Walk in famous footsteps

From the childhood homes of the rich and powerful to the places creative and scientific minds gained their inspiration, many of the houses in our care have connections to famous faces through the ages. Get closer to the lives of some of those who have made their mark on British history by visiting some of our top spots to walk in famous footsteps.

A view through the gate, on a frosty morning at Bateman's, Burwash, East Sussex, the former home of Rudyard Kipling.

The home of Rudyard Kipling 

'That’s She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her – quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman’s. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this was the writer’s sanctuary, where he was inspired to write Puck of Pook’s Hill. Kipling’s strong associations with the East can be seen within the house in the many rugs and artefacts. Most of the rooms - including his book-lined study - are much as he left them.

The National Trust tour minibus at 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool, the childhood home of Paul McCartney.

Beatles' Childhood Homes 

Get a ticket to ride on a fascinating trip down memory lane with a combined minibus tour to Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This is your only opportunity to see inside the houses where the Beatles met, composed and rehearsed many of their earliest songs.

View of the south and West fronts of Buckland Abbey on a sunny summer's day

The home of Sir Francis Drake 

The home of one of Britain’s greatest seafarers, it was from Buckland that Drake planned his assault on the Spanish Armada. Before Drake's time, it was a Cistercian abbey founded in 1278, and was also owned by Sir Roger Greynvile, who was captain of the Mary Rose when it sank. The Abbey, now part-museum and part-home, features fascinating memorabilia including the famous Drake’s Drum, which was with him on his epic voyages to circumnavigate the globe. It was sent to the Abbey when he died, and legend holds that if England is ever in danger, beating the drum will summon Drake to defend the country.

The south front of Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill between 1922 and 1964, Kent

The home of Sir Winston Churchill 

The family home and place of inspiration for Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell remains much as it did when he lived here. Pictures, books and personal mementoes evoke the career and wide-ranging interests of this great statesman, writer, painter and family man, while the hillside gardens reflect Churchill’s love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden, and the playhouse built especially for his youngest daughter.

Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie, in the evening light.

The holiday home of Agatha Christie 

This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, silver, botanical china and books. The roomy saloon, complete with fireplace and a balcony overlooking the River Dart, is where Christie set the murder of Marlene Tucket in Dead Man’s Folly.

The parterre and south front of the house at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

The home of Benjamin Disraeli 

Amid rolling Chilterns countryside sits the home of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister. Acquired in the midst of his political career, he turned it, with great help from his dedicated wife, Mary Anne, into the country house needed to secure his political aspirations. Follow in his footsteps through the atmospheric manor to discover his colourful private life, and why he was such an unlikely Prime Minister. There's a display of personal memorabilia, a Victorian playroom and the largest horse chestnut tree in the UK too.

Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy , at Higher Brockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

The home of Thomas Hardy 

Few authors have such strong associations with the natural and cultural heritage of their local area as Thomas Hardy. His semi-fictional Wessex - inspired by the landscape surrounding Dorchester - was the setting for many of his novels, short stories and poetry. Hardy Country is home to his birthplace; a small cob and thatch cottage built by his father; and a short journey away is Max Gate, the red brick villa designed by Hardy himself.

The front of the mainly 17th-century Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of the Peter Rabbit stories

The home of Beatrix Potter 

Beatrix Potter bought the 17th-century farmhouse of Hill Top with the royalties earned from Peter Rabbit and the garden is laid out to reflect Peter’s adventures with Mr McGregor. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here. Down the road in Hawkshead is the Beatrix Potter Gallery with exhibitions of original sketches and watercolours from the celebrated children’s stories.

A member of NT staff dressed in costume outside the front of Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

The home of William Wordsworth 

This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to experience what it was like to live in the 1770s. Relax in our beautiful summerhouse on Wordsworth’s famous terrace, walk and listen to his poetry and discover the nature that inspired his work.

Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, with the famous apple tree

The home of Isaac Newton 

Birthplace and family home of the famous scientist, it was here he made many of his most important discoveries about light and gravity when he moved out of Cambridge during the plague years of 1666-7. You can still see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity from the bedroom window, and explore some of his ideas for yourself in the Science Discovery Centre.