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Farnborough Hall

Farnborough, Banbury

Farnborough Hall, Farnborough, Banbury, Warwickshire

In the low afternoon sun, the rays hit the honey-coloured stone of Farnborough Hall and create such a gorgeous hue that you understand at once why its creator William Holbech II opted for this pretty Horton stone for the build. Sitting in rural... more

Kedleston Hall

Nr Quarndon, Derby

Kedleston Hall, Nr Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire

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

Rufford Old Hall

200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, Ormskirk

Rufford Old Hall, 200 Liverpool Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Rufford Old Hall is one of Lancashire´s finest 16th century buildings, famed for its Great Hall with an intricately carved moveable wooden screen and dramatic hammerbeam roof. On display are a collection of arms and armour from various European... more

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Eckington, Sheffield

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

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

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Eckington, Sheffield

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

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

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens & Estate, Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk

Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest 17th century houses in East Anglia, with its original 18th century collection of furniture, mainly English and French, and one of the largest collections of Grand Tour paintings by a single artist. The outstanding... more

Harewood House

Harewood, Leeds

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire

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

Hatchlands Park

East Clandon, Guildford

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey

Hatchlands is set in a beautiful 430 acre Repton Park, open everyday offering a variety of way-marked walks. The house was built for the naval hero Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and has some of the earliest surviving interiors by Robert Adam, which are... more

Packwood House

Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Solihull

Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Solihull, Warwickshire

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

Wimpole Estate

Arrington, Royston

Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Hall Farm is a magnificent 18th century house, reputed to be the largest in Cambridgeshire was built for the 3rd Earl of Hardwicke. The interior is a rich mixture of 18th century decoration, by the designers Gibbs, Flitcroft and Soane, with... more

Chavenage House

Chavenage House, Chavenage, Tetbury

Chavenage House, Chavenage House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

A Cotswold manor pretty much unaltered for the last 400 years, Chavenage House in Gloucestershire is featuring as Trenwith House in the hugely popular Poldark. Prior to that it was probably best known as Candleford Manor in the series Larkrise to... more

Clandon Park

West Clandon, Guildford

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey

Clandon Park was built by the Venetian architect Leoni in the 1730s and is considered to have one of the finest Marble Halls in Europe. The house is filled with an amazing collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain, textiles and carpets acquired... more

Buscot Park

Estate Office, Faringdon

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

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

Stourhead

Nr Mere, Warminster

Stourhead, Nr Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire

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

Althorp

The Stables, Althorp, Northampton

Althorp, The Stables, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Even if Diana Princess of Wales had no connection with Althorp (pronounced Allthorp, don’t you know), it would still be a simply lovely country house to visit in the languid Northamptonshire countryside. The house dates back to the early 1500s and... more

Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon)

Plas Newydd is an impressive 18th century house by James Wyatt which is famous for housing Rex Whistler´s largest painting and an exhibition about his work. The interior is a mix of classical and Gothic and was restyled in the 1930s. There is also a... more

Longleat House

Warminster

Longleat House, Warminster, Wiltshire

Widely agreed to be one of the finest examples of high Elizabthean architecture, Longleat House, sitting in 900 acres of parkland, was built in 1580 and is the stately home of the 7th Marquess of Bath – a direct descendant of Sir John Thynn, who... more

Coughton Court

Alcester

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire

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

Sledmere House

Sledmere, Driffield

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Sledmere House is a fine 18th century Georgian House designed and built by Sir Christopher Sykes, set in a Capability Brown inspired landscape, with award winning rose garden and parterre. Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and French furniture,... more

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington, York

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire

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

Weston Park

Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal

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

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

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

If you have seen the movie The Queen starring Helen Mirren, you may recognise Aberdeenshire’s Castle Fraser, its elaborate façade featuring in a scene or two. The castle is a five-storey Z-plan castle first constructed in 1575 with a gorgeously... more

Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Highland

Shakespeare lovers may already be acquainted with Cawdor Castle, eight miles east of Culloden, as it plays an integral role in the story of Macbeth. But whether you’ve read the play or not, the sight of Cawdor’s fairy tale turrets, gargoyles and... more

Floors Castle

Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso

Floors Castle, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, is home to the Duke of Roxburghe. Designed and built by William Adam, it was begun in 1721 and transformed by Playfair in 1849 by adding domes and spires. The interiors are filled with... more

Godolphin House

Godolphin Cross, Helston

Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall

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

Cragside

Rothbury, Morpeth

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland

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

Holkham Hall

Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea

Holkham Hall, Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Steeped in history, Holkham Hall has the perfect setting surrounded by rolling parkland rich in wildlife. This magnificent 18th century Palladian hall is home to the Earls of Leicester and the family takes great pride in sharing the house and its... more

Kensington Palace, State Apartments & Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, London, London

It’s difficult to know where to start with the many reasons to visit Kensington Palace’s state apartments and royal ceremonial dress collection. Let’s start with the King’s Staircase, a wonderful vivid painting by William Kent which shows George I’s... more

Preston Manor

Preston Drove, Brighton

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex

Preston Manor is a delightful old Manor House evoking the atmosphere of an Edwardian gentry house both `upstairs´ and `downstairs´. Dating from c.1600, rebuilt in 1738 and substantially added to in 1905, Preston Manor gives a rare insight into life... more

East Riddlesden Hall

Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley

East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire

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

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe

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

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

Buckingham Palace, London, London

Possibly the most famous and iconic building on the Britain's Finest website, Buckingham Palace has had tourists to London swooning for centuries and delighting them further since the powers that be decided to open its doors to the public. Built in... more

Skipton Castle

Skipton

Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England, and withstood a three year siege by the Roundheads during the Civil War. Oliver Cromwell ordered the roofs to be removed in 1645, but these were allowed to be... more

Burton Agnes Hall

Estate Office, Burton Agnes, Driffield

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

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

Ascott

Wing, Leighton Buzzard

Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire

The half-timbered Jacobean Ascott House started life as a modest hunting box and then country retreat back in the late 1800s when Leopold de Rothschild set his sights on it but later became much grander as successive family members made their mark.... more

Peckover House & Garden

North Brink, Wisbech

Peckover House & Garden, North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Peckover House and Garden, facing the River Nene built in 1722. This merchant´s town house is renowned for its fine plaster and wood rococo decoration and also displays on the Quaker banking family who owned it. It houses an interesting collection of... more

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, BERKELEY, Berkeley

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

They don’t come much more historic than Berkeley Castle. This Gloucestershire landmark has played host to Francis Drake, Elizabeth I and a succession of other royalty as well as being celebrated by Shakespeare and the scene of Edward II’s murder back... more

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

Baddesley Clinton

Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley Clinton, Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

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

Marble Hill House

Richmond Road, Twickenham

Marble Hill House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, London

Royalty certainly knew how to treat their mistresses in the old days. The Palladian splendour that is Twickenham’s Marble Hill House was gifted to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, by George II when he was Prince of Wales and its glorious... more

Oxburgh Hall

Oxborough, Swaffham

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Swaffham, Norfolk

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

Salisbury Cathedral

33 The Close, Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral, 33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire

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

Brodie Castle

Forres

Brodie Castle, Forres, Moray

Set aside a couple of hours to get your teeth into Scottish clan history, courtesy of the lovely rose-coloured Brodie Castle which sits majestically amid scenic grounds (in spring, the daffodils are just lovely here) in Forres, Moray. This 16th... more

Hoghton Tower

Hoghton, Hoghton, Preston

Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire

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

Haddon Hall

Bakewell

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Haddon Hall is a magnificent Medieval and Tudor manor house which has changed little since Tudor times. The Dukedom of Rutland was conferred on the Manners family in 1703, and Haddon Hall is still owned by them today. Heavy oak panelling dominates... more

Newstead Abbey House

Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead

Newstead Abbey House, Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

Newstead Abbey House is a beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire. Founded as a monastic house in the 12th century, Newstead became the seat of the Byron family in 1540 and was... more

Tabley House Collection

Tabley House, Tabley Lane, Knutsford

Tabley House Collection, Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire

Tabley House is the finest Palladian house in the North West designed by John Carr of York. It is home to one of the first collections of English paintings, including works by Turner, Reynolds, Lawrence and Lely. It also has a fine collection of... more

Syon House

Syon Park, Brentford

Syon House, 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

Shugborough Estate

Millford, Stafford

Shugborough Estate, Millford, Stafford, Staffordshire

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

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Foundation, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull

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

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

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