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Guided Tours - Invitation to View

‘Invitation to View’ offers exclusive tours behind the closed doors of some of the country’s most remarkable places. As part of a small group of like-minded people, you’ll have privileged access to some of our most private homes, led by...

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House Gift Shops

Purchase gifts, souvenirs and more from our houses. Browse our directory to see what each house has to offer.

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Westminster Government

Policy: A plan for change

Given the current energy crisis, it is hardly surprising that environmental questions are once again in the political spotlight.

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Tiny Traces: African & Asian Children at London’s Foundling Hospital

Discover a richer history of London life in the eighteenth century, through newly uncovered stories of African and Asian children in the care of the Foundling Hospital, at its new exhibition running from 30 September 2022 until 19 February 2023.

Policy Round Up: August 2022

The hot, sunny weather did not abate over August, although parliamentary recess did provide some respite from new and unexpected policy or legislation work. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss continue to tear each other's policy to pieces in Conservative Party...

Stories about our houses

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Tiny Traces: African & Asian Children at London’s Foundling Hospital

Discover a richer history of London life in the eighteenth century, through newly uncovered stories of African and Asian children in the care of the Foundling Hospital, at its new exhibition.

Country House Treasures: An Exhibition in partnership with Dreweatts

As part of our ongoing partnership, from 11-13 July Dreweatts, the fine-art auction house, will be hosting ‘Country House Treasures’, a loan exhibition of furniture, works of art, and curiosities from some of our most loved historic houses. The exhibition...

Our June painting: Laura Diggens paints Sezincote

The warm days just after the Solstice broke for my visit to Sezincote earlier this month and the searing heat was replaced by a light cloud that sat overhead all day, interspersed with rumbles of thunder and short sharp showers....

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Are you interested in the stories locked away inside Britain’s Historic Houses? Every Friday, we publish a free newsletter detailing news, stories and details from our member houses. From the stained glass windows of Knebworth House to the armoury of Bamburgh Castle, whether you’re a member or just interested, subscribe here and explore the treasures of Britain’s Historic Houses.

Subscribing will also give you access to our monthly tours newsletter, highlighting the best Invitation to View tours on offer round the country.

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