visit the first ‘Royal Oak’ and Boscobel House & Gardens

Take a trip to Boscobel House where Charles II took refuge.

Location: Bishops Wood, Shropshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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