National Trust Properties and other National Heritage Sites

heritage sites UK and Great Britain

British heritage sites are managed in a number of ways, and individual sites are dealt with in the regions in which they are found. Consider buying Nation Trust membership or English heritage membership if you are going to be really hitting the heritage trail.

National Trust
  • The National Trust is a registered charity that owns and manages many of our finest buildings and gardens. The national trust is a private organisation with well over a million members.
  • Its aim is to preserve places of historic interest or natural beauty permanently for the nation to enjoy
  • It now owns over 200 historic houses, 230 gardens and 25 industrial monuments plus 240,000 hectares of beautiful countryside and 550 miles of coast
  • To join fax them on 0181 466 6824 or join at any National trust property
  • Membership gives you free entry to all Trust properties and is about 30 for an individual or 50 for a family
  • A selection of its better known properties is:-
      Oxburgh House, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
      Ham House, Richmond, Surrey
      Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield
      Upton House, Banbury, Oxon.
      Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
      Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
      Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
      Petworth Park, Sussex
      Corfe Castle, Dorset
      Lanhydrock, Cornwall
      St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
      Powis Castle, Welshpool, Wales
The Government
  • The government through bodies like English Heritage and the equivalent Scottish organisation, administer places like castles and ancient sites
  • The government run sites like the Tower of London and Stonehenge
  • Somehow these places are not run with the same enthusiasm or commitment as the National Trust properties
  • Stonehenge, Britain's only World Heritage site
  • The Tower of London, Beefeaters and all that
  • The Castles of Cornwall - Tintagel, Launceston, Pendennis, St Mawes and Restormel is a typical county portfolio
Private Individuals
  • Cromwell, decay and taxation did not succeed in disinheriting all landed gentry, and many buildings are still in private hands.
  • Examples are
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
  • Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
  • Longleat, Wiltshire
  • Althorp, Northampton (home of the Earls Spencer)
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