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.

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.​

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Victorian Christmas tree trimming at Speke Hall

Historic houses decked out for Christmas 

Experience the traditions of times gone by this Christmas. There's lots to discover, from Tudor feasts and Victorian Christmas trees to the hustle and bustle of a 1930s kitchen on Christmas Eve. Step back in time when you come and visit a historic house dressed for Christmas.

A visitor admiring the view at Dunster Castle in winter

Top 10 castles 

From Bodiam and Lindisfarne to Penhryn and Wray, we look after some of the most fascinating and enchanting castles in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here's our pick of the best must-see castles.

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Three ladies sit enjoying hot chocolate

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.

Collections and stories

More great houses for your armchair viewing

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Interior design through the ages

Inspired by our interiors

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Conservation in action during the winter clean

Protect the buildings and collections in our care 

We look after over 300 historic buildings and nearly one million works of art, which need constant care to maintain them. You can help protect these important buildings and collections by donating today.