Places To Visit
HEDINGHAM CASTLE (Nr Halstead) - Norman keep built 1140. Was visited by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
LAYER MARNEY TOWER (Nr Colchester) - Tallest Tudor gatehouse in the country.
PAYCOCKE'S (West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester) - A merchant's house dating from c1500.
ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH (Woodham Walter, Essex) - An early Elizabethan church of red-brick.
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CHAVENAGE (Tetbury) - Elizabethan House built c1576.
BERKELEY CASTLE (Berkeley) - Oldest inhabited castle, completed in 1153. It has been the home of the Berkeley family for over 800 years.
LITTLEDEAN HALL (Littledean, The Royal Forest of Dean) - Oldest inhabited house in England. It has Saxon and celtic remains and the cellar predates the 11th century.
OWLPEN MANOR (Owlpen, Nr Uley) - Tudor manor house.
SUDELEY CASTLE (Winchombe) - One of England's greatest historic houses with royal associations spanning the last millennium. Belonged to Katherine Parr (6th wife of Henry VIII). Henry VIII and Elizabeth I have stayed here.
BREAMORE HOUSE (Nr Fordinbridge) - Elizabethan Manor House c1583.
BEAULIEU (Beaulieu, Brockenshurst) - Dates back over 800 years. SInce 1538 has been the hoome of the Montagu family.
MOTTISFONT ABBEY (Mottisfont, Nr Romsey) - dates back to the 12th century. It was once a priory but following the Dissolution became a private residence.
THE VYNE(Basingstoke) - It was built in the early 16th century. Elizabeth I visited this house on at least one occasion.
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL - Founded 1079.
HEREFORD & WORCESTER
HARTLEBURY CASTLE (Nr Kidderminster) - Homeof the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years.
HARVINGTON HALL (Harvington, Kidderminster) - Moated medieval and Elizabethan manor house.
HELLENS (Much Marcle, Lerbury) - First a monastery, then a fortress. Has 16th and 17th century additions.
KINNERSLEY CASTLE (Kinnerseley) - Remodelled by Roger Vaughan in the 1580's.
CATHEDRAL AND ABBEY CHURCH OF SAINT ALBAN (St Alban) - Built 1077 using Roman brick. Became the parish church of St Albans in 1539 and a cathedral in 1877.
ISLE OF WIGHT
CARISBROOKE CASTLE (Newport) - Medieval Royal fortress.
NUNWELL HOUSE (Brading) - A family home for 5 centuries.
BLACK CHARLES (Underriver, Nr Sevenoaks) - 15th century home of John de Blakecherl.
OVER CASTLE (Dover)
HEVER CASTLE (Nr Edenbridge) - 13th century moated castle. Childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I's mother.
HALL PLACE (Bourne Road, Bexley) - Built in 1540 with 17th century additions).
LEEDS CASTLE (Maidstone) - Medieval castle and royal palace. It is bult on twoislands and is surrounded by a lake. Very picturesque.
PATTYNDENNE MANOR (Goudhurst) - Over 800 years old. Associations with Henry VIII. It has a banqueting hall and a 13th century prison.
PENSHURST PLACE (Penshurst) - Hone of the Sidney family since 1552. Elizabeth I visited this house.
TONBRIDGE CASTLE (Tonbridge) - Norman Motte and Bailey Castle set in landscaped gardens and overlooking the River Medway.
WALMER CASTLE & GARDENS (Kingsdam Road, Walmer, Deal) - Built by Henry VIII to defend the south coast against invasion. Now a stately home.
BROWSHOLME HALL (Nr Clitheroe) - Built in 1507 and has an Elizabethan facade.
RUFFORD OLD HALL (Rufford, Nr Ormskirk) - One of the county's finest Tudor buildings.
STONYHURST COLLEGE (Stony hurst, Clitheroe) - Dates fromt he late 16th century. Extensuve grounds and ornamental gardens. It's now a Catholic boarding school.
TOWNELEY HALL ART GALLERY AND MUSEUMS (Burnley) - Dates from the 14th century. Now an Art Gallery and museum.
THE MANOR HOUSE (Donington-Le-Heath) - Medieval manor with Tudor/Stuart additions.
BOSWORTH FIELD - Where Henry VII defeated Richard III to become King of England and found the Tudor dynasty.
AUBOURN HALL (Aubourn, Nr Lincoln) - Late 16th century house.
BURGHLEY HOUSE (Stamford) - Homeof William Cecil, Lord Burghley. It's the finest example of Elizabethan architecture in England.
DIDDINGTON HALL (Doddington, Lincoln) - Fine Elizabethan Mansion durrounded by walled gardens, courtyards, and entered through a Tudor Gate House. Present family has lived in it for 400 years.
GAINSBOROUGH OLD HALL (Parnell Street, Gainsborough) - Large medieval house with a Great Hall and suite of rooms.
GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE (Grimsthorpe, Bourne, Lincolnshire) - Home of the Willoughby de Eresby family since 1516.
LINCOLN CASTLE (Lincoln) - Built by William the Conqueror.
MARSTON HALL (Grantham) - Tudor manor house.
HALL'TH'WOOD (Greenway, Off Crompton Way, Bolton) - Dates from the 15th century. The hall dates from 1483 and an extension was added in 1591. Last addition was made in 1648.
SMITHILLS HALL (Off Smithills Dean Road, Bolton) - One of the oldest manor houses in the area.
MANNINGTON HALL (Saxthorpe) - 15th century moated house and saxon church ruins.
NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM(Norwich) -Once a royal castle, it's now a museum. Over 900 years old.
BOUGHTON HOUSE (Kettering) - Home of the Montagu family and their descendents since 1528. Originally a monastic building.
CASTLE ASHBY - Present house dates from the Elizabethan period. Built on the site of a 13th century castle. Originally built in the shape of an "E" to honour Elizabeth I, but was altered in the 17th century.
DEENE PARK (Corby) - Medieval Manor that has been developed over six centuries.
HOLDENBY HOUSE (Holdenby) - Built by Sir Christopher Hatton in order to entertain the Queen. Charles I was later prisoned here.
SOUTHWICK HALL (Southwick, Peterborough) - Family home since 1300. It has Tudor additions.
THE PREBENDAL MANOR HOUSE(Nassington, Nr Peterborough) - Oldest manor house in Northamptonshire.
ALNWICK CASTLE (Alnwick) - The Percy family have lived here since 1309.
CHILLINGHAM CASTLE (Chillingham, Nr Alnwick) - Medieval fortress. Has been the home of the Earls Grey since the 13th century.