As the custodian of over 400 historic places, dating from prehistory to the Cold War, English Heritage is uniquely placed to explain English history. We also look after London's Blue Plaque scheme, and care for half a million artefacts. Explore these pages to find out more, whether you're preparing for a visit, looking for teaching materials, or carrying out research of your own.

Site Histories
The magnificent Georgian Adam Library at Kenwood
Group of school children with costumed volunteer sitting outdoors in the splendour of Goodrich Castle


For pupils and students to truly understand history, they need to stand in the places where it was made. That's why we're dedicated to bringing history to life through authentic, engaging and enriching learning experiences for as many school-age children as possible. Choose between a FREE self-led visit to any of our 400+ properties, or book one of the curriculum-relevant workshops which are available at some of our top sites.

Queen Victoria and some of her family at Osborne in 1898


Our Property Histories pages (formerly called Portico) are a rich source of information about the places looked after by English Heritage. As well as describing our properties and explaining their history and why they matter, we provide extensive lists of sources of further information, including links to many other online resources.  

Paintings conservators Rachel Turnbull and Alice Tate-Harte examining Vermeer’s The Guitar Player


Conservation is a cornerstone of everything we do at English Heritage. In this section we share the practical guidance we have developed for the care of collections, gardens and landscapes, and describe some of our current research projects.

Blue plaque marking the former home of film director Sir Alfred Hitchcock


Countless innovative, ingenious and influential people have lived and worked in London, and English Heritage has the privilege of celebrating hundreds of them with the Blue Plaques scheme. Search our index of plaques to learn more about a wide range of people who changed the world in big and small ways: actors, writers, scientists, sporting stars, politicians and inventors. The Blue Plaque scheme aims to celebrate the links between these figures and the buildings in which they lived and worked across London.

Illuminated painting from a 13th century manuscript showing the arrival of Uther Pendragon and Merlin at Tintagel



The Story of England seeks to tell the whole, sweeping narrative of English history, and situate our places and collections within it, to show how centuries of stories can be traced through our barrows and forts, our castles, abbeys and great houses. Richly illustrated and elegantly designed, it is browsable both by themes - such as Power & Politics, Arts & Invention, and Commerce - and by historical period.

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