Sites & monuments

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

Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We’ve opened more than 100 gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. From Monday 6 July, we’re gradually opening gardens and parklands in Wales. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All National Trust houses remain closed for now. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

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.

The stone circle at Avebury, Wiltshire

The World Heritage Site at Avebury 

Explore history dating back over 4,000 years at the World Heritage Site at Avebury, Wiltshire.

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.

Bridgwater Monument in frost at Ashridge Estate

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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