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Access, Learning and Outreach

The HHA's 1,640 Member houses provide considerable public access and enjoyment.  Britain's historic houses, castles, gardens and estates are amongst the most visited tourist attractions in the country.  Everyone is welcome to explore and discover the rich diversity of our historic environment and opportunities are ever increasing to learn about, participate in and simply enjoy these special places.

60% of the HHA's 1,640 Members are open to the public in some way and welcome some 24 million visitors each year, contributing significantly to the economy, culture and education of local communities and the nation alike.  One in five of all HHA properites offer educational visits, welcoming 400,000 schoolchildren and older learners each year.  A considerable number have developed education resources and programmes and others offer special tours and visits by arrangement.  
 
The HHA is at the forefront of initiatives to maximise the educational potential that exists at Britain’s historic properties.  The historic environment  provides the single most powerful way of engaging people with history and heritage sites offers visitors a richness and range of activities and experiences that bring history to life like nothing else.  

Historic places can also be used to explore a variety of subjects from art to architecture,politics to philosophy, geography to gardening, mathematics, science and even design and fashion.    

However, the impact and opportunities these sites offer go even further.  Structured learning programmes are successful not only in terms of new knowledge, but also in developing  skills, confidence and self-esteem. Historic places fire the imagination, channel creative thought and help people develop new skills. 

The HHA's Learning Advisory Service

The HHA’s Learning Advisory Service is a tailored resource for Members wishing to explore their educational potential or to develop what they are already doing.  It offers personal support, advice and assistance to help Member houses look at how heritage can be used to create stimulating and exciting learning environments for a wide range of audiences.