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 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
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.
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.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE IRON BRIDGE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.