Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Audley End is a Jacobean-style mansion set in Essex that gives a unique insight into what life was like above and below stairs at a Victorian country house. Described as “one of England’s finest country houses”, visitors can wander through staterooms and family’s private apartments, before exploring the service wing with its historic kitchens, dairy and laundry rooms.
Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
A 19th-century Grecian manor house and medieval castle set within 30 acres of Grade I listed gardens, visitors can take in details of this family home built over seven centuries.
Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
With spectacular views over Derbyshire, this fairy-tale Stuart mansion was designed by playboy, poet and courtier Sir William Cavendish. Visitors can expect historic wall art, carved marble fireplaces and stunning painted ceilings.
Dover Castle, Kent
From the Romans to World War II, Dover Castle is jam-packed with history. Standing atop the iconic White Cliffs, with views across the Channel, the Castle is dominated by Henry II’s might medieval Great Tower. Guests are welcomed to explore the secret wartime tunnels, walk the battlements discover the oldest surviving lighthouse in the country.
Home of Charles Darwin – Down House, Kent
Charles Darwin lived with his family at Down House for 40 years. Visitors can step into the very rooms where Charles Darwin conceived his greatest ideas, including the study where he wrote ‘On the Origin of the Species’.
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