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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Discover 400 years of Warwick’s great history

Discover 400 years of Warwick’s great history

Explore the wonders of a Jacobean mansion, and learn about the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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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 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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Experience the thrills of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

Experience the thrills of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

Grab your sleeping bag and head to Warwick for a family holiday with a difference staying in bell tents among the historic surroundings of the castle.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Roam picturesque parkland, spy flamingos and otters, admire sculptures and climb the secret staircase of this famous monument for panoramic views.

Location: Penshaw and Washington, Tyne and Wear

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Amberley Castle

Amberley Castle

A romantic castle filled with four-poster beds, open fireplaces and Whirlpool bathrooms.

Location: Amberley, West Sussex

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Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world. Climb over the roof of The O2 and ride on London’s only cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

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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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Discover a secluded fortified manor house at Aydon Castle

Discover a secluded fortified manor house at Aydon Castle

Over 900 years old and pretty much unaltered since then, Aydon Castle sits proudly upon its crag; a true survivor of some rough times and visitors.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

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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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Explore the last of Winchester's medieval gates at Westgate Museum

Explore the last of Winchester's medieval gates at Westgate Museum

Winchester’s Tudor and Stuart era is revealed in this beautifully refurbished listed monument, the last of the main medieval gates into the city.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Experience grandeur at Sledmere House

Experience grandeur at Sledmere House

Sledmere ranks a favourite of lots of visitors. Full of unique character and charm designed and still maintained as a family home.

Location: Sledmere, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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Explore the stunning medieval Bolton Castle

Explore the stunning medieval Bolton Castle

Experience the incredible atmosphere of Bolton Castle where many of its rooms give the feeling that their inhabitants have just walked out of them.

Location: North Leyburn, North Yorkshire

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Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Enjoy a glimpse of historic pieces of artwork that provide a glimpse into what the Grand Tour saw on their travels at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Make yourself at home at Harewood House

Make yourself at home at Harewood House

This 18th century home is filled with fine art and surrounded by gardens and parkland that is home to many animals including flamingos and penguins.

Location: Harewood, West Yorkshire

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Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Help the Bird Garden keepers feed the penguins in the grounds of one of England’s treasure houses.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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Castles, keeps and country retreats

Castles, keeps and country retreats

Explore the keep and ramparts of a 12th century castle, and the ornate interiors and gardens of Houghton Hall and Sandringham House.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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