Historic Houses

*** Special Offer: See below for our unique £10 discount on Historic Houses membership ***

Historic Houses is a non-profit organisation representing more than 1,600 privately owned historic houses, castles and gardens in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island. Some of the finest stately homes in the UK come under its umbrella.

Scawby Hall, a Jacobean House in North Lincolnshire
Scawby Hall, a Jacobean House in North Lincolnshire

More than 300 of these sites are free to visit for members of Historic Houses, although in five cases (Blenheim Palace Park, Castle Howard, Chatsworth Gardens, Harewood House and Hever Castle), only one visit is permitted per calendar year. For some sites only gardens are open to members.

Most properties are open typically from March to October, although about 60 are open throughout the year. This is similar to English Heritage and the National Trust, see: English Heritage and National Trust  – Winter Openings.

If you intend to visit more than a couple of their properties, then taking up annual membership will save you money. Individual membership is £56 a year, joint membership is £89 a year and child membership (3-16 years) is £25 a year.

However if you click on Historic Houses and then enter our unique code STEW10 at ‘Add discount code’, you will receive a £10 discount. This also applies if you wish to give annual membership as a gift.

Historic HousesWe will be reviewing many of the properties that give free entry to Historic Houses members and giving our advice as to which are the best to visit for senior travellers.

We start off with Doddington Hall, five miles west of Lincoln.

Doddington Hall & Gardens, Lincolnshire