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What we do

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents over 1,640 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*, and are often outstanding.  Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain's unique heritage. 

Around 500 of these properties open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, film locations, weddings and events, or as memorable places to stay.  24 million people a year visit HHA Member properties and there are 43,000 Friends of the HHA.

Members range from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle, Castle Howard, Knebworth House, Longleat and Burghley House, to more intimate houses such as Traquair in Scotland, Treowen in Wales and Belle Isle in Northern Ireland.  Most 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.

We help secure their future by:
  • lobbying government to help support the long term sustainability of historic houses
  • providing members with specialist and technical advice on issues such as improving access for those with disabilities or developing educational resources
  • advising historic houses on topics ranging from reducing their carbon footprint to dealing with carpet beetles
  • providing members with marketing advice and marketing opportunities via the HHA's communications channels which include the HHA website, monthly e-newsletters to Friends and Member properties, social media and the quarterly HHA magazine
  • organising national training seminars
  • bringing together owners, professional advisers and conservators at networking events to share knowledge and experience
  • giving financial and administrative support to the Heritage Conservation Trust for art restoration grants, educational initiatives and conservation research.