Houses & buildings

With over 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.

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The front door at Chartwell © Jonathan Primmer

The front door at Chartwell

Chartwell
Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes on display evoking the career of a great statesman, writer and family man.

Great houses for great days out

The grounds are filled with snowdrops during February © National Trust

The grounds are filled with snowdrops during February

Mottisfont
Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely old house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it's full of surprises, with art that intrigues and delights.The garden makes Mottisfont a great place to visit all year round.

Great houses for great days out

Lyme Park was Elizabethan, but later transformed to an Italianate style © National Trust / Lyme Park

Lyme Park was Elizabethan, but later transformed to an Italianate style

Lyme Park, House and Garden
Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family. Step back in time to the Edwardian era - enjoy lavish interiors, try out the piano, read a book in the library, or take the children to dress up on the stage.

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Winter snowfall at Belton House © Rika Gordon

Winter snowfall at Belton House

Belton House
This classic 17th-century English country house is set in delightful gardens with a magnificent deer park. Perfect symmetry, opulent décor, fine furnishings and Brownlow family portraits give Belton both grandeur and a more intimate feel.

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Enjoy winter at Tyntesfield © S Young

Enjoy winter at Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield
This fine Victorian country house was created by one of England's richest commoners. Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof and ornate stone carvings complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion.

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Can you find any hidden faces in the intricate wooden carvings? © Andreas von Einsiedel

Can you find any hidden faces in the intricate wooden carvings?

Tredegar House
Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles. Set in 90 acres of garden and parkland, Tredegar was home to one of the greatest Welsh families.

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One of these doors is a false door. Can you tell which is which? © Andreas von Einsiedel

One of these doors is a false door. Can you tell which is which?

Wimpole Estate
In the mansion, intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including the breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs.

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Enjoy being outdoors, whatever the weather © Roy Williams

Enjoy being outdoors, whatever the weather

Polesden Lacey
Mrs Greville, an ambitious Edwardian hostess, chose Polesden as the ideal place for entertaining and relaxing with friends, such as King George VI and the Queen Mother. Walk in their footsteps 100 years on.

Ideas for your day out

Our movie map

On the set of The Mill at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

On the set of The Mill at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Many of our houses and estates have starred in films and television series over the years. From our early appearances alongside Cary Grant in the '60s to modern day blockbusters like Downton Abbey. Explore our movie map of more recent films featuring our places.

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Family history

Many of our places have fascinating stories to tell of the people and families who lived there. From the 'King of all Indians' and the mystery of the Money Pond at Upton House, to the various Philips and Simons of Erddig.

Collections

There are plenty of fantastic treasures to be found in our houses, from great works of art and working steam engines, to costumes and dolls houses. Whet your appetite before you visit with our online collections website.

Life below stairs

Many of our historic houses are known for the grand, opulent and luxurious rooms where the families who originally owned them lived in comfort. The flip side to these spaces were the kitchens, sculleries, dairies, butlers' pantries and servant quarters.

Houses with famous stories to tell

How you can help

Just by visiting us you're helping us to continue the important work we do to maintain our houses and buildings, but sometimes we need a little extra help. Quarry Bank, Knole and Croome all need your support.