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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.

Carisbrooke Castle

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One of the main tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. You can still play bowls on the ve...

Hill Hall

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Rochester Castle

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"Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. ...

North Leigh Roman Villa

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Orford Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

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....

Penrith Castle

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Penrith Castle was begun at the end of the 14th century by Ralph Neville, who played a key role in defending this area against the Scots. It was later transformed into a luxur...

Harmondsworth Barn

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Rescued by English Heritage after years of neglect, this Grade I listed barn ranks alongside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey for its exceptional architectural a...

Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

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Set high on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort is a fascinating tourist attraction in the north east of England. There are som...

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...

Piel Castle

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The impressive ruins of a 14th-century castle with a massive keep, inner and outer baileys, and towered curtain walls still standing....

Reculver Towers and Roman Fort

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"An imposing landmark, the twin 12th-century towers of the ruined church stand amid the remains of an important Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort and a Saxon monastery. Richborough Rom...


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Halesowen Abbey

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London Wall

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Set immediately north of the Tower of London, right in the heart of Tower Hill, stands one of the most substantial and impressive surviving sections of the London Wall. Built ...

Woodhenge

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Woodhenge is well worth a visit, especially if you are also heading to the nearby World Heritage Site of Stonehenge (located approximately 2 miles away)....

Pevensey Castle

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Fort Brockhurst

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One of a number of forts built in the 1850s and 1860s to protect Portsmouth and its vital harbour against a French invasion. Largely unaltered, the parade ground, gun ramps an...

Chichele College

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The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by locally-born Archbishop Chichele before 1425. Regularly used ...

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....

Windmill Hill, Avebury

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The classic Neolithic 'causewayed enclosure', with three concentric but intermittent ditches. Large quantities of animal bones found here indicate feasting, animal trading or ...

Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace

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"Standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval bishops' palace was once among the most...

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....

Western Heights, Dover

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A huge fortification begun during the Napoleonic Wars and completed in the 1860s, designed to protect Dover from French invasion. Only the moat can be visited.Part of the Whit...

Arthur's Stone

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An atmospheric Neolithic burial chamber made of great stone slabs, in the hills above Herefordshire's Golden Valley....

Nympsfield Long Barrow

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A large Neolithic burial mound with spectacular vistas over the Severn Valley. Its internal burial chambers are uncovered for viewing....

Berney Arms Windmill

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Visit one of Norfolk's best and largest extant marsh mills, built to grind a constituent of cement and in use until 1951, for subsequently pumping water to drain surrounding m...

Ballowall Barrow

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In a spectacular cliff-edge position, this unique Bronze Age tomb had a long and complex history as a sacred site. Seen as excavated in 1878 by Cornish antiquarian William Bor...

Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump)

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Jordan Hill Roman Temple

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The foundations of a 4th century Romano-Celtic temple....

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...

Countess Pillar, Brougham

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A monument erected in 1656 by Lady Anne Clifford of nearby Brougham Castle, to commemorate her final parting here from her mother. On the low stone beside it, money was given ...

Butter Cross

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The transplanted stump of a medieval stone cross, once a meeting place for butter-sellers....

Bant's Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village

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The remains of an ancient Iron Age village in a wonderfully scenic location. On the hill above stands a Bronze Age burial mound with entrance passage and inner chamber....

Glastonbury Tribunal

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A fine, late 15th-century stone town house, with an early Tudor facade and panelled interiors. Now contains a Tourist Information Centre and the Glastonbury Lake Village Museu...

St John's Abbey Gate

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This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork', is the sole survivor of the wealthy Benedictine abbey of St John. It was built c.1400 to strengthe...

The Sanctuary, Avebury

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Begun in about 3000 BC, the Sanctuary was originally a complex circular arrangement of timber posts, which were later replaced by stones. These components are now indicated by...

St Mary's Church, Kempley

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A delightful Norman church, displaying one of the most outstandingly complete and well preserved sets of medieval wall paintings in England, dating from the 12th and 14th cent...

Sawley Abbey

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The remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, set on the banks of the Ribble against a backdrop of dramatic hills. After its dissolution in 1536, the monks were briefly r...

Audley End House and Gardens

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Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion....

Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber

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A large and imposing Scillonian Bronze Age entrance grave, with kerb, inner passage and burial chamber all clearly visible....

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...

Wenlock Priory

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"The tranquil ruins of Wenlock Priory stand in a picturesque setting on the fringe of beautiful Much Wenlock. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded here in about 680 by King Me...

Tintagel Castle

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St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber

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This fascinating tourist attraction is home to over 2,800 burials dating from Anglo-Saxon to Victorian times. Located in North Lincolnshire, St Peter's Church is both an archa...

Kingston Russell Stone Circle

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A late Neolithic or early Bronze Age circle of 18 fallen stones, on a hilltop overlooking Abbotsbury and the sea....

Apsley House

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Addresses don't come much grander than 'Number One London', the popular name for Apsley House, one of the most interesting visitor attractions in London. Home to the Duke of W...

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...

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,...

Longtown Castle

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A powerful thick-walled round keep dating from around 1200, characteristic of the Welsh Borders, on a large earthen mound within a stonewalled bailey. Set in the beautiful Olc...

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...

Moreton Corbet Castle

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The ruins of the medieval castle and Tudor manor house of the Corbets are dominated by the theatrical shell of an ambitious Elizabethan mansion wing in Italianate style, which...

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....

Bolingbroke Castle

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The remains of a 13th century hexagonal castle, birthplace in 1367 of the future King Henry IV, with adjacent earthworks....

Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse

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Thornton Abbey's enormous and ornate fortified gatehouse is the largest and amongst the finest in England. This North Lincolnshire tourist attraction is the ideal way to spend...

St Catherine's Oratory

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A tall medieval octagonal tower, allegedly a lighthouse, built here in 1328 as penance for stealing church property from a wrecked ship. Affectionately known as the Pepperpot,...

Bow Bridge

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This narrow 15th century stone bridge across Mill Beck carried an old packhorse route to nearby Furness Abbey....

Brough Castle

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Starkly impressive Brough Castle stands on a ridge commanding strategic Stainmore Pass, on the site of a Roman fort....

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...

Bolsover Castle

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St Mawes Castle

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"St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built betw...

Fort Cumberland

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Perhaps England's most impressive piece of 18th century defensive architecture, Fort Cumberland was reconstructed in pentagonal form by the Duke of Richmond between 1785 and 1...

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....

Mayburgh Henge

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A large and impressive Neolithic henge, much better preserved than neighbouring King Arthur's Round Table. Its banks stand up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, and unusually are con...

Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse

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An English Heritage Venue...

Heddon-on-the-Wall - Hadrian's Wall

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A consolidated stretch of Wall, up to 2 metres (61/2 feet) thick in places....

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, ...

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 ...

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...

Derwentcote Steel Furnace

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Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain....

Rufford Abbey

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The best-preserved remains of a Cistercian abbey west cloister range in England, dating mainly from around 1170. Incorporated into part of a 17th century and later mansion, se...

Monk Bretton Priory

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Cow Tower, Norwich

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One of the earliest purpose-built artillery blockhouses in England, this brick tower was built in about 1398-9 to command a strategic point in Norwich's city defence....

Stokesay Castle

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"Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber...

Titchfield Abbey

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The ruins of a 13th century Premonstratensian abbey, later converted into a Tudor mansion. The church was rebuilt as a grand turreted gatehouse. Information panels tell the st...

Marble Hill House

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Whitby Abbey

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"Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip in Yorkshire. It's easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspire...

Denton Hall Turret - Hadrian's Wall

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

Sandbach Crosses

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The two massive Saxon stone crosses, elaborately carved with animals and Biblical scenes including the Nativity of Christ and the Crucifixion, dominate the cobbled market squa...

Chesters Bridge Abutment - Hadrian's Wall

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Close to Chesters Roman Fort are the remains of a bridge which carried Hadrian's Wall across the North Tyne. Visible on both river banks, they are most impressive on the easte...

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...

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...

Gisborough Priory

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Helmsley Castle

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"Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park."...

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

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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...

Grimspound

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The best known of many Dartmoor prehistoric settlements, Grimspound dates from the late Bronze Age. The remains of 24 stone houses survive within a massive boundary wall....

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

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Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower on a mound, built as a prison. It later became no...

Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove

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The banks and ditches of a series of late Iron Age defences protecting the western side of Camulodunum - pre-Roman Colchester. There are also many pre-Roman graves hereabouts,...

Rievaulx Abbey

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"If peace and tranquillity is what you seek from a family day out in Yorkshire, then Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors Natio...

Wrest Park

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After decades behind virtually closed doors, its treasures overgrown and largely unknown, English Heritage is reviving one of Britain's largest and most important 'secret gard...

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...

Berkhamsted Castle

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Visit the substantial remains of a strong and important motte and bailey castle dating from the 11th - 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks....

Hailes Abbey

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Portchester Castle

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"Looking for a fun family day out? Visit Portchester Castle in Hampshire, South East England. It provides the perfect setting for a relaxed, fun, historic day out! The castle'...

Mattersey Priory

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The remains, mainly the 13th century refectory and kitchen, of a small monastery for just six Gilbertine canons - the only wholly English monastic order....

Kenwood

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Kenwood is now open! The masterpiece is complete, the paint is dry and the doors are open. Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Ke...

Walmer Castle and Gardens

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Built during the reign of King Henry VIII, Walmer Castle is one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the South East. Originally designed as part of a chain of coasta...

Eltham Palace and Gardens

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Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace, one of the most enchanting visitor attractions in London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the rema...

Old Wardour Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Banks East Turret - Hadrian's Wall

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Imposing and well-preserved turret with adjoining stretches of Hadrian's Wall....

Langley Chapel

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A small chapel tranquilly set all alone in charming countryside. Its atmospheric interior contains a perfect set of 17th century timber furnishings, including a musicians' pew...

Donnington Castle

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The striking twin-towered 14th-century gatehouse of this castle, later the focus of a Civil War siege and battle, survives amid impressive earthworks....

Kit's Coty House and Little Kit's Coty House

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Kit's Coty House and its neighbour, Little Kit's Coty House, are the remains of two megalithic 'dolmen' burial chambers. The larger of the two monuments, Kit's Coty has three ...

Bramber Castle

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Coombe Conduit

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For 350 years, Coombe Conduit formed part of a system which collected water from nearby springs and channelled it to Hampton Court Palace. One of three such conduits that supp...

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...

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre

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Originally a tribal centre of the Iron Age Atrebates, Silchester became the large and important Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never re-occup...

Duxford Chapel

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A modest but complete and attractive 14th century chantry chapel, perhaps originally a hospital....

Bolsover Cundy House

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This charming cottage-like 17th century conduit house, with vaulted stone-slab roof, once supplied water to Bolsover 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...

Yarmouth Castle

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"Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight provides a magnificent picnic spot, with views over the Solent for a lovely relaxing family day by the sea. Step inside and discover the atmosp...

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