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English Heritage


Address : 1 Waterhouse Square, Holborn
Town : London
Telephone : 0870 333 1181
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English Heritage exists to help people understand, value, care for and enjoy England's unique heritage.



We are probably best known for looking after the National Heritage Collection of historic sites and monuments and the guardianship of over 500,000 objects and 12 million photographs in our public archives. The Collection ranges from prehistoric stone circles to a 1960s nuclear bunker and includes Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall, Charles Darwin's diaries and the Duke of Wellington's boots. Taken together, over 400 properties in our care help to tell the story of England.
We also run an extensive events programme throughout the year and provide free educational visits for schools. But we also:
  • Advise government on which parts of our heritage are nationally important so they can be protected by designation (which includes the listing of buildings) and promote the importance of heritage in making places distinctive and valued
  • Advise local authorities on managing changes to the most important parts of our heritage
  • Encourage investment in heritage at risk
  • Share our knowledge, skills and expertise by offering training and guidance, giving practical conservation advice and access to our resources.
  • Provide £24 million in grants.

Totnes Castle

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"A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving sweeping views ac...

Deal Castle

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For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast look no further than Deal Castle....

Chysauster Ancient Village

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"This Iron Age settlement was originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago."...

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

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An English Heritage Venue...

Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)

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Wolvesey has been an important residence of the wealthy and powerful Bishops of Winchester since Anglo-Saxon times. Standing next to Winchester Cathedral, the extensive surviv...

Temple Manor

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Although once surrounded by farmland, this ancient manor house now stands amidst an industrial estate. Nevertheless, a leafy garden provides a fitting setting for the property...

Lanercost Priory

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The beautiful and now tranquil setting of Augustinian Lanercost Priory belies an often troubled history. Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during ...

Tilbury Fort

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Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London's seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War. Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Que...

Pickering Castle

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Set in the attractive Moors-edge market town of Pickering;discover how this splendid 13th century castle was used throughout the centuries. This tourist attraction in the hear...

Greyfriars

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An English Heritage Venue...

Denton Hall Turret - Hadrian's Wall

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The foundations of a turret and a 65 metre (213 feet) length of Wall....

Rotherwas Chapel

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The family chapel of the Roman Catholic Bodenham family. The originally simple medieval building has a fine Elizabethan timber roof, a rebuilt 18th century tower, and striking...


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Jewry Wall

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A length of Roman bath-house wall over 9 metres (30 feet) high, near a museum displaying the archaeology of Leicester and its region....

Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard

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Home to history and the arts, Berwick Barracks is the ideal place for a family day out....

Bolsover Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Waverley Abbey

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An English Heritage Venue...

Abingdon County Hall Museum

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This splendid 17th century baroque building housed a courtroom for Assizes, raised on arches over a market space. It now houses the Abingdon Museum. On sunny days take in the ...

Jewel Tower

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The Jewel Tower dates back almost 650 years and is an intriguing visitor attraction in the heart of Westminster. It was built around 1365 to house Edward III's treasures and w...

Boscobel House and The Royal Oak

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"Built in about 1632, Boscobel House, originally a timber-framed farmhouse, was converted into a hunting lodge by John Giffard of Whiteladies. The Giffard family were Roman Ca...

Hob Hurst's House

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A square prehistoric burial mound with an earthwork ditch and outer bank. It was named after a local goblin....

Muchelney Abbey

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"Muchelney Abbey, which lies 2 miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors - history lovers in particular will...

Bratton Camp and White Horse

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The original Iron Age Hillfort defences were built at Bratton Camp over 2000 years ago. These earthworks protected a settlement containing round houses, granaries, stores and ...

Camber Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Prudhoe Castle

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Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell so a family day out to this Northumberland fortress is truly worthwhile....

Acton Burnell Castle

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The red sandstone shell of a semi-fortified tower house, built between 1284-93 by Bishop Burnell, Edward I's Lord Chancellor. Parliaments were held here twice, in 1283 and 128...

Hadleigh Castle

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The romantic ruins of a royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes. Hadleigh was begun in about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, but extensively refortified by Edward III during the H...

Hailes Abbey

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An English Heritage Venue...

Howden Minster

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The elaborately decorated ruins of a 14th century chancel and chapter house (viewable only from the outside), attached to the still operational cathedral-like minster church. ...

Croxden Abbey

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The impressive remains of an abbey of Cistercian 'white monks', including towering fragments of its 13th century church, infirmary and 14th century abbot's lodging....

Winshields Wall - Hadrian's Wall

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The highest point on the Wall, in rugged country with spectacular views....

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

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A visit to Ashby Castle makes a great family day out in Leicestershire....

King Doniert's Stone

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Two richly carved pieces of a 9th century 'Celtic' cross, with an inscription commemorating Dumgarth, British King of Dumnonia, who drowned in about AD 875....

Bayham Old Abbey

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"Bayham Abbey makes a fascinating day out on the Kent Sussex border. The impressive ruins include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque...

Bessie Surtees House

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These two five-storey 16th and 17th century merchants' houses - which now also house English Heritage's regional office - are fine examples of Jacobean domestic architecture, ...

Wayland's Smithy

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Wayland's Smithy is an atmospheric historic site situated approximately 2km along the Ridgeway from the Uffington White Horse. A Neolithic chambered long barrow, it was once b...

Hatfield Earthworks (Marden Henge)

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The Hatfield Earthworks are made primarily of a large, irregular-shaped henge enclosure, surrounded by a ditch and bordered in part by the River Avon. Within this lies a secon...

Steeton Hall Gateway

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A fine example of a small, well preserved manorial gatehouse dating from the 14th century....

Calshot Castle

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This picturesque castle set in Calshot, a coastal village in Southampton, Hampshire, England. This beautiful village provides a perfect relaxing family day out by the coast....

Portland Castle

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"Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion."...

Binham Market Cross

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The tall shaft of a 15th century cross, on the site of an annual fair held from the 1100s until the 1950s....

Netley Abbey

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The most complete surviving Cistercian monastery in southern England, with almost all the walls of its 13th-century church still standing, along with many monastic buildings. ...

Harrows Scar Milecastle and Wall - Hadrian's Wall

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A mile-long section of the Wall, rebuilt in stone later in Hadrian's reign. It is linked to Birdoswald Roman Fort. Please note: Parking is available at Birdoswald....

Longthorpe Tower

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Longthorpe Tower displays one of the most complete and important sets of 14th century domestic wall paintings in northern Europe. This varied 'spiritual encyclopaedia' of worl...

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

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"In a beautiful valley of the river Frome, on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset and only nine miles from Bath, stands the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle."...

Dymchurch Martello Tower

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Fully restored and re-equipped with its cannon, this is one of 103 ingeniously-designed artillery towers, built from 1805 at vulnerable points around the south and east coasts...

Chiswick House and Gardens

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Chiswick House is among the most glorious examples of 18th century British architecture and makes a fascinating day out in West London. The third Earl of Burlington, who desig...

Trethevy Quoit

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This well-preserved and impressive Neolithic 'dolmen' burial chamber stands 2.7 metres (8.9 ft) high. There are five standing stones, surmounted by a huge capstone....

Blackfriars

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One of the most complete surviving friaries of Dominican 'black friars' in England, later converted into a Tudor house and cloth factory. Notable features include the church a...

Clifford's Tower, York

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The stunning panoramic views from the top of Clifford's Tower, out over the historic city of York, makes it one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire....

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Upnor Castle

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Set in tranquil grounds adjoining a riverside village, this rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort was begun in 1559 and redeveloped in 1599-1601, to protect warships m...

Flowerdown Barrows

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Three Bronze Age burial mounds, once part of a much larger 'barrow cemetery', including two bowl barrows, and the largest and finest disc barrow in Hampshire....

Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

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The most famous and intensively studied of Britain's 3,000 or so deserted medieval villages, Wharram Percy occupies a remote but attractive site in a beautiful Wolds valley. A...

Tregiffian Burial Chamber

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A Neolithic or early Bronze Age chambered tomb with an entrance passage, walled and roofed with stone slabs, leading into the central chamber....

Okehampton Castle

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The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey ...

Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village

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The remains of four 13th century stone farmsteads, on land originally farmed in the Bronze Age....

Stoney Littleton Long Barrow

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One of the finest accessible examples of a Neolithic chambered tomb, with its multiple burial chambers open to view....

Clifton Hall

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An English Heritage Venue...

Pendennis Castle

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For a great value day out in Cornwall, take a trip to Pendennis Castle, Falmouth. Celebrate Christmas the Cornish way at Nadelik (Sat 7 & Sun 8 Dec) which is a special festive...

Carlisle Castle

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Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living memory. Now its rich and v...

Belas Knap Long Barrow

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A particularly fine example of a Neolithic long barrow of c.3800 BC, featuring a false entrance and side chambers. Excavated in 1863 and 1865, the remains of 31 people were fo...

Waltham Abbey Gatehouse and Bridge

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Explore the fascinating remnants of one of the great monastic foundations of the Middle Ages at this important site, based in the historic market town of Waltham Abbey....

Aldborough Roman Site

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For an interesting day out visit Aldborough Roman site among the northern most urban centres in the Roman Empire....

Lindisfarne Priory

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Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels and the site of grisly Viking attacks, a visit to Lindisfarne Priory is a great day out in Northumberland. Sitting offshore on Holy ...

Kirkham Priory

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An English Heritage Venue...

Deal Castle

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For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast look no further than Deal Castle....

Old Oswestry Hill Fort

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The most hugely impressive Iron Age hillfort on the Welsh Borders, covering 40 acres, with formidable multiple ramparts. Information panels tell you about the hillfort and its...

Fiddleford Manor

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The principal parts of a small stone manor house, probably begun about 1370 for William Latimer, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset....

Chapter House and Pyx Chamber

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Built by the royal masons in 1250, the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey was originally used in the 13th century by Benedictine monks for their daily meetings. It later becam...

Faversham Stone Chapel (Our Lady of Elverton)

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The ruins of the small Anglo-Saxon and medieval chapel of Stone-next-Faversham - the only Christian building in England to incorporate within its fabric the remains of a 4th c...

Appuldurcombe House

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"If you're planning to visit the Isle of Wight, take a trip to Appuldurcombe House and don't forget the nearby falconry centre for a fun filled family day out."...

Restormel Castle

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"The great 13th-century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound su...

Aydon Castle

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Tucked away just one mile from the village of Corbridge is Aydon Castle, the perfect location for a family day out....

Dover Castle

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For a great family day out in Kent, visit Dover Castle! Immerse yourself in our dramatic new visitor experience, Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk, open now to visitors....

Hurlers Stone Circles

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Three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England....

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse

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Well-preserved 15th-century gatehouse, the sole survivor of a small Benedictine priory. A miniature 'pele-tower' containing two storeys of comfortable rooms, it later became a...

St Augustine's Abbey

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"This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Angl...

De Grey Mausoleum, Flitton

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Among the largest sepulchral chapels attached to any English church, this cruciform mausoleum houses a remarkable sequence of 17 sculpted and effigied monuments, spanning near...

Pevensey Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Peveril Castle

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"The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Ca...

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall

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Part of Hadrian's Wall, Chesters is also the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain....

Hylton Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Roche Abbey

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Beautifully set in a valley landscaped by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th Century. Roche Abbey has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, la...

Hill Hall

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An English Heritage Venue...

Deddington Castle

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Extensive earthworks marking the site of an 11th century motte and bailey castle....

Wingfield Manor

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The vast and immensely impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house arranged round a pair of courtyards, with a huge undercrofted Great Hall and a defensible High Tower...

Osborne

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It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be...

Chester Castle: Agricola Tower and Castle Walls

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The original gateway to Chester Castle, this 12th century tower contains a chapel with exceptionally fine wall-paintings dated about 1220 but rediscovered in the 1980s....

St Briavels Castle

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The fine twin-towered gatehouse of this castle, built by Edward I in 1292, once defended a crossbow bolt factory which used local Forest of Dean iron. Once a prison, it is now...

Binham Priory

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Among the most complete and impressive monastic ruins in Norfolk of a Benedictine priory with a well-documented history. The nave, with its splendid 13th century west front an...

Kirby Hall

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"Kirby Hall is one of England's greatest Elizabethan and 17th century houses earlier owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I."...

Netheravon Dovecote

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Set a mere four miles from Stonehenge, Netheravon Dovecote is a charming yet practical building - and an excellent example of an early 18th century dovecote. It still retains ...

Thetford, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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The only surviving remains in England of a priory of Canons of the Holy Sepulchre, who aided pilgrims to Christ's tomb: the ruined nave of their 14th century church, later use...

Launceston Castle

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"Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-c...

Poltross Burn Milecastle - Hadrian's Wall

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One of the best-preserved milecastles on Hadrian's Wall, Poltross includes an oven, a stair to the rampart walk, and the remains of its north gateway....

Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall

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One of the best places of all to see the Wall, dramatically snaking and diving along the crags of the Whin Sill....

Brougham Castle

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In a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century. This great keep largely survives, amid many...

Uffington Castle - White Horse and Dragon Hill

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The Ridgeway is the ancient route that stretched from Dorset to the Wash and still traverses the chalk ridges of the Berkshire Downs. Often described as Britain's oldest road,...

Skipsea Castle

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An impressive Norman motte and bailey castle, dating from before 1086 and among the first raised in Yorkshire, with the earthworks of an attendant fortified 'borough'....

Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge - Hadrian's Wall

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A fine 914 metre (2,999 feet) stretch of Wall, including two turrets and impressive bridge remains beside the River Irthing. Linked by a bridge to Birdoswald Roman Fort....

Dartmouth Castle

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"One of the most beautifully located fortresses in England. For over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port ...

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

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In the Lake District in Cumbria, this extensive working mill produced literally millions of wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries....

Isleham Priory Church

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Isleham Priory Church is the best example in England of a small Norman Benedictine priory church, surviving in a surprisingly unaltered state despite later conversion into a b...

Mistley Towers

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Two porticoed Classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776....

Horne's Place Chapel

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This is a rare survival of a fine domestic chapel, built for William Horne in 1366 and attached to his timber-framed manor house, which was attacked during the Peasants' Revol...

The English Heritage Archive

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An English Heritage Venue...

Shap Abbey

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The impressive full-height 15th-century tower and other remains of a remote abbey of Premonstratensian 'white canons'....

Royal Citadel, Plymouth

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A dramatic 17th century fortress built to defend the coastline from the Dutch, and keep watch on a recently rebellious town. Still in use by the military today....

Chisbury Chapel

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Although used as a barn for the last three centuries, this fine medieval chapel was originally constructed by the lord of Chisbury Manor to assert his high social status. It a...

Gisborough Priory

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An English Heritage Venue...

Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars' Cloisters

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The delightful Row Houses at Row 111 and the Old Merchant's House are rare remnants of Great Yarmouth's original distinctive 'Rows' which were a network of narrow alleyways li...

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