Nothing tells a nation's story like its homes. Every member of Historic Houses is helping to preserve Britain's independent heritage for future generations. By way of a thank you, the owners of more than 300 of our homes and gardens invite you to pay them a visit for free.

Our collection is the largest group of historic houses in the UK, and ranges from imposing castles and impressive palaces to elegant stately homes and hidden, sleepy, manor houses. From large to small, medieval to Victorian, most are lived-in family homes, not static museums, where chairs really are used for sitting in and dogs and children are never far away. Join us and come on in.

In return for your support as a Historic Houses member you'll receive:

  • Free access to more than 300 historic houses and gardens across the UK during normal opening hours
  • The opportunity to book places on exclusive private tours of hundreds more undiscovered places
  • Historic House magazine, four times a year — revealing the hidden lives of our member houses, providing an insight into what it's like to care for an historic building, and sharing delicious recipes from our member kitchens, ideas for great days out, and news and updates.
  • Access to a members area on our website where you can view bespoke content tailored for you

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If you have any questions about membership just contact our Membership Department:

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  • We are delighted you are considering joining Historic Houses. As a member you'll receive access to hundreds of unique places to visit all over the UK, as well as exclusive events, special offers and our brand new magazine. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
    Ben Cowell, Director General

Facts & figures


Our member properties welcome around 26 million visitors a year


When you join as a member you can visit over 300 places for free


We represent more open historic houses than any other UK organisation

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Join us and you’ll receive a special pass which allows you free entry to over 300 houses. Want to visit today? No problem, simply take your confirmation email along to the property.

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