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Historic sites

It has to be said, England's landscape holds a rich history. From castles and historic houses, to intriguing artefacts, discover our historic experiences, from the very grand, to the hidden gems.

Step into England's history

Walk in the footsteps of Romans, tour the castles of kings and discover centuries of heritage in historic sites that appear as if untouched.

If you’re looking for a break with a touch of history and intrigue, a visit to one of these magnificent castles and manor houses is an absolute must. While here, be sure to visit the glorious gardens that surround them and take in the histories that have shaped our five regions.

Known as the gateway to England, Kent's castles span the length and breadth of its coastline.

As a region right on the edge of London, kings, queens and statesmen have enjoyed Hertfordshire's many manors and country charms for centuries.

The Peak District & Derbyshire's rugged landscape conceals many sensational historic houses - you can even stay the night in some of them.

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Planned itineraries

Whether you want to see the castles and seafood of the coast or the rugged beauty and manicured gardens of the countryside, it’s time to start your gourmet garden adventure.

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Events and attractions

From guided tours of gardens, to five star dining and unique spots to rest your head, choose from our selection of days out and places to stay, and start planning your adventure.

Gardens

Audley End House and Gardens

Step back in time as you explore life above and below stairs in this decadent mansion house surrou

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Beth Chatto Gardens

Beth Chatto Plants & Gardens is a place for people who are passionate about plants and gardens. Be

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Chartwell - National Trust

Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home

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Chatsworth

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District.

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Colchester Castle Museum

Built on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius in Britain’s First Roman City, Colchester Castle

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Explore Canterbury

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Hatfield House

Historical house open to the public for guided tours and views of grounds.

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Ightham Mote (National Trust)

Hidden in a secluded valley, this 700 year old medieval moated manor house is one of the most beau

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Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

Discover Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, where history and family fun sit side by side. A real working

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Layer Marney Tower

England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse was built in the reign of Henry VIII, who came and stayed in Augus

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Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful venues in Kent.

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Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Marks Hall Estate is a striking heritage landscape that extends to over 2,200 acres of Essex coun

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Renishaw Hall & Gardens

Renishaw Hall & Gardens offers award winning gardens, designed by Sir George Sitwell Bt. In 19th cen

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Smallhythe Place – National Trust

Nestled in the Kentish countryside, Smallhythe Place is a simple oasis that once belonged to renow

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St Paul's Walden Bury

This charming small stately home with its Grade 1 listed garden, 1 hour from London, was the home of

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The Heights of Abraham

Award winning historic 60 acre “savage garden” estate, originally opened in 1780. Reached by fully e

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Walmer Castle and Gardens

Built during the reign of King Henry VIII and sited on the coast of Kent, Walmer Castle is one of

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