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Historic Houses

Join the UK's best membership scheme for visiting country houses, parks and gardens

Hever Castle snow on the topiary garden

Join over 60,000 Historic Houses members across the UK

We’re the association for people who love exploring the UK’s independent historic houses and gardens, advising and protecting Britain’s heritage for future generations to enjoy. Joining Historic Houses allows us to continue our work supporting that heritage.

In return, members benefit from free access to around 300 of Britain’s historic houses and gardens, monthly online lectures about our members houses, behind the scenes videos, a quarterly magazine, and regular updates on where to visit next.

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Where adventures await…

Britain is known all across the world for its stately homes and gardens. But did you know that most are independently owned?

Sherborne Castle in Dorset was where great explorer Sir Walter Raleigh lived – when he wasn’t on a ship. Hever Castle in Kent (below) was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Highclere Castle in Berkshire is better known as Downton Abbey. Balmoral and Sandringham are the private residencies of the Royal Family, and Scone Palace is where the kings of Scotland were crowned.

Abbotsford, Roxburghshire

What do members get?

  • Free entry to 300 historic houses, parks and gardens across the UK, including Hever Castle, Blenheim Palace Park, Muncaster Castle, Newby Hall and Mapperton House
  • Monthly online lectures about our houses and their history, plus an archive of recordings of previous lectures
  • A quarterly members magazine filled with stories about our houses and interviews with owners of historic estates
  • A special members area on the website including offers & opportunities, behind the scenes videos, and competitions
Belvoir Castle Overhead

We help houses thrive

Established in 1973 to support and protect independent heritage for generations to come, we represent more than a thousand houses, castles, and gardens across Britain. We advise them on everything from weddings to filming, and champion the benefits they bring to the environment, the economy, and their local communities. As a member of Historic Houses, you’ll be supporting them too.

In return, hundreds of our wonderful open places offer our members free admission when they show their card.

Visitors discover Burton Constable

Give Historic Houses membership for Christmas

Historic Houses membership is the perfect gift for those who love exploring the nation’s heritage. With almost 300 incredible places across the UK, they will enjoy a full year of visiting and exploring while avoiding the entrance fees.

Unbranded Christmas gift packages will be sent from the first week of December, to help you make the gift a surprise. Their membership will then start from Christmas Day until 31 December the following year.

Membership costs £56 for a single adult, or £89 for a joint membership, making it one of the most affordable memberships for visiting the UK’s historic houses and gardens. Further price information can be found on our checkout page. We look forward to welcoming you to the Historic Houses family.

 

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Sign up for our free bulletin

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.