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!
The castle has 35 acres of grounds that are open to the public and include a rose garden, woodland and a lake for fishing. The Castle is home to some stunning collections of Egyptian, Buddhist, and Japanese and Stuart history.
Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years; Alnwick Castle offers history on a grand scale.
Home to the birthplace of Winston Churchill, discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.
Shakespeare's Birthplace. This is where it all began, where William Shakespeare was born and spent the first years of his life.
Home of the Duke of Bedford, a treasure house with outstanding collections of art, furniture, silver, gold and extensive gardens.
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.
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.
Chavenage is a wonderful Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles which contains much of interest for the discerning visitor.
One of the pleasant features about the gardens is that they lie all around the house. Make a circuit of the gardens and you have made a circuit of the house exterior. Each has good views of the other.
Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture.
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland: the swansong of its era.
The family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood House is renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite interiors, containing a rich collection of Chippendale furniture, fine porcelain and outstanding art collections.
Dalmeny House rejoices in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt settings in Great Britain, yet it is only seven miles from Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, fifteen minutes from Edinburgh airport and less than an hour's drive from Glasgow.
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.
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.
Kensington & Chelsea
Generations of royal Women have shaped this stylish palace. The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria, the palace first became a royal residence for William and Mary in 1689.
Medieval fortress with Tudor additions, torture chamber, shop, dungeon, tearoom and woodland walk to lake. Beautifully furnished rooms and Italian topiary garden with spectacular herbaceous borders.
Tintagel is a marvellous family experience of mystery, myth and magic - a place where kings ruled and a legend lived.
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.
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.
The ancient Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies about 60 miles north west of Glasgow by Loch Fyne in an area of spectacular natural beauty.
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".
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.