Places To Visit
BROUGHTON CASTLE (Banbury) - It dates back to the early 14th century and was enlarged in the mid 16th century. The same family have lived here for 600 years.
BLENHEIM CASTLE (Woodstock) - While the present house dates from the 18th century, it is built on the grounds of Woodstock Manor where Elizabeth I was kept a prisoner in the troubled years before her accession to the throne.
MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE & WATERMILL (Nr Reading, Oxfordshire) - Late Elizabethan house, home of the Blount family.
STONOR PARK (Nr Henley-on-Thames) - It has been a home to the Stonor family for over 800 years. It was also a centre of Catholicism in the Elizabethan period. Edmund Campion stayed here in 1581.
STANTON HARCOURT MANOR (Stanton Harcourt) - Medieval building.
LUDLOW CASTLE - Originally a Norman castle and then a fortified Royal Palace. It was the headquarters of the Council of the Marches.
SHIPTON HALL (Much Wenlock) - Elizabethan stone manor house with Georgian additions.
STOKESAY CASTLE (Craven Arms, Salop) - Originally a fortified manor house and dates back top the 13th century.
THE BISHOP'S PALACE (Wells) - A fortified and moated medieval palace that dates from the 13th century. It has a 15th century additions and is now the home of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
COMBE SYDENHAM COUNTRY PARK (Monksilver, Taunton) - Built in 1580 and was the home of Elizabeth Sydenham, wife of Sir Francis Drake.
FAIRFIELD (Stogursey, Bridgwater) - Elizabethan house with medieval origins.
MAUNSEL HOUSE (North Newton, Nr Bridgewater) - Dates from 11th century.
ORCHARD WYNDHAM (Williton) - Manor house and family home for 700 years.
ANCIENT HIGH HOUSE (Greengate, Stafford) - The largest timber-frame townhouse in England. It was built in 1595 by the Dorrington family and was visited by Charles I in the 17th century.
STAFFORD CASTLE - A Norman motte and bailey.
TAMWORTH CASTLE (Tamworth) - Dates from the 12th century.
CHRISTCHURCH MANSION (Ipswich) - Tudor house set in parkland.
HENGRAVE HALL CENTRE (Bury St Edmunds) - Tudor mansion of stone and brick built in the early 16th century. It was once visited by Elizabeth I when she was on progress.
KENTWELL (Long Melford) - Tudor mansion surounded by a moat. Every summer a receration of the Tudor period is created by volunteers.
OTLEY HALL (Otley, Nr Ipswich) - Medieval moated building.
FARNHAM CASTLE (Farnham Castle) - Dates back to the Norman period, with Tudor and Jacobean additions)
LOSELEY PARK (Guildford) - Built in the late Elizabethan period by Sir William More.
WHITEHALL (Cheam) - A Tudor timber-framed house. Contains displays on Nonsuch Palace)