ID No. 151

A Grade I Georgian country house, which contains a variety of historical treasures. Take a tour around the family library and chapel, and visit the room in which oxygen was discovered by  in 1974. Other features include the sculpture gallery, orangery and exhibition rooms. The garden of the house is known for its Italian-inspired landscape. The 30 acres gardens that are located two miles from the House, are an essential viewing (and only open for only six weeks per year!). Children can take part in many different activities here, as there is an Adventure Playground. Take a walk amongst the treetops on the aerial walkways and experience the famous space dive. Read More

ID No. 150

A castle which is over 900 years old that has been an integral part of British history. Explore this castle by taking part in activities such as climbing the castle, exploring its dungeons and discovering the stories of the castle, including the prisoner’s escapes (one of whom was Mary, the Queen of Scots).  See the ‘Licking Stones’ where prisoners went for moisture and observe the interesting carvings on the castle floor. Read More

ID No. 149

This Abbey dates from 1231  and was used as such until 1537 when it was converted to a mansion house after the abolition of the monasteries by Henry VIII. The ruins of the mansion house are fairly well preserved with some original flooring tiles on view in situ. The place is a favorite for bride and groom wedding photographs.The abbey is in free access. Nice quiet and interesting old abbey ruins. Read More

ID No. 148

This is 12th century ruin, just the wall surviving. Here there is a lot of local information from where the allies planned their invasion for D-Day.In 1133, it was built by Henry I as a gift for Augustinian canons.  Read More

ID No. 147

A lovely historical location for a family walk. A pretty and contained circular walk around the walls of this ancient Roman settlement.This is an excellent example of a rare site in the UK. The car park is free and there are informative signs along the way. Where else can you expect to see a Roman wall without a busy crowded town? It is a pleasant walk on top of the wall, quite tall in places, with many boards explaining the history of the city. When you get to the amphitheater, you can walk around it and it's cool to think of all the events they used to have and you're standing right in the middle of it. Read More

ID No. 146

This is ruins of a medieval abbey. A very beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Free parking , very historic with information boards to aid you whist you walk around. Great for all the family. Its a beautiful piece of history well worth a visit to see how people lived. A fantastic historic extensive ruins that is a pure delight to visit. This 13th century Abbey's ruin is a gem of a photographic, painting or drawing experience. Steeped in history and lots still standing. Very pleasant site to walk around.  Read More

ID No. 145

‘Greek Revival Architecture’ has many good examples including this, which lays in a landscaped park. It was nearly demolished in 1975 and is now an opera venue. Taking place are parties and weddings which are services rented out to the public. Ancient Roman looking building. What a beautifully romantic use of a glorious derelict building, steeped in history. Wonderfully secluded and quiet with wonderful views of countryside.Lovely place to visit, open to the public free of charge and a great place to have a picnic. Read More

ID No. 144

There is a single fort out of many which was erected in the 1850s and 1860s. A great place to  visit with lots of history on view. Built between 1858-62 this is one of Palmerston's forts to defend Portsmouth. There are lots of things to explore, including exhibits, and is a great place to have a picnic too.Free entry.An amazing visit to a fascinating piece of Gosport history.This fort is surrounded by a lake with ducks and swans and a lot of big carp. Read More

ID No. 143

There are Burial hills from the Bronze Age which were built over 4,000 years ago. This is the property of English Heritage. Read More

ID No. 142

Such a large site and free to visit. Great picnic area in summer and lots still standing. Worth a day exploring and looking up its history. But the ruins of the palace gives it its true romantic appeal.  Spacious and uncrowded the site leaves the impression of genuine historic documentation. Ancient ruins from the 12th century. The palace was badly damaged in the Civil War (1642–9) and subsequently abandoned. A good historical landmark, worthwhile visiting and learning more about the history of the town. One of Britain’s most distinguished naval commanders of modern times, lived here after the Second World War. Read More

ID No. 141

This is a really amazing castle in fantastic condition. This quintessential romantic castle. It has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence over the years. You can stroll around the well landscape gardens or along the turret walls. Whatever you do you will certainly enjoyed your time here.There is plenty for the children to do and so much to see. If you like history you need to visit this place, a true piece of royalty historic past with some amazing features and facts.  Read More

ID No. 140

It is also rather special as it is one of the only medieval houses still in tacked in the world.You are free to explore the few rooms on your own and open and inspect the reproduction furniture.  The rooms have furniture in them depicting the era from which the house is from. Its nice to see how people used to live. A rare and wonderful building. Small but perfectly restored medieval house. A beautiful 14th century house. Read More

ID No. 139

  Really interesting and surprisingly extensive Tudor and Victorian coastal fort. Loads of rooms to go in, towers to climb and things to explore. And it was deliberately set at one extreme end of a coastal spit, closest to the ocean. The castle is split into two areas, one for the history of the war and the other for the monarchy. Amazing panoramic views from the top of the castle.Very informative and plenty to see.You can either walk about a mile across the beach to reach the castle or pay to take the boat.  Read More

ID No. 138

Any village by the sea is an attractive prospect for a fun day out. This place offers more than most. It's a castle. That in itself is good to know. It was built by Henry VII. So, it's old and full of stories. The old stories aren’t bad. The new ones just may be even more exciting. This was a central spot for the Schneider Trophy Air Force and an important installation during the Twentieth Century. Through both. World Wars, this was a base for seaplanes and flying boats. Read More

ID No. 137

Late in the third century this fort was built. Kings lived here. The building has housed a prison. And the place has always lived with the threat of attack. It is said to be the best kept and, in many ways, the finest of all of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' fortresses. There is so much to be seen and absorbed and understood in this place. Read More

ID No. 136

At this very place William the Conqueror landed with his troops in 1066. It is powerful enough in the mind to be in this place. And the dramatic sight of the fortifications resounds forcefully down through the ages. One can't help thinking about Britain's coastal defenses and about the age-old threat of invasion which has made humans fearful throughout history. Read More

ID No. 135

This is where, in 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. It was a date and an event that altered England's Britain's history. You can stand on the battlefield. Explore the ruins of the abbey. Wander amongst the statues of the Normans and the Saxons. From the roof of the abbey you can gain a different perspective, looking out across the battlefield after taking in the exhibits, the displays and the stories within the abbey’s gatehouse. A place full of atmosphere. Quite an experience to find oneself on a site where the world changed 1,000 years ago. Read More

ID No. 134

A home from home for Queen Victoria and her large family. So, a good place for a modern day family to visit. You can zigzag across all the land outside. There is a beach. Bordered by trees. The gardens are full of flowers and plants. Queen Victoria had her own Alcove. And her children played in the charming Swiss Cottage built by Prince Albert.  Read More

ID No. 133

A home from home for Queen Victoria and her large family. So, a good place for a modern day family to visit. You can zigzag across all the land outside. There is a beach. Bordered by trees. The gardens are full of flowers and plants. Queen Victoria had her own Alcove. And her children played in the charming Swiss Cottage built by Prince Albert.  Read More

ID No. 132

 This might just be the most noteworthy of all Roman sites on these islands. Once there was a busy harbour here. It was a gateway to Britain under Roman rule. The site is now more than 2 miles away from the ocean. But one can use one's imagination and understand that this place saw the start and the finish of Roman rule in Britain.First this was a house. A Manor houses. It has a tower which you can climb. And there is a passage, deep below the ground which runs between the tower and the cooking area. It was a matter of status. During the 15th century after extensive rebuilding the house was allowed to call itself a castle. Read More

ID No. 131

This is said to be one of the most important Roman sites in the British Isles. The exhibition is well curated and presented. Children of all ages will have great fun trying on genuine clothes as worn by the ancient Romans. Everyone is allowed to touch and explore the building materials that were used when this community was first constructed. And you can even play a Roman board game. Read More

ID No. 130

This place was founded by King Henry VIII. It is one of the first and most thoroughly equipped coastal fortresses. And quite a few of those castles were built along the shore. It is a Tudor fortress, set up so that cannon can be deployed wherever such weapons might might be needed. You can walk and clamber through and around the entire building. You can visit the storerooms. You can go into the captain’s room on the first floor. The building now has a permanent exhibition, which shows clearly how Henry VII worried about his land, the defense of it and its survival. There are also strong hints and insights on offer when it comes to Henry’s conjugal life. New things are always on show here and kids are well catered for. A fun place, where one can experience a castle and hear 4 centuries worth of stories. Read More

ID No. 129

One of the greatest of all British abbeys.  This edifice was founded shortly after a 597 AD.  It is said to mark the rebirth of Christianity in Southern England. The museum offers headphones as well as even more modern virtual reality headsets. The immersive experience concentrates on the 1500s. But of course, there is nothing to stop you from simply soaking up the atmosphere of the place that was built a millennium and a half ago. Read More

ID No. 128

An old, old fortress. The stories of what happened here during the Middle Ages are of real interest. So are the tales of both World Wars. It is possible to climb up the Great Tower all the way to the top. And throughout the building, rooms have been set up for you to might believe Henry the Second is coming to tea. This is a place whose best stories involve the tower and the tunnels. The underground passages were of special use during the Second World War. Deep within the secret parts of these cliffs naval officers orchestrated evacuations from France and beyond, the wounded were treated, and every measure was taken to prevent invasion. This is a place that resounds with adventure, danger derring-do and noble deeds. Read More

ID No. 127

Elizabeth, the Queen. Mother. It was originally the dwelling-place for the Lords. Warden of the Cinque Ports. The building stands within 8 acres of land. The gardens have won awards. The Broadwalk is unmissable. The Queen Mother’s Garden is a lovely and peaceful place to be. Wellington is one of the stars here. You can read all about him about him. How he is how he lived and how he died. And pride of place is offered to the original Wellington Boots. Read More

ID No. 126

This castle is built in the round. It was erected at the end of the 13th century as a sort of country seat for its medieval owners. Edward, the Black Prince came here at least twice. It's easy to see why. It's a restful place. Abundant wildlife. Gorgeous plant-life. A place where time stops. A perfect picnic spots. In the loveliest of settings. Read More

ID No. 125

The history of this fortress includes the incarceration of George Fox. Fox, who founded the Quakers was imprisoned here in 1656. Nowadays you can stretch out, kick back, enjoy your picnic and revel in the lovely verdant surroundings and the picturesque, breathtaking valley below. The building, resting on a hillock, stands proud and tall. Its centerpiece is an uncommon keep, made up of around tower, built during the 13th century and surrounding the shell keep, one that was made earlier. You can clamber up a staircase inside the two shells to the top of the tower and the top of the hill. It's worth it for the stunning view. Read More

ID No. 124

The British Isles can offer few better ways on the British Isles of seeing how our ancestors lived than by visiting this site. Here a community lived during those prehistoric times. Ancient dwelling places. And other structures down through the ages. All in one place. The land all around contains the power of history and a eons of human existence. To stand here where so many others have stood. To walk around, to clamber this way and that over the hill. To look out at the timeless, ageless, green and pleasant fields. To stare out at the ocean. To enjoy the lush vegetation and the myriad colors of the plant-life. To be among the animals and all the creatures of this place. There’s so much information available here. And if you ask, anyone you encounter will tell you tales and offer new and different ways of seeing this singular place. But just being here and soaking it all in will in itself be more than enough.  Read More

ID No. 123

The construction of this fortress was completed in 1545, according to the instructions of King Henry VIII. And it follows the ‘clover leaf’ design. Lucky for some. The fortress made up part of the King’s Device plan. King Henry wanted to prevent or to protect his land against invasion from France and the Holly Roman Empire. The fortifications were bolstered with cannon and gun posts. The building also happens to stand in a lovely part of the land, by the coast, overlooking the waves. It has also been reported to contain be the most elaborate décor of all of the castles built by Henry.  Read More

ID No. 122

Throughout the summer months here, the guns of history are fired. Literally blasts from the past as the sun shines and the canons roar. This is one Henry VII’s most highly regarded castles. And it has been a faithful and impressive sentinel here in Falmouth, warning against – and preventing – invasion for hundreds of years. It’s always fun for people of all ages to visit an old fortress. The state of the art displays here, and the interactive technologies certainly make the experiences exciting and enthralling. So is the exhibition - ‘Fortress Falmouth and the First World War’. But the actual features of the place resound powerfully as they are, unadorned and simple. The tunnels. The towers. The observation posts. The tales of how people throughout the ages have defended this section of the coast, ever since Tudor times, for centuries, through two World Wars and right up until today.  Read More

ID No. 121

A fortress on a cliff. A dramatic silhouette. An old fortification resonant with stories of King Arthur and his knights. It’s hard to drag oneself away from the statues. One wants to wander for hours or even days among the ruins. Spread wide across the shore and thrusting its way into the ocean waves, the windswept, water-worn, weather-beaten mainland and headland offer a timeless vision and memory of a certain kind of human life. Once people traded here. Once it was a port. It always contained a court of kings. And it has never, ever lost its drama, its power, its grandeur, its romance.  Read More

ID No. 120

The entire valley around here was landscaped by Capability Brown. And the building is a Grade II listed building. Few of England’s Cistercian monastery have such complete ground plans; and you can see them. This place in the most picturesque of settings is one of the jewels of the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.  Read More

ID No. 119

More than a millennium of stories. Indeed, this was the setting for Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, the evergreen novel, so often adapted for stage and screen. The tower is around 900 years old. The architecture of the building itself is of the most uncommon kind. ’s Ivanhoe Step inside the magnificent 12th-century tower at this place, the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, and explore one of England’s most unusually-designed buildings. These days Hamelin and Isabel de Warenne, who built this fortress, greet you and invite you in. Well, projected animations do. There is a visitor centre here, where you can look at archaeological discoveries made in the area. You can encounter artworks and artefacts there too. And, what’s more, the tale of the fortification is told via panels set around it, on each of which personages from the edifice’s past vividly appear.  Read More

ID No. 118

A lovely treat-filled tearoom, play area and gardens with a wondrous house attached. This is a remarkable well-preserved and carefully maintained Victorian dwelling-place. The wallpaper in the library walls is just as it was. The sculpture is all in excellent condition, scrupulously cleaned. The copper cooking utensils are treated, spotless and gleaming. All of this upkeep takes energy and time.  It’s paid off. Here you feel part of the family. The furniture and the mementos tell their stories. You can sense how the fortunes of the household wavered and wobbled and recovered wealthily. Outside in the grounds – which are open all year round there are bedding plants. And any number of statues.   And a fern dell. And a grotto. Worth visiting and revisiting. A place that could never grow stale.  Read More

ID No. 117

 A fortress on top of a mountain. A place overflowing with stories and wonders. And those are enhanced by all the media involved in guiding adults and children around this magical place, and all the absorbing games, and all the easy-to-absorb fun facts, and all the joys that modern technology can provide. These bolster up the history in this old venue for gatherings and dinners and balls, where men – usually moustachioed and often handsome – danced and dined and cavorted with richly-clad and adorned ladies. This modish English chateau was the place to go during the sixteen hundred. Members of the Court were hosts and guests here. The building is made of mazes, any number of rooms, hearths carved out of marble, with art on the ceilings and more art hanging on the walls. Visitors can stroll or play or frolic around the terrace and the ruins down below and the gardens and the fountain and the entire spectacle and feeling here, the experience of it.  Read More

ID No. 116

She was one of the wealthiest women in the country. She was also one of the most interesting people of that most interesting of times, the England of Elizabeth I.  Her house and the grounds around are lavish and lush and lustrous. Four storeys up, the walls are still now as they once were; in the Great Hall the complicated, ornate and intricate frieze - depicting a hunt in motion - is well-preserved. The plaster has aged well. From the house, the New Hall and the surrounding countryside can be seen in all their glory; age has not withered either this home, its stateliness or the landscapes around it.  Read More

ID No. 115

From this fortress right at the topmost point of its hill stands one of Britain’s first Norman castles, built by Henry II in 1176. The charming village, also built during the Middle Ages, can be clearly seen, spread out below, the charming village and the shimmering mountain, Mam Tor, and the Bronze Age fort-on-a-hill. Every step taken here is full of fascination and fun. Read More

ID No. 114

Home is the Hero. Scotland’s finest. He loved his land. He died for it. Rightful and deserving Hero of the Scots. The Hall of Arms offers up tales of immense courage and strength, especially against the army of King Edward I. How did it all happen? Why such a hero? And after that victory? What came next? Here is the armour. Here are the weapons. Here evidence of the tactics and the strategies. Tales of the battles. The twirling stairs lead the visitor to the The Royal Chamber. And the monument. And the Crown. Here one can appreciate how the great nation of the Scots came into being and grew and achieved its destiny. Some of the most stunningly beautiful landscapes on earth, viewed from on high. And from here can be seen the fields of war and the plains. This was once the beating heart of Scotland. Read More

ID No. 113

You get there by cable car. Country park. Show caverns. 400 years ago, people mined lead here. The entrance and exit to the mine are far apart, up the same hill.  But these legendary caverns are hundreds of millions of years old. On the upper floor, there’s a ‘fossil factory’, where you can learn about the geology, the history and the prehistory of the area, rocks and bones and artefacts galore. The building has big windows and wide terraces and the views are spectacular and beautiful. Inside there is a regular light show. Spectators watch as the chamber’s illuminations gently grow from a single candle’s flickering to a bright flooding of light. There’s also a virtual adventure in The Masson Pavilion. And the Long View, a narrative covering 230 years. No wonder visitors have been coming to this place so often and for so long. And don’t forget the cable car.  Read More

ID No. 112

A singular farm. 1,000 years of history. No wonder it was used as a location for Downton Abbey. More than a millennium’s worth of stories. A proper old-fashioned garden, still operating more or less as it did during the sixteen-hundreds, where fruit and veggies and flowers grow.  And welcoming animals roam freely around, ready to be met and to communicate. An enchanting day out for anyone, no matter how old or how young or how cynical or difficult to impress.  Read More

ID No. 111

Surprisingly unchanged, faithfully maintained, this 12th Century Cistercian abbey has within its bounds - amidst the ruins, the remains and the standing buildings - a church, 900 years old, vaulted, with tiled floors. There’s also a tile-floored chapter house and a crypt chapel. And a rippling river.  And trees all around.  Read More

ID No. 110

  Built here almost a millennium-and-a-half ago.  King Merewalh of Mercia established this Priory in about 680 AD. King Merewalh’s daughter Milburge was beatified – hailed as a saint. A pious place. An Anglo-Saxon monastery, or priory, features of interest here include a garden - with skilfully trimmed trees, hedges and shrubs, a chapter house, and a unique font decorated with 12th Century carvings. Read More

ID No. 109

When Britain was run by the Romans, only three cities were bigger than this one. At first it was a place behind whose fortifications the Roman legions could muster. Gradually it evolved and became a city for ordinary civilians as well as military types. Here the Old Work stands, the biggest stretch of any free-standing wall built by Romans to be seen in the British Isles. The Old Work is a kind of basilica edifice and stands more than 20 feet high. There is also a Roman Town House nearby. A tour is available with an available commentary on earphones; most informative about the daily lives of people who inhabited this place through the ages.  Read More

ID No. 108

Stories swirl around this old dwelling place. The dairy tells its own tales. The smithy does even better. And the wood-framed hunting lodge? And the Royal Oak. How are they connected with Charles II and his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651? Guided tours of this Grade II listed building are popular. Best to book.  Read More

ID No. 107

This is said to be the best-kept and the most notable example of such a dwelling place in all of Merrie England. Call it a fortress. Call it a manor house. The gatehouse is framed with old wood. The adjoining parish church is all that a parish church should be. No wonder this glorious castle is in such demand for corporate events, parties and weddings. Anyone in search of colour and atmosphere and history should come to this place. Read More

ID No. 106

Robert de Vieuxpont built this fortress in the early 13th Century. De Vieuxpont had lived a busy life as a landowner and administrator in France – especially in Rouen – and in Britain. He was a supporter and colleague of King John. John Brought de Vieuxpont to England in 1203. The twirling staircase and the corridors and alleyways and the edifice itself are full of history. They’re also in a lovely part of the world, beside a river whose banks are made for quiet moments or family games or lunches or historical exploration or anything that a visitor may want.   Read More

ID No. 105

Once upon a time this was one of the wealthiest establishments of its kind in all of England. What has been unearthed, preserved and protected here is endlessly fascinating. By strolling among the ruins and spending time in the special on-site museum, visitors are able to learn the stories of this once lavish, historically important, atmospheric  and special place.  Read More

ID No. 104

Almost 900 years old. Built circa 1166. Established by Henry II.This old structure housed Augustinian monks. The buildings and the devout men within it survived sustained salvoes for more than two hundred years from the early 14th Century until late in the 16th Century as the English and Scottish pounded each other. These remains here tell the tales of these events and many more besides.  Read More

ID No. 88

Discover woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family funs. The site has evolved into the award-winning adventure park. Family activity centre with tunnels, mazes and trails for kids, plus magic shows and crafts. Read More

ID No. 87

 As you journey through the house, you travel through 700 years of history. The house is not a show home for one period in time, but a living blog highlighting the changing fashion and needs of its owner. The house is a ‘style icon’ in its own right, rather than merely a follower of fashion. Wander through the garden with its fragrant cutting garden, and colourful boarders. The most complete small medieval manor house in the country.  Read More

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