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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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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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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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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Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham is the Queen's official Norfolk residence.

Location: Sandringham, Norfolk

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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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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Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views on Grey’s Monument

Experience panoramic views and close encounters with a former Prime Minister, followed by a well-earned cup of Earl Grey tea.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Walking and hiking
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At Home with Sir Alfred Munnings

At Home with Sir Alfred Munnings

Spend a peaceful afternoon at Castle House and grounds, one-time home to Sir Alfred Munnings and his wife Violet, and soak up its homely atmosphere.

Location: Dedham, Essex

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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Chavenage House

Chavenage House

Take an intimate tour of the house with the current owner and get all the juicy gossip.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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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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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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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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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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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Antony House

Antony House

The star of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world

Explore the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world

Founded by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle has been home to 39 monarchs, and remains an official royal residence over 900 years later.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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

Attractions
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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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