elcome to a wealth of information on historic houses and gardens and other heritage attractions all over the UK. At Hudson’s Heritage we know about all sorts of great places for days out, adventures and experiences at heritage sites across the country. Here you can find out not only where to go but when to go and how to get there.
Click on the menu at the top to decide what type of place you would like to visit or which region of the country you want. Or you can click on the map to go straight to any region, then search county by county. You can also search for places to visit directly by typing in the area, county or the name of the place you want to go. Once you arrive at a list of exciting sounding places, click on one and you will find all sort of useful details, not only descriptions and inspirational photographs but also practical details about food and parking, access for the disabled and whether you can take your dog.
Heritage attractions of all types are here, some belong to the National Trust or the National Trust for Scotland, some to English Heritage, CADW and Historic Scotland and others are privately owned, from some of our grandest stately homes to smaller private houses with secrets to share, often members of the Historic Houses Association. They are all here, so wherever you are, from Cornwall to Scotland, East Anglia to Northern Ireland, Hudson’s Heritage can show you a whole range of ways to discover Britain’s heritage.
Hudson’s Heritage Publisher, Sarah Greenwood, puts our heritage in perspective
What’s Britain all about? No problem in answering that question – Britain is all about heritage. Overseas tourists come here because of it and last year 7 out of 10 of UK adults visited at least one heritage site. If you are one of them, you are in the right place to find out about over 1300 historic houses and gardens in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you’re not, then you are about to find out how to see some of the most beautiful places in the country.
There are lots of ways to get out there and spend time enjoying heritage places. Some of us like to learn a bit more about history or the past in our local area or want to imagine what it was like to be a duchess or a kitchen maid, a gardener or a groom. Some of us want inspiration from gorgeous interiors and clever planting schemes, or to gaze at great paintings or fabulous tapestries and furniture or rich collections of objects and works of art of all sorts. Some of us want a different fun place for a family day out. And many of us, be honest, just want to spend time in stunning surroundings, smell the roses, soak up the views and enjoy the beauty.
Only shopping is a more popular way to spend our leisure time and you can do that here too. Many heritage attractions have award winning gift shops and many more have farm shops for great local produce or shops to buy interesting plants that are hard to find elsewhere. If you are looking for somewhere unusual to eat, head for your local heritage attraction for coffee or lunch or sometimes dinner as well. And don’t forget that you may find yourself looking for a beautiful historic setting for a wedding or a day out at a special event, from car rallies and craft fairs to festivals and music events.
There’s lots to read about here too, we enjoy telling you about what is going on in heritage, so read our articles and interviews, sign up for our newsletter and get involved by voting for your favourite heritage picnic spot for the Hudson's Heritage Awards 2013. But most of all, get out there and see what Britain’s heritage has to offer you!
Santas Grotto. 30 Nov & 1 Dec, 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 December 1pm - 3pm. Come along and visit Father Christmas in his festive grotto.
Petworth House & Park
Christmas spectacular. 30 Nov - 22 Dec 2013. A fantastical seasonal journey through our atmospheric servants' quarters awaits visitors this Christmas.
30 Nov - 22 Dec 2013. Experience the magic of Christmas every weekend before Christmas packed full of things to see and do.
The Keeping of Christmas. 19 Nov - 30 Dec 2013. See the elegant decorations and how the Georgians' decorated their homes for the festive season.
Edwardian Christmas. 30 Nov - 23 Dec 2013. The Kipling family are out and the servants are adding finishing festive touches in readiness for their return.
Biddulph Grange Garden
Breakfast with Santa. 21 - 24 Dec 2013. Enjoy a warm breakfast, decorate your own christmas biscuit then sit with santa and receive a present!