BackHome » Historic Houses UK Search » UK Historic Houses

Historic Houses in the UK

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

Chenies Manor House

Chenies Manor House, Chenies, Buckinghamshire

Chenies


Chenies Manor, a Grade I listed building, was formally known as Chenies Palace. This semi-fortified brick manor house was visited on numerous occasions by Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I and their courts. In the centre of the house is an unusual... more

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford, Devon

Hartland, Bideford


Hartland Abbey was built 1157, and was remodelled in Gothic style in the 18th century. It was given by Henry VIII to the Sergeant of his Wine Cellar, whose descendants still live here. Fascinating collections of furniture, porcelain and paintings are... more

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham


Dunham Massey Hall in Cheshire, once the country home of the Earls of Warrington and Stamford, will become the Stamford Military Hospital – a function it held back in 1917 – from March 2014. The transformation of the Georgian mansion, orchestrated by... more

Wassand Hall

Wassand Hall, Seaton, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Seaton, Hull


Wassand Hall is a fine Regency house that has been in one family ownership since 1530. On display is a fine collection of English and European silver, furniture and porcelain.... more

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Wimborne Minster


Kingston Lacy is a 17th century house that was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years, and replaced the ruined family seat at Corfe Castle. The house contains an outstanding collection of paintings and other works of art including work by... 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

Moseley Old Hall

Moseley Old Hall, Moseley Old Hall Lane, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton


Moseley Old Hall is an Elizabethan timberwork house, built in 1600 by Henry Pitt, it was clad in red brick in 1870. It is famous for its association with Charles 11, who hid here after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The hiding place he used and... more

Anne of Cleves House

Anne of Cleves House, 52 Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex

52 Southover High Street, Lewes


Henry VIII and his wives have fascinated the British for generations so it’s little wonder that Anne of Cleves’ House, tucked away in rural Sussex, is such a popular visitor attraction. Anne was given the house in 1541 as part of her divorce... more

Ickworth

Ickworth, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds


Ickworth House was created by the eccentric Earl of Bristol, with its central rotunda and curved corridors, to house his superb collection of paintings by Titian, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velasquez, and a magnificent Georgian silver collection. In... more

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Gloucestershire

Kelmscott, Lechlade


Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from 1570 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home,... more

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks


Ightham Mote is a superb moated manor house dating from the early 14th century. It was bought in 1953 by American, Charles Robinson, who had first seen the house on a tour of Kent before the First World War. The main features of the house, which is... 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

Cobham Hall

Cobham Hall, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent

Cobham, Gravesend


So much history has happened at stunning Cobham Hall in Surrey that you can almost sense it as you walk through its hallowed grounds. This splendid site has been inhabited since 300AD (by a rather wealthy Roman family) and the likes of Queen... 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

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset

Athelhampton, Dorchester


With a lineage stretching back to the 1400s, it’s not surprising that a walk around Althelhampton House in Dorset is a living history lesson. Its Great Hall is its centrepiece, built in 1485 as the main accommodation for the house’s inhabitants and... more

Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire

Alcester


Designed in 1680 by Robert Hooke, Ragley Hall is the family home of The Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. The Great Hall, which is two storeys high, has some England´s finest baroque plasterwork by James Gibbs. The famous mural `The Temptation´... 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

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

Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, London

Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London


Walk into the entrance of Chiswick House, a classic example of 18th century British architecture, and the silence engulfs you. The roar of the traffic and the chaos of west London subsides as you slip into this wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa... more

Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Argyll & Bute

Isle of Bute


For a rewarding day out, enjoy the sumptuous surroundings at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute. One of the finest Visitor Attractions on the West Coast and with an interior that has been described as jaw-droppingly spectacular, Mount Stuart is the... more

Palace House & Beaulieu Abbey

Palace House & Beaulieu Abbey, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Hampshire

John Montagu Building, Beaulieu


Palace House, once the Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, is the family home of Lord Montagu since 1538. The house contains splendid rooms full of fine portraits, pictures, furniture, photographs and many treasures collected by past generations from... more

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Quy Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge


In stark contrast to its original purpose as an abbey for religious worship, this Jacobean-style mansion later became all about pleasure seeking. Its owner in the 1930s was the future Lord Fairhaven and he took on the house with the intention of... more

Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex

4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton


Ever wondered how playboy King George IV visited his mistresses in Brighton without being seen? The Royal Pavilion, John Nash’s 19th century seaside palace masterpiece, recreates what life was like for the party loving royal, from the frantic... more

Montacute House

Montacute House, Montacute, Yeovil, Somerset

Montacute, Yeovil


Montacute House is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery which is the largest of its type in Britain, and is full of... more

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Sheffield, Derbyshire

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Eckington, Sheffield


Home to the Sitwell family for 400 years. Renishaw is still very much a family home which adds to its unique atmosphere. Tours every Friday at 2.30pm in season enabling you to see some of the spectacular collections of art and furniture acquired by... more

Weston Park

Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Shropshire

Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal


Weston Park, built in 1671, is the award winning 17th century Stately Home that was designed by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham and was the former home of the Earls of Bradford. It boasts a superb collection of paintings that includes works by Van Dyck,... more

Godolphin House

Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall

Godolphin Cross, Helston


Godolphin House, a privately owned Tudor and Stuart Grade I mansion was begun in the 14th century, with additions made in later centuries - by the end of the 17th century there were over 100 rooms. The Godolphin family wealth came from the tin... more

Callendar House

Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, Falkirk

Callendar Park, Falkirk


Ever wondered what the food that Georgians ate tasted like? Get a slice of life in the early 19th century during a visit to the kitchens at Callendar House in Falkirk, where costumed interpreters cook up dishes from 1825 to illustrate their stories... more

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall

Bodmin


Lanhydrock was originally a 17th century house which was almost totally destroyed in 1881 and is now one of the most fascinating late 19th century houses in England. Although the gatehouse and north wing survived, the rest of the house was rebuilt.... more

Abbotsford

Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders

Melrose


Abbotsford in the Scottish borders is the dramatic creation of Sir Walter Scott and from the deeply impressive baronial grand entrance hall to the glorious formal gardens, it’s a work of fabulous fantasy. Stroll through the armoury stacked with... more

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, West Lothian

South Queensferry


Sometimes, when the weather’s crisp and bright and clear, there’s nothing more comfortingly British than to pull on your boots, wrap up warm and head out for a cheek-reddening walk around a country estate. And there can’t be many places to beat... more

Wallington

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland

Cambo, Morpeth


Wallington dates from 1688, the estate was laid out in the 18th century by Sir Walter Blackett. The interior houses very good Italian Rococo plasterwork in the main rooms and a Victorian hall painted with murals of Northumbrian scenes by William Bell... 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

No. 1 Royal Crescent

No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Bath


No.1 Royal Crescent reopened in June 2013 after a major restoration project, and now provides visitors with an opportunity to look beyond the famous Palladian facade and see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in 18th century Bath.... more

Belmont

Belmont, Belmont Park, Faversham, Kent

Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham


A neo-classical belter set in the rolling Kent countryside overlooking the North Downs, Belmont House is particularly historically important as an example of some of 18th century celebrated architect Thomas Wyatt’s finest work. The house itself has... more

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Woburn


Woburn Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Bedford for almost 450 years. It houses one of the most important private art collections that includes work by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velazquez, and 21 views of Venice by Canaletto can be seen... more

Gunby Hall & Gardens

Gunby Hall & Gardens, Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Gunby, Spilsby


Gunby Hall is a fine red brick house, dating from 1700 and extended in the 1870s, is situated in one of England´s most remote corners. Many of the rooms are panelled and there is a beautiful oak staircase. The house contains collections of family... 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

Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum

Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum, Wollaton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wollaton, Nottingham


Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum stands on a natural hill 3 miles west of Nottingham City centre. This sensational Elizabethan house was designed by Robert Smythson and completed in 1588 and set in a scenic 500 acre historic park. Inside,... more

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Swaffham, Norfolk

Oxborough, Swaffham


Oxburgh Hall is a moated manor house with a magnificent Tudor gatehouse, built in 1482 by the Bedingfeld family, who still live there today. The rooms show how the house developed over the years from medieval to Victorian comfort, and include an... 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

Mapledurham House & Watermill

Mapledurham House & Watermill, Mapledurham, Reading, Berkshire

Mapledurham, Reading


Historic home of the Blount family for over 500 years, Mapledurham House is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion. The house contains a fine collection of paintings, portraits, original ceilings and great oak staircases. The beautiful private family... more

Hanbury Hall & Gardens

Hanbury Hall & Gardens, School Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa


Hanbury Hall, in the William and Mary style, was completed in 1701. The staircase, leading from the dark panelled hall, has its walls covered with murals by Sir James Thornhill. In the dining room, which still has its original ceiling, the fireplace... more

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

Brantwood

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria

Coniston


The former home of art critic, thinker and philanthropist John Ruskin, Brantwood sits amidst idyllic Lake District landscape and is packed with treasure from the great man’s life. Although it is very much kept as it were when it was a real home,... more

Tatton Park

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Knutsford


One of the most complete historic estates, Tatton Park was rebuilt in the late 18th century by Samuel Wyatt. The collections include family portraits, paintings, books, china, glass, silver and Egerton furniture specially commissioned from Gillow.... more

Prideaux Place

Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall

Padstow


Prideaux Place, situated above the port of Padstow, has been the home of the Prideaux-Brune family for over 400 years. It is a mixture of Elizabethan, Georgian and Regency Gothic. Fine paintings and furniture are on display including two exotic... more

Kenwood House

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, London, London

Hampstead Lane, London


Kenwood House was remodelled by Robert Adam in 1754, by adding a portico and wings to enclose the courtyard, for the 1st Earl of Mansfield. It was bought in 1925 by Lord Iveagh and houses one of the most important collections of paintings, which he... 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

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire

Ticknall, Derby


With stately homes all around the country spruced up and ready for inspection, Calke Abbey near Derby makes for an altogether different trip back in time. The paintwork is peeling, the once smart courtyards overgrown and many parts of the estate in... more

To view the icons please zoom in

'Historic Houses' by County:  Channel Islands:  Channel Islands:  Guernsey | Jersey | England:  South West England:  Bath & Northeast Somerset | Southern England:  Bedfordshire | Berkshire | Buckinghamshire | East Anglia:  Cambridgeshire | Northern England:  Cheshire | South West England:  Cornwall | Northern England:  Cumbria | Central England:  Derbyshire | South West England:  Devon | Southern England:  Dorset | Northern England:  East Riding of Yorkshire | South East England:  East Sussex | East Anglia:  Essex | Central England:  Gloucestershire | Northern England:  Greater Manchester | Southern England:  Hampshire | Central England:  Herefordshire | Southern England:  Hertfordshire | Isle of Wight | South East England:  Kent | Northern England:  Lancashire | Central England:  Leicestershire | Lincolnshire | London:  London | Northern England:  Merseyside | East Anglia:  Norfolk | Northern England:  North Yorkshire | Central England:  Northamptonshire | Northern England:  Northumberland | Central England:  Nottinghamshire | Southern England:  Oxfordshire | Central England:  Shropshire | South West England:  Somerset | Northern England:  South Yorkshire | Central England:  Staffordshire | East Anglia:  Suffolk | South East England:  Surrey | Northern England:  Tyne & Wear | Central England:  Warwickshire | West Midlands | South East England:  West Sussex | Northern England:  West Yorkshire | Southern England:  Wiltshire | Central England:  Worcestershire | Isle of Man:  Isle of Man:  Isle of Man | Scotland:  Central, East & North East Scotland:  Aberdeenshire | Angus | Highlands & Islands of Scotland:  Argyll & Bute | Edinburgh, Glasgow & Southern Scotland:  City of Edinburgh | Dumfries & Galloway | East Lothian | Central, East & North East Scotland:  Falkirk | Fife | Edinburgh, Glasgow & Southern Scotland:  Glasgow City | Scottish Borders | West Lothian | Wales:  North Wales:  Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon) | South & South West Wales:  Newport | North Wales:  Wrexham