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 Entrance Front at Cragside
Ham House, Surrey, is thought to be one of our most haunted places

Our most haunted places 

Ghost stories abound at some of our oldest places. Discover tales about the ghost of a former Prime Minister's father, a headless queen and many more.

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.

Some of our greatest houses for armchair viewing

A visitor looks round the newly reopened Petworth House, West Sussex

Dumbing down our cultural heritage? Quite the opposite 

John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Culture and Engagement, has written a response to the recent stories in the press about our vision for historic buildings. In his blog he discusses what we're doing to care for these important places and collections and our future plans.

The cauldron at Lacock Abbey.

Cauldrons to coffins: creepy curios in our collection 

To get into the Halloween spirit, we've put together a selection of macabre and creepy objects from our collection to send shivers down your spine.

Interior design through the ages

A Still Life of Flowers and Fruit by Cornelis de Heem Dyrham Park

Autumn scenes and stories in our collections 

Fall into our collections and discover the works of art in our care that depict autumn’s glory, its fiery colours and harvest celebrations.

Armie Hammer and Lily James in Rebecca

Explore the film locations of Rebecca 

A new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 'Rebecca' launches on Netflix from 21 October. Discover how four National Trust film locations were brought together to help create the on-screen version of the novel’s fabled Manderley estate.

Detail of the books in the Library at Dudmaston, Shropshire

Listen to our literary podcast episodes 

Our literary podcasts explore how five of the historic houses in our care influenced the of work famous authors and playwrights. Listen to hear about the former homes of William Wordsworth, George Bernard Shaw, Agatha Christie and T.E. Lawrence.

Stories from our places

A visitor watching the rooftop conservation at Dyrham Park

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 help nature recover, bring people closer to it, and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all. Thank you for your continued support.