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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections explores the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, and is surrounded by 25 acres of restored garden and parkland. The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of 19th century explorer Frank Oates, and Captain Lawrence Oates who travelled with Scott on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. The Museum also boasts an award-winning Tea Parlour, gift shop and plant sales.
01420 511275
Verulamium was the third largest city in Roman Britain and this award-winning museum tells the story of everyday life in Roman Britain. Visitors can see excavated material from the city, including some of the best examples of Roman mosaics and wall plasters in the country. On most Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, the story of Verulamium is brought to life through gallery talks on a variety of topics.
01727 751810
Lying at the heart of Reading, the Abbey Quarter has witnessed almost 900 years of history. The burial place of King Henry I, it later became an Elizabethan royal palace and Civil War defences. Jane Austen went to school here in the Abbey Gateway and Oscar Wilde was imprisoned in the infamous Reading Gaol. The Abbey is currently closed for conservation but we have an exciting range of events building up to its re-opening in summer 2018! Image: Chris Forsey
0118 937 3400
David Lay is one of the foremost auctioneers in the country and the Penzance Auction House is the largest and most prestigious auction house in Cornwall. Our local, well-attended sales reach international audiences via global online bidding. We have experts in all fields of art and antiques and as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, David is also fully qualified to conduct insurance and probate valuations.

Since 1979 our auctions have become an established and successful way of selling all types of antiques, fine art and collectors’ items, and of maximising the potential return on your property.
01736 361414
Domineering the Northumberland coastline is the King of Castles, Bamburgh, a truly stunning coastal fortress rising from the heart of a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. With a presence here for hundreds of years, the castle has witnessed and played its part in a significant number of historical events. Now open to the public throughout the year, visitors can explore 14 state rooms and discover over 3000 items of furniture, porcelain, fine artworks, china and arms and armour. They can learn about the great industrialist and inventor, 1st Lord Armstrong, in the Armstrong and Aviation Museum, before having a walk around the grounds and battlements with stunning views.
01668 214515
Discover 2,000 years of history at Durham Cathedral, one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Renowned for its spectacular location at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is the Shrine of St Cuthbert and resting place of the Venerable Bede. The Cathedral boasts the UK’s best-preserved set of medieval monastic buildings, home to Open Treasure, a new world-class visitor experience. Embark on a journey of discovery through the Monks’ Dormitory to the Great Kitchen as the remarkable history of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed through permanent and temporary exhibitions.
0191 386 4266
Haddon Hall is a beautiful and timeless stately home located in the Peak District. Home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners, the Hall is a magnificent example of a fortified manor house, enjoying fine Tudor and Elizabethan architecture.

Each year, Haddon Hall boasts a list of events to entertain all ages, some returning year-on-year, some special events only occurring once. The hall is also licensed to hold civil ceremonies in two of its most magnificent rooms, The Tudor Panelled Parlour and the Elizabethan Long Gallery, as well as within the walled gardens.
01629 812 855
Dinostar is situated in the Fruit Market area of Hull’s Old Town. The museum has an exhibition of genuine and replica dinosaur fossils. Highlights include Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops skulls, genuine dinosaur bones visitors can touch and dinosaur sound boxes. The exhibition is designed to appeal to the whole family with plenty of interactive exhibits – push buttons and hands-on activities.
(01482)320424
In 1870 a telegraph cable was laid from Porthcurno in Cornwall, to Bombay (Mumbai) in India, initiating the age of global communications. For the next 100 years Porthcurno was home to the largest cable station in the world.

The Telegraph Museum brings to life the story of how a small Cornish cove grew to be a centre for global communication. Presented in an accessible and family-friendly way, visitors can try their hand at Morse Code, experience what it was like for the early pioneers, and learn how the first networks still influence the way we communicate today.
01736 810966
National Trust Trelissick is shedding light on its history, with a sequence of exhibitions in the house. ’Find the Time’ is the story of Trelissick told through 16 beautiful craft objects, each inscribed with a piece of its history for visitors to see, handle and play with. The exhibition starts in the 1750s, when landowner, John Lawrence, converted the original farmhouse into a villa, and ends in 1955 when former MP, Ida Copeland, gifted the estate to the National Trust. Trelissick families have made and lost fortunes, managed the land, sailed the sea, fought Fascism and championed Cornwall. The artworks have been made from natural materials to celebrate Trelissick’s love of the countryside.
01872 862 090
Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Its new museum and medieval ruins tell a dramatic 900 year story brought to life through exhibits such as the giant 14th century statue of St Christopher and the skeleton of the murdered crusader knight.
01928 569895
Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period. Explore the different rooms with hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience. Admission to the Museum is FREE. For details on special events, please visit the website
01582 546722
This nineteenth-century former Mine Captain’s house stands on the Devon/Cornwall border overlooking the Tamar Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site.

Converted into a restaurant in the 1960s and now an elegant 4 star hotel, The Horn of Plenty offers an overriding sense of calm, with breathtaking views, peaceful countryside and luxurious accommodation.

Food is a key attraction, with 2 AA rosettes, locally sourced produce and a history of fine dining spanning 50 years. Service is impeccable, giving you that all-important feeling that nothing is a problem.

A wonderful base for exploring Devon and Cornwall. Please quote 'Historic Hotels' for complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability)
01822 832 528
Built in the early part of the 17th century for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James 1 and 1st. Lord Baltimore. This lovely house is unassumingly tucked away between Richmond and Northallerton, just 5miles east of the A1. Standing in 100 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland, it has fabulous views across the lake to the Yorkshire Dales. It certainly lives up to its reputation of being ‘A Hidden Gem’
01748 818178
Once described by Elizabeth I as “the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England”, St Mary Redcliffe is still one of our finest churches: a Grade I listed building, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a treasure of international importance. Rich in history, it has associations with, among others, John Cabot, William Penn, Thomas Chatterton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and William Hogarth.
0117 231 0060
Broughton Castle is a fourteenth century fortified manor house with delightful gardens, set within a moat and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The earliest parts of the castle, including the Great Hall, date from the 1300s with extensive remodelling undertaken in the latter half of the 16th century, creating a much larger building. Historian and author Simon Jenkins rated Broughton Castle in his top 20 historic houses and this is reflected in visitors’ feedback; “a historical gem; not a showy castle but something far more special”.

Open to the public each Wednesday and Sunday afternoon from April to September inclusive (2pm – 5pm), groups are also welcome throughout the year by appointment for private tours with lunches and refreshments as required.
01295 276070
Step back in time and discover the unique atmosphere of Dove Cottage, home of Britain’s greatest poet, William Wordsworth. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful semi-wild garden created by Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. Explore the Wordsworth Museum and discover the world’s greatest collection of the Wordsworths’ letters, poems and journals.

See our website for opening times, admission charges and events.
Sykes has more than 25 years’ experience helping people find their perfect holiday home from home. With over 7,500 hand-selected properties for you to choose from across the UK & Ireland, we have something for everyone. From luxurious romantic retreats with a hot tub to large, dog-friendly properties for fun-filled adventures with the whole clan – and everything else in between – we cater to your needs. Whether you’re after a historic cottage by the sea, a rustic woodland lodge, a cosy countryside barn conversion or stylish contemporary pad, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice.

Discover your dream cottage holiday today with Sykes Cottages.
01244 617736
Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original PoW camp, a visit to Eden Camp brings history to life and takes visitors back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on both the Home Front and Front Line during World War Two. The museum also features exhibitions relating to the Great War and post war conflicts and peace keeping roles undertaken by HM Forces from 1945 to the present day.
01653 697777
To stay in this extraordinary, historic, Grade II* house is a unique experience. Set in superb grounds in the charming village of Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire /Dorset border, King John’s House is the perfect venue for a special celebration, providing accommodation for 15 guests. The principal rooms exude a tremendous sense of history and include a medieval reception hall and Tudor panelled dining room. The original building on the site of the house was King John’s hunting ‘box’. He would meet the other huntsmen under the nearby Larmer Tree. The gardens are enchanting - avenues of pleached lime and cypress trees, a series of ascending pools, and a ‘Japanese’ garden.
01747 828170
Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating story of the beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian house in Stanmore, north-west London. The Museum focuses on Bentley Priory’s role as Fighter Command Headquarters during the Battle of Britain, highlighted by an award-winning audio visual film. Explore interactive exhibits, historical costumes and a life-size replica Spitfire cockpit! Fully accessible with café, picnic area and beautiful formal garden. Family friendly activities available with admission and children under 5 go free. The Museum is open to all on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Group bookings and school visits are also available.
020 8950 5526
Housed in a converted 19th century sail loft, Rye Heritage Centre houses the Rye Town Model ‘Story of Rye’ Sound and Light Show, a vintage, hand built 1:100 scale model of Victorian Rye that uses dramatic sound and light effects to bring to life 700 years of Rye’s rich history and folklore. We also host The Old Pier Penny Arcade, with over 30 working pre-decimal amusement machines such as The Laughing Sailor and What the Butler Saw to play on.

We also have historical audio tours of Rye available to hire, and a large selection of maps and guidebooks.

Quote “History01” for 10% discount off the ‘Story Of Rye’ show
Ancestral seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne for 650 years, the childhood home of HM the Queen Mother and setting for part of Macbeth, Glamis Castle will captivate you with its ghost stories and history. Open daily 1st April to the 29th October 11.00 to 17.30 ; tours regularly throughout the day, last tour 16.30. Details on facebook and our website:www.glamis-castle.co.uk
Knowledge and insight from history, prehistory and the ancient world; we bring you an expanding collection of superb holidays exploring the history and archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean. They are perfect combinations of leisure and interest with fascinating content, expert guides, small groups, great hotels, unhurried itineraries, lectures and special-access visits. Ancient Greece, Crete & Santorini, Pompeii & Bay of Naples, Cyprus North & South, Malta’s Millennia, Sicilian Civilisations, Romney Marsh… Informed, bespoke and flexible with local airports, extended stays and great service.
Binchester (Vinovia) was the largest Roman fort in Co. Durham, built to guard the point where the Roman road now known as Dere Street crossed the River Wear. The displayed remains include two of the best preserved bath-buildings in Britain.

The fort is located about one mile north of Bishop Auckland market square. Coaches are advised to approach from this direction via Wear Chare.

The facilities include an Education Room for use by school groups and a small shop providing a range of publications and souvenirs.

Group visits and guided tours must be booked in advance.

Charges for 2017: Adult £3.00, Concession £2.00, Child ££1.00 (aged 4 and under free)

Open Easter Saturday until 30th September 11.00am – 4.30pm, July and August 10.00am – 4.30pm.

Re-enactment events Saturday and Sunday July 15/16 and also on Monday 28 August. Prices: Adult £5.00, Concession £4.00, Child £3.00
01388 663089 Outside opening hours 03000 267013.
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