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Archaeologists digging in an excavation area

Festival of Archaeology 

Join us as we celebrate the UK's annual Festival of Archaeology from 13–28 July. Find events and activities at a number of archaeological sites in our care and uncover hidden histories.

Visitors look at a pond on the Italianate terrace at Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Anglesey, Wales

Explore the most famous gardens in our care 

We care for hundreds of historic gardens, encompassing more than 500 years of history and a range of garden styles and fashions. Learn about the most famous and significant gardens you can visit.

Two boys playing in The Log Stack wild play area at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Top natural play areas for kids 

There's nothing quite like playing outdoors. Discover the best natural play areas where children can run wild at the places in our care.

Tall white waterfall dropping almost vertically through the middle of green trees, feeding into a calm, reflective pool

Best waterfalls to visit 

Many of the places we look after in England, Northern Ireland and Wales have waterfalls. Find the best ones to visit and experience the invigorating power of nature.

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Delve into history, get tips from our experts, learn a new skill and go behind the scenes of your favourite places.

Things to see and do

Pencil portrait on paper of Rabindranath Tagore by Singannachar Narasimha Swamy which can be seen at Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire

South Asian histories at the places in our care 

To mark South Asian Heritage Month (18 July–17 August), learn about the places and collections we care for that reveal stories from and connections to South Asian history, from princesses to a peacock dress.

Plate of pre-cut Bakewell slices with pot of raspberry jam to dip in

Bakewell slice recipe 

Whether you fancy a sweet afternoon treat or something a little more indulgent for dessert, this delicious Bakewell slice is perfect for any occasion.

Painted image of Sir Joshua Reynolds sitting at a desk

Highlights from the Sir Joshua Reynolds collection 

16 July is the 301st anniversary of Sir Joshua Reynolds' birthday. Discover more about the leading portrait painter of the 18th century. We look after the largest collection of his works in a historic house setting, including 76 oil paintings.

Adonis Blue butterfly

Top tips for butterfly spotting 

Take part in the Big Butterfly Count from 12 July–4 August. Use this helpful guide to learn how to spot butterflies without scaring them away and to find out which types of plants will attract them to your garden.

In the news

Three ladies sitting in chairs face a huge tapestry. They are sewing the lower border onto the tapestry which shows a biblical scene from the story of Gideon

Hardwick tapestry conservation wins award 

Find out more about the Europa Nostra Award we were given for our work conserving the Gideon tapestries at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire – our longest conservation project that cost £1.7 million to complete. Our textile conservators completed the work by hand using traditional sewing and stitching techniques.

Holidays and shopping

The outdoor seating area at Riverside Cottage, Devon

Plan a summer getaway 

Bring everyone together for an unforgettable holiday with family and friends. Whether you choose to relax or have an adventure, create memories that'll last a lifetime when you book a break with us.

A spread of children's toys including a kite, binoculars and an outdoor activity book

Entertain the kids this summer 

Make the most of the outdoors this summer, with our range of family-friendly toys and games. Fly a kite, build a den in your garden or sail a toy boat at the seaside.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland

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