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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Spotlight on Eltham Palace and Gardens
Few properties can boast such an eclectic combination of history and architecture like Eltham Palace. Wander through a medieval hall that once held court for kings and queens, see glamorous examples of art deco design and explore a basement converted into a Second World War bunker.
When millionaire couple Stephen and Virginia Courtauld renovated the palace in the 1930s they combined the charm of the surviving Great Hall with their extravagent art deco tastes. They even incorporated their beloved pet lemur, Mah-Jongg, into the design. As well as accompanying the Courtaulds on their international travels, Mah-Jongg was also treated like one of the family and was given free rein of the palace.Spotlight On Eltham Palace and Gardens
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.