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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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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Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 11th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

Explore Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle

The recreated beauty of Elizabethan Garden is one not to be missed when visiting Kenilworth Castle.

Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Price: From £9 per adult

Gardens and Parks
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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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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

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

You can lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand at the oldest working cinema in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Literature, film and TV
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See treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

See treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

Every August and September, Buckingham Palace opens its doors, giving you a chance to explore the amazing art, décor and history within.

Location: Victoria, Greater London

Royal
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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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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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Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle

A romantic castle filled with four-poster beds, open fireplaces and Whirlpool bathrooms.

Location: Amberley, West Sussex

Castles and Historic Properties
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Visit the Jacobean splendor of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendor of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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

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Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

With art and beauty steeped in history, Tisbury is an excellent base from which to explore Wiltshire’s countryside.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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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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See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

Learn about the history of Edwardian bathing or take in an art exhibition in the mosaic spaces of Victoria Baths.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Osborne House

Osborne House

The perfect place to spend a warm summer's day.

Location: Isle of Wight

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Be enchanted on a tour of Witley Court & Gardens

Be enchanted on a tour of Witley Court & Gardens

Enjoy a great day out in Worcestershire at Witley Court and Gardens with its interesting history and landscaped gardens.

Location: Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Castles and Historic Properties

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