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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.

 
 
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
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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
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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
 
 
 
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
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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.

 
 
 
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)
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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
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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.

 
 
 
Knole, The Great Staircase
National Trust

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

 
 
 
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
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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".

 
 
 
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)
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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)
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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)
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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.

 
 
 
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
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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
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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.

 
 
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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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.

 
 
 
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)
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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)
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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)
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