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 to work in The Mill

Get to work in The Mill

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate was a filming location for the TV programme The Mill.

Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

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Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

The Palladian Bridge, nestled in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Prior Park, offers a memorable spot for a proposal.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Explore Tintagel Castle

Explore Tintagel Castle

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

Location: Tintagel, Cornwall

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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

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Three Graces

Three Graces

Stroll along the waterfront for some of Liverpool's many architectural treasures.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at the Minster

Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at the Minster

According to legend, all loved up couples that kiss under the 'Heart of Yorkshire' window, will stay together forever.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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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

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Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle

Ingulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Visit the home of a former Prime Minister

Visit the home of a former Prime Minister

Discover the history of Arundells, the former home of Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

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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

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Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

You’d think you were in Jurassic Park, not at Belsay Hall. And you can explore this magnificent garden with your four-legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

Price: From £8 per adult

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Be a Roman soldier for a day

Be a Roman soldier for a day

Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers at Arbeia Roman Fort, part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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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

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Carlisle

Carlisle

Follow in the footsteps of the Roman sentries who once patrolled in the city of Carlisle.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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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

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Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Dubbed the most romantic castle in England.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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Explore Nymans estate

Explore Nymans estate

Commanding great views from atop the rolling hills of Sussex, Nymans stands proud as one of Britain’s top gardens.

Location: Haywards Heath, Sussex

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