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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.

Colchester, St Botolph's Priory

child friendly Colchester, St Botolph's Priory
An English Heritage Venue...

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...

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, ...

Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement

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The remains of a Bronze Age settlement, side by side with several sacred sites, including three stone rows, a stone circle, standing stones and burial cairns, probably constru...

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...

St Catherine's Oratory

child friendly St Catherine's Oratory
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,...

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...

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...

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 ...

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

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For a memorable family day out in Sussex explore Battle Abbey and Battlefield, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Discover more about the most famous date in English his...

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...

Black Middens Bastle House

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A fortified farmhouse with thick stone walls, of a type distinctive to the troubled 16th century Anglo-Scottish borders. The living quarters were only accessible at first floo...


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Leiston Abbey

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The mainly 14th century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons. Among Suffolk's most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features....

Castle Rising Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Christchurch Castle and Norman House

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The remains of Christchurch Castle include parts of the mound-top keep, and more unusually the 12th-century riverside chamber block or 'Constable's House'. This very early exa...

The Grange at Northington

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Set like a lakeside temple in a landscaped park, The Grange at Northington is the foremost example of the Greek Revival style in England. Created between 1804 and 1809 when Wi...

Derwentcote Steel Furnace

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

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...

Hurst Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

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 ...

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."...

Eynsford Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

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."...

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

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An English Heritage Venue...

King Charles's Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump)

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An English Heritage Venue...

Thetford Warren Lodge

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Thetford Warren Lodge was probably built around 1400 by the Prior of Thetford;this defensible lodge protected gamekeepers and hunting parties against armed poachers. Much late...

Sutton Scarsdale Hall

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The imposing shell of a grandiose Georgian mansion built in 1724-29, with an immensely columned exterior. Roofless since 1919, when its interiors were dismantled and some expo...

Thetford Priory

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The extensive remains of one of the most important East Anglian monasteries, the Cluniac Priory of Our Lady of Thetford and the burial place of the earls and dukes of Norfolk ...

St Augustine's Cross

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This 19th-century cross of Saxon design marks what is traditionally thought to have been the site of St Augustine's landing on the shores of England in AD 597. Accompanied by ...

Iron Bridge

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An English Heritage Venue...

St Catherine's Castle

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One of a pair of small artillery forts built by Henry VIII in the 1530s to defend Fowey Harbour, consisting of two storeys with gun ports at ground level....

Steeton Hall Gateway

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

Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

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An English Heritage Venue...

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 ...

King Arthur's Round Table

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A Neolithic earthwork henge, dating from about 2000 BC, but much later believed to be King Arthur's jousting arena. Mayburgh Henge is nearby....

Egglestone Abbey

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An English Heritage Venue...

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...

Weeting Castle

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The ruins of a substantial early medieval moated manor house, built in local flint....

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...

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...

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, ...

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 ...

Great Witcombe Roman Villa

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An English Heritage Venue...

St Paul's Monastery, Jarrow

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The home of the Venerable Bede, chronicler of the beginnings of English Christianity, Jarrow has become one of the best-understood Anglo-Saxon monastic sites. The Anglo-Saxon ...

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...

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

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The largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, used for entertainment and military training by the 20th Legion, based at the fortress of 'Deva' (Chester)....

Baconsthorpe Castle

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Visit the extensive ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle, a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, that are a testament to the rise and fall of a prominent Norfolk family, the...

Conisbrough Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Goodrich Castle

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Goodrich stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat. The castle was begun in the late 11th century...

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...

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....

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....

Buildwas Abbey

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"Impressive ruins of a Cistercian abbey, including its unusually unaltered 12th century church, beautiful vaulted and tile-floored chapter house, and recently re-opened crypt ...

Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

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The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland....

Carn Euny Ancient Village

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Among the best preserved ancient villages in the south west, occupied from the Iron Age until late Roman times. It includes the foundations of stone houses, and an intriguing ...

St Olave's Priory

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The wonderfully complete 14th century brick-vaulted refectory undercroft - later a cottage occupied until 1902 - of a small Augustinian priory....

Edlingham Castle

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The riverside ruins, principally the solar tower, of a manor house progressively fortified against the Scots during the 14th century....

Maiden Castle

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Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castle's huge multiple ramparts once protected several hundred residents. Excavations in the 1930s a...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

Nunney Castle

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The striking and picturesque moated castle of Nunney was built in the 1370s by Sir John de la Mere, a local knight who was beginning to enjoy royal favour. Extensively moderni...

Southwick Priory

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Remains of a wealthy Augustinian priory, originally founded at Portchester: once a famous place of pilgrimage. Only part of the refectory wall survives....

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...

Berry Pomeroy Castle

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"Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue."...

Garrison Walls

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You can enjoy a two-hour walk alongside the ramparts of these defensive walls and earthworks, dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.Other remains include Elizabethan Star Cas...

Leigh Court Barn

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An outstanding display of English medieval carpentry, this mighty timber-framed barn is the largest cruck structure in Britain....

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....

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....

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...

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...

Stanton Drew Circles and Cove

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Although this is the third largest collection of prehistoric standing stones in England, the three circles and three-stone 'cove' of Stanton Drew are surprisingly little-known...

Framlingham Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

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....

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...

Dunster Gallox Bridge

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This ancient stone bridge - originally 'gallows bridge'- once carried packhorses bringing fleeces to Dunster market....

Hardwick Old Hall

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The re-modelled family home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England, stands beside Hardwick New Hall which she had built later...

J. W. Evans Silver Factory

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English Heritage stepped in to rescue J. W. Evans Silver Factory in 2008. With the completion of the repairs programme, the site opened to the public in summer 2011....

Sutton Valence Castle

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The ruins of a small 12th-century Norman keep, with panoramic views over the Weald....

Blackbury Camp

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An Iron Age hillfort with impressive ramparts, now surrounded by woodland....

Houghton House

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Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the 'House Beautiful' in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progre...

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....

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...

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 ...

Over Bridge

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A single-arch stone bridge spanning the River Severn, built in 1825-30 by the great engineer Thomas Telford....

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....

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...

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 ...

Witley Court and Gardens

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An English Heritage Venue...

Burgh Castle

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The imposing stone walls, with added towers for catapults, of a Roman 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort....

Harry's Walls

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An unfinished artillery fort, built above St Mary's Pool harbour in 1552-53....

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 ...

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...

Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse

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An English Heritage Venue...

Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate

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The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history and is a very rare and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including a castle, to...

Barnard Castle

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Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was later developed by the Beauchamp family and th...

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....

Shap Abbey

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

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...

Pike Hill Signal Tower - Hadrian's Wall

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The remains of one of a network of signal towers predating Hadrian's Wall, Pike Hill was later joined to the Wall at an angle of 45 degrees....

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...

Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum

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Abbey has a unique and fascinating history. Founded in 1159 as a Benedictine monastery, it then became a retirement home for elderly Knights Templars. After the Templars' supp...

Old Gorhambury House

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Situated just outside St Albans are the remains of Old Gorhambury House, a once immense mansion constructed in 1563-8 by the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon....

Odda's Chapel

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An English Heritage Venue...

Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle

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A Bronze Age stone circle, the focus of many legends, set in dramatic moorland on Stapeley Hill. It once consisted of some 30 stones, 15 of which are still visible....

Sherborne Old Castle

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"This ruin of a 12th century castle in the grounds of a mansion, was built as a fortified palace and was in the ownership of the Church until the 16th century. Now a romantic ...

Lilleshall Abbey

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Extensive ruins of an Augustinian abbey, later a Civil War stronghold, in a deeply rural setting....

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