Places in history

If our places could talk they'd have some stories to tell. Discover their rich histories and watch them spring to life before your eyes

Stable yard at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
The Beech Avenue near Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Exploring LGBTQ history at National Trust places 

We're marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality by exploring the LGBTQ heritage at many of our places.

Book, notes, inkwell and jug in Isaac Newton's room

Eight of our places that helped change the world 

From the house where Sir Isaac Newton first discovered gravity to the childhood homes of the Beatles and the site of the first radio broadcast, find out how some of the ideas that changed the world were thought up at our places.


Exploring a pre-reformation Tudor powerhouse

At the Vyne in Hampshire you can now experience the unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass. This audio experience has been created for The Vyne’s beautiful pre-Reformation chapel, in which Henry VIII might have heard the Mass when he visited in October 1535

Significant places

The house and upper pond at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex

How to create a Capability Brown landscape 

The landscapes designed by 'Capability' Brown are easy to mistake as works of nature. Discover how much effort actually went in to bringing these ground-breaking designs to life.

Commemorating the First World War

The sixteenth-century Gate Tower on the West Front at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Connections to the Gunpowder Plot 

Links to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot can be found at historic houses and former hunting forests we look after including Lyveden New Bield, home to infamous plotter Francis Tresham.

Design through the ages

Lady Frances portrait at Mount Stewart

Our collections 

Explore history at our places and browse through the art and collections that we care for.


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