Places to visit during the winter in the East of England

View down low of the gravel path leading up to Blickling

Step inside our houses and uncover new stories this year, as we reveal items from our collections that aren’t normally on display. You'll also get the chance to have a sneaky peek behind the scenes with specialist tours and talks.

For some time now we've been putting plans in place to open more of our places, more often and we’re very excited that this year many of our properties will be open all year. Don’t forget our gardens, parklands, shops and cafes will all be open ready to welcome you too. 

Opening their doors this winter
Frosty scene at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey 

Anglesey Abbey will be showcasing its ‘Sparkling Silver’ collection, one of the most important in the Trust. Explore the fascinating stories behind many of the objects, and the work undertaken by our conservation team to look after this priceless collection. This exhibition will run daily from 29 January – 29 April.

A member of the conservation team cleaning a chandelier

Blickling Estate 

For the first time ever, the house will be open daily throughout the winter, enabling you to see the work carried out by our skilled conservation team. Pop in on a Tuesday or Thursday to join in with a conservation experience at 1pm, which will give you a tour of the house and attics.

A couple looking up at the paintings on the wall

Felbrigg Hall 

The team at Felbrigg have been working with a theatre designer to create four extraordinary pieces of furniture, curious cabinets if you like, which will form the centre-piece of a new installation in the service wing from January. We’ll also be undertaking a major conservation project of the Cabinet Room.

Visitors on tour guide Ickworth


Every day throughout January and February, Ickworth in Suffolk will be open so you can see what we get up to during the winter months. You might get to sample life below stairs, or see some of our paintings under special lighting conditions, or why not join one of our special conservation tours that will run every Wednesday?

Visitors at the Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk

Lavenham Guildhall 

Set in the village of Lavenham, the Guildhall tells the story of one of the best-preserved and wealthiest towns in Tudor England. When you step inside this fine timber-framed building, discover the stories of the people who have shaped the fortunes of this unique village.

Oxburgh Hall reflected in the moat at sunset.

Oxburgh Hall 

The house at Oxburgh Hall opens earlier than ever before on the 10 February in 2018, when you’ll be able to step inside and watch the house team in action as they carry out the vital conservation work needed to care for our collection.

Peckover House and Garden

Peckover House 

Enjoy special access at weekends in January and February on one of our conservation talks (booking recommended). Go behind the scenes and take a closer look at how we care for Peckover. At the end of February we'll also be unveiling a new contemporary art project that will see the house reinterpreted.

Hand-crafted replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet

Sutton Hoo 

Come face to face with your ancestors at Sutton Hoo and explore our exhibition, with a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds.

Wimpole dining room

Wimpole Estate 

Over at Wimpole Estate, the Hall will be open every day with basement tours and a new picture tour (27 Jan – 10 Feb), delving a little deeper into the stories of staff and history behind some of our artwork, plus you might get a glimpse of our conservation work too. The Hall fully opens on 11 February, which will also reveal a new exhibition about the architect, Sir John Soane.

And that’s just for starters. Thanks to your support, there’s plenty more to see and do throughout the year.