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Walmer Castle & Gardens

Kingsdown Road, Walmer, Deal

Walmer Castle & Gardens, Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent


Discover a Castle like no other Wander the halls of this beautiful Tudor castle thatonce guarded the coast of Kent. Frequent visitors to the fortress included William Pitt the Younger, the Duke of Wellington, WH Smith, Winston... more

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent

Hever Castle, a romantic 13th century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor,... more

Hall Place & Gardens

Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley

Hall Place & Gardens, Hall Place, Bexley, Kent

Hall Place is a Grade 1 listed country house built in 1537 for former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The Tudor house boasts a panelled Great Hall with Minstrels´ Gallery, and 17th century additions and improvements include a vaulted Long... more

Ightham Mote

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

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

Chartwell

Mapleton Road, Westerham

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent

Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924. The rooms are kept as they were during his lifetime and offer an insight into both his domestic and political life. Photographs, books and personal possessions, including his famous... more

Knole

Sevenoaks

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

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

Belmont House and Gardens

Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham

Belmont House and Gardens, Belmont Park, Faversham, Kent

The beautiful Georgian house of Belmont, amid its parkland, commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside and is a completely unspoilt and distinctive example of the work of the architect Samuel Wyatt. In 1801, the house was bought at... more

Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe, Tenterden

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent

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

The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent


Unravel The Origin of Species at Down House Just outside central London stands the family home of world-renowned Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, Down House, a unique building laden with historical and scientific significance.... more

Godinton House & Gardens

Godinton Lane, Ashford

Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent

Godinton House & Gardens, described as `An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one of Kent´s finest´ - The Times. Dating from the 14th century the house has been embellished by its many owners... more

Dover Castle

Dover

Dover Castle, Dover, Kent


Explore the gateway to the realm at Dover Castle An iconic structure that presides over the famous coastline and its white cliffs, Dover Castle has watched over the area since its keep was built in the 1180s and there has been a... more

Chartwell

Mapleton Road, Westerham

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent

Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924. The rooms are kept as they were during his lifetime and offer an insight into both his domestic and political life. Photographs, books and personal possessions, including his famous... more

Hall Place & Gardens

Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley

Hall Place & Gardens, Hall Place, Bexley, Kent

Hall Place is a Grade 1 listed country house built in 1537 for former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The Tudor house boasts a panelled Great Hall with Minstrels´ Gallery, and 17th century additions and improvements include a vaulted Long... more

The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent


Unravel The Origin of Species at Down House Just outside central London stands the family home of world-renowned Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, Down House, a unique building laden with historical and scientific significance.... more

Titsey Place

Titsey, Oxted

Titsey Place, Titsey, Oxted, Surrey

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

Charleston

Firle, Lewes

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex

Home to artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister, Charleston was a mecca for artists and writers in the early 20th century and became a regular meeting place for the celebrated Bloomsbury set. The house’s décor is a rich... more

Standen

West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead

Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex

Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries,... more

Glynde Place

Glynde, Lewes

Glynde Place, Glynde, Lewes, East Sussex

Glynde Place is a magnificent Elizabethan manor house set in the heart of the South Downs. It is the family home of Viscount and Viscountess Hampden whose forebears built the house in 1569 from local flint and stone fron Caen, Normandy. Portraits,... more

The Priest House

North Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead

The Priest House, North Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex

Built in the 15th century, The Priest House has been open as a museum since 1908. Its furnished rooms contain a fascinating array of 17th and 18th century domestic furniture, needlework and household items. Outside a formal herb garden contains over... more

Eltham Palace

Courtyard, Eltham, London

Eltham Palace, Courtyard, London, London


Discover the glamour of the 1930's at Eltham Palace Eltham Palace is one of London's most intriguing hidden gems, it embodies an eccentric mix of Art Deco design and a medieval royal palace. First recorded in the Domesday book,... more

Anne of Cleves House

52 Southover High Street, Lewes

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

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

Preston Manor

Preston Drove, Brighton

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex


Step back in time at Preston Manor Dating from c.1600, rebuilt in 1738 and substantially added to in 1905, Preston Manor gives a rare insight into life during the early years of the 20th century. Explore more than twenty rooms... more

Royal Pavilion

4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton

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


Discover a world of colour inside The Royal Pavilion Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton Building mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Wander the halls with an... more

Westminster Cathedral

Ambrosden Avenue, London

Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, London, 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

St James's Palace, London

Clarence House, St James's Palace, London, 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

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

Copped Hall Mansion and Gardens

Stables Courtyard, Epping

Copped Hall Mansion and Gardens, Stables Courtyard, Epping, Essex

The mansion at Copped Hall was completed in 1758 as a gentleman's country house. It was, and is, set in excellent landscape and was well known for the quality of its construction. The house was burned out in 1917 (not as War damage).The house was... more

Apsley House

149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London

Apsley House, 149 Piccadilly, London, London


Discover a World Class Art Collection in Apsley House Otherwise known by the grand address of Number 1, London, Apsley House is an art lover’s paradise. The ancestral home of the first Duke of Wellington, it has changed very... more

Carlyle's House

24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London

Carlyle's House, 24 Cheyne Row, London, London

Head to the Victorian writer’s shrine in London’s Chelsea that is Carlyle’s House and you’ll learn all about great public speaker, ethical thinker and social essayist Thomas Carlyle. A beautiful Queen Anne house in a quiet side street of this... more

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


Explore Centuries of Style at Kensington Palace’s state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress collection Experience Kensington Palace’s state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress collection. Featuring the King’s Staircase, a... more

Kenwood House

Hampstead Lane, London

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, London, London


Discover one of London's Most Valuable Art Collections Kenwood House, on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath, was built in the 17th century and remodelled by Robert Adam in 1754 for the 1st Earl of Mansfield. Surrounded by... more

Fenton House & Garden

Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London

Fenton House & Garden, Hampstead Grove, London, London

Fenton House is a charming William and Mary Merchants´ House set in Hampstead. It has altered little over the years and contains fine collections of Georgian furniture, porcelain and needlework. The Benton Fletcher Collection of early keyboard... more

Chiswick House & Gardens

Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London

Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, London


Discover One of London's hidden gems One of West London's hidden gems, Chiswick house is a classic example of beautiful 18th century British architecture. The wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa was inspired by the Earl of... more

St Mary´s House & Gardens, Bramber, West Sussex

St Mary´s House is a magnificent medieval house with fine panelled interiors, including the unique Elizabethan ´Painted Room´ with its trompe l´oeil murals, giving an air of tranquillity and timelessness. The Drawing Room has a marquetry overmantle... more

Polesden Lacey

Great Bookham, Dorking

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey

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

Kew Palace

33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames

Kew Palace, 33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames, London


Explore a Royal Manor House untouched by History Built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818, Kew Palace is an intimate regal home once enjoyed by George III, Queen Charlotte and their 15... more

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, London


Experience The Tudor Monarchy at Hampton Court Palace There is no better way to explore the life of one of England’ s most notorious monarchs, King Henry VIII, than by visiting his wonderfully exuberant home Hampton Court in south... more

Ham House & Garden

Ham Street, Ham, Richmond

Ham House & Garden, Ham Street, Richmond, London

Ham House was built in 1610 and lavishly remodelled and extended in the 1670s by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale, and became a centre of Restoration court life. It is one of the most outstanding survivors of Stuart art and architecture famous for... more

Marble Hill House

Richmond Road, Twickenham

Marble Hill House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, London


Experience a memorable day out at Marble Hill House The Palladian villa, Marble Hill House, is set in 66 acres of outstanding riverside parkland near Richmond in West London. Gifted to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, by... 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

Osterley Park & House

Jersey Road, Isleworth

Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London

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

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

Christchurch Mansion

Soane Street, Ipswich

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, Suffolk

A house steeped in history – well over 500 years worth – Christchurch Mansion in Suffolk holds great treasures, including some magnificent paintings, within its glorious walls. The architecture of the house is worth the entry fee alone; marvel at the... 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

Melford Hall

Long Melford, Sudbury

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk

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

Parham House & Gardens

Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough

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

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

Hatfield House

Hatfield

Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Hatfield House - Visit this stunning Jacobean house within its own Park and see the surviving wing of the Tudor Royal Palace, where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. Home of the Cecil family for 400 years, the house is steeped in Elizabethan... more

Audley End House & Gardens

Off London Road, Saffron Walden

Audley End House & Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex


Explore One of Britains Finest Jacobean Mansions English Heritage makes the most of the house’s story and its successive owners (including Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, earls, kings and the Neville family in the... more

Arundel Castle

Arundel

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex

You can see the mighty medieval Arundel Castle from miles away and as you approach it, its grandeur only seems to increase. Dating back to the Norman Conquest, the castle is groaning with terrific historical artefacts and you can’t swing a cat... more

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

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