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Arundel Castle - The Collector Earl's Garden
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Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB, Tel: 01903 882173, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Arundel (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Knole house and parkland, Kent
National Trust

Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP, Tel: 01732 462100, Email

 
 
 
Hever Castle & Gardens
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Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224, Email

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

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  • Rail station: Hever (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Chillingham Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ, Tel: 01668 215359, Email

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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  • Rail station: Alnmouth (18 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Penshurst Place and Gardens
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Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8DG, Tel: 01892 870307, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Tonbridge (4.9 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU, Tel: 0870 752 7777

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.

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  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Syon House
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Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF, Tel: 020 8560 0882, Email

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".

 
 
 
Arbury Hall
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Arbury, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 7PT, Tel: 024 7638 2804, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Nuneaton (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Castle Howard
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Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA, Tel: 01653 648444, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Malton (7 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Stonor Park
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF, Tel: 01491 638587, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Henley-on-Thames (6 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Chatsworth
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Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP, Tel: 01246 565300, Email

Behind the newly restored house facades, explore over 30 rooms, one of Europe's most significant art collections, fascinating stories, exciting exhibitions, and unlimited access to the 105 acre garden with waterworks, sculptures and maze

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  • Rail station: Chesterfield (10 miles)
  • Children welcome
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Hatfield House
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Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ, Tel: 01707 287010, Email

Splendid Jacobean House and Garden in a spectacular countryside setting. Childhood home of Elizabeth I.

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  • Rail station: Hatfield (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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Tower of London

London, EC3N 4AB, Tel: 0844 482 7777, Email

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.

 
 
 
Kensington Palace

London, W8 4PX, Tel: 0844 482 7777, Email

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.

 
 
Great Dixter House and Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH, Tel: 01797 252878, Email

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.

 
 
 
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
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Dunvegan Castle, Isle Of Skye, Scotland, IV55 8WF, Tel: 01470 521206, Email

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.

 
 
 
Buscot House
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Buscot, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU, Tel: 01367 240932, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Swindon (10 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Burghley House
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Burghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY, Tel: 01780 752451

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.

 
 
Deene Park
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Deene Park, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3EW, Tel: 01780 450278, Email

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

 
 
 
Credit:Harewood House Trust
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Harewood House, Harewood, LS17 9LG, Tel: 0113 218 1010, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Leeds (7 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Beaulieu front
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John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN, Tel: 01590 612345, Email

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.

 
 
Lancing College Chapel

Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0RW, Tel: 01273 465949, Email

Magnificent Gothic Chapel set on the South downs founded in 1868 and dedicated in 1911.
Lancing College Chapel is the largest school chapel in the world - the height of the nave is 90ft to the apex of the vault.

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  • Rail station: Shoreham-by-Sea (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
 
 
 
Holkham
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Holkham Estate, Wells-next- the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB, Tel: 01328 710227, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Kings Lynn (28 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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Water Terrace
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Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP, Tel: 0800 849 6500, Email

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

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  • Rail station: Oxford (8 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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