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We are more than a thousand important historic houses, supporting one another to keep our special places alive for future generations. We are Britain's independent heritage working together

Hundreds of homes, thousands of stories

"Historic Houses gives places like ours a voice and a network, helping us to stay independent and keeping our home and garden alive and accessible for generations to come"

James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire

Saunders Watson family Rockingham

What's new

Hever Castle 2022 Daffodils in Kent

Dazzling Daffodils at Hever Castle

Visitors to Hever Castle during Dazzling Daffodils will be able to take a tour with Head Gardener Neil Miller and bulb master Johnny Walkers (holder of 25 RHS Chelsea gold-medals for his daffodils) and view nearly 60,000 daffodils in bloom.

Hever Castle snowdrops

Snowdrop Walk starts 2022 season at Hever Castle

Visitors to the famous Castle and childhood home of Anne Boleyn will get the chance to enjoy 100,000 snowdrops as they flower throughout the grounds from Sunday Walk to the banks of the Outer Moat from Wednesday 9 February.

Bolesworth Castle Vicki-Ball,-Andy-Goldsmith,-Barbara-Evans-and-Nina-Barbour

Bolesworth Castle’s Crystal Ball raises £18,000 for charity!

More than 250 VIP guests gathered a Bolesworth Castle to celebrate the historic venue’s past successes and to hear Nina Barbour’s exciting plans as the business builds towards its 200th anniversary celebrations in 2028.

Stories about our houses

Anne Boleyn Exhibition at Hever Castle

Channel 5’s Anne Boleyn: Where It All Began

What is the real story behind the myth of Anne Boleyn? Where did this controversial figure spend her early years before she eventually met Henry VIII and ended up at the Tower of London? Charlotte Murphy takes a look.

Thirlestane Castle in Scotland

Saved for the Nation: 40 years of the NHMF

Over the last 40 years, the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has had a significant impact on the nation’s country house heritage. Yet many people know surprisingly little about the NHMF and how it works. It’s time to find out...

Repairing and restoring an historic roof

Building on the Past: Repair, Restoration and Reuse

Many historic houses are working hard to revive rural prosperity in their communities by restoring and repurposing their unused historic buildings. The ability to efficiently and sensitively adapt these buildings to new economically viable uses is vital to rural prosperity,...

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