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

Royal Burgh of Culross

Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife


Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The... more

Syon Park

Syon Park, Brentford, London


Syon House is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. The House is Tudor in origin and was transformed by Robert Adam into one of his earliest and finest interiors. Many of the furnishings were brought to Syon from Northumberland House after... more

Broughton House & Garden

Broughton House & Garden, High Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

High Street, Kirkcudbright

Even without having a specific destination in mind when you get there, going to long time artists' haven Kirkcudbright is a pleasure in itself. But add to your itinerary a visit to 18th century Broughton House, former home of Glasgow Boy E A Hornel,... more

West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill

West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe

The house at West Wycombe Park is among the most theatrical and Italianate in England, its facades formed as classical temples. It is the home of the Hell-Fire Club and was created by Sir Francis Dashwood. The interior has Palmyrene ceilings and... more

Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire

Arley, Northwich

Ardent fans of Coronation Street may recognise Jacobean-style Arley Hall in Cheshire – its stunning chapel has been the scene of many a wedding and funeral service in the long-running soap. The house has also been the setting of a fair few TV dramas... more


Stourhead, Nr Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire

Nr Mere, Warminster

Stourhead House is a Palladian mansion built in the 1720s, which was home to the Hoare family, who are the owners of Britain´s only surviving private bank. The entrance hall has a large collection of Hoare family portraits. The interior includes an... more

Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Coedkernew, Newport (Gwent), Newport

Coedkernew, Newport (Gwent)

Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th century houses in the whole of the British Isles. For over 500 years it was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the Morgan’s, later Lords... more

Traquair House

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders


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

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Kelmarsh, Northampton

Built in 1732 to a James Gibbs design, Kelmarsh Hall is surrounded by its working estate, grazed parkland and beautiful gardens. The Hall´s elegant 18th century plasterwork is complemented by Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler´s 20th century decoration... more

Newburgh Priory

Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire


With just wonderful views over to the Kilburn White Horse, Newburgh Priory in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, sits within a 6,000 acre estate in the Howardian Hills. Said to be the final resting place of Oliver Cromwell, the priory is the family seat of... more


Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon

Bolham, Tiverton

Knightshayes Court, designed by William Burges, is a gothic Victorian building dating from 1869, and a rare survival of his work. The house is entered under a carved porch by Thomas Nicholls. Much of the decoration was by J G Crace, with his... more

Upton House & Gardens

Upton House & Gardens, Banbury, Warwickshire


Upton House is an impressive mansion built in the 17th century on an earlier site, and was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, son of the founder of Shell Oil. He adapted the building to house his great collections. Amongst the... more

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, Montrose, Angus


House of Dun is a Georgian house, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. The superb plasterwork is by Joseph Enzer. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century... 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

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

Osterley Park & House

Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London

Jersey Road, Isleworth

Robert Adam was commissioned in 1761 to transform Osterley Park House from a Tudor mansion into this neo-classical villa. The spectacular interiors contain one of Britain´s most complete examples of Adam´s work. Designed for entertaining, it contains... 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

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

Mompesson House

Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Close, Salisbury

Mompesson House, an elegant and spacious 18th century house in Cathedral Close, was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It has magnificent plasterwork, a fine oak staircase and good quality period furniture. The house also contains the Turnbull... 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

The Manor

The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon

Built about 1130, The Manor is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in the country. Here the author Lucy Boston based her Green Knowe books and readers feel that they are walking into the books. In the winter Lucy Boston sewed exquisite... more

Chavenage House

Chavenage House, Chavenage, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Chavenage, Tetbury

A Cotswold manor pretty much unaltered for the last 400 years, Chavenage House in Gloucestershire is probably best known as Candleford Manor in the popular TV series Larkrise to Candleford. It was built in the classic Elizabethan E shape that it is... more

Mellerstain House & Gardens

Mellerstain House & Gardens, Gordon, Scottish Borders


Mellerstain House and Gardens sits in the heart of the Scottish Borders and is a unique example of William and Robert Adam design, presenting a complete picture as it would have been some 240 years ago. There are fabulous collections of fine art... more

Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall, Leominster, Herefordshire


With sweeping views across to the Black Mountains of Wales, it’s no wonder that landscaper du jour Capability Brown choose the site that Berrington Hall now stands on for the great architect Henry Holland to build on. Holland then created the... 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


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

The Merchant's House

The Merchant's House, 132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire

132 High Street, Marlborough

The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior panelled, brilliant with wall paintings and a commanding oak staircase. ... more

Clevedon Court

Clevedon Court, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Tickenham Road, Clevedon

Clevedon Court is an outstanding 14th century manor house with parts of a massive 13th century Tower and Great Hall and much of the original building still evident. It has been home to the Elton Family since 1709. A large amount of the interior was... 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


Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall

Kestle Mill, Newquay

Trerice is a small Elizabethan manor house in a secluded setting. The highlight of the interior is the magnificient great chamber with its barrel ceiling. It houses fine fireplaces, oak and walnut furniture, interesting clocks, needlework and Stuart... more

Harewood House

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Harewood, Leeds

Harewood House is a stunning house designed by John Carr, completed in 1772, with exquisite interiors by Robert Adam. The furniture throughout is by Thomas Chippendale together with art collections that include Renaissance masterpieces, Turner... 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

Wilton House

Wilton House, The Estate Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Estate Office, Wilton, Salisbury

Wilton House has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Pembroke for 450 years and was rebuilt, after a fire in 1647, by Inigo Jones and John Webb. There were further alterations by James Wyatt in 1801. The magnificent 17th century state rooms... more

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate, Huntly, Aberdeenshire


Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home and the oldest parts date back to 1650. The house offers a unique insight into the lives, loves and tragedies of the Leith-Hay family over the last four centuries. On display is an... more

Titsey Place

Titsey Place, Titsey, Oxted, Surrey

Titsey, Oxted

Titsey is one of the largest surviving historic estates in Surrey, dating back to the mid 16th century. The interior of the house was designed by William Atkinson in the 1820´s with Regency plaster cornices, panelled doors and marble chimneypieces.... 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

Petworth House & Park

Petworth House & Park, Petworth, West Sussex


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

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

Adlington Hall and Gardens

Adlington Hall and Gardens, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield

One of the oldest and most historic houses in Cheshire, Adlington House has been the home to the Legh family since 1315 (prior to that it was the property of the Earl of Chester, one of William the Conqueror’s nephews). The hall is a living testament... more

Attingham Park

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Atcham, Shrewsbury

Elegant 18th century mansion Attingham Park, with its three storey ionic portico at the entrance, is a wonderfully grand sight to behold. Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, it sits in stunning parkland between the River Severn and Shrewsbury... 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

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

Spencer House

Spencer House, 27 St James's Place, London, London

27 St James's Place, London

Spencer House, London´s finest surviving 18th century town house, was built in 1756-66 for the 1st Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, (1961-97). It was designed by John Vardy and James `Athenian´ Stuart and houses a fine... more

Tatton Park

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire


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

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

Shugborough Estate

Shugborough Estate, Millford, Stafford, Staffordshire

Millford, Stafford

Shugborough is the ancestral home of the 5th Earl of Lichfield, who as Patrick Lichfield is known worldwide as a leading photographer and part of the house is still lived in by the Earl and his family. The 18th century house contains a fine... more

The Vyne

The Vyne, Vyne Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke

The Vyne was built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII´s Lord Chamberlain. The masterpiece of the building is the central staircase by John Chute, with its fluted columns, all decorated in blue and white. In the rooms is a wealth of old... 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

Clarence House

Clarence House, St James's Palace, London, London

St James's Palace, London

The official London home of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House is open to the public each summer. Many prefer tours of this royal residence to that of the grander Buckingham Palace, commenting on the intimacy of the tour... more

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