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Are your children knights on horseback or dragon-slaying maidens? Here's our pick of our favourite fairytale castles to get your family's adventure started.
Lindisfarne Castle is a fine example of an Edwardian holiday home, and of the work of the young architect Edwin Lutyens.
Protected by the elements, our castle is inaccessible twice a day at high tide but then you reach us we're worth it. Dressed with period items, home to a wind indicator and an abundance of wildlife, come and discover us.
Let our volunteers bring this fort to life on one of our guided tours. Built in 1860s and going through a restoration programme, tours offer you a rare chance to see inside this historic building.
The National Trust is responsible for maintaining Cadbury Camp, gradually restoring this historically important corner of Somerset into a haven for native wildlife.
Learn about the Reigate Fort and how it made London feel secure against the French.
The Needles Old Battery was built on the orders of Lord Palmerston to protect the naval dockyards at Portsmouth against the threat of attack by the French.
Despite its history of warfare, the fort at St Helens has now become the imposing destination of a mass unofficial walk.
The fort was built at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign to hold tools and ammunition in the event of an attack on London.
Take a trip through time on Brean Down.
An impressive Iron Age hill fort, Dumpdon sits on one of the largest and most striking hills in the beautiful Otter Valley.
Mysterious hillforts litter the landscapes of the Midlands. Find out more about five of these prehistoric features.
We love bringing the fort to life for visitors and we often have visitors who remember it from its heyday as a factory and those who share their memories of its part in the Second World War.
Walk to the Iron Age fort at Bolt Tail, learn about the shipwrecks that are still submerged along this section of the coastline and find out what part Bolberry Down played in protecting Britain during World War II.
Built between 1643 and 1645 and now just a ruin, the Civil War fort is still an impressive place to explore with amazing 360 degree views across the estuary and inland.
Explore Coniston and enjoy some of the Lake District's most varied landscape. Whether you're there for a holiday or a day trip it'll be a memorable experience.
Built on the shores of Lake Windermere when Cumbria was a land of mountainous warfare, today it's a beautiful spot, steeped in history and perfect for a picnic by the lakeshore.
There's so much to see and do around the Dodman - take your pick!
Explore the countryside around Stourhead, Wiltshire.
Dating back to the 1st Century, there's plenty of history to uncover at the Roman Fort in Ambleside. Find out more about the beginnings and purpose of the fort and imagine a bustling community on your visit to the remains on the shore of Lake Windermere.
Situated above the beautiful village of Musbury, this impressive Iron Age fort offers stunning views of the rural beauty of the Axe valley and out towards Shute Barton.
Leigh Woods has an Iron Age hillfort waiting to be discovered. Stokeleigh Camp is the largest and best preserved of three Iron Age hillforts built to guard the approach of the River Avon and still offers spectacular views across the Avon Gorge today.
Find out about the history of Reigate Fort, which was part of the London Defence scheme before Britain’s navy was considered strong enough to defend our shores.
Tattershall Castle’s volunteers Keith Truepenny celebrates his 25th year of volunteering.
Little-ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. They can dress up in medieval costumes, play traditional games in the garden, and complete the spotter and history trails.
Journey across legendary Welsh landscapes in North West Wales this summer. Discover 10 legendary days out for you and the family to get stuck into from spotting red squirrels in Plas Newydd to searching for dragons at Dinas Emrys, your quest awaits…
Landowner Ralph Bankes bequeathed Kingston Lacy House, Corfe Castle and some of the most beautiful coast and countryside Dorset has to offer to the National Trust in 1982. It was one of the largest such bequests in our 122 year history.
The Studio at Castle Ward offers a unique opportunity to see skilled professional artists at work.
Lindisfarne Castle is in need of some major TLC. Which is not surprising when you consider the battering it takes from wind, rain and salt. The major conservation project now underway means that the castle is closed from 31 October 2016 to April 2018.
There's so much to see and do in this natural adventure playground; bring the dog, a picnic or join us for a run.
Learn about some of the gloriously restored rooms you can see on a visit to our special place, including the extravagant Library, immaculate State Bedroom and the strikingly styled Ebony Room.
From conducting building surveys on our castle, to managing the conservation of our land to benefit our animal residents, our conservation work is on going.
Walk in the footsteps of the castle builders, trek the Purbeck Ridgeway or discover history of a different kind on Hartland Moor.
A recreated battle trench in the basement of Powis Castle is shining a light on life and death in the First World War.
Corfe Common is a landscape dating back to the middle ages with magical views of Corfe Castle and some fascinating wildlife.
We’ve got castles, we’ve got coasts, we’ve got countryside, gardens and houses to explore. See what Wales has to offer this summer.
Welcome to the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, where we look after the historic ruins of Corfe Castle, the beaches of Studland Bay and a wealth of heathland, chalk hills and hidden valleys rich in wildlife.
This pretty thatched cottage is named after the castle's vineyard which was situated in a nearby field.
From castle to prison, working farm to world renowned garden, Sissinghurst's past is nothing but varied and each of its incarnations have added to its story.
Find out how a visit to Corfe Castle can bring the syllabus to life for students of all ages. Explore history for key stages one, two and three through topics including life in a castle, homes in the past and medieval realms. Conservation for higher education students and adult learning opportunities.
Corfe Castle has been a Saxon stronghold, a Norman fortress, a royal palace and a family home in ten centuries of dominating the Purbeck landscape. In that time it has seen murder and war, known kings and paupers and its rugged beauty has won the hearts of thousands of visitors.
Explore the rose garden, take a seat in the orchard, discover the medieval style knot garden and soak up some sunshine on the sunny lawns in Compton Castle's garden.
Leave the mainland behind and visit the fairytale castle on St Michael's Mount.
Plan a picture perfect wedding day in one of England's finest brick-built castles. Take a look at what we can offer and how to book a viewing and consultation.
Brave the battlements as you adventure to the top of this medieval castle. You'll be rewarded with stunning views over Lincolnshire. Take a look at what you can get up to on your visit and our top list of things not to miss.
A mixture of picnic lawns, sweeping views and a 3-acre working Walled Garden which you can explore through the seasons with your family and four legged friend.
Tudor traditions and magical lighting effects combine to make Christmas at Corfe Castle a feast for the senses.
Get into the festive spirit with the opportunity to sing, shop and slurp at Tattershall Castle.
Has Christmas left you yearning for the great outdoors? Blow away the cobwebs and hit the trails with us on three great walks through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck.
Read our selection of the best of our places to visit this autumn, chosen by those who know best - children and their parents.
Hallowe’en highlights at Corfe Castle over half-term include spooky stories, a terrifying trail, flying teddies and the chance to see our replica medieval siege engine in action.
The story of Corfe Castle is the story of all those who have lived, worked and fought here over many centuries.
Scotney Castle has a wealth of history dating back to the inhabitants of the Old Castle.
From the high culture of the art collection at Petworth, to an Arts and Crafts cosy home at Standen, you'll be amazed at the variety of houses and unusual buildings we look after in Sussex. There's even a castle for your budding knights in armour.
A range of volunteering roles are available at Castle Ward from helping with conservation in the house to volunteering with the Visitor Experience team.
Join our team on a guided walk, relax into the grandeur of your surroundings at one of our open-air theatre performances or scale the ramparts as you explore our special place.
Come on inside and take a tour that spans over 700 years! It may still be a family home but it’s much more than that.
If you visit Corfe Castle just now you’ll notice conservation work taking place on part of the outer wall which still bears the scars of the English Civil War.
Just outside medieval bowshot from Corfe Castle is a reminder of one of the darkest periods of English history when cousin fought cousin for the throne and the country descended into anarchy.
You may have seen the advertisement which went out recently in mid evenings (in the advertisement breaks between episodes of Coronation Street, to be exact) in which the National Trust, through some beautiful photography and subtle sound-tracking, showed the nation the genuinely amazing times which await them if they visit NT properties.
Many of the places we look after have connections to kings, queens and other members of royalty. Here's our pick of the best. Why not visit to uncover the full story?
Royal builders from William the Conqueror to Edward I all played their part in making Corfe Castle one of the most impressive strongholds in England.
Take a quick look at the background of this marvellous neo-Norman castle and the family that owned it.
We think boat is the best way to arrive at Wray Castle.
From textiles with links to ill-fated queens to books read to kings, many of the items we look after have royal links.
Our favourite ways to spend quality time together at Corfe Castle - go on a Castle Quest, explore the wildlife walk and play trail, have a Famous Five adventure and more.
The Old Castle and Yew Trees lie at the heart of our wonderful site here at Crom. They are a must see for visitors, and embody the history, beauty and nature of the estate.
A childhood fantasy can be fulfilled here: play in Peter Rabbit's burrow or visit Mr McGregor's garden. Or just blow off some steam in the open air if it's a sunny day.
Trace the layout of the Norman castle that once stood at our special place.
Pleasant, meandering walks wend their way around the estate and along the beautiful River Usk, while architectural delights in the form of Clytha House and Clytha Castle are never far away.
Even though the building is closed until Spring 2018 we welcome all groups to Lindisfarne Castle, from school visits to history enthusiasts and ramblers, there is plenty to see and do around the site.
Would you like to hear about what volunteering is like, straight from the horse's mouth? Volunteers from the four places in the English Riviera have shared their stories about volunteering and how they got involved.
Visit our stable yard coffee shop and castle tea-room for a tempting cake, snack or ice lolly after exploring our grounds, or meet with friends and family for a delicious lunch of fresh sandwiches or hot food including home-made soup and local dishes.
Get the perfect present or a special memento from our second-hand bookshop, stable shop and castle shop on your visit to our special place. (Weekends only from 6 Nov - 17 February)
Corfe Castle served King John as a prison, a refuge in times of trouble, and as a luxury country home.
During the English Civil War in the 17th century, Lady Mary Bankes’ resolute defence of Corfe Castle made her a royalist heroine.
Do views across the harbour to Lindisfarne Castle from St Oswald's holiday cottage sound like your perfect holiday? Perhaps you'd prefer Risemoor set in the dunes near Newton Pool Nature Reserve, staying in Low Newton village square at Rockside, or even holidaying at Holy Island village with Glen House? We're sure to have a holiday cottage to suit you.
Our car park can get busy at this time of year – here’s how to beat the crush.
Powis is a Welsh castle built by a Welsh prince - Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn - (c1252). It survived sieges, wars and division to become one of the most prominent castles in Wales.
Having a head for heights is a must for the garden team at St. Michael's Mount where extreme measures are needed to keep the castle walls free from weeds.
Get more involved with the work at our special place. Make new friends, learn about the estate and volunteer with the National Trust.
Pick up a reminder of your visit to Wray Castle from our on-site shop - budding archers could even leave with their first bow under their belts.
We have lots of sweet treats and tasty savoury delights on offer at the Castle. Indulge in something while you're here - just like knights of old!
Compton Castle is the perfect place to bring a group; whether you're part of a coach party, special interest tour, or school group, or are just looking for somewhere to go with a large group of friends. Our group bookings coordinator will be happy to help arrange your visit.
Step back in time at our special places and explore Pembrokeshire's past. The Tudor Merchant's House offers a glimpse into 15th century life whilst Cilgerran Castle hints at medieval mysteries.
Spectacular castles, beautiful gardens and the stunning Snowdonia National Park make North Wales the perfect place for a group visit.
With the outer bailey completely built over and houses encroaching on the outer rampart bank our need to conserve this special place is greater now more than ever.
Discover the inhabitants of our many rock pools, enjoy one of our great walks or watch the wading birds on the shore.
Tattershall Castle is an extraordinary historic site in Lincolnshire that shows evidences from the early Medieval to present. The red brick tower, together with the guardhouse, the moat walls, the stables and the kitchen ruins are grade I listed buildings. They all come from different ages and have different stories.
Indulgent cream teas are a speciality in our tea-rooms with a view. The garden offers an unbeatable panorama of the castle while the interior is cosy with a fire to toast your toes.
From Illuminated gardens and winter walks to craft workshops and traditional festivities, find out more about what's happening on your doorstep in North Wales this Christmas.
Climb the narrow spiral staircase to the top and enjoy the amazing views at our special open days. Dunstall Castle designed as a whimsical folly by Robert Adam in 1766.
Little-ones love castles, and at Compton Castle there's plenty to keep them enchanted. As autumn approaches it is time to start thinking about catching falling leaves in the orchard, trying on medieval costumes, and getting ready for Hallowe'en.
In autumn months the garden and countryside surrounding Compton Castle fill with warm golden colours, and the castle becomes a cosy retreat where you can warm yourself by the fire in the Great Hall. Find out about all of the things to see and do this autumn.
Find out more about Lindisfarne Castle, the Farne Islands, Embleton and Newton Links and Dunstanburgh Castle.
In early summer the Rose Garden is filled with colour and scent, and is a real highlight of a visit to Compton Castle. There Knot Garden is about to be replanted and the orchard is ripe for exploration.
We look after some of Wales’ finest castles, gardens and mansions, we’re also guardians of 157 miles of coastline and more than 46,000 hectares of land. We’re sure you can find your perfect day out with us.
Lindisfarne Castle always has had problems with water ingress and high humidity and it always will; that is just a fact of life given our location. However we can better manage the problem and steps are being taken to better understand the problem, and try out new ways of lessening the impact the weather has on this old fort.
Chirk Castle was constructed by Roger Mortimer de Chirk, between 1295 and 1310, under instruction from Edward I as part of the King’s chain of fortresses surrounding North Wales.
A murder mystery from the dark ages still casts its shadow over Corfe Castle. In 978 a young king died a violent death - perhaps on this very spot.
There’s plenty of Hallowe’en fun this half term (October 22-30) with spooky storytelling, a terrifying trail, flying teddies and the chance to see Warwolf II, our very own siege engine, fling missiles high into the air.
Learn to build your own version of a siege engine and see how far it can throw a tennis ball. Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 May and Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June. Booking essential – call 0844 249 1895 or see What’s On.
The exposed location of Lindisfarne Castle causes the fabric of the building to be under constant pressure from the elements. This is contributing to several problems with the building including penetrating damp and is putting contents at risk (particularly paintings and frames). The castle now requires significant investment to improve the building fabric and make it weatherproof.
Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll were commissioned to transform Lindisfarne into a comfortable holiday home by Edward Hudson, the founder of Country Life magazine.
Celebrate a special royal milestone in style with blazing beacons, a chorus of God Save the Queen and free entry to the castle.
Lindisfarne Castle is really two buildings; the comfortable Edwardian holiday home with the Lutyens features and the cosy atmosphere is the obvious one as it is what we see today
You'll be surprised by what you find within the walls of Wray Castle. And if you're around at opening and closing time you might just see our portcullis in action.
George Herbert, the 4th Earl (3rd creation) and his wife Violet undertook a comprehensive restoration of the castle and grounds during the Edwardian era, with the help of the architect G F Bodley. By 1909 the castle, gardens and estate were in their heyday.
Discover some of Wales's finest castles from the home of the Welsh Princes at Powis Castle and Dinefwr, to the Victorian extravagance of Penrhyn Castle to Chirk's English fortress.
In the castle there are the charming and historical Great Hall, Sub Solar and Solar to explore, as well as the medieval kitchen and chapel.
Discover the history behind the change in use of our special place.
Scotney Castle in Kent is available for wedding and event hire with photo opportunities at every turn and a dedicated wedding coordinator to ensure you have the perfect day.
Blow away the January blues and head out into the great outdoors at Croft.
One family, one castle for 1000 years but was this always the case?
Come and explore some of what Northern Ireland has to offer all in one day.
We look after some of the most interesting and enchanting castles in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here's our pick of the best must-see castles.
Learn more about our behind the scenes 'Hard Hat' tours running at the castle this winter.
We've got some great new roles available working both indoors and outside at the castle.
To protect wildlife and ensure our visitors are free to fully enjoy their experience, we carefully manage how and where drones are used on the Northumberland Coast.
April is for archery at Corfe Castle as medieval longbowmen bring the past to life with demonstrations, re-enactments, have-a-go sessions and an authentic historic encampment. See What's On for more information.
Volunteer with us at Sizergh and make new friends, working in an amazing place and knowing that you're helping a great cause - three fabulous reasons to get volunteering!
The weather in Wales can be temperamental at times, so we’ve come up with a host of adventures you can enjoy on a rainy day.
Windswept coastal castles, a Victorian home packed with modern inventions or the humble birthplaces of some of the North East's most celebrated figures.
We welcome groups at Wray Castle but ask that you please book ahead. Here's all the information you need to visit this unusual National Trust property.
Lindisfarne Castle Holiday Cottages are far out, totally worth hanging out in!
With over 700 years of history to discover and still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell.
Find out about the history of Compton, which stretches back to the 1400s, and includes famous connections in Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his half brother Sir Walter Raleigh.
The beauty and variety of our grounds and gardens owe a lot to the Victorian Head Gardener, Walter Speed. He was a loyal and devoted employee of Penrhyn as well as an exceptionally skilled gardener.
Meet the man largely responsible for our special place as we see it today. Thomas Hopper was a famous 19th-century architect well known for his extravagant and unusual designs.
Getting to Holy Island is always an adventure as there is only one road and that is covered twice a day by the North Sea. But we're well worth it.
Just a stone’s throw from the castle entrance, you’ll find gifts, toys, postcards, guidebooks and more in our shop. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you find what you want.