Sites & monuments

Step back in time and immerse yourself in ages past at one of our fascinating historic spots

Visitors near the Tennyson Monument at Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
Waves crash against the Giant's Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

World Heritage sites 

We care for special places across the UK. Find out more about the few that have been recognised as globally important World Heritage sites.

Archaeologists taking samples from the giant.

Archaeologists surprised by likely age of Cerne Abbas Giant 

After 12 months of scientific analysis, we can for the first time reveal the likely age of the Cerne Giant, Britain’s largest and perhaps best-known chalk hill figure. Using state-of-the art sediment analysis funded by the National Trust, the University of Gloucestershire, Allen Environmental Archaeology and the Pratt Bequest, archaeologists have concluded the giant was probably first constructed in the late Saxon period.

Excavations at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire

Archaeology at our places 

We look after many rich and diverse archaeological sites, from the awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk to Levant Mine and beam engine, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Archaeology helps us to learn more about them and protect them for the future.

The Magna Carta memorial, Runnymede, Surrey

Memorials at Runnymede 

As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you'll find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces at Runnymede.

Back in time

Looking towards the sea, over the heather-covered ground at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Why were some medieval villages deserted? 

There are over 2000 known sites of deserted medieval villages in England. Some villages were depopulated gradually by disease, enclosure or depleted local resources, others destroyed for aesthetic reasons by landowners, and others swept away by the effects of a changing climate.

Bridgewater Monument in spring at Ashridge, Herts

Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge Estate 

Make sure that you don't miss the stunning views from the top of the Bridgewater Monument. Built in 1832, it's a fantastic way of viewing the estate from above.

Walkers walking up Culver

History of the Yarborough Monument on Culver Down 

How does the name Yarborough link to the tallest monument on the Isle of Wight at Culver Down to Newtown and a game of bridge? Discover more about this grand memorial near Bembridge and Culver Downs.

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What will you explore today? We've got houses, forests, castles and mountains to discover with your loved one, with events and things to do to create everlasting memories.