Wrest Park

Wrest Park

Bedfordshire
The main attraction at Wrest Park is the extensive and historic gardens, that began their formal layout in Stuart times. The house itself was built in the 1830s, and visitors can see a few of the rooms inside. Wrest Park was home to the de Grey family for over 600 years. (more…)
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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Oxfordshire
This grand Baroque-style palace is well known for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill. But did you know that it was a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough from Queen Anne and took 17 years to complete? (more…)
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The Piece Hall

West Yorkshire
The Piece Hall in Halifax was built in Georgian times as a new market place for buying and selling woollen cloth. From 1871 to 1971 it had a new life as a wholesale food market, before becoming a tourist destination in 1976. (more…)
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South Hill Park

South Hill Park

Berkshire
South Hill Park in Bracknell has been an arts centre since 1973, but before that this estate had many owners, including Prime Minister George Canning. The house that stands today was remodelled over time, lastly by architect Temple Moore in the 1800s for then owner Arthur Divett Hayter. (more…)
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Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey

Bedfordshire
Originally a medieval monastery, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford since the 1620s. There have been a few interesting characters that have lived here, including the 'Flying Duchess' and the executed Lord William Russell. (more…)
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Scott’s Grotto

Scott’s Grotto

Hertfordshire
The poet and writer John Scott built this grotto in the grounds of his house in Ware, in the 18th century. It was nearly lost forever in the 1960s, but luckily it was saved by the local council. (more…)
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Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate

Cambridgeshire
Wimpole in Royston, Cambridgeshire, is a large county estate which has seen many owners. The last owners of Wimpole completely refurnished and decorated the house over 40 years, before the National Trust became the guardians of the estate. There's so much to do and see at Wimpole Estate - there's a farm, an adventure playground, plus the gardens, grounds, and of course the house! (more…)
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Leptis Magna Roman Ruins

Leptis Magna Roman Ruins

Surrey
These ruins that sit beside the lake in Windsor Great Park may look like they have been there since the Romans occupied Britain, but they were actually placed there in the 19th century by architect Jeffry Wyatville. The ruins are Roman, but were taken from the Roman City of Leptis Magna in Libya, which was at its height during the 2nd to 3rd centuries CE. (more…)
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Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor

Oxfordshire
Sulgrave Manor near Banbury was built in the 1500s by the ancestor of George Washington, first President of the USA. The building was added to in the 18th century by the Hodges's family. A great insight into the life of a successful Tudor wool merchant, with lots of things for children to do. (more…)
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Buckingham Old Gaol

Buckingham Old Gaol

Buckinghamshire
Built in 1748, Buckingham Old Gaol has had many uses over the centuries (other than being a small prison). Now a museum of both the gaol and local history, this castle-like building is hard to miss in Buckingham! (more…)
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