Houses & buildings

We look after over 300 historic buildings, from the grand and imposing to the small and quirky. Explore our places from afar and discover some of the stories behind our houses and the inhabitants who called them home.

The mansion at Polesden Lacey in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Many houses in England and Wales have reopened, with houses in Northern Ireland expected to reopen from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

The Central Hall at Mount Stewart

Our greatest houses 

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to the houses we look after. From the biggest to the smallest, the most innovative to the most scandalous, discover the amazing variety of houses in our care. These houses are all beginning to reopen.

125 treasures

Celebrating 125 treasures in our collections 

The range and breadth of collections in our care is astonishing, including artistic masterpieces, vast tapestries and precious personal possessions. A new book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust – shares the stories behind remarkable objects from our collections and their connections to our houses.

More of our greatest houses for armchair viewing

The house and lawn seen from the south east at Red House, London

Behind the scenes videos 

Sit back and enjoy a personal tour of the fascinating interiors and collections of your favourite historic houses, or places you’ve always longed to visit. You might discover a new secret, or delve into areas of places normally closed off to the public. In a recent video we toured Red House, the former home of designer William Morris.

Step inside our libraries

Interior design through the ages

Office room painted in Little Greene's new Stone Collection

Little Greene’s new paint collection 

Continuing our collaboration with Little Greene, we're excited to share their new 'Stone' palette of natural colours. Offering warmth, tranquillity and timelessness, this harmonious paint range is inspired by the places in our care. A contribution from every sale will be made in support of our conservation work to help care for nature, beauty and history, for generations to come. Explore the collection on Little Greene's website.

Detail of the books in the Library at Dudmaston, Shropshire

Literary podcasts playlist 

Our podcasts for book lovers explore how places in our care influenced the work of famous authors and playwrights. Hear about the former homes of William Wordsworth, George Bernard Shaw, Agatha Christie and T.E. Lawrence.

Artwork for the 125 Treasures podcast series

125 Treasures 

Accompanying the publication of the 125 Treasures book, this podcast series takes an in-depth look at five of these fascinating historical objects.

Stories from our places

Conservation in action during the winter clean

Protect the buildings and collections in our care 

We're committed to protecting and preserving our nation’s great houses and other historical buildings, as well as the arts and collections in our care. Give today and together, we can ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all.