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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Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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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Sizergh Castle and Garden

Sizergh Castle and Garden

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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Step back in time at Worcester Cathedral’s library

Step back in time at Worcester Cathedral’s library

If you love history and you are looking for something extra special then book a private tour around the Cathedral's ancient library.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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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

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Explore the story of Bede like never before

Explore the story of Bede like never before

Bede’s World is the gateway to the 7th-century genius – the Venerable Bede.

Location: Jarrow, South Tyneside

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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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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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Gardens at Harewood House

Gardens at Harewood House

Stunning Capabilty Brown-designed grounds plus penguins, flamingos and an ice house.

Location: Harewood, West Yorkshire

Countryside
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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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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

Gardens and Parks
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Explore world-famous gardens at Levens Hall

Explore world-famous gardens at Levens Hall

Discover the Elizabethan house and world-famous gardens, a place of discovery, a place to drink in its rich history, a place that all ages enjoy.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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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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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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Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey

The home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years.

Location: Woburn, Bedfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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More revelations of a fascinating past at Audley End House

More revelations of a fascinating past at Audley End House

Step behind the scenes at Audley End House, a magnificent house built to entertain royalty, and find out how life was in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Herts

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

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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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