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Historic houses in the UK, such as Traquair House, are featured underneath. Our selection of Historic houses feature some unique architecture, unrivalled decor and interiors, many with glorious gardens and grounds.

Traquair House

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

Innerleithen


Traquair House, originally a castle owned by the Kings of Scotland, later became the home of the Earls of Traquair whose descendants still live there. It is where Alexander I signed a charter over 800 years ago, and the `modern wings´ were completed... more

Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, Washington, Tyne & Wear

The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington


Washington Old Hall is a delightful stone built 17th century manor house, which incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington´s direct ancestors. There are displays on George Washington, and how the Hall was saved with... more

Coughton Court

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire

Alcester


A vast Tudor House surrounded by beautiful gardens, the history of Coughton Court and the Throckmorton family who have lived there for 600 years is a fascinating one. The house, in Alcester near Redditch, is home to a collection of Catholic treasures... more

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, 33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire

33 The Close, Salisbury


Salisbury Cathedral: Be inspired by the peace and beauty of one of Britain´s finest medieval cathedrals, Salisbury offers a warm welcome to all who visit. Set within eight acres of lawn and surrounded by historic buildings and museums within the... more

Loseley Park

Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey

Guildford


Loseley House, built in 1562 to entertain Elizabeth I, is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture. The gallery of the Great Hall houses some rare Italian painted canvas panels from Henry VIII´s banqueting tents. It also features many fine works of... more

The Hill House

The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh


The Hill House is one of the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s domestic creations, sitting high above the Clyde commanding fine views of the river estuary. It was commissioned in 1902 by Walter Blackie, who wanted an individual house and garden.... more

Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate, Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk

Blickling, Aylsham, Norwich


Oh we love a country house here at Britain’s Finest and Blicking Hall in Norfolk is one of the best in the country. A veritable feast of stunning landscaped gardens, peaceful parterres and imposing Jacobean mansion, this is a lovely day out. Explore... more

Cragside

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland

Rothbury, Morpeth


Cragside, creation of Victorian inventor and landscape genius Lord Armstrong, is a garden of breathtaking drama whatever the season. Surrounding the house is one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. Beyond is a vast woodland garden where... more

Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay


Seaton Delaval Hall: Admiral Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to build the hall in 1718. The family originally came from France but came here with Duke William of Normandy in 1066. The Hall was damaged by fire in 1822, but successive... more

Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park, Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire

Wellesbourne, Warwick


Take a visit to Warwick’s Charlecote Park to discover the fascinating life of the Lucy family who have inhabited this glorious mansion since the 12th century. The National Trust has preserved the house to tell the tale of this aristocratic dynasty... more

Manx National Heritage

Manx National Heritage, Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas


The Isle of Mann has a fascinating history which is all too often forgotten, holiday makers instead focusing on the 100 miles of sandy beaches. But sign up for the Story of Mann and you’ll get a whirlwind tour through life here across the centuries... more

Treasurer's House, York

Treasurer's House, York, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire

Minster Yard, York


The Treasurer´s House, named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman Road, nestles behind the Minster and dates back to 1091. It was carefully restored, by the wealthy Victorian industrialist Frank Green, between 1897 and 1930. It... more

Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley Clinton, Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton


Dating back to the 15th century and home to the wealthy Ferrers family for 500 years, Baddesley Clinton manor house in Lapworth, just south of Birmingham, is a moated medieval confection with interiors reflecting the Elizabethan period. The history... more

Knole

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

Sevenoaks


If ever there was an argument for the importance of the National Trust, Kent’s Knole House is it. This 15th century palace built for bygone archbishops before becoming the property of Henry VIII and then the influential Sackville family (Vita... more

Bowood House & Gardens

Bowood House & Gardens, Estate Office, Calne, Wiltshire

Estate Office, Bowood House, Calne


The Marquis of Lansdowne, owner of Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire, says he aims to provide something of interest for ever age of visitor and he has managed to do that in spades. Bowood, built during the 18th century to the designs of Henry... more

Osborne House

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

East Cowes, Isle of Wight


Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a private home. It was designed by Prince Albert and built by Thomas Cubitt in Italianate style. Many of the rooms have been preserved and unaltered since the death of Queen Victoria,... more

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Brodsworth, Doncaster


Brodsworth Hall, once an opulent Victorian Hall, offers a fascinating insight into the changing fortunes of a previously wealthy family, with many of the original fixtures and fittings still in place. Crimson silk, chandeliers and vast gilt-framed... more

Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, London, London

Ambrosden Avenue, London


Westminster Cathedral is one of London's best kept secrets. Its Byzantine architecture sets it apart from the more familiar Gothic style of so many other churches in the country. Visitors will find a very special place of prayer that provides peace... more

Boughton House

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Kettering


The home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Boughton House in Kettering, Northants, sits surrounded by idyllic English landscape and chocolate box country villages. The house, once a modest manor, was purchased by the Montagu family in 1528... more

Mottisfont

Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire

Romsey


Mottisfont Abbey is a 12th century Augustinian priory which was converted into a private house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and still contains the spring or `font´ from which its name is derived, and the cellarium from the old priory. The... more

Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent

Smallhythe, Tenterden


Smallhythe Place is an early 16th century half timbered house, which was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 until her death in 1928. It contains many personal and theatrical mementoes, and beautiful stage costumes from her... more

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall, Nr Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire

Nr Quarndon, Derby


Kedleston Hall is a classical Palladian mansion built in the mid-18th century for the Curzon family. The house has the most complete sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England with magnificent state rooms retaining great collections of paintings... more

East Riddlesden Hall

East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley


East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th century manor house and buildings which have distinctive architectural details. The Hall has a gigantic fireplace with classical columns on either side. The house has a wonderful collection of oak furniture, pewter,... more

Stansted Park

Stansted Park, Rowland's Castle, Hampshire

Rowland's Castle


A real hidden gem, tucked away in the forest on the Sussex and Hampshire border, Stansted House sits regally within 1700 acres of ancient forest. A wonderful Edwardian house, once the hub of aristocratic society, Stansted is historically... more

Bantock House Museum & Park

Bantock House Museum & Park, Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton


A lovely restored Georgian farmhouse set in 43 acres of grounds, Bantock House Museum takes you on a journey through the history of Wolverhampton. The house itself is a joy to explore with its carved oak panelled rooms, tiles and period furnishings... more

Melford Hall

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk

Long Melford, Sudbury


Melford Hall is one of East Anglia´s most celebrated Elizabethan houses that has changed little since 1578, and has been the home of the Hyde Parker family since 1786. The original panelling is still in the banqueting hall, which is filled with... more

Sudley House

Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool, Merseyside

Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth, Liverpool


Sudley House is the former home of Victorian ship builder George Holt, housing his personal collection of 18th and 19th century British art, and still in its original setting. A charming gallery displays works by Turner, Gainsborough, Lord Leighton... more

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Hall, Burton Constable Foundation, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Burton Constable Foundation, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull


A grand Elizabethan mansion built upon the site of a former brick manor house and 12th century tower, Burton Constable Hall overlooks splendid Capability Brown-designed landscaped grounds and a deer park. Dominated by the Great Hall which is a... more

Basildon Park

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire

Lower Basildon, Reading


This is the story of the remarkable foresightedness of a couple who were determined that the fabulous 18th century Georgian confection that is Basildon Park should not fall to wrack and ruin. This Berkshire Palladian mansion was rescued from ruin by... more

House of the Binns

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian

Linlithgow


The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The... more

Parham House & Gardens

Parham House & Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough, West Sussex

Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough


Parham House: This beautiful Elizabethan house is set in the heart of a medieval deer park at the foot of the South Downs. The foundation stone was laid in 1577 by the two year old Thomas Palmer. It is reputed Queen Elizabeth dined at Parham in 1593... more

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire

Nunnington, York


Nunnington Hall is mainly a 17th century manor house, the west wing dates from 1580 but was badly damaged during the Civil War by a Parliamentarian garrison. It was extensively remodelled in 1685 and again in the 1920s. The interior has stone flagged... more

Scampston Hall

Scampston Hall, Estate Office, Malton, West Yorkshire

Estate Office, Scampston Hall, Malton


Owned by the same family since the 17th century, Scampston Hall was remodelled and given its fine Regency interiors in 1800 by Thomas Leverton. The important collection of pictures includes work by Gainsborough, Marlow, Scott and Wilson. Also a good... more

Greys Court

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames


Greys Court is a picturesque 14th century house that was much added to, with one surviving tower dating from 1347. It has been the home of the Brunner family since the 1930s and is furnished as a family home, with some fine 18th century plasterwork... more

Erddig

Erddig, Wrexham, Wrexham

Wrexham


Erddig is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain. Part of this is due to the close relationship that existed between the family and their servants. The state rooms display most of their original 18th and 19th century furniture and furnishings,... more

Snowshill Manor & Garden

Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill, Broadway, Gloucestershire

Snowshill, Broadway


Set in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor House was extended in Elizabethan times by adding a floor above the hall. It contains Charles Paget Wade´s extraordinary collection of craftmanship and design. There are toys, musical instruments, clocks, weavers... more

Lyme Park, House & Garden

Lyme Park, House & Garden, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire

Disley, Stockport


Lyme Park, originally a Tudor house, was transformed by the Venetian architect Leoni into an Italianate palace. Parts of the Elizabethan interior have survived and contrast dramatically with later additions in the 18th and 19th century. The state... more

Petworth House & Park

Petworth House & Park, Petworth, West Sussex

Petworth


Petworth House is a magnificient late 17th century mansion, housing the finest collection of pictures in the care of The National Trust with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The state rooms also have a large collection of... more

Buscot Park

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Estate Office, Faringdon


The home of Lord Faringdon, 18th century Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is one of those glorious English country estates that whisk you back through the centuries as you wander in awe at the beautiful paintings and plates, pots and urns, furniture and... more

Dudmaston Estate

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Quatt, Bridgnorth


Dudmaston is a late 17th century house, which has been in continuous family ownership from the 12th to the 20th century. The entrance hall is darkly panelled with a portrait of Jack the Fool. The family rooms contain fine furniture, Dutch oil... more

Haddo House

Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Methlick, Ellon


Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, but refurbished in the 1880s. The House elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors by Wright and Mansfield. On display is a... more

Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Hampshire

Alresford


Hinton Ampner house was completely destroyed by fire in 1960, along with Ralph Dutton´s collections of fine English furniture and Italian paintings. Rather than abandon the ruin, he set about building a new house. The furniture is mostly French and... more

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey

Great Bookham, Dorking


Polesden Lacey, originally a Regency house, was extensively remodelled in 1906-09 by the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. Her collection of fine British portraits by Lawrence, Reynolds and Raeburn is in the dining room. The... more

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall, Estate Office, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Estate Office, Burton Agnes, Driffield


Described as a “splendid and glittering composition”, the Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall in South Driffield, South Yorkshire, is truly beautiful to behold. Built in 1598 by master mason to the queen (who also built Longleat, Wollaton and Hardwick), it... more

Avington Park

Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire

Winchester


The Palladian mansion Avington Park, overlooking the River Itchen near Winchester, is the quintessential English country retreat. From its beautifully painted main hall and Clermont's striking tempura painted designs filled with gold leaf in the... more

Packwood House

Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Solihull, Warwickshire

Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Solihull


Packwood House is a 16th century house, with most of the interior designed in the 1920s by Graham Baron Ash. On display is a fine collection of 17th and 18th century furniture, French and Flemish tapestries and a mixed collection of paintings. The... more

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum, Normanby Hall Country Park, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe


Normanby Hall is a splendid Regency Mansion designed by Sir Robert Smirke and built between 1812 and 1830. On display are examples of fine furniture and also costume galleries. The Farming Museum shows the history of farming and rural crafts during... more

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Burnley, Lancashire

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley


Gawthorpe Hall was built in the early 17th century for Sir Richard Shuttleworth although the family owned the estate for 200 years before. Much of the original plasterwork remains and the long gallery is hung with early 17th century portraits. Many... more

Cottesbrooke Hall

Cottesbrooke Hall, Cottesbrooke, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Cottesbrooke, Northampton


A classic country house cocooned by acres of lush grounds and woodland, Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire is a Queen Ann mansion built back in 1702 which many believe to be the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Inside, portraits,... more

Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire

Hoghton, Preston


Come and discover award-winning Hoghton Tower, high on a hill in the very heart of Lancashire. Set at the top of a mile long drive, this beautiful castle has everything visitors of all ages would expect. History, stunning state rooms, walled gardens,... more

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