Houses & buildings

With more than 300 historic buildings in our care, from the grand and imposing to the small and quirky, you're spoilt for choice when planning a visit

A family in the garden in October at Ham House and Garden, Surrey
The south front of Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill between 1922 and 1964, Kent

Help secure Churchill's belongings 

It’s 50 years since Churchill’s home, Chartwell, opened to the public. Please support this anniversary appeal and help us keep an irreplaceable collection at Chartwell where it belongs.

Dress conservators preparing Ellen Terry beetle wing dress for display at Smallhythe Place, Kent.

If clothes could talk... 

Why were Marie Antoinette’s garters designed by a dentist? Why was a 19th-century lord determined to make a coat in a day? And why did dressmakers painstakingly sew jewel beetles’ wings onto a costume for Lady Macbeth?

Ghostly encounters

Discover our places

Bettany Hughes at Avebury for the podcast recording

Bettany Hughes's Ten Places, Europe and Us podcast series 

Join historian Bettany Hughes as she travels around some of the most splendid sites in England, guided by our experts, to investigate their deep-rooted connections to Europe and the wider world.

Peckover House and Garden

Interior design: Georgian 

You can see the elegant styles that were in fashion during the Georgian period at places including Croft Castle in Herefordshire and Basildon Park, Berkshire. Here's our short guide.

Buildings in need of help

Bringing history alive

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