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.

English castles and historic houses

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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Take part in a 900-year-old tradition

Take part in a 900-year-old tradition

Walk along Winchester’s water meadows to a beautiful medieval almshouse and you are following in the footsteps of weary travellers through the ages.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Get lost in Capability Brown’s stunning gardens

Get lost in Capability Brown’s stunning gardens

Did you know that Bath and the surrounding area is home to five striking gardens designed by England’s greatest gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown?

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Stand in the docks at the National Justice Museum

Stand in the docks at the National Justice Museum

The National Justice Museum is the only one of its kind in Europe and the only venue where you can discover Nottingham’s horrible history.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Play croquet on the lawns of Brodsworth Hall

Play croquet on the lawns of Brodsworth Hall

Enjoy a quintessential English experience with a game of croquet in the grounds of intriguing Brodsworth Hall, a stately home in Doncaster.

Location: Brodsworth, South Yorkshire

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Visit Derby's three National Trust treasures

Visit Derby's three National Trust treasures

Derby has a trio of National Trust treasures all within a 10 mile radius, so use the city as your base to explore Calke, Sudbury and Kedleston.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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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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Cook, dine and sleep in luxury at Swinton Park

Cook, dine and sleep in luxury at Swinton Park

Treat yourself to an indulgent stay at Swinton Park, a luxury castle hotel with a stylish onsite cookery school in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

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Go back in time at Lancashire's halls and houses

Go back in time at Lancashire's halls and houses

Wander through Lancashire’s stunning historic houses and imagine the many extraordinary episodes and events that have played out within their walls.

Location: Lancashire wide

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Discover Woburn Abbey

Discover Woburn Abbey

The home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years.

Location: Woburn, Bedfordshire

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Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

The 10-acre gardens of Coton Manor sit in peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.

Location: Coton, Northamptonshire

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Camp at Corfe Castle

Camp at Corfe Castle

Explore this 1,000-year-old fortress above an eponymous Dorset village that's filled with wonky old cottages.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

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Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

An amazing range of art in a beautiful Georgian setting makes Abbot Hall, one of the finest small galleries in Britain.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

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Experience the decadence of the Georgian era in York

Experience the decadence of the Georgian era in York

Transport yourself to one of the most iconic periods of English history at the 18th century Fairfax House in York.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Get a taste for Tudor life at Charlecote Park

Get a taste for Tudor life at Charlecote Park

Join the Lucy family, at the grand home that’s been theirs since the 13th century.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Cycle Through Time

Cycle Through Time

Explore the extensive grounds of Norfolk's fabulous Blickling Estate on two wheels.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Experience 19th Century living at Waddesdon Manor

Experience 19th Century living at Waddesdon Manor

Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, this impressive 19th century estate combines one man’s grand vision of architecture, art and gardens.

Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

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Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Go behind the scenes of Manchester’s Town Hall

Explore the spectacular staterooms and corridors of the Victorian gothic-style Manchester Town Hall.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Encounter an Elizabethan legacy in Warwickshire

Encounter an Elizabethan legacy in Warwickshire

Discover 900 years of English history at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, a vast medieval fortress and spectacular castle ruins.

Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire

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Brave the glass floors high up on Tower Bridge

Brave the glass floors high up on Tower Bridge

Watch the River Thames flow beneath your feet at a breath-taking height of 42 metres on the walkways between the two iconic towers.

Location: London

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