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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
 
 
 
Arundel Castle Jousting 1
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Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB, Tel: 01903 882173, Email

Arundel Castle International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week
Visit a real Castle and an International Jousting Tournament in the same day!

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  • Rail station: Arundel (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Broughton Castle
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Banbury, Oxon, OX15 5EB, Tel: 01295 276070, Email

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

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  • Rail station: Banbury (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
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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  • Children welcome
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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.

 
 
Great Dixter House and Gardens
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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.

 
 
 
Deene Park
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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.

 
 
 
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".

 
 
 

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH, Tel: 0121 348 8284, Email

Birmingham Museums has extraordinary venues that provide a fascinating glimpse into Birmingham's rich and vibrant past and showcase world class museum collections.

 
 
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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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
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Woburn Abbey
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Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA, Tel: 01525 290333, Email

Home of the Duke of Bedford, a treasure house with outstanding collections of art, furniture, silver, gold and extensive gardens.

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  • Rail station: Flitwick (10.5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Chenies Manor
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Chenies, Buckinghamshire, WD3 6ER, Tel: 01494 762888, Email

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

 
 
 
Polesden Lacey
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Great Bookham, Nr Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD, Tel: 01372 452048, Email

This beautiful country estate was bought by Mrs Greville, a famous Edwardian hostess, in 1906 and re-modelled to be the perfect setting for her famous weekend parties.

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  • Rail station: Great Bookham (2.7 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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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
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Skipton Castle
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The Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW, Tel: 01756 792442, Email

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!

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  • Rail station: Skipton (1 mile)
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Inveraray Castle & Garden
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Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8XE, Tel: 01499 302203, Email

The ancient Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies about 60 miles north west of Glasgow by Loch Fyne in an area of spectacular natural beauty.

 
 
 
Athelhampton House and Gardens
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Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG, Tel: 01305 848363, Email

Athelhampton is one of the finest 15thC manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England.

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  • Rail station: Dorchester South (6.5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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.

 
 
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
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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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Chavenage
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Chavenage, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8XP, Tel: 01666 502329, Email

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

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  • Rail station: Keble (9 miles)
  • Parking: free
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Goodwood House
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Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX, Tel: 01243 755055, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Chichester (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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