Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, Brideshead Revisited – we’ve watched the TV series, seen the movies, read the books. These stories of life in England during centuries past are one of the reasons we visit this small island. The stories and the houses. They are gorgeous – huge, historic, mysterious. The National Trust of England looks after many of the historic houses as well as gardens, castles, villages, coastlines, islands and important lands.