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.

Most areas of the garden are accessible with a wheelchair at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

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.​

Welcoming you back inside
Visitors enjoy cups of tea outside Charlecote Orangery tea room

Cafés and tea-rooms to discover 

Now houses are reopening, we delighted to share a few of our favourite cafés and tea-rooms for you to visit and refuel at after your adventures. Enjoy homemade soups and salads, and sweet treats, often made with ingredients from only metres away. This is eating local at its tastiest.

More great houses for your armchair viewing

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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. Get close to some of these intriguing objects that are featured in a new book – 125 Treasures from the Collections of the National Trust – and share their stories and connections to our houses.

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

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.