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Things to do in winter

Find plenty of things to do during the colder months at our historic sites.

From bracing historical walks to comforting Victorian cookery, find inspiration for fun days out and delightful days in this winter. 

Plan a winter day out

  • Spotlight on the places we love

    Take a closer look at some of our favourite historic places. Discover what we love about them, then plan your own adventure in the places where history happened.

  • Dog-friendly days out

    We love dogs as much as you do, so there's no reason to leave your furry friend at home. We've got lots of options for dog-friendly days out at our castles, abbeys and historic gardens.

  • Eleven Iconic Trees

    We look after thousands of trees in the gardens and landscapes we care for. Get some inspiration for your winter walks by discovering 11 of the most iconic trees from historic gardens around the country. 

Winter Walks

Guided itineraries with everything you need

Whether you’re looking for an amble or an invigorating hike, we’ve curated a selection of walks that take in some of our most atmospheric properties.

Find a walk near you


There's nothing like a fresh winter walk through a beautiful historic garden. Our castles, halls and stately homes are enchanting in the colder seasons, and now is the perfect time to make the most of rewarding garden walks and sparkling wintry views.

Find a winter garden

Winter Warmers from the Victorian Kitchen

Mrs Crocombe's Cosiest Dishes

The kitchens of country houses such as Audley End House, Brodsworth Hall and Witley Court were busy year-round, including through the winter months, as staff prepared warming dishes for the household and their guests. 

With our The Victorian Way video series, join Mrs Avis Crocombe — the cook at Audley End House in Essex — as she prepares a range of winter meals, side dishes and tasty treats to inspire your own home cooking this winter.

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  • Simple Soup

    Tasty and filling with bacon, onion and vegetables

  • Rabbit Pudding

    Hearty pastry-cased pudding to warm the bones

  • Macaroni Cheese

    One of housekeeper Mrs Warwick's favourites

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