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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".

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Knole house and parkland, Kent
National Trust

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

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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: 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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Athelhampton House and Gardens
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)
 
 
 
Holkham Hall
VistEngland VAQASNorfolk Tourist Attractions Association memberHistoric Houses Association Friends SchemeThe Treasure Houses of EnglandSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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
 
 
 
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
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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
 
 
 
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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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.

 
 
 
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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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
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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
 
 
 
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.