The best historic houses and gardens to visit over winter

Explore the best places across the country to use your card this winter.

As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, the winter season fast approaches with its signature crisp. Fortunately, long gone are the days where this means there may be a struggle to find places to use your Historic Houses card.

Haven’t you heard? The winter months are now often considered the best time of year to visit our member places. Christmas markets, festive light shows, and mulled wine are just some of things you’ll find at our houses at this time of year. So buckle up, get the gloves and hat on, and take a read of our list of houses, castles, and garden open over winter. ‘Tis the season.

East Midlands

West Midlands

Find out more about the West Midlands

If you’re looking for a day out in England, you should look no further that the West Midlands, which is home to some of the UK’s most impressive historic houses and gardens. From Eastnor Castle to Arbury Hall, the region is a heritage lover’s paradise.

Explore the best places to visit in the West Midlands

London and South East

Give the Gift of Historic Houses Membership

Have you considered Historic Houses Gift Membership for a friend or loved one?

Historic Houses membership is the perfect gift for a loved one who enjoys learning, visiting and, ultimately, supporting Britain’s wonderful historic houses, castles, and gardens. From free access to hundreds of heritage sites right across the UK, to monthly online lectures and a fabulous quarterly magazine, our membership really is the very best membership scheme for history lovers.

North East

Explore the North East of England

If you love castles and stately homes, a visit to the North East of England ticks all the boxes. From Alnwick Castle – as also seen in the Harry Potter franchise, to Raby Castle, Brancepeth Castle and Chipchase Castle, among others, the North East of England is the perfect day out.


Explore the ten best places to visit in the North East



North West

South West

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