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.

View through the gates to the castle at Sizergh

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside sites are open. In England our shops are open, along with outdoor seating at cafés. In Wales some shops are open, and cafés are offering a takeaway service. Houses and other indoor areas are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority. We strongly advise booking your visits in advance, especially over the Easter holidays when places may be very busy. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance on travel.

A painting of Chartwell on an easel, with the house in the background © Landscape Artist of the Year | Sky Arts

Be inspired by Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year 

Now in its sixth year, Sky Arts’ hit show Landscape Artist of the Year follows 36 gifted artists as they compete to create works of art from some of the UK’s most spectacular vistas. Tune in to see who will win the grand prize: a £10,000 commission of Dinas Oleu in Wales, the first piece of land that was ever donated to us.

The Sutton Hoo helmet sculpture

Go behind the scenes at our places 

Our behind-the-scenes video tours showcase our houses and gardens as never seen before. Go behind the scenes at Sutton Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial ground in Suffolk that is the focus of the new film The Dig. Explore this haunting 255-acre site and learn how the skeleton of its famous ship was uncovered in 1939. You’ll also get a glimpse into the life of Edith Pretty, who played a key role in the excavation.

Some of our greatest houses for armchair viewing

Latest Director's blog

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.

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.

Details of three portraits

Addressing our stories of colonialism and historic slavery 

The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to colonialism and historic slavery. We're addressing these histories and their cultural significance and have published our report into these links.