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Sun over the Hall, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/Mike Selby

Houses and buildings

From grand houses and palaces to cotton mills and urban homes, the historic houses and buildings in our care are full of fascinating stories and objects.

Member of staff handling large chandelier for cleaning at Powis Castle, Wales

Winter house closures

Some of the historic houses in our care close over the winter months so we can carry out vital conservation work. Please check individual place webpages for up-to-date information on opening times.

Plan a unique visit

Christmas at Powis Castle, Powys

Historic houses decked out for Christmas 

Step back in time and experience a historic Christmas first-hand. See houses decked out with decorations from across history and be transported right back to the festivities of the time.

The west front of Knole, Kent

Top 10 houses to visit 

Learn about some of the most unusual houses we look after and find out what makes them so special, from a tiny woodland cottage to a romantic country retreat.

Visitors in the 16th century kitchen at Buckland Abbey, Devon

Places with famous connections 

Walk in the footsteps of famous people. From The Beatles to Sir Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie to Isaac Newton, discover more as you step into their former homes.

Rudyard Kipling's writing desk in the study at Bateman's, East Sussex

Places with literary connections 

Visit some of the places we look after that have inspired famous writers, playwrights and poets, including the homes of Beatrix Potter, Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy.

Houses and buildings near you

    Visitors at the Christmas market at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

    Where will you visit next?

    Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.