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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
Milton's Cottage is the only surviving residence of the visionary poet and parliamentarian, John Milton. Although he lived here for less than 2 years - after fleeing London during the Great Plague of 1665 - it was an important place in the writer's life. Within these walls he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost, and was inspired to write its sequel, Paradise Regain'd. Now a writer's house museum, Milton's Cottage hosts one of the most important collections of Milton's first editions on public display as well as a unique literary garden, planted with trees, flowers and herbs referenced in his poetry.
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
Originally erected in 674AD the Abbey has numerous treasures to enjoy, including the underground Anglo-Saxon Crypt of its founder St Wilfrid. There is also an interactive visitor centre and exhibition, telling the story of the history of the site with adult and child friendly features. At the centre of the bustling market town, the Abbey is a must see attraction. Free entry.
01434 602031
40 miles of historic railway, running through the heart of Snowdonia Join us for an adventure and spectacular scenery, on the top two narrow gauge railways in the UK, for memories that will last.
01766 516024
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
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
Reputedly England’s finest example of a Motte and Bailey Castle with a splendid 13th century gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle is set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds close to Tonbridge town centre. Audio tours recreate the sights and sounds of life in a medieval castle. Open Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 4.30pm. Gardens (free) 8am until dusk. The Castle also makes the perfect setting for weddings, ceremonies, meetings, conferences, educational tours, events and activities, which can be booked throughout the year.
01732 770929
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.
This superbly restored gentry manor house is no ordinary heritage attraction. The costumed servants of the house are living and working in 1645, allow you to share and engage in their world. Fires crackle, candles flicker and the sounds and smells of domestic life make your visit a memorable experience.
01443 412248
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
A superb gothic cathedral with a magnificent 13th century West Front carrying 290 pieces of medieval sculpture; beautiful octagonal Chapter House; impressive scissor arches; 14th century Vicars' Close. Situated in the heart of medieval Wells, entry to the Cathedral is by donation and includes a free daily scheduled tour with one our highly trained guides. “You must visit this stunning building” (Trip Advisor).
01749 674483
Explore our collection of over 80 historic buses, lorries, fire engines, cars and bikes on display inside the old St. Helens tram depot in the town centre. Open on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12 noon to 4 pm. Regular special events throughout the year - see our website for details. Free heritage bus rides on event days and the first weekend each month.
01744 451681
Buckfast Abbey is an impressive Benedictine monastery nestled in the foothills of Dartmoor National Park that will celebrate its millennium in 2018. Spectacular award-winning gardens, a rich history and a beautiful musical tradition awaits visitors, alongside regular choir recitals, informative garden walk & talks, beekeeping courses and The Grange Restaurant, which offers a delicious menu filled with locally-sourced produce.
01364 645500
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
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
Southwell Minster is a superb Cathedral and Minster Church with a fine Norman Nave. Other features include the magnificent Angel Window and the world renowned stone carvings the ‘Leaves of Southwell’ in the Chapter House.

Cathedral Shop and Refectory. Admission free, donations welcome

Open: Daily 8am – 7pm.
01636 812649
Surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle originated in the 13th century, with a splendid Georgian wing added in the 1790s. A treasured family home for over 700 years, the elegant rooms feature magnificent fireplaces by Sir Henry Cheere, and fine works of art, including the controversial ‘Picton Renoir’.
014437 751326
Open Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm, (April to Oct) - 10am to 4pm (Nov to March). Discover 200 million years of Dorset’s history. Whether its fossils, archaeology, fine art or literary greats there is something for everyone to enjoy here. Look out for Dippy the Diplodocus visiting 10 Feb – 8 May 2018.
01305 262735
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
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
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
The Cathedral of The Isles was consecrated in 1871 having been built as chapel to the College of The Holy Spirit to a design by William Butterfield. Both played a vital role in the development of the Oxford movement, having been founded by the 6th Earl of Glasgow who studied in Oxford and was a friend of John Keble, one of the cathedral’s first Honorary Canons. Today they serve the Episcopal Diocese of Argyll and The Isles as Cathedral and Retreat/Guesthouse, welcoming groups and individuals from across the globe for organised retreats or short island breaks on a B&B basis.
01475 530353
Lakelovers have over 450 self-catering cottages across the most desirable locations in the Lake District, putting you in the heart of this popular historical holiday destination. We offer short break holidays, large group accommodation, romantic getaways, family friendly cottages and dogs are free with Lakelovers. As the oldest holiday letting agency in the region we pride ourselves on our service and local knowledge. Our cottages are all VisitEngland 3-5 star rated to give true peace of mind. The Lakelovers collection includes homes connected to famous names such as Arthur Ransome, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, as well as olde-worlde converted mills and farmhouses, gamekeeper and ‘smithy’ cottages. With Lakelovers the charm of the Lake District is never far away and is complemented with mod cons like WiFi, heated floors and wood burners. Lakelovers customers also get exclusive offers to several of the region’s impressive historical properties and attractions.
015394 88855
Cathedral Church of St Barnabas – Nottingham ‘More to Nottingham than just Robin Hood’

The Cathedral Church of St Barnabas is the Cathedral for the Diocese of Nottingham. Built in 1844 and designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, famous for his work in the Houses of Parliament. The Cathedral has seen many reordering’s with the most recent taking place in 1993 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Cathedral. This reordering looked to recapture the quintessence of Pugin’s vision, which had been lost over the years. This included the restoring of some of the paint work which had been covered over. One of the most beautiful parts of the Cathedral is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Which gives the best example of the work of Pugin; it really gives a glimpse of Pugin’s vision of Catholic Churches. The Cathedral is open every day and you’re more than welcome to pay a visit to the Cathedral whenever you’re in the Nottingham Area. The Cathedral of St Barnabas will show you that there is far more to Nottingham than just Robin Hood.
0115 953 9839
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