Castles and historic properties

English castles and historic houses

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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Uncover Blackpool’s Victorian heritage and charm

Uncover Blackpool’s Victorian heritage and charm

Explore the Winter Gardens innate beauty and enjoy afternoon tea in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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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

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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Enjoy a stay at this historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds, which has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo

Celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo

Explore the grand Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle where it will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Sample over 800 years of Surrey’s history

Sample over 800 years of Surrey’s history

Come and discover Surrey’s history, including the open meadows of from the internationally-know Runnymede and Hampton Court Palace.

Location: London, Greater London

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Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Walk through history and admire world-class art at this fascinating castle, then stroll through spectacular floral displays at The Alnwick Garden.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life the Shakespearian way

Visit the historic attractions of Shakespeare’s England and see the places that played a role in the playwright’s life.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Walk in Roman footsteps at Arbeia Roman Fort

Walk in Roman footsteps at Arbeia Roman Fort

Britain’s biggest and best reconstruction of a Roman fort is the perfect place to immerse yourself in their ancient way of life.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Take the kids camping on a child friendly holiday at Castle Howard, near York, where a thousand breath-taking acres await for you to explore.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Step into the treacherous world of Wolf Hall to trace the turbulent life of Arbella Stuart, niece of Mary Queen of Scots, in Derbyshire.

Location: Near Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Discover something for all ages to enjoy at Leeds Castle

Discover something for all ages to enjoy at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent – once described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ – is the perfect place for families to escape to.

Location: Lenham, Kent

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Get your hands on Bath’s treasure trove

Get your hands on Bath’s treasure trove

See the Beau Street Hoard of 17,000 silver coins and hear tales of Roman times in a range of new hands-on activities at the famous Roman Baths.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Milton’s Cottage is located in Chalfont St. Giles and is the only surviving home of the great poet and parliamentarian John Milton.

Location: Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire

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Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Come and see 'Trenwith', the Poldark family home, actually 'played' by Chavenage House in Tetbury and you may spot Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark!

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

The ancestral home of first US president George Washington is an atmospheric stone manor with fragrant gardens, set in a picturesque village.

Location: Washington, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at the historic house the Brontës knew and loved, then take a tour of the real-life setting for Wuthering Heights.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Spend the day navigating nature trails, indulging in a cream tea and exploring 17th century stately home, Dyrham Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Discover Edwardian Brighton at Preston Manor

Discover Edwardian Brighton at Preston Manor

Relive the Edwardian era with a heritage break in Brighton and a visit to the delightful Preston Manor.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendour of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Uncover a tale of two castles in Nottinghamshire

Uncover a tale of two castles in Nottinghamshire

Discover the intriguing histories of Newark Castle and Nottingham Castle, and enjoy an easy journey between them on the Castle Line railway.

Location: Newark/Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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