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 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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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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Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Dubbed the most romantic castle in England.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Be a Roman soldier for a day

Be a Roman soldier for a day

Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers at Arbeia Roman Fort, part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Osborne House

Osborne House

The perfect place to spend a warm summer's day.

Location: Isle of Wight

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a tour of the grand Burton Agnes Hall

Take a tour of the grand Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that has remained in the same family for over 400 years.

Location: Burton Agnes, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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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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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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 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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Antony House

Antony House

The star of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Masson Mills

Masson Mills

Experience what life was like to work in an 18th-century mill at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

World heritage sites
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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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Climb higher than the peregrines at Derby Cathedral

Climb higher than the peregrines at Derby Cathedral

Put your best foot forward and upward and head for the dizzy heights of Derby Cathedral tower.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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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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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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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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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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