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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.

 
 
 
Palace House
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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.

 
 
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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
The Shakespeare Houses
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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.

 
 
 
Dumfries House
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA18 2NJ, Tel: 01290 425959, Email

A Georgian Gem, nestling within 2,000 acres of scenic Ayrshire countryside in south-west Scotland.

 
 
 
Alnwick Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

The Northumberland Estates Office, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ, Tel: 01665 511100, Email

Home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years; Alnwick Castle offers history on a grand scale.

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  • Rail station: Alnmouth Station (4 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Water Terrace
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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
 
 
 
Burghley House
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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.

 
 
Chenies Manor
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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.

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Dunvegan Castle
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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.

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  • Rail station: Dunvegan (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
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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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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
 
 
 
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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Knole, The Great Staircase
National Trust

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

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Chiddingstone Castle
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Kent, TN8 7AD, Tel: 01892 870347, Email

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.

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  • Rail station: Penshurst (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
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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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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)
 
 
 
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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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
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