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.

Visitors in the grounds of Polesden Lacey at autumn

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

Step inside
Visitor talking to a costumed Tudor lady in the Knot garden

Heritage Open Days is back 

Heritage Open Days, taking place between 10-19 September, is a chance for you to bring a friend along for free to lots of the places we look after. Get a taste of heritage and history this September – you might discover your new favourite place.

Discover hidden gems Book your guided tour

More great houses for your armchair viewing

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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.

Interior design through the ages

Uncover the history of interior design at our places Learn more
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.