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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!

 

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.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

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.

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.

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.

Great Dixter Garden

Great Dixter Garden

Rye

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.

Holkham Hall Old Kitchens

Holkham Hall

Wells-next-the-Sea

Steeped in history, Holkham Hall has the perfect location, surrounded by acres of rolling parkland rich in wildlife and the nearby north Norfolk coast with its stunning beach.

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

Dover

The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle & Gardens

Edenbridge

Be inspired to come and visit this thirteenth century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.

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.

Harewood House

Harewood House and Gardens

Leeds

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.

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.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock

Home to the birthplace of Winston Churchill, discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.

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.

Arundel Castle and Gardens West Sussex

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th Century.

Chenies Manor House

Chenies Manor House

Amersham

The picturesque village of Chenies lies in the beautiful Chiltern Hills. The Manor House is approached by a gravel drive leading past the church.

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.

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.

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.

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

Skipton

Skipton is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England. With your tour sheet in hand, step back into Craven's colourful past!

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

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.

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".

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.

Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle

Wooler

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.

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