Throwing the doors open

Reach out and touch the past on historic holidays throughout England this summer. Across the land, battle-worn castles and stately piles fling open their doors, enveloping you in their spirit. We like to look for the past in the time-scoured surface of old stone walls, glimpse it in the mist-shrouded reflection in a moat or smell it in musty oak-panelled rooms. We can’t help but fall under its spell as we gaze upon its treasures. We cherish the past and listen to its secrets: from gruesome tales to heroic deeds, we step inside castle holidays and see history come alive.

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Tour the decadent rooms and gardens of Renishaw Hall

Tour the decadent rooms and gardens of Renishaw Hall

Wander round immaculate gardens and artistic rooms at this historic family home.

Location: Renishaw, North Derbyshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past 'in steam' at the Crofton Beam Engines.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Explore the Houses of Parliament's medieval Westminster Hall

Explore the Houses of Parliament's medieval Westminster Hall

Explore 1,000 years of British history on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, from the Westminster Palace to the Commons Chamber.

Location: Westminster, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life as Shakespeare would have lived it with a trip to the five houses that played a major role in his life.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Historic sites and icons
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Uncover the life of Mary Bowes at Gibside Estate

Uncover the life of Mary Bowes at Gibside Estate

The grand vision of the Queen’s ancestor George Bowes, Gibside is more than an architectural gem; it’s steeped in a dramatic family history.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Gardens and Parks
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Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Take a trip round Appuldurcombe House which was bombed during the Second World War.

Location: Wroxall, Isle of Wight

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

At Milestones Living History Museum you can journey through time and see how life was as a Victorian or in the Second World War.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Gardens and Parks
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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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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

Historic sites and icons
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Take an audio tour around Stokesay Castle

Take an audio tour around Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle is simply the most romantic castle in Shropshire, even though it isn’t technically a castle.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

Tours and trails
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Explore Burton Constable Hall and its gardens

Explore Burton Constable Hall and its gardens

Set in a park designed by Capability Brown, Burton Constable Hall is filled with 18th and 19th century interiors.

Location: Burton Constable, East Riding of Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the home of William Wilberforce

Explore the home of William Wilberforce

Nestled in Hull’s Historic High Street is the family home of William Wilberforce waiting to be explored.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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

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Delve into the life and loves of Sir Edward Elgar

Delve into the life and loves of Sir Edward Elgar

Worcestershire really is 'Land of Hope and Glory' with the music and talent of Sir Edward Elgar engrained into the county's cultural heritage.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Tudor House is one of the most prominent buildings in Broadway which houses objects and artefacts on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

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Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Spend the day enjoying the gardens, testing your golf skills and entertaining the kids at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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Live a day in the life of a Tudor at St Nicholas Priory

Live a day in the life of a Tudor at St Nicholas Priory

Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, this splendid Grade I-listed building later became the Tudor home of a wealthy merchant family.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Enter a movie-star house

Enter a movie-star house

The 15th-century Athelhampton House is steeped in history and has enjoyed TV and film fame.

Location: Athelhampton, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties

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