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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!

 

Stonor Park

Stonor Park

Henley-on-Thames

Family home of Lord and Lady Camoys and the Stonor family for over 800 years with a 13thC chapel with earlier origins, built on the site of a pagan stone circle. The house was built in the late 12thC and developed until the mid 18thC.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle - English Heritage

Tintagel

Tintagel is a marvellous family experience of mystery, myth and magic - a place where kings ruled and a legend lived.

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

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.

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.

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.

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle

Edenbridge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chavenage

Chavenage

Tetbury

Chavenage is a wonderful Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles which contains much of interest for the discerning visitor.

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.

Manderston

Manderston

Duns

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

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.

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.

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.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle & Gardens

Edenbridge

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

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.

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Cheltenham

Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens, including Richard III, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey, at Sudeley Castle & Gardens. It is also the only private castle in England to have a queen – Katherine Parr – buried within the grounds.

Deene Park

Deene Park

Corby

Deene Park is one of Northamptonshire's finest houses and is of great architectural interest.

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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