The Historic Houses Association


The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents 1600 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, many of which are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain’s unique heritage.

Around 500 properties open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, film locations, weddings and events, or as memorable places to stay. 13 million people a year visit HHA Member properties and there are 38,000 Friends of the HHA.

Members range from iconic stately homes to more intimate houses, and most properties are still private family homes. The Association was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation and carries out important lobbying, advisory and marketing work on behalf of Member properties.

Events by The Historic Houses Association


Woburn Abbey LiberTea

The political freedoms that began with the Magna Carta were supported by the Russell family over the centuries. They were a prominent Whig family who passionately believed in civil liberties. On a special trail through Woburn Abbey, explore their contributions to the many freedoms we enjoy today. Learn how William,… Read more »


Magna Carta Reborn at Holkham Hall

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Holkham will be holding an exhibition on the role of Sir Edward Coke, one of England’s foremost jurists. His reinterpretation and use of Magna Carta helped to limit the powers of the Stuart kings and, when opposing them, he used Magna Carta… Read more »


LiberTeas Tiverton Castle

The last member of the de Redvers family to own Tiverton Castle was Isabella, daughter of Baldwin de Redvers, 6th Earl of Devon. She was one of the richest heiresses in England. She called herself Countess of Devon and of Albemarle and was also Lord of the Isle of Wight.… Read more »