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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Explore the Medieval walls of Lincoln Castle

Explore the Medieval walls of Lincoln Castle

With stunning city views and 1,000 years of history to take in, a walk around Lincoln Castle’s medieval walls is an unforgettable experience.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Audley End House

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

 
Authentic heritage with a smoky aroma and a scenic twist

Authentic heritage with a smoky aroma and a scenic twist

Discover Great Yarmouth’s finest merchant house, shipwrecked treasure in a former smoke house and ride one of England’s oldest wooden rollercoasters.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

 
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

 
Unlock Kent's Magna Carta secrets

Unlock Kent's Magna Carta secrets

Celebrate historic England and mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by exploring Kent’s weird and wonderful connections to the great charter.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 
Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Indulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

Learn about the history of Edwardian bathing or take in an art exhibition in the mosaic spaces of Victoria Baths.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Explore the spooky towers and frightening dungeons at Warwick Castle, and uncover its gruesome past spanning over 1100 years.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

 
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

 
Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is the very essence of an English garden, and is set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wadhurst, East Sussex

 
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

 
Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Step into the magical world of JRR Tolkien

Celebrate this great literary mind by exploring his childhood haunts, the inspiration for literary classics Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
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

 
Explore the beautiful and curious Rushton Triangular Lodge

Explore the beautiful and curious Rushton Triangular Lodge

This place is proof that in England you'll find architectural treasures in the most unlikely places.

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

 
Walk through history at Berkeley Castle

Walk through history at Berkeley Castle

Walk in the footsteps of Wolf Hall’s real historic characters, and also the actors who went on to play them at Berkeley Castle.

Location: Berkeley, Gloucestershire

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