Historic Houses

*** Special Offer: For a £5 discount on Historic Houses membership use code STEW05 ***

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.

Burton Agnes Hall - Historic Houses
Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire

More than 300 of these sites are free to visit for members of Historic Houses, although in three cases (Blenheim Palace Park, 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; see Historic Houses – Winter Openings. 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 £68 a year, joint membership £108 a year, children (3-16 years) £30 a year.

Enter code STEW05 for £5 discount when you join via the Historic Houses website. This also applies to new members and if you wish to give annual membership as a gift.

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

South West
Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Pencarrow House, Cornwall

London and South East
Chenies Manor House, Buckinghamshire
Cowper & Newton Museum, Buckinghamshire
Hever Castle, Kent
Hook Norton Brewery, Oxfordshire
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

East Midlands
Althorp Estate, Northamptonshire
Belvoir Castle and Gardens, Leicestershire
Doddington Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire

Elsham Hall Gardens, Lincolnshire
Haddon Hall and Gardens, Derbyshire
Holdenby Gardens, Northamptonshire
Renishaw Hall and Gardens, Derbyshire

West Midlands
Middleton Hall and Gardens, Warwickshire
Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire
Weston Park, Shropshire

Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, East Yorkshire (Updated May 2022)
Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire
Harewood House, West Yorkshire
Newby Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire

North West
Adlington Hall, Cheshire
Askham Hall, Cumbria
 Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Greater Manchester
Lowther Castle, Cumbria
Lytham Hall, Lancashire
Morland House, Cumbria

North East
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Raby Castle, County Durham

See also: Historic Houses versus National Trust – Which to join