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
A collection of items such as bears and buckets to help spark memories

Behind the scenes at the Museum of Childhood 

Join seven-year-old Mo, one of our play experts, on a video tour of Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood in Derbyshire. Discover a world of games and toys that have delighted children throughout the ages. You'll see that the fun continues even though we can't open the museum for visitors.

Visitors in the Saloon at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Welcoming you back to the houses in our care  

This week, we're opening seven houses in England and Northern Ireland as part of a pilot to welcome back visitors to the houses and buildings we care for. In our latest blog, John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Culture and Engagement discusses some of the unique and surprising challenges we're facing to reopen these houses again.

Some of our greatest houses for armchair viewing

'Bird' hand-loom jacquard-woven woollen double cloth, designed by William Morris, 1877-8

Bringing the garden indoors: how nature inspired William Morris 

More than any other British decorative arts designer, William Morris drew on countryside and hedgerow plants to populate his patterns and old-fashioned garden flowers to inform his creations. Take a closer look at his designs, their connection to nature and his lasting legacy.

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.

Interior design through the ages

Elizabeth I

Great masterpieces in our collections 

Be inspired by some of the greatest masterpieces in our collections, chosen by the National Trust's Curator of Pictures and Sculpture. From Bosch and Burne-Jones to Rembrandt and Whistler, these are exceptional paintings on show among the 200 historic houses we care for.

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.

Stories from our places