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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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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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

Free
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See National Trust treasures in Derby

See National Trust treasures in Derby

Derby has a trio of National Trust treasures all within a 10 mile radius, so use the city as your base to explore Calke, Sudbury and Kedleston.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Literature, film and TV
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore hidden paths and bamboo tunnels on this aristocratic Cornwall estate.

Location: Heligan, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks
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Step back in time in a 17th Century merchant's house

Step back in time in a 17th Century merchant's house

A rare opportunity to view a 17th century house of the type many of us might have lived in.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the hidden Victoria Tunnel beneath Newcastle

Explore the hidden Victoria Tunnel beneath Newcastle

Hidden beneath the city, the Victoria Tunnel is a place to immerse yourself in WW2 and Victorian history, uncovering stories and secrets at every turn.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Military history
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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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Sit back and enjoy a Roundhouse Tour of Derby

Sit back and enjoy a Roundhouse Tour of Derby

Derby Roundhouse is the oldest remaining railway turning shed in the world and a must for anyone in love with the age of steam.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Cliveden

Cliveden

A country house with a chequered past.

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

Gardens and Parks
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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

Countryside
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Explore King’s Lynn’s rich history on foot

Explore King’s Lynn’s rich history on foot

Explore 900 years of history found in historic King's Lynn, where medieval churches, secret courtyards and hidden alleys await your discovery.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Tours and trails
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Visit the real Downton Abbey

Visit the real Downton Abbey

Do you love period drama? Want to follow in the Crawley family’s footsteps? Experience the setting of Downton Abbey at Hampshire’s Highclere Castle.

Location: Newbury, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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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

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Discover the real Downton Abbey

Location: Newbury, Berkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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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