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Historic Houses in South Wales

In South Wales, Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, offers the magnificent Cardiff Castle, the National Musuem of Wales and a thriving cultural scene. In South West Wales, the coast is an old favourite for many holiday makers, surrounded by some of hte most beautiful coastline in Europe. Historic Houses in South Wales Tredegar House, Newport (Gwent) and Clevedon Court are listed below.
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Discover the history of Tredegar House 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 of Tredegar, until they left in 1951.The House has been beautifully restored and refurbished by Newport City Council. Its gilded opulent interiors reach a high point in the State Rooms. The most stunni...
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 beautiful Dunster Castle and Gardens Originally built in Norman times, Dunster Castle was remodelled in the late 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. Only the 13th century gatehouse has survived from the original building. During the civil war soldiers were garrisoned in the Leather Gallery. Contents include family pictures, mahogany furniture and an important series of leather hangings depicting the story of Anthony and Cleopatra. The fine oa...
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...
Explore the Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles at Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum This country house is a bold example of 19th century Green Revivalism, and is filled with fascinating objects, thanks to the tendency of the Chichester family to collect things. From a 1cm long ship in a bottle to The Speaker's State Gold Coach on loan from the House of Parliament, there are thousands of items neatly codified and exhibited for your potte...
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...
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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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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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.
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...
Explore Knightshayes Court 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 wallpapers and fabrics, depicting flowers and butterflies. On display are a collection of family portraits, furniture and 17th-century majolica, and also the original designs by Burges. The garden features a lily pond, t...
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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Discover the majestic Powis Castle Powis Castle is built on a high rock overlooking the garden terraces and has been the home of the Earls of Powis for many generations. There is a wealth of fine paintings and furniture, one of the finest collections in Wales. The sister of the 2nd Earl of Powis married the son of Lord Clive in 1784, and the collection of treasures from India, including jade, bronzes and ivory, are displayed in the Clive Museum. Laid out under the influence of Italian ...
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 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...
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...
More family home than grand house, surrounded by a beautiful garden with a vast tree collection from across the globe. Explore winding paths, climb and extinct volcano, discover an Iron Age hill fort and take in distant views towards Dartmoor. Killerton's acres of historic parkland and woods are the perfect place to walk, run and play.
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.
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 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 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...
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...
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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Explore a castle hidden deep in the Devon Countryside Designed by Edward Lutyens, Castle Drogo in Exeter is an imposing granite edifice created for millionaire Julius Drewe at the first part of the 20th century. In dire need of renovations, it is currently the subject of a fund-raising campaign by the National Trust to restore it to its former glory. In a hugely dramatic setting high above the Teign Gorge with panoramic views across Dartmoor, the interior has fabulous family portraits...
Discover the Quirky A La Ronde Wonderfully quirky A La Ronde in Devon is a sixteen-sided house constructed in the late 18th century. Now run by the National Trust, the house is stuffed with curious mementos of the owners' travels and includes a shell-encrusted gallery (with 25,000 shells) and a feather frieze, gathered from native game birds and chickens. There is also brass rubbing, a dressing up room, kids' spotter sheets for the grounds (which are grade II listed and with cosstal ...
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 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 the eclectic Medieval Fortress, Chirk Castle The Welsh castle was built in 1310 and the last one of Edward I's reign to be inhabited. The National Trust offers a fantastic range of exhibitions and activities at the property. Explore the medieval fortress with its dungeon and murder holes, meet Will the archer and learn how to defend the fortress, take part in a pike drill (but don't get put in the stocks) or sign up for a guided tour to learn a little of the magnificent castl...
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...
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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Explore the fascinating history of Erddig Erddig is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain. Part of this is due to the close relationship that existed between the family and their servants. The state rooms display most of their original 18th and 19th century furniture and furnishings, including some exquisite Chinese wallpaper. The range of outbuildings include the sawmill, laundry, bakehouse and smithy. It houses the largest collections of national trust items. The Stable Ya...
Explore the fascinating Buckland Abbey The one-time home of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey in Yelverton, Devon, is packed with fascinating memorabilia from the great man's travels. Take a stroll around the furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries which narrate the tale not only of Drake and his adventures but also naval commander and explorer Sir Richard Grenville. Look out for Drake's Drum which the great sailor took on all his expeditions and which is said to beat if Englan...
The Cotehele Estate is made up of Cotehele House, Cotehele Quay and Cotehele Quay. The house is a Tudor manor house, with charming gardens. The Mill's water wheel is still in operation, and the Quay is home to the Shamrock, a Tamar sailing barge, which dates to 1899). There are also 1300 acres of grounds and woodland.
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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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...
Explore Saltram House Saltram House is a remarkable Georgian mansion that features some of Robert Adam´s finest rooms. There are exquisite plasterwork ceilings and some rooms are decorated with original 18th century Chinese wallpaper. The fine collection of paintings includes work by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffmann. The house also contains fine original period furniture, china, pictures and a doll´s house. The superb 18th century gardens have an orangery, shrubberies, specim...
Discover Wonderland at Antony If you've ever seen Tim Burton's movie Alice In Wonderland, the enigmatically named Antony will seem rather familiar – it provided the setting whilst Johnny Depp's off the wall Mad Hatter's Tea Party was all filmed in the grounds. This early 18th century mansion on the east Cornwall peninsula at Torpoint has a frontage adorned with silver-grey Pentewan stone and is flanked by grand colonnaded wings of mellow brick and is a treat to the eye, as are the wond...
Explore Plas Newydd 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 military museum containing, uniforms and campaign relics of the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. Set on the banks of the Menai Strait, with a fine spring garden, summer terr...
Explore the hidden treasures of Penrhyn Castle Penrhyn Castle is a stunning 19th century neo-Norman castle, built for the wealthy Pennant family. It is crammed with fascinating things including a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria. It houses one of the best art collections in Wales, including paintings by Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Canaletto. The castle´s interiors are decorated with elaborate carvings, hand-made wallpapers and stained glass, and its furniture collection with ...
Lanhydrock House is a late 19th century country house, with formal gardens. It's set in 1,000 acres of parkland. There are plenty of places to explore within the parkland, and a cycle hub where visitors can try out the cycle trails. There is a shop, plant centre and children's play area, as well as cafes and a restaurant.
An intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem, Trerice remains little changed by the advances in building fashions over the centuries.
Country house display of early British modern British masters alongside interchanging displays of impressive treasures that tell the story of Tabley House.
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.
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.
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...
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