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.

Great houses for great days out

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the river and pop into the house © David Watson

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the river and pop into the house

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

Chartwell glowing in the afternoon sun © Jonathan Primmer

Chartwell glowing in the afternoon sun

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 famous lake at the front of Lyme Park, Cheshire © Arnhel de Serra

The famous lake at the front of Lyme Park, Cheshire

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.

Great houses for great days out

Behind these doors lies 300 years of history © National Trust

Behind these doors lies 300 years of history

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.

Great houses for great days out

Visitors at Tyntesfield, Somerset © NTPL/John Millar

Visitors at Tyntesfield, Somerset

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.

Great houses for great days out

The Victorian entrance of Tredegar House, Newport © NTPL/The National Trust

The Victorian entrance of Tredegar House, Newport

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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Wimpole’s grand exterior © NTPL/NTPL/Megan Taylor

Wimpole’s grand exterior

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.

Great houses for great days out

East front of Polesden Lacey, Surrey © NTPL/Mike Meers

East front of Polesden Lacey, Surrey

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.