Houses & buildings

With more than 300 historic buildings in our care, from the grand and imposing to the small and quirky, you're spoilt for choice when planning a visit.

The West-facing front of the c14th timber framed Alfriston Clergy House.
Alfriston Clergy House, our first building bought for £10 in 1896 National Trust Images / Andrew Butler
The Central Hall at Mount Stewart
The Central Hall at Mount Stewart National Trust/Elaine Hill

Discover our greatest houses 

Where our houses are concerned size doesn't matter. Explore the grandest, the smallest or the spookiest places under our care.

Perfect for families

Bringing history alive

The Winter Parlour at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
16th-century walnut panelling in the Winter Parlour at Canons Ashby National Trust Picture Library / Andrew Haslam

Interior design: Tudor 

The Tudor period was an age of prosperity, often resulting in lavishly built and decorated houses. We look after some beautiful examples, including Montacute House, Somerset, and Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire.

The Souter Lighthouse, South Tyneside
The Souter Lighthouse, South Tyneside National Trust Images / Matthew Antrobus

Unusual places 

Everyone knows about our houses. You can also explore our castles, mills, beaches, wildlife havens or even have a pint in one of our pubs.

A close up of the Christmas garland at Cotehele, Cornwall
Every Christmas the team at Cotehele create a beautiful Christmas garland National Trust Images / James Dobson

Dressing our houses 

We start preparations for decorating our houses for Christmas months before the festive season. Find out how our gardeners, volunteers and helpers create Cotehele's famous Christmas garland.

Buildings in need of help


There are hundreds of houses and buildings to explore – where will you go next?

Explore our collections

The majority of objects in our care are recorded in our online database. You'll find many intriguing items to explore at places near you