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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Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Sip Earl Grey where it was created: Howick Hall

Earl Grey tea is enjoyed – usually at around 4pm – all over the world, but few know it was invented in Northumberland for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

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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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Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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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

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Travel back through the centuries on a coastal break in Dorset

Travel back through the centuries on a coastal break in Dorset

Explore Dorset’s eclectic range of castles, country houses and forts and journey back in time on a steam train.

Location: Dorset

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Explore Nymans estate

Explore Nymans estate

Commanding great views from atop the rolling hills of Sussex, Nymans stands proud as one of Britain’s top gardens.

Location: Haywards Heath, Sussex

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Tour the decadent rooms and gardens of Renishaw Hall

Tour the decadent rooms and gardens of Renishaw Hall

Wander round immaculate gardens and artistic rooms at this historic family home.

Location: Renishaw, North Derbyshire

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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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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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Relax Creatively at Wilton House

Relax Creatively at Wilton House

From art to gardens – discover Wilton House, near Salisbury, for an exciting cultural break.

Location: Wiltshire

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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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Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Step back in time and admire world-class art at captivating castles and manor houses across the county.

Location: Vale of Durham / Durham Dales

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Discover Howick’s heavenly history

Discover Howick’s heavenly history

With a famous cup of tea, a stunning garden and its very own bathing house, the haven of Howick Hall is one of Northumberland’s true hidden gems.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

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Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

One of the oldest civic buildings in the country, Leicester’s Guildhall stands beside Leicester Cathedral and has many gruesome stories to tell.

Location: Leicester

Price: Free

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Find romance in the depths of Thomas Hardy Country

Find romance in the depths of Thomas Hardy Country

Enjoy woodland walks and cosy inns, and immerse yourself in the romantic landscape that this renowned writer called home.

Location: Dorset

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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

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Visit the tranquil Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Visit the tranquil Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts the world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

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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

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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

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Enjoy a romantic getaway at The Hundred House

Enjoy a romantic getaway at The Hundred House

The Hundred House is ideal for romantic stop-overs – complete with swings in the bedrooms!

Location: Shifnal, Shropshire

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