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Historic Houses in Central England

Central England is characterised by its numerous charming villages, stunning countryside and many fine churches and historic buildings. Its towns and cities offer a distinct cultural scene, superb shopping and the renown glass and pottery centres. Historic Houses in Central England Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Northampton and Lamport Hall & Gardens, Northampton are listed below.
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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 in the fashion that became known as the English Country House style. The gardens include a topiary garden, walled garden, rose garden, glasshouse, woodland and lake, with herbaceous borders designed principally by Nancy Lancaster, Norah Lindsay an...
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A charming Grade I listed building, Lamport Hall has an eclectic history that includes, amongst others, a blind bibliophile, an eccentric Victorian, a Hollywood
Explore the beautiful Canons Ashby Visitors to Canons Ashby House in rural Northamptonshire will discover the elegant residence of the Dryden family, who built it in the mid-16th century. Unlike many grand old homes, this one has remained pretty much unchanged since 1710 and poking around the wonderful interior, from the murals and plasterwork of the grand living areas to the detailed servants quarters, is a fascinating insight into life above and below stairs during the time of the h...
Following the dissolution of the monasteries, Stoneleigh Abbey was converted from a Cistercian monastic house into a magnificent stately home, surrounded by 690 acres of parkland and gardens. There have been many famous visitors over the centuries, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and Jane Austen.
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Explore the beautiful Farnborough Hall nestled in the Warwickshire Countryside 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 Warwickshire in palatial grounds, the hall is a celebration of 18th century craftsmanship, with its fine plasterwork showing wildlife and natural scenes. As you wande...
Explore the Beautiful Upton House and Gardens 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 outstanding collection of English and Old Master paintings are works by Hogarth, Raeburn, Stubbs, El Greco, Bosch, Metsu, Canaletto and Breugel. The porcelain collection includes fine examples of SÅ...
Charlecote Park is a place of surprising treasures. With 900 years of history and acres of parkland to explore, this beautiful property has gardens and parkland which are a haven for wildlife and carefully conserved for future generations.
Discover the fascinating Rockingham Castle Rockingham Castle was built by William the Conqueror and was regularly used by the early Kings of England until it was granted to Edward Watson in the 16th century, whose ancestors still live there today. It is a Tudor building within Norman walls, but each century has left its mark by either its architecture, furniture or works of art. A fine collection of family portraits by Reynolds and Van Dyck is on display. In Victorian times Charles Di...
Explore the secret world of Baddlesley Clinton Manor House 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 house with interiors reflecting the Elizabethan period. The history to this house is fascinating – it was a refuge for persecuted Catholics and it has no less than three priest's holes to discover – and an amble around the rooms enlightens visitors on ho...
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Packwood House - 'A house to dream of, a garden to dream in' 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 sumptuous bedrooms are all oak panelled with four-poster beds. Queen Mary visited in 1927 and there are reminders of her visit throughout the house. The gardens have renowned long ...
Discover the delightful family history of Coughton Court 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 whose existence today is testimony to the resilience of a family who were leaders in a dangerous post-Reformation age of anti-catholicism. Peruse the portraits that line the walls of...
Explore a splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting The architecture of Claydon House includes extravagant rococo and chinoiserie decoration, with a unique Chinese Room and parquetry Grand Staircase that is so precious no one is allowed to use it. The house was occupied by the Verney family for over 380 years and the family museum contains mementoes of Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor, along with military uniforms, weapons, costume and musical...
Discover the beautiful Aston Hall The grand Jacobean Aston Hall in Birmingham is municipally owned and now houses the best part of the city museum and art gallery's artefacts with period furniture, paintings, textiles and silver adorning its lovely rooms. Built between 1618 and 1635, the Aston has seen its fair share of historic moments – it was seriously damaged after an attack by parliamentary troops in 1643 and you can still see the hole in the staircase where a cannonball arrived ...
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Nestled in an Oxfordshire valley, the slow creep of time has given this cherished family home an informal and timeless atmosphere. Today, amongst the tapestries and topiary, visitors will find peeling paintwork and rambling ivy, as the National Trust brings them a home carefully preserved as it was found, not as it once was.
Calke Abbey is an intriguing place, and a glimpse of what happens to a country house when it falls into disrepair. Courtyards are overgrown, and the paint is peeling away, with little restoration having taken place.
Blenheim Palace is a perfect example of beautiful Baroque architecture. As the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, it is steeped in history and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover the Beautiful Waddesdon Manor To visit the glorious faux French chateau that is Waddesdon Manor is a lesson in how the gilded rich used to live their lives. Built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century, its downstairs reception rooms are lavishly furnished to host glittering parties. Besides that there are smoking and billiard rooms to accommodate the male guests, rooms especially reserved for reading the papers and letter writing and a huge dining room wit...
Explore the beautiful Ascott House 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. Now it houses an amazing collection of works of art with some spectacular examples of French furniture. Anthony de Rothschild is credited with the lovely collection of 400 pieces of Chinese ceramics plus s...
Discover the hidden treasures of Snowshill Manor and Garden 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 and spinners tools and a large collection of Japanese Samurai armour. Wade installed old panelling, barrel vaults and a maze of passages and the whole house is filled with curi...
Discover Hanbury Hall, a wonderful tribute of the Georgian era 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 is surrounded by fine Rococo work and there are more murals by Thornhill. Also on display is the Watney collection of fine porcelain. The reconstructed 18th century garden, surrou...
Step Back in time at Belvoir Castle Belvoir Castle has been the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their family since 1067. Crowning a hill in Leicestershire, its turrets and towers rise majestically over the vale of Belvoir and it is one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the world. The castle you see today was designed by James Wyatt and was built in the early 1880 for the 5th Duke and Duchess of Rutland. The castle now houses one of the UK's finest ...
Grimsthorpe is great for families with young children, with miles of traffic-free trails, a woodland adventure playground and plenty of fresh air. There is a tearoom, a gift shop and extensive gardens - along with a castle to visit that has over 500 years of family stories to tell.
Discover the secret hiding place of a King 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 the bed he slept in can be viewed. On display are a good collection of 17th century oak furniture, panelling and pewter. The attic contains a small chapel and in the roof are many cramped priest hol...
Explore the stunning house and grounds of Keddleston Hall 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 and original furniture. The Eastern Museum has a collection of Viceroy Curzon´s artefacts from India, including the celebrated `peacock dress´ worn by his wife. The partly restored gar...
There's so much to see and do at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. Explore the Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, stop off for tea and cake in the tea-room or walk through the historic grounds.
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 patchworks. They form the only collection of this calibre worldwide, which can be seen in the house where they were made. The 3 1/2 acre garden contains topiary, old roses and mixed herbaceous borders filled with mainly scented plants of year-round ...
Explore a beautiful Victorian manor house at Wightwick Manor Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house, bought by Theodore Mander in 1887. The house is a wonderful example of the influence of William Morris and the Arts and Craft Movement. Inside most of the wallpaper, fabrics and furniture are by William Morris. The collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings includes work by Millais, Rossetti and Watts. Much of the stained glass is by Charles Kempe and the tiles on the fireplaces are by...
Discover a quintessential English Country Estate Belton House, surrounded by an idyllic deer park, is often described as the “perfect country house” and as you approach it from the front, you will see why. Its perfect symmetry, beautiful façade and breathtaking surroundings are pretty much what you conjur up in your head when you think of a rural mansion such as this. The décor inside is wonderfully opulent with ravishing fabrics and furniture, grand family portraits looming down at y...
Explore the wonderful Georgian manor of Shugborough Estate 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 pays homage to its former resident. The 18th century house contains a fine collection of ceramics, silver, paintings and French furniture. In the original extensive servants´ quarters there is a working kitchen and laundry and a nearby brewery. The 18 acre Grade I listed...
Kelmscott Manor is a 17th century farmhouse known for its inspiration on William Morris - writer, designer and craftsman, who first saw it in 1871. Due to major conservation and improvement works funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manor is now closed. Visit the website for more information.
Explore the beautiful Wimpole Estate 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 displays of fine furniture, paintings and porcelain. The Yellow Drawing Room, by Soane, is like a church nave with arches rising to a clear glass lantern above. The Great Barn has a collection of farm im...
Enter the enchanting world of Dudmaston 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 paintings, as well as an important contemporary collection of paintings and sculpture. Also works by Moore, Hepworth, Chadwick and some modern Spanish paintings. The gardens are a mass of colour in spring a...
Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home 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 fabrics. If you've the time before you visit, take a look at Buscot's website in which Lord Faringdon himelf explains the history by which he came to live in the hou...
Discover the beautiful world of Hughenden Hughenden Manor was the home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. Most of his furniture, pictures and books remain here, his private retreat from parliamentary life in London. On display is a collection of fascinating personal memorabilia of the life of the great statesman and writer. The surrounding park and woodland have lovely walks and the colourful formal garden is a recreation of the design by h...
Discover the fantastic West Wycombe Park 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 decoration, with pictures. Also fine furniture, sculpture and Brussels tapestries dating from the time of Sir Francis Dashwood. The Rococo landscaped garden with its lakes and temples, was created in th...
Knebworth House has been home to the Lytton family since 1490. The Tudor house was redesigned in the gothic style, with turrets, gargoyles and griffins. The interior of the house has a variety of styles, from the Jacobean Banqueting Hall to the gothic State Drawing Room. Notable visitors have included Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth I. The library has a collection of the published works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author of the words, `The pen is mightier than the sword´. ...
You can't beat a day out in the country and with fishing on tap, picturesque woodland walks, plenty of events and activities laid on, delicious hearty lunches and 80 beautiful acres of grounds running along the River Trent to explore, Kelham Hall and Country Park in Newark is pretty much your perfect day out. The hall, built in 1863 by Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott (famous for creating the soaring gothic St Pancras Hotel in London) is popular for weddings, corporate hospitality a...
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Explore the beautiful Hardwick Hall Designed by Robert Smythson for Bess of Hardwick, Hardwick Hall is one of the greatest Elizabethan houses, surviving almost unchanged. The Hall contains one of Europe´s best collections of contemporary furniture, embroideries and tapestries, together with a permanent display of 16th century needlework. In the grounds are the ruins of Hardwick Old Hall, where Bess was born. The house is surrounded by four walled courtyards, an aromatic garden and the f...
Discover the beautiful Greys Court and surrounding gardens 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 and early English furniture in mahogany, walnut and oak. The entrance hall displays a collection of porcelain and the plain pine staircase has a window at the top with panels of Swi...
Discover the life and times of a beautiful Berkshire Mansion This Berkshire Palladian mansion was rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Illife back in 1952 who set about restoring it and scouring the country for 18th century artworks and furnishings that would be in keeping with the history of the house. The result is what you see today – a simply glorious building, inside and out, which reflects the gracious life of an aristocrat in Georgian England. Inside you'll see amazing plaster wor...
Discover the fascinating history of Peckover House 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 paintings and portraits, the breakfast room has a collection of watercolours including works by Cotman and Cox. The rare 2-acre Victorian garden includes an orangery, summer houses, herba...
Discover the facinating History of Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill In stark contrast to its original purpose as an abbey for religious worship, this Jacobean-style mansion Its owner in the 1930s was the future Lord Fairhaven and he took on the house with the intention of making it a place to entertain guests, party a lot and generally live in pre-war luxury. Thus its contents now reflect the good life, with exquisite pieces of furniture, silver and tapestries adorning the house ...
Discover Haddon Hall 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 the house with its displays of tapestries, also some 17th century antlers in the Great Hall. The extensive kitchens are a warren of rooms, with baking ovens, salt baths and other furnishings. The beautiful terraced garde...
Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland.
Explore One of Britain's 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 19th and 20th century) by offering up a whole host of activities such as meeting the horses and costumed characters in the stables, hearing about what cook used to make in the kitchen and tours led by dressed up staff detailing what life was like above and belo...
An Elizabethan Cotswold Manor, the front unaltered for 400 years; played Trenwith House in the hugely popular Poldark. A real gem - Great for Group visits.
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Explore one of the Seven Wonders of Britain Windsor Castle, one of three official residences of The Queen, has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years and not only is it the largest inhabited castle in the world but is the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world´s most spectacular skylines. Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at t...
Once a Norman fortress, Ludlow Castle is now a romantic at atmospheric ruin, which is owned privately by the Herbert family. Inside the fortress walls is the 19th century Castle House, which acts as a wedding venue, alongside holiday apartments, charming tea rooms and shops.
Discover a lifetime of history at Berrington Hall 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 neo-classical Berrington Hall, all the time following his employer Thomas Harley's commands that the house show just how much money he had made supplying the British army with clothing. The result ...
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Visit the breathtaking Attingham Park The 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 populated by fallow deer (and much wildlife besides, especially along the five mile stretch of river). Inside the house, don't miss the wonderful Picture Gallery, the dining room set for an evening ba...
Private tours through The Jockey Club Rooms can be organised on dates that fall outside of the racing calendar. These intriguing tours, which incorporate comical stories of rich and well known racing nobility, last approximately 90 minutes and can be orchestrated to incorporate lunch, evening tea or supper. Outside of our racing calendar we are happy to arrange exclusive bespoke tours of Newmarket for private groups via our affinity with Discover Newmarket. In the past these tours have no...
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,
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Discover the enchanting story of Croft Castle Croft Castle is 15th century Castle sits in the heart of rural Hertfordshire and has been the home of the Croft family since before the Doomsday day book. A National Trust property since the 1950's it has recently gone through refurbishment. Inside you can find fine interiors display period furnishings and paintings, including works by Gainsborough and Lawrence. The house displays photographs, memorabilia and books all belonging to the C...
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 beautiful landscaped gardens, it is home to breath-taking interiors and a stunning world-class art collection. Included are works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Dyck to name but a few. With children's activities, a café and acres of grounds to explore, it i...
Explore the beautiful house and grounds at Osterley Park 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 beautiful carpets, furniture and decorated plasterwork all specially made for the house. The Gallery houses a collection of paintings that includes work by Cuyp and Marieschi, and in t...
Explore Fenton House and Garden Fenton House and Garden, a 17th century merchant's house with walled garden in the London's 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 instruments is on display, most of which are still in working order, and are sometimes played by music scholars during opening hours. Walled gardens include a working kitchen garden and appl...
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 subsequently allowed to fall into disrepair and suffered much vandalism. It was saved from very unsympathetic development in a 9-year campaign by the by the Friends of Copped Hall, who, as the Copped Hall Trust, were able to purchase it in 1995. ...
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Syon House is the spectacular London home of the Duke of Northumberland. It was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the Medieval Syon Abbey, and came
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 children. Check out the Georgian royal kitchens left as they were 200 years ago – the life and times of the servants who worked there are beautifully chronicled. Don't miss Queen Charlotte's cottage, built in 1770 and later decorated as a cottage orné. A uniqu...
Berkeley Castle is unique, it has been lived in by the same family for almost 900 years - longer than any other fortress in England.
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Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
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 Burlington's grand tour of Italy. Look out for the breathtaking ceilings of the upstairs rooms, William Kent design features in the house and gardens and the beautiful velvet wallpaper in the rooms. Take time to enjoy a coffee in the café set in a RIBA award-win...
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 wonderful vivid painting by William Kent which shows George I's court in all its glamorous, riotous glory. The exquisitely decorated Cupola Room, the King's Drawing Room where power play and negotiation was the order of the day and the Privy Chamber where Queen Caro...
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 George II when he was Prince of Wales. A combination of fashionable Georgian architecture, handsome grounds and important collection of period furniture make it a day out fit for a king. Its fabulous interiors have been carefully preserved and restored and incl...
Discover centuries of history at The Vyne 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 panelling and fine furniture. It also contains a Tudor chapel with Gothic vaulting, murals and fine Renaissance glass. In the grounds are lawns, herbaceous borders, lakes and an early summer house. ...
Explore a beautiful Restoration Historic House 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 it´s spectacular interiors, which were at the forefront of fashion for that period. The collections of fine 17th and 18th century furniture, textiles and paintings are displayed in 26 rooms. T...
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 little since his great victory at Waterloo. The house is haven of masterpieces, among them some of the finest canvases from the Spanish Royal Collection, captured by the 1st Duke of Wellington in 1813. The collection includes incredible pieces by Italian Old Ma...
Explore the intimate world of the Royal Family at Clarence House 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 with guides passing on lovely anecdotes and commenting on many of the portraits, paintings and family photos dotted around the place and owned by the house's former resident ...
Experience the lives of Royalty at Buckingham Palace Possibly the most famous and iconic building in Britain, Buckingham Palace has been one of London's most popular tourist attractions for centuries. Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, it has been the royal family's official London residence since Queen Victoria decreed it in 1837. 19 state rooms are open to the public for eight weeks of the year in summer so you can get a feel of the atmosphere and surroundings when the Queen ...
Explore The Chelsea home of a Victorian literary couple 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, Carlyle's House is an education on the 19th century literary world. The home of Thomas and his wife Jane became the fashionable place to visit after the writer rose to prominence and as you stand ...
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 west London. Bought from Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s, the palace is stuffed with priceless tapestries and portraits, grand coats of arms and amazing furniture. There is far too much to do here to achieve in one day but try not to miss Henry's Great Hall wh...
Capesthorne Hall, the home of the Bromley- Davenports since 1726, is a popular Jacobean stately home in Cheshire set in 100 acres of picturesque countryside.
Discover the Beautiful Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and village Lacock Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the mid-16th century, the cloisters and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. On the closure of the monastery it passed to William Sharington. The Strong Room has an important Renaissance carved stone table, supported by 4 satyrs. Various paintings, furniture and a group of watercolours are also on display. The stable courtyard ho...
Sandringham House, Her Majesty The Queen's private home, is set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens. All the main ground-floor rooms used by The Royal Family, containing absorbing collections of porcelain, jade and family portraits, are open to the public, as well as the fascinating Museum and the charming parish church.
A classic English country house and garden, Lyme sits in 1400 acres of moorland and deer park with views across Manchester and the Cheshire plain.
Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park Dyrham Park is a 17th century mansion built in the baroque style between 1692 and 1704 for William Blathwayt, Secretary of State to William III. The rooms have changed little since they were furnished by Blathwayt. Due to his royal connections, the house became a showcase for Dutch decorative arts. On display are family portraits, paintings, delftware, furniture and a state bed made for the house. The restored Victorian domestic rooms include kitchen...
Discover the charming Gunby Hall and Gardens 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 portraits, furniture and china. Also a model of a Napoleonic battleship made of mutton bones, gnawed into shape by prisoners of war, and an exhibition of Field Marshall Montgomery-Massingberd´s memo...
Discover the National Trusts biggest project, The restoration of Clandon Park Clandon Park was built by the Venetian architect Leoni in the 1730s and was considered to have one of the finest Marble Halls in Europe. Sadly, in April 2015, Clandon was nearly destroyed by a fire which caused significant damage to this beautiful building. As a aresult the national trust have made it their mission to rebuild thhis much loved house to its former glory. The house is still open to the public ...
Explore the stunning House and surrounding countryside at Hatchlands Park 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 decorated in a nautical style. Inside is the Cobbe collection of paintings and portraits, which includes works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Zoffany. Also the world´s l...
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, Eltham estate was presented to King Edward II in 1305. It developed into one of the most favoured royal palace with 1,000 acres of deer park on its doorstep. In the 1930's it became the glamourous location for celebrity cocktail parties, and displays some fanta...
Country house display of early British modern British masters alongside interchanging displays of impressive treasures that tell the story of Tabley House.
Unveil the historic life of a Victorian country house Brodsworth Hall was built in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. It survived with remarkably few changes until taken on by English Heritage in 1990. The pleasure gardens have been restored, and the faded and worn interiors gently conserved, telling the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here. Wander around this beautiful Victorian country house, roam th...
Discover the Fascinating Polesden Lacey 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 other collections of paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver are displayed in the reception rooms and galleries, as they were at the time of her celebrated house parties. There are extensive grounds, ...
Explore a An historical estate with a neo-classical mansion at Tatton Park 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. The walls of the music room are hung with cherry-red silk damask. The library has a collection of over 8000 books with movable stairs, chairs and card tables. The gar...
If guests are looking for a trip to somewhere with bountiful character, charm and interest then Arley Hall & Gardens is the perfect place. It delivers a warm and friendly welcome to all its visitors, as a much-loved family home.
Take a look round the magnificent Georgian mansion house and ancient Mill. Take a stroll around the medieval Deer park which is open all year round and see why Dunham has gained the title of site of 'Site of special scientific interest'. With a shop, Restaurant and café, enjoy lots of family-friendly fun at Dunham.
Avington Park is a privately owned stately home in Hampshire, set in its own parkland bordering the River Itchen. Located east of Winchester in the beautiful Itchen Valley. Once described by William Cobbett as “one of the prettiest places in the County”. Open every Sunday from May to Sept, plus Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in August.
With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll through the gardens that inspired him, and visit his and wife Emma's newly recreated bedroom which overlooks the gardens.
Explore the stunning Nostell Priory and Parkland Nostell Priory was built in 1733 for Sir Rowland Winn, the house is an architectural masterpiece by James Paine. The State Rooms were later completed by Robert Adam, and are magnificent examples of 18th century interior style. It houses one of England´s best collections of Chippendale furniture, designed specially for the house, an outstanding art collection with works by Angelica Kauffmann and Peter Brueghel the Younger, and the John H...
Discover an elegant country house at Hinton Ampner 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 the paintings Italian, there is a French porcelain clock, the mirrors have Rococo frames and a carpet from `the collection of the Princess de Broglie, Paris´. The 12 acre garden is one o...
Discover the fascinating history of Tyntesfield Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian country house, remodelled by John Norton in 1864 for William Gibbs as a family home. It is an extraordinary Gothic Revival, with extravagant towers and turrets. The original interior is still intact with an unrivalled collection of Victorian decorative arts and there is a sumptuously decorated private Chapel built by Sir Arthur Blomfield. It is surrounded by 500 acres of landscaped gardens. Conservatio...
Mottisfont is a National Trust owned house, gallery and gardens, with a year round programme of events, exhibitions, and seasonal interest in the gardens. It is particularly famous for the National Collection of old-fashioned roses which flower in June, Rex Whistler's trompe l'oeil drawing room, and high quality art exhibitions.
Explore the impressive collections and beautiful interiors at Mompesson House 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 collection of 18th century drinking glasses. In the Green Room is a display of black and white portrait prints. A well known tenant of the house was Barbara Townsend a...
Take a look at a time gone by at Longleat House, a superb example of Elizabethan architecture, and one of the country's finest stately homes. Home to sixteen generations of the Thynn family, the 7th Marquess of Bath is perhaps one of Longleat's most famous residents.
Chartwell was the beloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. In times of war and peace, whether in power or in the political wilderness, it never failed him. Churchill was particularly drawn to the estate's breath-taking views across the Weald of Kent - a view that remains unspoilt today.
Discover the beautifully preserved Manor House of Clevedon Court 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 altered by the family and the Great Hall is now Georgian with a minstrels´ gallery. The house contains many striking Eltonware pots and vases and a fascinating collection of N...
Explore the fascinating history of Knole House, 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 Sackville-West was brought up here and missed inheriting it because she was female), is an utter treasure trove of priceless artefacts that tell the tale of the house and its owners in spectac...
Whilst Petworth has been an ancestral seat for more than 900 years, the design of the 17th century Petworth House was influenced by some of Europe's finest Baroque palaces. With magnificent state rooms that were built to demonstrate wealth, taste and artistic patronage, Petworth House contains a huge range of both sculpture and artwork, including pieces by Turner, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.
Explore the majestic Uppark House and Gardens Uppark is a fine late 17th century house set high on the South Downs. The disastrous fire in 1989 and its restoration add to the magic of this romantic house. The elegant Georgian interior houses a famous Grand Tour collection of paintings that includes works by Pompeo Batoni and Luca Giordano and a fine collection of furniture and ceramics. The 18th century dolls´ house on display has all its original contents and makes a wonderful exhibit ...
Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn 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, having changed hands many times, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and othe...
Hidden away in a secluded Kent valley is Ightham's perfectly preserved medieval moated manor house. Dating back 700 years, previous owners have included medieval knights, a courtier to King Henry VIII, high society Victorians and an American businessman. The house comes full of stories and is nestled within gardens, surrounded by natural springs and running water.
Explore Speke Hall and Gardens Speke Hall is a half-timbered house with a moat dating from 16th century, with the inside spanning many periods. The Great Hall and priest hole are wonderful examples of the Tudor era while the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms are distinctively Victorian. This rambling house has an interesting collection of carved furniture, tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork. Some of the smaller rooms are hung with William Morris wallpapers showing the Victorian desire fo...
Discover Stourhead House 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 outstanding Regency library designed by Colt Hoare in 1792 and decorated with paintings of classical scenes and furniture by Chippendale the Younger. In the gardens are classical temples, including the Pantheon and Te...
Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens 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, furniture and many of the original light fittings in a 1920's style. The terraced garden has fine views over the Sussex countryside.
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 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs.
Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the P
Goodwood House, the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, is a charming English country house with a warm and inviting atmosphere, along w
Once the gatehouse of medieval Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House has been the ancestral home of the Montagu family since 1538.
From its imposing position on a West Sussex hill, Arundel Castle offers stunning views of the South Downs. Visitors are free to explore the castle, the keep, the walled garden and the 40-acre Collector Earl's Garden.
Discover the facinating Harewood House 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 watercolours and family portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds. HRH Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, lived here until her death in 1965 and a collection of items from her lifetime are on display. Set in ma...
Burton Constable Hall is an Elizabethan gem nestling in the heart of East Yorkshire surrounded by 330 acres of stunning ‘Capability Brown' landscaped Grade II* listed parkland.
Explore the tranquillity of East Riddlesden Hall 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, needlework, textiles and fine 17th century embroidery. The 17th century Great Barn with its oak frame is one of the finest in the north of England. The gardens are a carpet of colour all year w...
Discover 'the Downton of the north' at Gawthorpe Hall 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 of the paintings are on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Several rooms contain an exhibition of needlework, lace, textiles and costumes collected by the late Hon. Rachel Kay-Shutt...
Discover the beautiful Lytes Cary Manor The home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte, the limestone house that is Lytes Cary Manor has been inhabited since the 14th century. It was passed through a succession of generations of the Lyte family until the 18th century and has been expanded and improved upon until the family were forced to sell in 1755. Highlights include the wonderful little chantry chapel used to hold masses to pray for the souls of family members, the Great Chamber ceil...
Discover a beautiful Tudor house with stunning Edwardian gardens 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 countries, and heraldic decoration. Also various other collections including Japanese and Chinese ceramics, stained glass from various periods, prints and watercolours of local in...
Discover a lifetime of family treasures at Kingston Lacy 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 Titan, Sebastiano del Piombo and a Velçzquez. The dramatic Spanish Room has its walls hung in magnificent gilded leather. On display are furniture, books, Italian sculptures and bronze...
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Walk in the footsteps of SIR WALTER RALEIGH in the home he built 425 years ago. See decorative styles and nationally important collections of art, furniture and
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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 over four floors, from the servant's quarters, kitchens and butlers pantry in the basement to the attic bedrooms and nursery on the top floor. Preston Manor also comprises walled gardens and a fascinating pets cemetery. Preston Manor is a delightful old Manor H...
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 settlement from the king and this timber-framed Wealdon hall-house now has a large collection of interesting local artefacts. The house's interior (which by the way wouldn't look out of place today on a chic boutique hotel website), with its timber beams ...
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 audio tour (there are two types, for adults and children) and lose yourself in the luxurious, indulgent world of the Prince of Wales who, by the way, is said to have underground passages from the Pavilion to the homes of his lovers. When you've done the tour, l...
Bateman's is the charming and fascinating family home of Rudyard Kipling. Nestled in the spectacular Sussex Weald, the house was a haven of peace for the writer and his family. Rooms have been left much as they were when Kipling lived there, and the stunning English gardens surrounding the house are a joy to explore.
Step inside a masterpiece of Elizabethan Design 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 furniture and Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Also tapestries, hangings and an exhibition of 17th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. The f...
Charleston is a house, garden and art gallery in the South Downs. From 1916, the house was home to Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
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Step back in time at Michelham Priory. Most famous for the fact that it is the home of England's longest water-filled moat dating back to 1229, Michelham Priory in Hailsham was founded by Augustinian canons and has experienced a rocky history by way of the dissolution of the monasteries. These days, it's a lot calmer and makes for a lovely peaceful day out in the Sussex countryside. Inside the house you'll discover the history of this beautiful Tudor manor from medieval times up until its WW...
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