Castles and historic properties

Peacocks strut across manicured lawns, children shriek with delight as they try to find their way out of fiendishly difficult mazes, and well-kept gardens dazzle year-round at England’s many historic houses and well-preserved castles. Once inside, enthusiastic curators bring history to life with their expert knowledge and often funny insights into the lives, loves, and artefacts of generations of inhabitants. Castle breaks give you more chances of bumping into the present owners of an English castle, many of whom still live in wings of the properties. Just don’t forget to retrieve your children from that maze before you head home.

Castles and historic properties

Peacocks strut across manicured lawns, children shriek with delight as they try to find their way out of fiendishly difficult mazes, and well-kept gardens dazzle year-round at England’s many historic houses and well-preserved castles. Once inside, enthusiastic curators bring history to life with their expert knowledge and often funny insights into the lives, loves, and artefacts of generations of inhabitants. Castle breaks give you more chances of bumping into the present owners of an English castle, many of whom still live in wings of the properties. Just don’t forget to retrieve your children from that maze before you head home.

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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Pack your suitcase for a hair-raising and luxurious stay in Dover Castle’s former prison tower.

Location: Dover, Kent

 
Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

 
New living history courtroom tours at Norwich Castle

New living history courtroom tours at Norwich Castle

A quarter of a century since the last sentence was passed, visitors, not miscreants, now enter the Shirehall Courtroom at Norwich Castle.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
Picnic on the grounds of Lincoln Castle

Picnic on the grounds of Lincoln Castle

Dating back to the 11th century, Lincoln Castle today offers a unique spot for an English picnic.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

When it comes to pretty picnic spots, the Wallington estate sits fairly high up the charts.

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

 
Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Discover the 18th century’s greatest minds, admire baroque architecture and gaze at the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Visit the luxurious home of Louis XVIII

Visit the luxurious home of Louis XVIII

Discover this grand stately home in the heart of England with Rococo ceilings, a relaxing spa, set in 90 acres of landscaped parkland.

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

 
Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Be warned! After a visit to the splendid historic houses and gardens around Barnsley, you may wish to move in and live the life of a lord or lady.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

 
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

 
How did the leopard get his spots? Visit Rudyard Kipling’s home

How did the leopard get his spots? Visit Rudyard Kipling’s home

Explore Bateman's, the 17th century home of the Jungle Book and The Just So Stories author, nestled in the leafy Sussex Weald.

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

 
Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Step into the world of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

See the planets at home with Bath’s most famous starry-eyed siblings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
June events: Admire beautiful blooms at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

June events: Admire beautiful blooms at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Explore the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth House and take in the spectacular summer colours at this annual flower show.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 
Marvel at Liverpool’s architectural heritage

Marvel at Liverpool’s architectural heritage

Stroll along the waterfront for some of Liverpool's many architectural treasures.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

 
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

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