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Penshurst Place & Gardens
VistEngland VAQAS

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
 
 
 
Knole, The Great Staircase
National Trust

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

 
 
 
The Shakespeare Houses
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Henley Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6QW, Tel: 01789 204016, Email

Shakespeare's Birthplace. This is where it all began, where William Shakespeare was born and spent the first years of his life.

 
 
 
Woburn Abbey
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeThe Treasure Houses of EnglandHudsons Heritage Awards - WinnerSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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
 
 
 
Credit:Harewood House Trust
VistEngland VAQASHistoric Houses Association MemberThe Treasure Houses of England

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
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Inveraray Castle & Garden
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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.

 
 
 
Goodwood House
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Great Dixter Garden
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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Syon House
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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".

 
 
 
Hatfield House
The Treasure Houses of EnglandSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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
  • 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
 
 
 
Dunvegan Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeHudsons Heritage Awards - Winner

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.

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  • Rail station: Dunvegan (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Water Terrace
VistEngland VAQASGreen Tourism Gold AwardHistoric Houses Association Friends SchemeThe Treasure Houses of EnglandHudsons Heritage Awards - WinnerSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP, Tel: 01993 810530, 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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Paycockes
National Trust

Paycockes, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS, Tel: 01376 561305, Email

Built in the 16th century, this attractive half-timbered house is a grand example of wealth generated by the cloth trade.

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  • Rail station: Kelvedon (4 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Chiswick House
English HeritageSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP, Tel: 020 3141 3351, Email

Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture.

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  • Rail station: Chiswick (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Broughton Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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
 
 
 
Buscot House
National TrustSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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
 
 
 
Hever Castle
VistEngland VAQASHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

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
 
 
 
Arundel Castle - The Collector Earl's Garden
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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
 
 
 
Athelhampton
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Palace House
VistEngland VAQASNFTA AssessedNew Forest MarqueHistoric Houses Association Friends SchemeHudsons Heritage Awards - WinnerHudsons Heritage Awards - HIghly Commended

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.