Spring Opening 2018

This spring we have extended our opening times and many of our sites are now open 5 or more days a week. With walks in bluebell woods, stunning gardens bursting with tulips and coastal fortresses waiting to be explored, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

The places listed below are open at least 5 days a week from February. You can find full details of each site's opening hours, and more useful information for planning your visit, on the individual site pages.


London and the East of England

  • Audley End House and Gardens

    Audley End House

    Visit one of England's finest country houses, wander the tranquil gardens, and enjoy stunning views.

  • The French parterre

    Wrest Park

    Explore the evolution of the English garden and take a stroll through three centuries of landscape design.

  • Visitors in the doorway of the entrance hall at Eltham Palace

    Eltham Palace

    Explore one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture and design surviving in Britain today.

  • School Visits at Down House

    Down House

    The family home of scientist and father of evolutionary theory Charles Darwin is a must-see in Kent.

The West of England

  • Tintagel Castle

    High on the rugged Cornish coast, Tintagel offers dramatic views and extensive ruins.

  • Children running outside Kenilworth Castle

    Kenilworth Castle

    Walk in the beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden and scale the heights of the tower built to woo the Queen.

  • Bridge in the woodland at Witley Court

    Witley Court

    Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties.

  • Two girls running through an archway at Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire

    Goodrich Castle

    Standing in open countryside, Goodrich Castle is one of the best preserved of all English medieval castles.

  • The gatehouse at Stokesay Castle

    Stokesay Castle

    Step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, plus enjoy stunning views.

  • The inner gatehouse and curtain wall rises above the rock-cut ditch with its modern bridge (built 1975); below the bridge are the remains of the 14th-century causeway

    Beeston Castle

    Crowning a rocky crag, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England.

  • The castle keep at Pendennis, Cornwall

    Pendennis Castle

    Explore one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, which has defended Cornwall since Tudor times.

  • St Mawes Castle

    St Mawes Castle

    Step inside on of the best-preserved and more elaborately decorated of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses.

  • Stonehenge at sunrise


    Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world.

  • A courtyard house within the inner bailey of the castle at Old Sarum in Wiltshire

    Old Sarum

    Climb the mighty ramparts for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine the once thriving town of Old Sarum.

The North of England

  • The ruins of Whitby Abbey set against blue sky

    Whitby Abbey

    The inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Whitby Abbey sits overlooking the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town.

  • The extensive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

    Rievaulx Abbey

    The perfect choice for a peaceful day out, with its extensive ruins and fascinating museum.

  • Two boys admire the view from Scarborough Castle

    Scarborough Castle

    Enjoy Scarborough's stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline.

  • The view across Lindisfarne Priory

    Lindisfarne Priory

    Follow in the footsteps of the ancient monks who built their priory here nearly 1,400 years ago.

  • view of Hadrian's Wall

    Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

    Explore the most complete Roman fort in Britain, set high on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian's Wall.

The South East of England

  • Dover Castle

    The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries.

  • Child friendly Osborne


    Take a glimpse into the private life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.

  • View across the courtyard to the Castle Museum in Carisbrooke Castle, housed in the Great Hall

    Carisbrooke Castle

    The quintessential romantic castle, Carisbrooke is at the very heart of the Isle of Wight's history.

  • Walmer Castle at sunset

    Walmer Castle

    Open the door to this charming Tudor castle by the sea, home to the original Wellington boots.

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