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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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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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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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 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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Visit a cinematic favourite at Eastnor

Visit a cinematic favourite at Eastnor

Eastnor’s typical castle architecture has made it the star of many a movie and TV programme over the years.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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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Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham is the Queen's official Norfolk residence.

Location: Sandringham, Norfolk

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Dubbed the most romantic castle in England.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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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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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Peto Garden at Iford Manor

Peto Garden at Iford Manor

Tranquil terraces bordered by statues and cypress trees.

Location: Iford, Wiltshire

Countryside

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