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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

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"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

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Drummond Castle Release New Drone Photos

Drummond Castle, the gorgeous 17th Century Scottish Castle and Renaissance garden, have released some spectacular new drone photographs of their gardens this September to compliment those taken in the snow in February 2021.

Bamburgh Castle Festival of Light sunset

Bamburgh Castle announces Christmas spectacular display

Heralded as Saints & Angels, visitors to the magical Northumberland castle will travel through beguiling staterooms, each transformed into a theatrical extravaganza, where angels take flight overhead, sending peace, strength and good fortune to all throughout the castle and beyond.

Isobel Smith artwork at Glynde Place 2021 - Photo credit Graham Carlow

Undoings: Contemporary Art at Glynde Place

Glynde Place welcomed a record number of visitors last weekend to its new contemporary performance and sculpture exhibition by Isobel Smith. Following the success of their event last year the house have once again thrown their doors open to show contemporary art and visitors have the opportunity...

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