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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A stately experience at Weston Park

A stately experience at Weston Park

See what it is like to live like an Earl in this beautiful stately home.

Location: Weston under Lizard, Shropshire

 
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

 
Take a peek behind the ancient walls of Christ Church

Take a peek behind the ancient walls of Christ Church

Discover the fascinating history of Christ Church with an exploration of this majestic college, Great Tudor Hall and Cathedral.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
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

 
Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

 
Feel like a duke or duchess for the day but without the price tag

Feel like a duke or duchess for the day but without the price tag

You don’t have to be as rich as a lord to visit East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley, former home of the 17th century cloth merchant James Murgatroyd.

Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire

 
An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

West Wycombe Park is 45 acres of landscaped park in the Chilterns countryside and home to the Dashwood family for over 300 years.

Location: West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

 
Let loose a quiver of arrows at Southsea Castle

Let loose a quiver of arrows at Southsea Castle

In 1515 Henry VIII passed a law stating that all able-bodied men must carry out archery practice on Sundays.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Enjoy carols by candlelight at Goodrich Castle

Enjoy carols by candlelight at Goodrich Castle

Listen to classic carols performed by a local choir within the stunning ruins of Goodrich Castle.

Location: Goodrich, Herefordshire

 
Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Take a trip round Appuldurcombe House which was bombed during the Second World War.

Location: Wroxall, Isle of Wight

 
Get lost in Gloucestershire's finest gardens

Get lost in Gloucestershire's finest gardens

Experience two world-famous gardens just six minutes’ walk from each other - the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor and historic Kiftsgate Court, created by lifelong friends.

Location: Gloucestershire

 
Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

See the planets at home with Bath’s most famous starry-eyed siblings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Step into the Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank

Step into the Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank

This fascinating industrial heritage site transports visitors back to 18th century Northern England and the life of a thriving cotton mill community.

Location: Styal, Cheshire

 
Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Discover a country house in Berkshire with a chequered past.

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

 
Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Fall for the romantic charms of The Bowes Museum’s amazing art, quirky curiosities and fabulous contemporary exhibitions.

Location: Durham Dales

 
Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Wrap up warm and enjoy walks amongst a leafy Durham City this autumn, and discover the timeless magic of Crook Hall for a wonderfully English experience.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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