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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
  • 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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
Charlecote Park
National TrustSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Wellesbourne, Warwick, CV35 9ER, Tel: 01789 470277, Email

Charlecote Park has been the home of the Lucy family since the 15th century.

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  • Rail station: Stratford-upon-Avon (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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.

 
 
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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Skipton Castle
VistEngland VAQAS

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
 
 
 
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
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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
 
 
 
Chavenage
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

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
  • Disabled access
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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.

 
 
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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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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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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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.

 
 
 
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)
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Knole house and parkland, Kent
National Trust

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

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
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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.

 
 
 
Polesden Lacey
National TrustSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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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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.

 
 
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.