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There's more to many of our historic places than meets the eye. 

Take a closer look at the hidden histories of some of the sites that we care for, discover what our teams love about them and why you should plan a visit for yourself.

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A lady walks her bike through the Elizabethan gardens with Kenilworth Castle in the background

Spotlight on Kenilworth Castle

From a medieval palace to a Civil War fortification, Kenilworth's history is as romantic as it is dramatic. In the 16th century Elizabeth I gave the castle to her favourite, Robert Dudley, who upgraded the castle in an attempt to woo her with his charming renovations. Years later it became the ivy-clad setting for Sir Walter Scott's novel, Kenilworth, which romanticised their story.

Today climb the castle ruins, explore the rooms where feasts and celebrations took place and discover one of England's finest Elizabethan gardens.

Spotlight On Kenilworth Castle
  • Goodrich Castle

    Spotlight On Goodrich Castle

    Situated in a sheltered woodland area on the River Wye, Goodrich is one of the country's best-preserved medieval castles and home to the mighty Civil War mortar known as Roaring Meg.

  • The fountain firing outside Witley Court

    Spotlight on Witley Court

    Formerly a place of lavish Victorian parties and royal entertainments, the vast house of Witley Court was gutted by a devastating fire in 1937. Take a closer look at the transformation from the late 19th century to the present day.

  • The Iron Bridge with a pink and purple sky


    As one of the modern wonders of the world, the Iron Bridge continues to delight visitors. We love it because not only because it's the first bridge made out of iron in the world, but over the years it's become a symbol of the Industrial Revolution.

  • Mick Callaghan, Site Manager at Stott Park Bobbin Mill

    Spotlight on Stott Park Bobbin Mill

    This pocket-sized powerhouse once supplied millions of wooden bobbins to the great factories of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Discover how different this site is from our other properties, and why we think you should plan a visit to the Lake District.

  • Ornate red sandstone arches at Furness Abbey

    Spotlight on Furness Abbey and Piel Castle

    The rust-coloured sandstone of Furness Abbey in Cumbria is ornately carved and, glowing in the sunshine, the site radiates tranquility. Piel Castlean, an island outpost of Furness Abbey's influence, is well worth combining with your visit.

  • Spotlight on Bolsover Castle

    Bolsover is a place built for entertainment. From the well-preserved wall paintings and a broad views from the terrace and recreated wall walk, to the riding house where the art of dressage was pioneered, explore the home of William Cavendish.

  • A tudor chimney at Framlingham Castle

    Spotlight on Framlingham Castle

    Discover the centre of a vast network of power and influence, and one of the best preserved medieval castles in England. With its towers and curtain walls still standing proudly, it's here that you can explore almost 1000 years of history.

  • Internal view of Lullingstone Roman Villa

    Spotlight On Lullingstone Roman Villa

    Visit the place where a Roman family lived and worked, and see for yourself a varied collection of objects and artefacts that tell their story. Discover why Lullingstone Roman Villa is unlike any other Roman site in England.

  • One of the bedrooms inside Sovereign's Gate Holiday Cottage.

    Spotlight on Osborne

    Open the doors to the once private world of Queen Victoria and her family at Osborne. Victoria’s holiday home remains largely untouched, providing intimate details of royal life during the 19th century.

  • Mah-jongg the lemur lying in a deckchair

    Spotlight on Eltham Palace and Gardens

    Wander through a medieval hall, see glamorous examples of art deco design and explore a basement converted into a Second World War bunker. Plus, meet the owner's pampered pet lemur, Mah-jongg.

  • The boots of the Duke of Wellington, which can be seen at Walmer Castle

    Spotlight on Walmer Castle

    Looking out across the English channel from one of the country's most beautiful coastlines, Walmer Castle was built under instruction of Henry VIII. The castle is the residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports.

  • A family testing their strength at pulling a Stonehenge stone

    Spotlight On Stonehenge

    Over 5,000 years ago, our ancestors built what would become one of the world's most iconic monuments. Stonehenge's mysteries are still the focus of speculation, celebration and intense research today.

  • kids at Carn Euny

    Spotlight on Carn Euny

    People have lived at Carn Euny since the Iron Age in wooden, then stone, 'courtyard houses' - the remains of which are still visible today. These were the homes of the community who lived in the village during the Romano-British period.

  • Detail from the painting of St George and the Dragon on the wall at Farleigh Hungerford Chapel

    Spotlight on Farleigh Hungerford

    This picturesque ruined castle in Wiltshire may be peaceful today, but behind its tranquillity lies a tumultuous past. Over the course of its 700 year history the castle has witnessed immense wealth, scandal, murder, imprisonment, debt and, finally, ruin.

  • A family enjoying a day out at Tintagel Castle

    Spotlight On Tintagel Castle

    "We love crashing waves and mysterious coves, so this is our kind of beach." With atmospheric ruins on the headland, a fascinating museum and a beach to explore, discover why Tintagel Castle in Cornwall should be on your list of places to visit.

  • Arch in the Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland, with a rhododendron in bloom.

    Spotlight On Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

    Set into the picturesque landscape of Northumberland, Belsay has three distinct elements: a medieval castle, a Greek Revival mansion and 20 acres of lush gardens which make for a fascinating day out - especially if you're a keen photographer...

  • An archway at Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire

    Spotlight On Rievaulx Abbey

    Once one of the most important abbeys in England, the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire are a tranquil place to explore. A new visitor centre after a major conservation project, allowing you to understand the lives of the monks like never before.

  • Gatehouse and south tower of Stokesay Castle

    Spotlight On Stokesay Castle

    Although Stokesay owes its preservation to sympathetic conservation and its surprisingly peaceful history, Stokesay has seen its share of drama. Its first owner drowned and another went bankrupt - discover what else in instore at this unusual castle.

  • Volunteer at Kenwood

    Spotlight on Kenwood

    It's home to an internationally significant art collection, is a showcase of innovative design by Robert Adam and is immensely popular with locals too. This free site is open all year round - discover why we think you should pay a visit.

  • Whitby Abbey during the 2015 Illuminated Abbey event

    Spotlight on Whitby Abbey

    Whitby Abbey has inspired writers and artists for centuries. From the first named Anglo Saxon poet to the world's most famous Gothic novel, uncover the myths and legends which surround this picturesque ruin.

  • Housesteads Roman Fort

    Spotlight on Hadrian's Wall

    Hadrian's Wall stretches 73 miles across the North of England. With ruined Roman forts and ancient towns, mile castles and museums, there's always somewhere new to explore.

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