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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

What's new

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle reopens indoor areas on Monday May 17th

Magnificent Bamburgh Castle is reopening its indoors areas on Monday May 17th when visitors will be able to step inside and experience this extraordinary landmark and national treasure once again.

Weston Park historic country house

Spring Fling at Weston Park

Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire \ Staffordshire border will be hosting their brand new “Spring Fling!” event on the late May Bank holiday weekend featuring a great line-up of local artisan food producers, unique crafts, live music...

credit Jason Bryant Cygnet taking a ride

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

Fans of the Palace’s 24 hour swan cam were delighted to be able to watch the appearance on the nest of the new babies, over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Palace staff captured a fascinating video of one of the cygnets...

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Visitor at Middleton Hall in Staffordshire, Historic Houses photo by Layton Thompson

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