Go behind the scenes at our places

If you love unearthing secrets and peeling away layers of history to discover lesser-known stories, our series of behind-the-scenes films will be right up your street.

Enjoy a different take on the places you love and miss visiting because of lockdown restrictions. Discover unseen objects, hidden places and intriguing characters.

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open. Cafés are offering a takeaway service and some outdoor seating is available at cafés in England only. Some shops are open in England and Wales but remain closed in Northern Ireland. All houses are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

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Bonus episode: Red House, Kent

We're inviting you on a video tour of Red House, the former home of designer William Morris. While it's not possible to visit in person right now, you'll still get to experience the unforgettable architecture and interiors of this intriguing place, also home to treasured works of art and Morris's early wallpaper designs.

Series 3

Our latest series of behind-the-scenes tours bring you closer to some of the most exciting archaeological discoveries at the places we care for. You'll get to peel back layers of history, unearth fascinating stories and meet the people who work tirelessly to bring the past to life. In the latest episode, we explore the significance of a 5th-century mosaic found at Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire.  

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Episode 3: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

On this video tour, you'll discover the story of archaeology at Fountains Abbey, where atmospheric ruins shed light on a way of life that shaped the medieval world. We'll be lifting the lid on archaeological finds throughout the ages and showing you how modern technology and partnership working allows this journey of discovery to continue.

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Episode 2: Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire

We're taking you behind the scenes at Chedworth Roman Villa, where we discovered Britain's first known 5th-century mosaic. Although the site is currently closed for visitors, you can still uncover the fascinating story behind this mosaic and meet one of the archaeologists involved in its excavation.

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Episode 1: Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Join us on a behind-the-scenes video tour of Sutton Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial ground that's the focus of the new film The Dig on Netflix. Although Tranmer House is currently closed, you can still delve into the history of this magical place. Explore this haunting 255-acre site and learn how the skeleton of its famous ship was uncovered in 1939. You’ll also get a glimpse into the life of Edith Pretty, who played a key role in the excavation.

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