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All BRITAIN'S BEST HISTORIC PLACES

Here’s the information you need for trips to palaces, historic houses, stately homes, castles and gardens as well as museums and heritage sites all over the UK. Take a day out with a difference!

 

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey

Dorking

This beautiful country estate was bought by Mrs Greville, a famous Edwardian hostess, in 1906 and re-modelled to be the perfect setting for her famous weekend parties.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick

Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years; Alnwick Castle offers history on a grand scale.

Palace House

Beaulieu Estate

Beaulieu

Thomas Wriothesley, who later became the 1st Earl of Southampton, acquired the estate at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries when he was Lord Chancellor to Henry Vlll.

Audley End House and Gardens

Audley End House and Gardens

Saffron Walden

Step back in time and see Victorian life come to life before your eyes at Audley End House and Gardens. You can experience what life was like at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

Goodwood House

Goodwood House

Chichester

Goodwood is one of England's finest sporting estates. At its heart lies Goodwood House. Today, it is lived in by the present Duke's son and heir, the Earl of March and Kinrara, with his wife and family.

Dumfries House

Dumfries House

Cumnock

This beautiful Palladian mansion house has been described as an 18th century time-capsule with many of its principal rooms extremely wellpreserved and some of their exquisite contents virtually unchanged for nearly 250 years.

Athelhampton

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Dorchester

Athelhampton is one of the finest 15thC manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England.

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle

Banbury

Broughton Castle is the family home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton, with extensive expansion during the 1500s

Syon House

Syon House and Park

Brentford

Syon House was started by Lord Protector Somerset in 1547 and is built on the site of a medieval abbey, first excavated by "Time Team".

Penshurst Place & Gardens

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Tonbridge

Visit Penshurst Park and you will find one of the 50 Great British Trees in the country - the Sidney Oak - named after the 16th century poet Sir Philip Sidney, reputed to be 1,000 years old.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

York

Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest historic houses with awe-inspiring architecture, grand interiors and rolling parkland and gardens. With gift shops, garden centre, farm shop, cafes and adventure playground.

Buscot Park

Buscot Park

Faringdon

Home of Lord Faringdon and his family, who continue to care for the property as well as the family art collection, the Faringdon Collection, which is displayed in the house.

Weston Park

Weston Park

Shifnal

The beauty and tranquility of the House is the result of centuries of creativity, collecting and patronage of artists and craftsmen, by generations of one family, the Bridgemans, Earls of Bradford.

Tower of London

Tower of London

City Of London

One of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Begun in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the Tower has been a palace, prison, treasury, arsenal and even a zoo! Today the Tower houses the priceless Crown Jewels.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton

500 years of royal history. Impressive architecture and opulent interiors of the state apartments and the vast Tudor kitchens. 60 acres of stunning riverside gardens including the world famous maze.

Manderston

Manderston

Duns

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland: the swansong of its era.

Spencer House

Spencer House

City Of Westminster

Spencer House, built 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97), is London's finest surviving 18th century town house.

Inveraray Castle & Garden

Inveraray Castle & Gardens

Inveraray

The ancient Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies about 60 miles north west of Glasgow by Loch Fyne in an area of spectacular natural beauty.

Paycockes

Paycocke's House & Gardens

Colchester

Built in the 16th century, this attractive half-timbered house is a grand example of wealth generated by the cloth trade.

Osborne House

Osborne House

East Cowes

Osborne House was the peaceful, rural retreat of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family; they spent some of their happiest times here.

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Isle of Skye

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

Arbury Hall

Arbury Hall

Nuneaton

Home of Lord & Lady Daventry, Arbury Hall is known as the Gothic Gem of the Midlands & stands in the midst of rolling lawns, surrounded by many acres of beautiful parkland, this has been home to the Newdegate family since the 16th Century.

The Shakespeare Houses

The Shakespeare Houses

Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare's Birthplace. This is where it all began, where William Shakespeare was born and spent the first years of his life.

Burghley House

Burghley House

Stamford

Used in recent films Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code, the house boasts eighteen magnificent State Rooms and a huge collection of works and art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century.

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