Sites & monuments

Step back in time and discover worlds gone by at a visit to one of our historic spots. Here are some of our most fascinating sites and monuments - which will you visit?

  • Runnymede, Surrey

    As well as the historic monument to Magna Carta, at picturesque Runnymede you can visit memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Allied Air Forces of the Second World War.

  • Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

    The stone-built medieval 14th-century castle is surrounded by a water-filled moat. Although the exterior walls have survived to dominate the local landscape, inside it has fallen to ruins. There is archaeological evidence that the imposing castle was built on the site of a mill and tenement plots - and more recently, there is a 20th-century pill box nearby.

  • Avebury, Wiltshire

    As well as soaking up the atmosphere of the world-renowned pre-historic monuments in Avebury and at the nearby Stonehenge, a visit will give you an insight into the man who excavated and re-erected the stones, Alexander Keiller. There's also lots of space simply to relax, play and admire the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

  • Croft Castle, Herefordshire

    Probably the finest hill fort on the Welsh Borders, Croft Ambrey straddles a prominent ridge on the estate to the north of the castle. This defended Iron Age settlement dominated a natural route through the hills later adopted by the Romans, and was permanently occupied for around 600 years.

  • Dolaucothi Gold Mine, Carmarthenshire

    This gold mine is a sign of the Roman’s presence in the Cothi Valley. The mine was still being used in the 19th century. Nowadays, you can join a tour and descend into the mine to see the evidence left behind from across the ages. Visitors can also try their luck by panning for gold.

  • Hambledon Hill, Dorset

    Hambledon is one of the best preserved and most notable Iron Age hill forts in Great Britain, and one of the best preserved Neolithic landscapes in Europe. It is also considered one of the finest representations of unimproved calcareous grassland in the country and houses many rare species of plant and animal.

  • Housesteads Fort, Northumberland

    Perhaps the most visible of the forts along Hadrian's Wall, dramatically sited on the crest of the Whin Sill escarpment. The interior is excavated to give you a good idea of the layout of streets and buildings, including the world famous latrine block! Housesteads lies at the eastern end of the Trust's Hadrian's Wall - considered to be the six most iconic miles of wall.

  • Mam Tor, Derbyshire

    Long before the Normans came here, people lived at the west end of the valley on the summit of Mam Tor – where you can still see the remains of the defensive structure which used to surround the Bronze-age village and hill fort.

  • Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

    There’s lots to discover at Sutton Hoo: step back in time to learn more about the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king, then head to our exhibition where you’ll see a life-size reconstruction of the burial chamber and display of Anglo-Saxon treasure, on loan from the British Museum. Alternatively, take a guided tour or just wander among the burial mounds and get lost in the past.

  • White Horse Hill, Oxfordshire

    This massive chalk horse carved into the hillside was created at some point between 1,400-600BC. No-one knows how it was made, but today it is very much a symbol of Oxfordshire's countryside. Best viewed at a distance or from the air, but fascinating close up too. There is also a hill fort and the hill where George killed the dragon nearby.

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