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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Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

 
Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Discover a country house in Berkshire with a chequered past.

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

 
Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 
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

 
Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

Trace a president’s past to Washington Old Hall

The ancestral home of first US president George Washington is an atmospheric stone manor with fragrant gardens, set in a picturesque village.

Location: Washington, Tyne and Wear

 
Delve into Norman and Cluniac history at Castle Acre

Delve into Norman and Cluniac history at Castle Acre

Enjoy discovering the enchanting village of Castle Acre, its atmospheric priory and Norman castle earthworks and the beautiful Nar Valley.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

 
Mill your own flour at Winchester City Mill

Mill your own flour at Winchester City Mill

Be thrilled by the sights and sounds of a rare surviving urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen underneath.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Plan a romantic stay in Lord Byron's garden

Plan a romantic stay in Lord Byron's garden

Book a break in the newly opened Gardener's Cottage in the beautiful grounds of Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, Lord Byron's ancestral home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Chase ghastly ghouls and creepy critters around the garden at Tatton Park in Knutsford. Then visit the Old Hall, the estate’s oldest and most haunted building.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

 
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

 
Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

 
Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
Live like a Lord and Lady at Ugbrooke Park

Live like a Lord and Lady at Ugbrooke Park

Why not swap the usual hotel for this rather lovely stately home, and live like lords and ladies of the manor for the weekend?

Location: Newton Abbot, Devon

 
Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

 
Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Escape to Croome and explore its Palladian Bath stone mansion house set in extensive parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

 
Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Spend the day enjoying the gardens, testing your golf skills and entertaining the kids at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

 
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

 
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

 
Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Discover why notorious romantic poet Lord Byron was 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', with a sumptuous stay at his former home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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