10 English Heritage Properties To Visit This Spring
Pick Of The Best English Heritage Locations To Visit
English Heritage provide access to over 400 historic houses and sites throughout the country. Visit period houses and castles for a wonderful day out this Spring.
Spring is here and with it comes the opportunity to spend many enjoyable days out at some historic and beautiful English Heritage venues. Their collection of magnificent properties include palaces, castles, abbeys, Roman forts, houses and even former medieval villages.
Here are some of the finest on offer.
Audley End House And Gardens, Essex
The beautiful Jacobean house consists of the great hall, state apartments, dressing rooms and even an 18th century gothic chapel. Visitors can also explore the 1880s service wing. The exterior of the property allows the chance to wander around the exquisite formal gardens, serpentine lake and an organic walled kitchen garden.
Sawley Abbey, Lancashire
This river-side abbey makes the perfect location for a family picnic. Visitors to Sawley Abbey will enjoy learning about the Percy family, Northumberland’s greatest family in the 12th century, who provided the land that the abbey was built on.
Kenilworth Castle And Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire
Climb Kenilworth Castle’s Tower to reach Queen Elizabeth I’s private rooms and experience the same views that she would have enjoyed. Her beautiful Elizabethan garden is a peaceful haven full of fragrant paths. The gatehouse is the setting of a fascinating love affair between the Queen and Robert Dudley featuring an exhibition which details their relationship.
Beeston Castle, Cheshire
The views from this castle stretch across eight counties on a clear day allowing visitors to see from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. Beeston Castle boasts one of the deepest castle wells in England, making it the obvious mythical hiding place for Richard II’s lost treasure. The accompanying woodland is a paradise for nature lovers.
Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire
Whitby Abbey was first settled as a monastery in AD657. Nowadays it offers panoramic views of the coastline, harbour and countryside. The abbey has served as gothic inspiration for a number of literary works including Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
The gardens at Wrest Park span 90 acres of French, Dutch, Italian and English styles of horticulture. These differing techniques provide an eye-catching contrast through the dynamic bedding displays. Hidden gems such as a Chinese temple and 18th Century Bowling House are dotted amongst the lawns.
Eltham Palace, London
Eltham Palace is an interesting mix of the Art Deco quarter combined with a historical medieval palace. The latter was presented to King Edward II in 1305 and includes a great hall and minstrels’ gallery.
Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Darwin’s hugely influential book ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ was written at Down House. His intriguing notebooks are on display in the former study. Heading outside, visitors are able to wander around the ‘thinking paths’ of his ‘outdoor laboratory’ which resembles luxurious gardens to most of us.
Dover Castle, Kent
Dover Castle has been a central location in history from the Romans through to the Cold War. Visit the secret wartime tunnels and underground hospital of World War II that were key in the Dunkirk evacuation.
Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire
One of the biggest draws to the beautiful Victorian home of Brodsworth Hall is the cavernous kitchen which allows you to imagine what the life of service staff would have been like. The main kitchen includes an ample cooking range, whilst a more intimate room houses an Aga. Both are found next to the scullery which still features the original housekeeper’s chair.
English Heritage properties vary in their prices and opening hours. However, the annual membership is excellent value and starts at £43.50 which provides access to over 400 places throughout the year.
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