Visit the best historic houses & gardens in the UK

The UK has many of the world's most beautiful and illustrious historic houses and gardens in the world. Here we highlight the very best places you can visit as you explore the country.


Are you visiting the UK this year? Perhaps you’re just looking to explore England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland on a day trip. No tour around Britain is complete without a visit to its extraordinary historic houses and gardens, and here we’re listing some of the very best places to visit in the UK by region for those who love exploring its history. Scroll down our page here to navigate towards each region depending on where you’re looking to visit next. You can also view a map of all the places you can visit here.

Don’t forget, all these places can be visited for free using your Historic Houses membership card!


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Elsing Hall with a beautiful moat

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