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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Feel Regal in Great Chalfield Manor

Feel Regal in Great Chalfield Manor

Step onto the set of 'Wolf Hall' on a visit to Great Chalfield Manor, and take in the romance of the medieval house.

Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

 
Enjoy summer-themed tea time treats at the Pump Room

Enjoy summer-themed tea time treats at the Pump Room

Kids can enjoy a special holiday treat with the new children’s afternoon tea at the Pump Room Restaurant.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Float in the open air rooftop pool at Britain’s only natural mineral-rich thermal spa and soak up the spectacular views over Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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 the home of William Wilberforce

Explore the home of William Wilberforce

Nestled in Hull’s Historic High Street is the family home of William Wilberforce waiting to be explored.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Scare yourself silly at Longleat this Halloween

Scare yourself silly at Longleat this Halloween

Longleat’s infamous Halloween Spooktacular Festival is back and it’s bigger and eerier than ever with a host of thrills and chills taking place.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 
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

 
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

 
Live a day in the life of a Tudor at St Nicholas Priory

Live a day in the life of a Tudor at St Nicholas Priory

Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, this splendid Grade I-listed building later became the Tudor home of a wealthy merchant family.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Gaze down upon York from the top of Clifford’s Tower

Gaze down upon York from the top of Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower’s stunning panoramic views, out over the historic city of York, makes it one of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
Romance at Peckforton Castle and Combermere Abbey

Romance at Peckforton Castle and Combermere Abbey

Combermere Abbey and Peckforton Castle make for a romantic trip you’ll never forget.

Location: Nantwich, Cheshire

 
Enjoy classical music inside ancient castle ruins

Enjoy classical music inside ancient castle ruins

Visit the atmospheric ruins of Pontefract Castle for Proms in the Castle, an outdoor classical music performance with a firework finale.

Location: Pontefract, West Yorkshire

 
Get togged up in a toga at Bath’s ancient Roman baths

Get togged up in a toga at Bath’s ancient Roman baths

Treat your little ones to a day out in Bath’s perfectly preserved thermal baths for the chance to dress like a Roman and handle real Roman objects.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
Delightful hidden gardens at Parcevall Hall

Delightful hidden gardens at Parcevall Hall

These beautiful gardens are a pleasure to visit from spring through to autumn nestling in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

 
Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Book a stay in a converted 19th century fort, where sea views and dreamy skies are all part of the décor.

Location: Shingle Street, Suffolk

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