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Updated May 24, 2003
Borders, home of Sir Walter Scott , full of memorabilia relating to the famous writer
Conwy, Gwynedd, was built by a prosperous merchant in the 14th century; the oldest remaining domestic medieval structure in town; furnishings reflect changes in styles and use since the seventeenth century.
Northumberland, home of The Duke of Northumberland for 700 years, has a fine collection of paintings and books
Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, started as a Roman castle and the building on that site started again in the 12th century, the Keep was built in 1170 in the ownership of King Henry I. The Castle site was granted to Robert de Vipont in 1203, and the Castle passed to the Clifford family in 16th century for 400 years. Lady Anne Clifford, one of the greatest names in the history of Westmoreland, undertook in the 17th century extensive rebuilding of the Castle
"Number One, London", The Wellington Museum, at London's Hyde Park Corner, designed by Robert Adam and built 1771-78, sold in 1817 to the first Duke of Wellington; a wonderful collection of paintings ( Velásquez , Goya , Murillo , Jan Brueghel , Rubens , Steen ), porcelain, silver and gold, batons and swords,
Sussex, an impeccable traditional castle ; armouries, surrounding walls
Dorset, one of the finest 15th century manor houses called by Thomas Hardy as "Athelhall" . An unusually fine garden including 12 giant yew pyramids and a river flowing through
Essex, a Jacobean mansion with magnificent state rooms; 'Capability' Brown park;
Northumberland, home of Lady Armstrong , dominates the North Sea coast; museum with many exhibits
East Sussex, which was built in 1634, became the home of Rudyard Kipling and his American wife Caroline (Carrie) in 1902 and remained their home until his death in 1936. The rooms are still just like they used to be during Kipling's time, and the house feels very much like a home, a very pleasant place to visit. Beautiful garden and a water mill, Kipling's Rolls Royce in the garage.
Hampshire, the home of Lord Montagu's family since 1538, Gardens and the National Motor Museum with over 250 vehicles
Gwynedd, a castle of King Edward I , on Isle of Anglesey; a perfect example of a concentrically planned castle
Cheshire, was built, inspired by the great castles of the Holy Land, in 13th century by Earl Ranulf of Chester on a craggy cliff in the middle of Cheshire plain¨with magnificent open views to all directions; the deep well is over 100 metres below ground
Yorkshire, a baroque palace , paintings from National Portrait Gallery
Somerset, next to Wells Cathedral , surrounded by the moat with water from the three springs, wells; bell-ringing swans
Hampshire, remains of the moated medieval house of the Bishops of Winchester, destroyed during the Civil War
Fife, Scotland, a 14th century stronghold on a promontory in the Firth of Forth; film location for Hamlet
Oxfordshire, home of Duke of Marlborough , birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill , the magnificent palace and the unique park of 'Capability' Brown
Norfolk; a 17th century red brick house with extensive garden; fine Jacobean ceilings, furniture and collections
Sussex, a former military stronghold , uninhabited since the Civil War ; location for many movies
Durham, has a look of an imposing and opulent French chateau , important collection of European art and antiques
Selkirk, Borders, Scotland; the estate was granted to the Douglas family in 1322 and reverted to the Crown in 1450 as a favourite hunting ground; in 1550 the Scott family became the owners and after a marriage in 1720 between the Scotts and the Douglases the land was restored to the Douglas-Scott family. The present owner is John, 9th Duke of Buccleuch; the present house was built in 1812 with additions in 19th century; an excellent collection of paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Canaletto, Guardi, Van Dyck
Penrith, Cumbria, (pronounced ' broom '), was started in Henry II's reign on the site of a Roman fort, and renovated in 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford , who died there in 1676; later the castle was partly demolished and any usable materials were sold in 1714, but again partly restored in 1930's
the Roman Gariannonum, impressive walls of a Roman Fort from the 3rd century, built to defend the coast against Saxon raiders
Gwynedd, a very fine Edward I castle; setting for the Prince of Wales investiture
Derbyshire, a baroque mansion, built in 1703, great collection of stuffed birds; carriage display
Macclesfield, Cheshire, home of the Bromley-Davenport family and their ancestors since Domesday times; the original Hall was designed by Smiths of Warwick between 1719-1732, altered by Blore in 1837 and finally Salvin rebuilt the centre after a disastrous fire in 1861; a fascinating collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture, extensive park and gardens; in a beautiful Georgian Chapel dating from 1719 services are still held.
Carlisle, Cumbria, was started by King William II in 1093, and rebuilt in stone in 1157 by Henry II; during 1173-1461 the castle was attacked nine times, and in 1568 Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner in the castle; in 1745 the Jacobite army of "Bonnie Prince Charlie" took the castle on its way south. Great restoring work was done in the 1800's. The castle has been in the hands of the military without break for 800 years and is now also home to the museum of the Kings Own Border Regiment and the Border Regiment.
Yorkshire, built by Sir John Vanbrugh , the location of 'Brideshead Revisited' , an impressive Great Hall and fabulous collection of art
Kent, since 1922 Sir Winston Churchill's home ; a collection of his paintings
Derbyshire, the home of Duke of Devonshire ; library, famous paintings, 'Capability' Brown's exceptionally fine garden
Kent, rebuilt into fantasy castle c. 1800, famous for its various collections: Buddhistic objects, Egyptian antiquities, Japanese swords, Stuart and Jacobite relics
Alnwick, Northumberland, supposedly Britain's Most Haunted Castle , was already there in 1255 when King Henry III stayed there; in 1344 Sir Thomas Grey was granted the Royal Licence to fortify the castle with stone; now the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield who is presently restoring the castle; fine garden; interesting exhibitions
Clwyd, Wales, was founded about 1295 as a stronghold for Edward I's army captain Roger Mortimer, thus becoming one of the great fortresses of Edward's reign; it is of rectangular, concentric form with walls fifteen feet thick and a massive drum tower at each corner; since 1595 the home of the Myddelton family; conveyed to the National Trust in 1981
London, a fine Palladian villa , built 1725; Italianate gardens with classical statues;
Clitheroe , Lancashire, the ruins of a Norman keep on a high limestone mound right in the centre of the town of Clitheroe; the local historical and geological museum in situated in the house next to the castle
Essex, a Norman castle keep with a fine museum of Roman and medieval times
Gwynedd, a classical 13th century fortress , a masterpiece of medieval architecture in perfect surroundings
Gwynedd, stands impressive on a cliff overlooking Cardigan Bay
Strathclyde, Scotland, a Robert Adam palace of the Kennedy family includes a memorial to General Eisenhower
Penrith, Cumbria, home of the Hasell family for over three centuries; the house was started in 12th century as a pele-tower, the early Georgian front and the elegant rooms were completed about 1750; Yeomanry Museum with military relics and mementoes
Kent, one of the defensive fortifications along the coast of the Channel built as a part of the Device Forts by Henry VIII ;
Lothian, Scotland, ruins of a romantic castle; destroyed in 1650; fine gardens
Cumbria, Lake District home of William Wordsworth
Kent, was built on the White Cliffs in 12th century; a 75 metre deep well; a view across the Channel;
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, 17th century castle , Dumfriesshire home of Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry , renowned collection of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci , Rembrandt, Hans Holbein
Lothian, Scotland, high up on the volcanic rock; Crown Room with the Scottish Royal crown and other regalia
Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales; a fascinating house where the unusually close relationship existed between the family of the house and their servants in 19th and early 20th century; fine state rooms,
Derbyshire, 'plaque village' ; built 1671 and still occupied by the Wright family ; Jacobean staircase; spectacular old kitchen
Kelso, Borders, Scotland, the home of Duke of Roxburghe ; see the article of IN BRITAIN, April 1997
Suffolk, a 12th century castle , the outer walls and 13 towers still remaining almost unchanged, was built by the Bigod earls of Norfolk as a fortified residence, belonged in 16th century to Queen Mary Tudor and was later used as a school and also as a poorhouse; now a museum
Macclesfield, Cheshire, was originally built as a Norman house, rebuilt in 1480 as a half-timbered manor house - extensive re-modelling took place in 1701; the house was the subject of the most famous duel in British history, fought in 1712 between Lord Mohun and the Duke of Hamilton over the estates when both duellists were killed; today the home of Timothy and Elizabeth Roper-Richards; the house gives instantly an impression of a warm and friendly atmosphere; an Open Air Theatre from late June until August with popular plays, concerts and opera
in the Royal Mile , Edinburgh, represents urban Scottish high-tenement housing from 17th century.
Lothian, Scotland, home of the Wemyss-Charteris family, designed by Robert Adam , completed in 1800, Italian renaissance paintings
Kent, is a classical 17th century manor surrounded by a medieval moat with beautiful formal gardens and the famous Enchanted Forest, loved by children and adults alike; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a frequent visitor here and the place inspired him to set a dramatic scene here in his Sherlock Holmes mystery The Valley of Fear .
Derbyshire, a typical English country house with famous rose garden
Northumberland, was built as a barrier to separate Romans from the barbarians; interesting Housestead museum telling about Roman life ;
West Sussex, built in 1792 as the first work of Latrobe , the architect of The White House and The Capitol, Washington DC. The present owner bought it in 1982 to rescue it from dereliction and the family has made extensive restoration works without public funds
Surrey, of Henry VIII , fine state rooms , large garden with famous maze
Worcestershire near Droitwich; red brick house built in 1700; outstanding ceilings and Watney collection of porcelain
Derbyshire, Bess of Hardwick ; Long Gallery 166 feet long; fine hedged garden. The readers of the National Trust Magazine can find a long article about Hardwick in the Magazine's Spring 1997 issue
Derbyshire, Bess of Hardwick built the new Hall and left this one unused
Dorset, birthplace of Thomas Hardy
Yorkshire, magnificent house , 'Capability' Brown park and bird garden
Hertfordshire, a celebrated Jacobean house built 1611, a wing built 1497 where Elizabeth I spent much of her girlhood.
Manchester, a neo-classical house with impressive 18th century interiors.
is one of the finest and best preserved Norman keeps in England, built by Aubrey de Vere in 1140, home of de Veres and Earls of Oxford for 550 years and still owned by a descendant of the Earls of Oxford; the castle has the largest Norman arch in Europe, the way to the castle comes across a Tudor bridge built in 1496
East Sussex, the oldest brick building of any note still standing in England was started in 1441, was ruined and decaying after the middle of 18th century and was mentioned in 1890 as "an ivycovered ruin inhabited by owls and jackdaws". Finally, the vast restoration works started in 1912 and were completed in 1930's. This magnificent moated castle was bought in 1992 by Queen's University, Ontario, with a gift from Dr. Alfred and Mrs. Isabel Bader and is now an International Study Centre ; also open to the visitors.
Kent, a moated castle ; home of Ann Boleyn , Astor family since 1903; a maze
Hoghton nr. Preston, Lancashire, home of de Hoghton family, built in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton on the land owned by the family since the time of William the Conqueror. In the magnificent Banqueting Hall James I in 1617 knighted a loin of beef to "Sirloin". Excellent guided tours for visitors.
Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, was first mentioned in public records early 16th century, has been the home of the Cavendish family since 1756. The house was destroyed by fire in 1871 and rebuilt on a grand scale. Holker Hall Lakeland Motor Museum with its Sir Malcom Campbell memories is well worth a visit.
Norfolk, a fine 18th century Palladian mansion, a majestic stately home , magnificent alabaster Entrance Hall, fine paintings
Lothian, Scotland, an Adam Mansion , paintings by Rubens, Teniers, Canaletto, Titian; museum souvenirs Australia and India
Cumbria, the home of Lord Inglewood's family since 1605, built around a medieval pele tower, fine collections of furniture and paintings; outstanding garden with unique 'Meet the Gardener' guided walks
Suffolk, built 1795; the oval Rotunda with collections of fine paintings and silver; Italianate garden; 'Capability' Brown park
Kent, a moated manor house ; Medieval Great Hall; Robinson Library; lovely garden, a National Trust Property
Derbyshire, home of the Curzon Family; Robert Adam's elegant masterpiece
London, one of London's finest houses; the Iveagh Bequest paintings and furniture,
Kent, House with 365 rooms, granted to Thomas Sackville by Elizabeth I in 1603
London, was built in 1820s by Frederick, second son of King George III. Frederick died before the house was finished and it was leased to the Marquess of Stafford and named to Stafford House. In 1912 the lease was bought by Viscount Leverhulme, the house renamed to Lancaster House and the lease given to the nation. The London Museum occupied the house until after the WW2; wonderfully decorated; a splendid great Staircase Hall ; venue of international meetings; at the moment not open to the public
Kent, built on two islands in a lake, restored and beautifully furnished ; a Dog Collar Museum ; golf course; sometimes open-air concerts
Carnforth, Lancashire; a fortified manor was here in 1246, and since then there have been 26 owners of the property, the present owner is Richard Gillow Reynolds; the house is beautifully situated with the Lakeland mountains behind it, the facade is in neo-Gothic style of early 19th century, as the new wing was built in 1870; home to a collection of birds of prey on display and flown for visitors
Cumbria, magnificent Elizabethan home ; famous Topiary Gardens; working model as well as full-sized steam engines
Lincolnshire, was built by William the Conqueror in 1068; museum with Magna Carta and unique Victorian prison chapel; Crown Court sittings weekdays
Cumbria, Lake District woodland gardens with spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas, specimen trees and shrubs in mountain setting.
Not open to the public in summer 1998.
Cheshire, one of the best surviving Tudor timberframed houses, built around 1450, restored recently by National Trust
Wiltshire, fine Elizabethan building , famous paintings, 'Capability' Brown park, Safari park
London, of High Victorian taste; the astounding Arab Hall , Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Lord Leighton and others
Shropshire, built in 1086; Norman chapel; fortified Royal Palace ; performances of Shakespeare during the Ludlow Festival
Kent, remains of a country villa excavated in recent years; mosaic floors; one of the earliest private Christian chapels;
Wiltshire, "The Jewel of the Close Houses" of the Salisbury Cathedral , was originally a 13th century canonry, west facade added by Wren, rooms with magnificent rococo plasterwork, beautifully restored during the present ownership. Among previous visitors can be found names like King Charles II , George Frideric Handel and Dr. Samuel Johnson
Dumfries & Galloway, built in 1370; Annie Laurie of the ballad was born here in 1682
Suffolk, a brick Tudor mansion in Long Melford, built in 1578; home of Lady Mary Clopton , fine pictures, furniture and Chinese porcelain; Beatrix Potter display
Borders, an Adam Mansion , outstanding interior , classical library
Cumbria, owned by the Pennington family since 1208; outstanding Great Hall; rhododendron garden, Owl Centre
Norfolk, the Keep was built in 1090; once a prison, now museum of Norwich School paintings; large collection of ceramic teapots
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, owned by the National Trust , one of Yorkshire's finest Palladian houses, built in the mid 18th century; fine collection of Chippendale furniture designed especially for the house; fine paintings
Bath, Avon, fine example of Palladian architecture 1767-74; a grand town-house with authentic furniture
Yorkshire, from Elizabethan and Stuart periods; fine panelled hall and staircase; Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms
Greenwich, London; Flamsteed House designed by Christopher Wren ; the Meridian Building; Greenwich Planetarium
Edinburgh; Royal Residence, Mary Queen of Scots and David Rizzio
near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria; romantic ruins of a castle that was started in 11th century as a wooden tower and destroyed by the Scots in 1342, after which it was restored in stone by Roger Clifford . In an attack in 1541 it was ruined again and restored by Lady Anne Clifford in 1660; she used it as a stopping point on her route from Skipton to her castles in the Eden valley
Kent a family-owned stately home ; tapestry room; toy museum; exquisite gardens
Sussex, carvings by Gringling Gibbons; Turner's favourite place to visit ; famous paintings
Conwy, Gwynedd, a splendid town house with fine decorative plasterwork and dark oak panelling, built by Robert Wynne for his family in 1577, has been the headquarters of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art
Surrey, Edwardian country house with fine paintings and objets d'art ; honeymooners George VI and Elizabeth in 1923
Hampshire, originaly a Roman fortress , later a Norman Castle , among the finest Romain remains in northern Europe, the walls laid out as an almost perfect square of 590ft (180m) from north to south and slightly more from east to west, the height being 18ft (5.5m);
Kent, a red-brick 17th century house where General Wolfe spent his early years; exhibition of the Battle of Quebec
Jedburgh, Borders, was visited by Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart, 1542-1587) for four weeks in October 1566. The House is a popular museum with many relics, tapestries, oil paintings, furniture, arms and armour of the Queen.
Greenwich, London; a Royal Palace by Inigo Jones built in Palladian style in 1635, elegant staircase; now part of Greenwich Maritime Museum
Darlington, Durham, was first mentioned in the 11th century, but the present castle was built by John, 3rd Baron Nevill in about 1360; Sir Henry Vane the Elder, MP, purchased Raby in 1626 and his family still own Raby, now the home of Lord Barnard's family. Raby is one of the finest medieval castles, the grandest medieval kitchen in England which was used 1360-1954, and the magnificent Baron's Hall where 700 knights gathered in 1569; Coach House museum
Kent, 12th century twin towers , built where a Roman fort was 2000 years ago
Ripley, North Yorkshire, the home of the Ingilby family for over 660 years, started as a fortified gatehouse circa 1450, the building of the three-storey addition started in 1548, and the great rebuilding took place in 1780's. Sir William Amcotts Ingilby rebuilt in early 1800's the whole village of Ripley to look like a village in Alsace Lorraine, and it still looks like it!
Kent, built in 11th century as a Norman Bishop's castle and stronghold
Sussex, Brighton; famous seaside residence of King George IV ; the Indian style by John Nash; breathtaking interiors, superb craftsmanship, Great Kitchen
Harrogate, Yorkshire; a display illustrating the town as the Queen of the Inland Spas and life in Victorian Harrogate; a taste of sulphur water is an experience to anyone
Norfolk, a private Country House of the Queen , built in 1870 Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII ; grand and imposing neo-Jacobean house; museum full of Royal memorabilia including vintage Daimlers
Dumfries & Galloway; the oldest working post office in Britain dating from 1763, before the establishment of the Mail Coach Service in 1784.
Kent, was built c.1378-80 by Roger Ashburnham in response to the threat of French invasion, and one of the original circular towers still stands there. For 350 years the Darell family lived there and in 1778 Edward Hussey bought the castle creating the picturesque garden. The estate was finally left to the National Trust on the death of Christopher Hussey in 1970. See the picture of the castle on the front page of IN BRITAIN January 1998 issue
Kent, famous gardens created by Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West
Kendal, Cumbria, a romantic fortified mansion and the home of the Strickland family for more than 750 years; started in 14th century as a pele tower, extended in Tudor times; fine Elizabethan carved overmantels; surrounded by large garden (National Trust)
Yorkshire; built 900 years ago, well-preserved with beautiful Tudor courtyard ; an excellent comprehensive Tour Sheet with 40 drawings and descriptions of interesting features is given to each visitor! The best I have ever seen!! See "A Virtual Tour of Skipton Castle"
Kelso, Borders, Scotland, was built by the Pringles in 15th century on a high rocky hill , was sold 1645 to the Scotts, the ancestors of Sir Walter Scott; in well preserved tower there are exhibitions of tapestry and costume depicting characters from Sir Walter Scott's 'Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders'
London, designed by John Soane: paintings by Hogarth, Turner; sarcophagus of Seti I,
Suffolk, in a splendid early Victorian mansion built between 1844-1851 by Sir Morton Peto and no expense was spared; the house was sold in 1963 to carpet manufacturer Sir Francis Crossley whose great-grandson Lord Somerleyton is the present owner. He is also the Master of the Horse, one of the three Great Offices of State in the Royal Household ; Lord and Lady Somerleyton live at the Hall. There are paintings by Landseer, Wright of Derby and Stanfield; the garden and the yew hedge maze are amongst the finest in the country.
Liverpool, Merseyside, the half-timbered house was built in early 16th century by the Norris family, and was sold in 1795 to the Watt family, who gave the estate to the National Trust in 1943. The interior of the house spans many periods from Tudor to Victorian, some rooms with William Morris wallpapers and Jacobean plasterwork and carved furniture
London, built 1756-66 for Earl Spencer , an ancestor of Princess Diana; a fine London town house and a magnificent private palace overlooking Green Park, neo-classical interiors,
Kent, Westerham, a manor house built in 1681; collection of Italian, 18th century English and 17th century Dutch paintings
Cornwall; 75 metres high granite crag island surmounted by 14th century castle ; access at low tide over causeway
Essex, Great gatehouse built in 1475, a group of buildings surrounding a wide quadrangle; Topiary garden; art collection including George Stubbs
Fife, Scotland; former Scottish Royal Residence , maybe the grandest of all Scotland's castles with outstanding architecture; strong links with Mary Queen of Scots who was crowned here in 1543
Liverpool, Merseyside, the former home of Victorian shipowner George Holt; full of great British paintings including works by Gainsborough, Landseer, Corot, Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites: Lord Leighton, Strudwick, Hunt,
Brentford, London, by 'Capability' Brown in 1760s, the beautiful Great Conservatory was designed by Charles Fowler in 1820. Duke of Northumberland owns the Syon House which was remodelled by Robert Adam in 1760s. Butterfly House at Syon Park has hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies.
Knutsford, Cheshire, fine Palladian mansion of 1761, state rooms with fine paintings and furniture; collection of musical instruments
Lothian, Scotland, famous 14th century stronghold of the Douglases, magnificent view across the Firth of Forth to the Bass Rock
Lincolnshire; a fortified brick tower built in 1440; state apartments, restored by Lord Curzon 1911-14
Knutsford, Cheshire, home of the Egerton family 1598-1958, now owned by the National Trust; Tatton Old Hall was built around 1520 and the building was enlarged to its present size in 1580's and then the appearance was changed in early 19th century by architect Wyatt in the fashionable Neo-Classical style; the magnificent rooms have fine collections of pictures, books, china, glass and furniture; extensive park
Leeds, Yorkshire; Tudor and Jacobean mansion ; collections of decorative arts in a park, where summer concerts are held
Nottinghamshire; Pub Games at Nottingham's Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Devon ; founded as monastery in 1196, later adapted as a country house, now an art gallery with Victorian paintings and Agatha Christie mementoes
London, Crown Jewels , Beefeaters, ravens, colourful history of England
Windermere, Cumbria, a 17th century solid stone and slate house which belonged to a wealthy yeoman farming family, now the property of the National Trust
Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, Scotland, claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, where 27 Scottish and English monarchs have visited, now home of Catherine Maxwell Stuart family. Traquair is one of the Great Houses of Scotland , has its own house brewery , and provides accommodation for visitors
Northumberland; a Norman origin castle with great towering keep ;
Warwickshire; 900 years old castle , Madame Tussaud's waxworks settings. Read more about Warwick from IN BRITAIN December 1998 issue
Wiltshire, the home of the Earl of Pembroke for over 450 years, rebuilt after the 1647 fire on designs of Inigo Jones , WW2 Operations Room for Southern Command and D-Day Landings in 1944; has provided film locations for "Barry Lyndon" , "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson, "Mutiny" with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson; one of the best private art collection in Britain including Van Dyck, Rubens, Joshua Reynolds, Pieter and Jan Brueghel
Berkshire; a royal palace and fortress since Henry II in 1110
Bedfordshire, famous stately home of the Russell Family , fine art: Canaletto , Reynolds
Cockermouth, Cumbria; country Georgian House built in 1745, birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth ; some of his belongings
Rye, East Sussex; built in 1250 by King Henry III as a defence castle , over three centuries a prison, houses today the Rye Museum
Updated May 24, 2003