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 Central Hall at Mount Stewart

Our greatest houses 

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to the houses we look after. From the biggest to the smallest, the most innovative to the most scandalous, discover the amazing variety of houses in our care.

Ashdown House, Berkshire

Places you need to book 

Find out which places you still need to book in advance, and learn how you can join one of our new guided tour experiences.

Visitors sat outside the cafe at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Our cafes and tea-rooms 

Whether you’re looking for a warming soup or the perfect scone, a place to relax with a cuppa or lunch with a view, our cafés and food outlets have got it covered.

Collections and stories

More great houses for your armchair viewing

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The house and lawn seen from the south east at Red House, London

Behind the scenes videos 

Sit back and enjoy a personal tour of the fascinating interiors and collections of your favourite historic houses, or places you’ve always longed to visit. You might discover a new secret, or delve into areas of places normally closed off to the public. In a recent video we toured Red House, the former home of designer William Morris.

Interior design through the ages

Inspired by our interiors

Uncover the history of interior design at our places Learn more