The historic places in our care span six millennia and include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages. Caring for these places and their collections for the benefit of this and future generations is a cornerstone of everything we do. The generous support of many donors enables us to do this. We have now embarked on the largest conservation programme in our history. Highly skilled conservation work will be carried out on an unprecedented scale, and we will allow the public to witness this as it progresses.
13 Agricultural &
3 Municipal buildings
Nobody manages more English castles. From Cornwall to Northumberland, our Norman earthworks and mighty royal fortresses tell the story of England’s turbulent past.Find out more
Magnificent medieval tithe barns and working windmills, a fully-operational Victorian factory and a Birmingham workshop: the collection highlights England at work in town and country.Find out more
6 Historical Bridges
58 Prehistoric sites
23 Historic gardens
From medieval packhorse bridges to wonders of Industrial Revolution engineering including the world's first iron bridge, these bridges carried England's travellers and traders for many centuries.Find out more
Let your imagination loose at our many prehistoric sites. Discover stone circles, ritual landscapes, burial mounds, hillforts and settlements spanning nearly four mysterious millennia of England's story.Find out more
27 Forts &
2 Hill figures
Remote forts and luxurious villas, baths, temples, amphitheatres and fascinating museums - and of course Hadrian's Wall - our unrivalled collection brings Roman Britain to life.Find out more
From the first cannon-equipped forts to their modern descendants, these defences guarded England from her enemies from Tudor times to the Second World War.Find out more
3 Medieval villages
47 Halls, houses &
47 London statues
These lonely and atmospheric traces of lost medieval communities, long ago abandoned by their inhabitants, have produced fascinating stories of the lives once lived there.Find out more
Halls, houses &
Discover the stories and homes of fishermen, noblemen, medieval knights, eminent Victorians and many more.Find out more
1 Battle field
1 Cold War Bunker
84 Ecclesiastical sites
Palaces were not just for monarchs: our palaces housed travelling medieval bishops, the young Henry VIII and - in the amazing Art Deco extravaganza they created -1930s millionaires.Find out more
We care for the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William the Conqueror's Normans defeated Harold's Anglo-Saxons in 1066 - and for 'Battle' Abbey beside it.Find out more
Cold war bunker
A chilling reminder of the Cold War's threat of nuclear annihilation, this York fallout-monitoring bunker was operational from before the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis until 1991.Find out more
New Visitor Projects
We will launch a series of new projects at sites along Hadrian's Wall, including the Roman fort and town of Corbridge and the breathtakingly beautiful fort at Birdoswald. Outstanding collections of Roman artefacts will be redisplayed. At Chesters Roman Fort we will tell the story of John Clayton's heroic efforts to save Hadrian's Wall.
The transformation of Walmer Castle and Gardens is underway. An inventory from the days when William Pitt the Younger had use of the castle has allowed for the representation of two rooms. The simple campaign bed in which Duke of Wellington slept, far away from the grandeur of his London home Apsley House, will take on a new meaning during the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. The picturesque landscape will be restored, including a wildflower meadow and an elevated walkway across a former quarry called the Glen.
Current Conservation Projects
We have gradually restored and opened up new areas at the impressive Grade 1 stately home Audley End House and Gardens in Essex - the stables, the nursery, the Coal Gallery, organic kitchen garden, the servants' quarters - but urgent work is required to make the roof watertight and repair the intricate masonry.
The mighty medieval fortress at Dover has guarded our shores for more than 20 centuries and been described as the 'Key to England.' Essential maintenance work must be carried out to make sure the castle and its ground continue to offer visitors spectacular days out long into the future.
Amid the Art Deco interiors at Eltham Palace and Gardens, renovations and repairs are under way that will see five new rooms, created by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, open to the public for the first time. We will also be able to uncover and protect the unique set of maps and 1930s wall-paintings hidden under layers of paint and wallpaper in the Courtaulds' secretary's room.
The view of Archer Pavilion across the Long Water in the grounds of Wrest Park is one of the most iconic in the country. But there is water damage to the interior of the pavilion, putting at risk the plaster and historic wall paintings dating back to the early 18th century.
Watch our video about the current investment programme or find out more about conservation projects and tenders.