An ancient woodland site in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. A magical scenery, puzzlewood was the inspiration for the forests of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings, such as the Old Forest, Mirkwood, Fangorn or Lothlórien. Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has also visited Puzzlewood. The Forbidden Forest within the series bears some similarities to the geography of the area. More recently it was also used as a film location for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
You can easily imagine yourself being in an epic fantasy movie surrounded by moss-covered rocks and the enchanting twisted roots of the Yew trees in a maze of pathways, an atmosphere, unlike any other forest. Treat yourself by an accommodation nearby or renting a cottage for a few days and use it as your base to explore the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
One of the most famous and still mysterious places on the planet set within earthworks in the middle of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Originating somewhere between 2000 and 3000BC. Some of the stones are more than 20 feet high, arranged in two concentric circles. Supposedly a ceremonial site for burials, the stones are set up in such a way that they line up with some constellations, as well as the sun (on solstice days).
The area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone that creates a type of grassland habitat rare in the UK and that is quarried for the golden coloured Cotswold stone. Many travel guides direct tourists to Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Worcestershire, Bibury, and Stanton.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966, top sights include Walks With Hawks, Cotswolds Distillery, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Chavenage House, Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove and many more. For a day or two stay consider an accommodation nearby.
An upland area in England at the southern end of the Pennines. Land of great diversity, it is split into the Dark Peak, where most of the moorland is found and the geology is gritstone, and the limestone area of the White Peak. The landscapes of the Peak have inspired writers for centuries in stories of Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice.
Sights and activities include the Chatsworth House, Eyam Parish Church of St. Lawrence, The Cathedral of the Peak, Monsal Trail, Stanage Edge, along with cycling, trail walking, camping and horse riding as among the most popular activities. For a day or two stay consider accommodation nearby.
It’s difficult to overstate the beauty of the Lake District, visiting it is one of the most popular breaks for people across the UK and from further afield. The Lake District National Park - also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, has a wide range of activities and attractions, as well as the natural beauty of the entire area. Associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin make the area great inspiration for writers and poetry. The Lake District is also one of the most highly populated national parks.
Take it all in on a traditional steamboat chugging through tranquil lakes, or scale the highest mountains England has to offer and enjoy a jaw-dropping view. Most popular attractions include Rannerdale, Lanercost Priory, Lowther Castle & Gardens, Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple, The Peter Rabbit Garden at The World of Beatrix Potter along with activities such as sea cliff traversing, gorge walking, mountain biking, climbing and many more. For accommodation consider a place nearby your favourite area.
Dartmoor is known for its myths and legends - the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of "spectral hounds", and a large black dog, among others. Many landmarks have ancient legends and ghost stories associated with them, such as the allegedly haunted Jay's Grave, the ancient burial site of Childe's Tomb, the rock pile called Bowerman's Nose, and the stone crosses that mark former mediaeval routes across the moor.
A must see for adventurers of fantasy lands and stories, top attractions include Lydford Gorge, The Garden House, Pennywell Farm, Buckfast and Buckland Abbey and many more. For a day or two stay consider accommodation nearby.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and one of the country's most popular places for holidays and summer homes. Ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep, its name comes from the Scandinavian for 'lake of a man called Vinandr'.
There is a range of activities, attractions, places of interest and things to do around the lake, and on it, offering a wide variety of summer recreations including cruises, fishing, boating, sailing and scuba diving. We highly suggest scheduling a shared or private transportation, as the difficulty, as a driver, is to keep your eyes on the road.
For accommodation we recommend staying nearby with views over the lake.
One of the greatest spas of the ancient world, the Roman Baths is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Hidden beneath the city, below the modern street level you will find one of the most well-preserved Roman sites for public bathing. the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum, holding finds from Roman Bath. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century.
Bath has good coach and rail connections from London and from most major cities in the UK and is a delightful city to explore on foot.
The castle has a long association with the Arthurian legends and throughout the year, a packed events programme provides great family fun including Tales of King Arthur, Castle of Legend and Easter Adventure Quest! Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip. There is a footpath from the site to Cadbury Castle in Somerset called Arthur's Way.
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall's rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king. Now it's your turn to be inspired.
Situated beneath Tintagel Castle, 100 metres (330 ft) long, passing completely through Tintagel Island from Tintagel Haven on the east to West Cove on the west. The cave fills with water at high tide, but has a sandy floor and is explorable at low tide.
The legend describing waves bringing the infant Arthur to the shore and Merlin carrying him to safety. Take some time and locate Merlin's face carved into the stone.
The New Forest is a wonderful place for a relaxing walk, family cycle ride or open top bus tour, one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the south-east of England.
The National Park is also home to riding stables, golf courses, sites of historical interest and many places to enjoy a drink or meal out. Sights include Exbury Gardens, Hythe Pier, New Forest Wildlife Park and the Reptile centre, Burley Manor, and activities include cycling, trailwalking, theme parks, horse riding, spa, watersports, fishing and more.
The cliff face, which reaches a height of 350 feet (110 m), owes its striking appearance to its composition of chalk accented by streaks of black flint. The cliffs, on both sides of the town of Dover in Kent, stretch for eight miles (13 km).
They witnessed dramatic moments in English history like the arrival of the Romans or the return of the British forces from Dunkirk.
Thousands of people walk on the cliff’s top paths during the season and enjoy the unique flora and fauna that can be found only here. On a clear day France is easily visible, and the views of the cliffs and the port of Dover are truly amazing. It gets very busy when it's a nice day so the car park could be full.
Nearby accommodation ranges from country houses, townhouses and cottages to hotels.
Known as the Key to England, Dover Castle has been England's first line of defence for centuries, guarding our shores from invasion for 20 centuries. A medieval castle described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.
Step into the dazzling medieval royal palace in the Great Tower, where you can immerse yourself into the King's court life; meet the first of many of the lifelike projected figures guiding you round the sumptuously furnished chambers, and meet the costumed characters welcoming you to life at Dover Castle during the reign of King Henry II.
Exciting exhibitions, winding tunnels to explore, ghosts to hunt out - and of course restaurants, shops and the space for youngsters to run around - an action-packed, great value day out awaits! Head underground and explore the darkly atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels that bury deep into the iconic white cliffs of Dover, with vivid recreations telling the story of the Dunkirk evacuation, complete with dramatic projections of swooping Spitfires and real film footage.
Kenilworth Castle is located in the town of the same name in Warwickshire and constructed from Norman through to Tudor times, the castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship.
Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.
Must-see spots include the tower views, Elizabethan Garden, Leicester's Gatehouse, Stables Tearoom, Castle Keep and more.
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire, and the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, it has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. The house, set in expansive parkland and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland, contains an important collection of paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts, and has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite country house several times.
Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, there are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. The 105 acre garden sorrounding the country house is the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation.
The church of St John the Baptist in Tideswell is rightly known as the 'Cathedral of the Peak', for it is one of the largest and certainly the most perfect church in the area. See monuments, fittings, fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels which belong to the church, in the church and churchyard.
St John the Baptist Church is at the heart of the Derbyshire village of Tideswell in the Peak District National Park. Since the 14th Century, this historic building has been home to a lively and creative Christian Community and still is to this day! Look out for cafe church and enjoy fantastic coffee and muffins!
For a stay in Tideswell we recommend accommodation - especially cottages and lodges!
A museum ship and former passenger steamship, which was advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. The ship is 322 ft (98 m) in length and has a 3,400-ton displacement. She was powered by two inclined 2 cylinder engines of the direct-acting type, with twin 88 in (220 cm) bore, 6-foot (1.8 m) stroke cylinders. She was also provided with secondary masts for sail power. The four decks provided accommodation for a crew of 120, plus 360 passengers who were provided with cabins, and dining and promenade saloons.
By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships. The events and memories of those involved in this epic salvage are captured in the animated film ‘The Incredible Journey’, which can be seen in the Dockyard Museum at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
There is so much to see here at Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol. Be sure to head beneath the glass sea, walk the SS Great Britain's history in the Dockyard Museum and step onto the ship itself. Alive with sights, sounds and even smells, prepare to set sail on the most extraordinary time machine.
For a longer stay in Bristol we recommend accommodation in the city.
Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershire, England is a ruined Italianate mansion. Forty years of decay before the house and grounds were taken into the care of The Department of the Environment in 1972. Since that point, significant restoration and stabilisation have secured the house as a spectacular ruin.
Step back in time to a bygone age of great wealth when the house played host to royal parties. Enjoy the beautiful gardens & lake, woodland walks, amazing fountains – a magical world for children to explore. Learn the stories behind the people who once lived and partied here, from servants to royal visitors. Discover elaborate parterre gardens and monumental fountains then find your way through enchanting woodland to the unique adventure play area. Go down the spiral concrete steps, and there, 40ft beneath the surface, lies a teardrop-shaped tunnel that leads to Britain’s most extraordinary folly — a ballroom, built of iron and glass, beneath a lake. Witley Court has something for everyone to enjoy.
Sandham Memorial Chapel is in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire, a 1920s decorated chapel, designed by Lionel Godfrey Pearson. The chapel was built to accommodate a series of paintings by the English artist Stanley Spencer, and is surrounded by lawns and orchards, with views of Watership Down.
This modest red-brick building tucked away in a quiet corner of Hampshire houses an unexpected treasure; an epic series of large-scale murals, by the acclaimed war artist Sir Stanley Spencer. Built to honour the 'forgotten dead' of the First World War, who were not remembered on any official memorials, the series was inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a medical orderly at the Beaufort Hospital in Bristol and both orderly and soldier on the Salonika front. It is peppered with personal and unexpected details and uniquely shows the everyday activities rather than the horrors of war.
Outside the front of the chapel you have views across to Watership Down which glows in the late evening sun, the originial orchard with old apple varieties and a beautiful wildflower meadow containing many important flora and fauna.
It is essential that groups pre-book their visit by calling 01635 278394. Group visits are only accommodated on closed days, normally Mondays and Tuesdays or outside public opening hours on other days.
Lud's Church is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach, Staffordshire, England. It is located in a wood known as Back Forest, in the Dark Peak, towards the southwest fringe of the Peak District National Park. Over 100 metres (328 ft) long and 18 metres (59 ft) deep, It is mossy and overgrown, wet and cool even on the hottest of days.
Full of history, myths and dark green wherever you look; and to walk down its stone steps deep into the cleft is to escape into another world… Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Bonny Prince Charlie are all reputed to have hidden from the authorities within the chasm.
Exbury Gardens is a famous garden in Hampshire, England, which belongs to a branch of the Rothschild family. is a 200-acre (81 ha) informal woodland garden with very large collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, and is often considered the finest garden of its type in the United Kingdom.
Other features include the Hydrangea Walk, the Rock Garden, Iris Garden, the Sundial Garden which follows an exotic planting, and a Camellia Walk (which takes visitors to a path alongside Beaulieu river and back via the pond).
This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. A 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Children will love the adventure play area and looking at all the wildlife! Top the day off with an ice-cream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms.
A monumental country house in Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722. Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s. The palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.
Enhance your visit with the range of tours and exhibitions included in your admission price, including a tour around the State Rooms, our Churchill exhibition, The Untold Story visitor experience, and our many self-guided trails around the Park and Formal Gardens.
Blenheim is also a venue for weddings and private or corporate events, a filming location, an estate rich in forestry and farming practices, a producer and supplier of Natural Mineral Water, a landowner with a portfolio of properties, a building and contracting business, and a charitable foundation.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an amusement park situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, Lancashire, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United Kingdom, and one of the top twenty most visited amusement parks in the world, with a peak estimate of 5.5 million visitors in 2007. In 2014 it was voted as the best theme park in the United Kingdom and the ninth best park in Europe by the Travelers' Choice Awards.
The park is host to many records, including the largest number of roller coasters of any park in the United Kingdom with ten, of which four are wooden: the Big Dipper, Blue Flyer, Grand National and Nickelodeon Streak. Many of the roller coasters in the park are record breaking attractions.
If it’s adrenaline fuelled adventure you are looking for; you have come to the right place! Blackpool Pleasure Beach is always ahead of the game when it comes to thrills. The park is home to the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, The Big One, the UK’s first looping coaster, Revolution and the UK’s first suspended looping coaster completely over water, Infusion.
Family thrills and memories that will last a lifetime are assured at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and there is plenty to keep all ages amused on the 42-acre attraction. Nickelodeon Land is home to 12 amazing rides, be sure to check the height restrictions!
There’s a whole host of Nickelodeon characters from the world’s number one children’s entertainment channel.
Characters are out on the Team Nick stage each and every day for you to meet & greet them and have your photograph taken!
King's College Chapel is the chapel at King's College in the University of Cambridge. It is considered one of the finest examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. The chapel was built in phases by a succession of kings of England from 1446 to 1515, a period which spanned the Wars of the Roses.
It was started in 1446 by Henry VI (1421-71) and took over a century to build. It has the largest fan vault in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. It is also the venue for the Christmas Eve service. The Chapel plays a central role in College life. It was built as a place of daily worship for the College scholars, and today the Choir still sings Evensong daily during term time.
You are welcome to visit the College grounds and Chapel and to attend choral services in the Chapel. You are asked, however, to respect the College as a place of study. Before visiting, you might want to check the events calendar to see what's happening.
For an extended stay, check out accommodation in Cambridge, for an authentic experience we recommend staying at any of the colleges themselves.
The garden covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres). The site is almost entirely on level ground and in addition to its scientific value, the garden is highly rated by gardening enthusiasts. It holds a plant collection of over 8000 plant species from all over the world to facilitate teaching and research. The garden was created for the University of Cambridge in 1831 by Professor John Stevens Henslow (Charles Darwin's mentor) and was opened to the public in 1846.
Since its opening in 1846, Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG) has been an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families and an oasis for all visitors. One of the largest University-owned botanic gardens in the world.
The collection, which includes iconic, threatened and endangered trees and plants, supports University research which focusses on meeting many of the world’s greatest future challenges (such as food security, climate change and medicine).
This heritage-listed Garden has been designed for both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration so, whenever you visit, you will find plants to intrigue and enchant.
Christ Church and sometimes known as "The House" is a constituent college of the University of Oxford. It is one of the larger colleges of the University of Oxford with 629 students in 2016. It is also the second wealthiest college (after St John's) with an endowment of £501m as of 2017.
Christ Church is an essential element in any visit to Oxford. Two of its famous landmarks, Tom Tower, by Christopher Wren, and Oxford’s Cathedral spire, define the city’s celebrated skyline and mark Christ Church as a unique dual foundation: one of Oxford University's largest Colleges and the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford.
For a longer stay we recommend accommodation in Oxford, or at any of the colleges themselves.
The great house stands in extensive grounds (360 hectares or 890 acres) above the River Fowey. Much of the present house dates back to Victorian times but some sections date from the 1620s. The hill behind the house is planted with a fine selection of shrubs and trees.
Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living.
Make sure you take a stroll around the extensive gardens and enjoy their year-round colour. There are beautiful herbaceous borders, a fabulous formal parterre and colourful higher gardens filled with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.
The estate is well worth exploring too, with ancient woodlands and tranquil riverside paths. There are also off-road cycle trails, with special routes for families and novice riders, and you can even hire a bike from us to make the most of this opportunity.
TheEden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species, and each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The biomes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The largest of the two biomes simulates a rainforest environment and the second, a Mediterranean environment. The attraction also has an outside botanical garden which is home to many plants and wildlife native to Cornwall and the UK in general.
An educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
Visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.
St Michael's Mount is a small tidal island in Mount's Bay, Cornwall. The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water.
Striding the causeway, or crossing by boat. Treading medieval pathways or exploring sub-tropical gardens. Climbing to the castle or uncovering stories of harbour, legend and family home. Admire the views, hear the islanders’ tales and unearth a history that lives on in every step. Through time and tide the Mount creates moments to remember. What will yours be?
Discover a very different day out…Whether it's a family trip, a holiday highlight, a personal daydream or a group visit, plan your visit today and find the St Michael’s Mount experience to make your own.
For a longer stay we recommend accommodation nearby. St Aubyn Estates owns and manages two hotels on the Marazion mainland, and six holiday cottages in and around the pretty Porthgwarra Cove.
Lincoln Castle is a major Norman castle constructed during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress. The castle is unusual in that it has two mottes. It is only one of two such castles in the country, the other being at Lewes in Sussex. Lincoln Castle remained in use as a prison and law court into modern times, and is one of the better preserved castles in England; the Crown Courts continue to this day.
Discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle, dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta.
Lincoln Castle hosts an exciting events programme through the year and offers free guided tours that provide a fascinating insight into the history of Lincoln and its Castle. Join one of the experienced tour guides to discover more about the history of Lincoln Castle and its role in the city through its history.
The Heritage Skills Centre, hidden within the Castle grounds, offers taster sessions on crafts such as stained glass works, silversmithing and stone carving.
It is open to the public most days of the week, and possible to walk around the walls from which there are views of the castle complex, cathedral, the city, and surrounding countryside.
Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, a private residence, and has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years.
The Castle Howard Estate, which features over 200 listed buildings and monuments, is situated within the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 15 miles north-east of York. The estate is approximately 8,800 acres (3,561 ha), comprising 6,100 acres of farmland, 2,100 acres of woodland and 600 acres of parkland.
Castle Howard has extensive and diverse gardens. There is a large formal garden immediately behind the house. The house is prominently situated on a ridge and this was exploited to create an English landscape park, which opens out from the formal garden and merges with the park.
Two major garden buildings are set into this landscape: the Temple of the Four Winds at the end of the garden, and the Mausoleum in the park. There is also a lake on either side of the house. There is woodland garden, Ray Wood, and the walled garden contains decorative rose and flower gardens. Further buildings outside the preserved gardens include Hawksmoor's Pyramid, an Obelisk and several follies and eyecatchers in the form of fortifications which have been restored in recent years. In nearby Pretty Wood there are two more monuments, The Four Faces and a smaller pyramid by Hawksmoor. The grounds of Castle Howard are also used as part of at least two charity running races during the year.
With so much to see and do in the local area, you can make your holiday as quiet and relaxing, or as exciting and energetic as you choose.
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII.
Today, the palace is open to the public and is a major tourist attraction, easily reached by train from Waterloo station in central London and served by Hampton Court railway station in East Molesey, in Transport for London's Zone 6. In addition, London Buses routes 111, 216, 411 and R68 stop outside the palace gates.
Apart from the Palace itself and its gardens, other points of interest for visitors include the celebrated maze, the historic real tennis court, and the huge grape vine, the largest in the world as of 2005.
The palace's Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire. One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world. It is both a tourist attraction and a place of religious importance to contemporary pagans.
Constructed over several hundred years in the Third Millennium BC, during the Neolithic, or New Stone Age, the monument comprises a large henge (a bank and a ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two separate smaller stone circles situated inside the centre of the monument. Its original purpose is unknown, although archaeologists believe that it was most likely used for some form of ritual or ceremony. The Avebury monument is a part of a larger prehistoric landscape containing several older monuments nearby, including West Kennet Long Barrow, Windmill Hill and Silbury Hill.
The site, which has an area of 323 hectares (800 acres) features an 18th-century landscaped garden, some of the largest Cistercian ruins in Europe, a Jacobean mansion and a Victorian church designed by William Burges. It was developed around the ruins of the Cistercian Fountains Abbey.
Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site;
For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place.
From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world.
When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design.
Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts.
One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Exeter Cathedral, properly known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter, is an Anglican cathedral, and the seat of the Bishop of Exeter, in the city of Exeter, Devon. The present building was complete by about 1400, and has several notable features, including an early set of misericords, an astronomical clock and the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England.
The Cathedral is the spiritual home for a wide diversity of people, and all who come through the door are warmly welcomed.
Using experienced guides, they will lead you through the Cathedral on a free tour as part of your visit. Discover the characters that have influenced the Cathedral through its long history, hear about the building of this ancient masterpiece and uncover secrets from its past. Guided tours run several times a day and an audio tour is also available for FREE during normal visitor hours.
Pre-book your group’s visit to the Cathedral to receive discounted admission, tailored guided tours and excellent opportunities to enjoy delicious, locally-sourced food and drink from the Cathedral Café.
Built to the glory of God, this vibrant Cathedral church with Britain's tallest spire and best preserved Magna Carta is just 8 miles from Stonehenge. Formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The main body of the cathedral was completed in 38 years, from 1220 to 1258.
The cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Salisbury and is the seat of the Bishop of Salisbury.
For over 750 years, pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close. Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen who built it but it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
A tidal beach for the adventurous, famous for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks. Very busy in the summer holidays.
It is situated on the Lizard peninsula approximately two miles (3 km) north of Lizard Point. The cove became popular in the early Victorian era, with many distinguished visitors including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the poet Alfred Tennyson. The BBC has described Kynance Cove as "one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South West." The South West Coast Path, which follows the coast of south west England from Somerset to Dorset passes by on the cliffs over-looking Kynance Cove.
One of the world's most spectacular beaches, for centuries Kynance has been a magnet for adventurous tourists. Turquoise seas meet a white sandy beach interspersed with colourful serpentine rock stacks. At low tide caves and islands are yours to explore. In the summer Kynance gets very busy, arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years.
It is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year.
Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.
Imagine what life was like when Skipton Castle provided protection and security from invaders. Relax in the picnic area or in the new tea room or visit the shop for more information.
Even now more historic finds are being discovered. Recently an ancient well was uncovered, helping to explain how the castle garrison survived the siege of 1643-5.
Every visitor to the Castle is given a comprehensive Tour Sheet (available in 10 languages) with 40 drawings and descriptions of interesting features.
Sandringham House is a country house in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is the private home of Queen Elizabeth II.
Sandringham House is one of two personal and private residences owned by The Royal Family, unlike the Royal palaces that belong to the Crown. Home to four generations of British monarchs since 1862, Sandringham Castle has long been the beloved private country home of Queen Elizabeth II. From its tidal mudflats and fruit farms to the the famous museum and gardens, Sandringham is a versatile estate that has seen many a royal occasion.
We recommend that visitors allow at least 4 hours in order to get the most out of their time here, and to make the most of the unhurried welcome offered. The Visitor Centre Restaurant offers a two-course lunch with tickets to visit the House, Museum and Gardens, and many visitors find this a convenient option for themselves or as a gift for somebody else.
Whitby Abbey was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey.
Perched high on a cliff, it's easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale of 'Dracula'. Sink your teeth into years of history, amazing views and a packed events programme, just a short climb away from the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.
The spectacular ruins will definitely give you a glimpse into the past and a sense of how grandiose the abbey used to be, or perhaps even give you a desire to attend the Dracula performance.
Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles.
The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family from the mid-18th century to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War and restored only in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.
The gardens include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over 100 years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a wild area filled with subtropical tree ferns called "The Jungle". The gardens also have Europe's only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant's Head.
The place name, properly pronounced 'h'LIG'n', and not the commonly heard 'HEL-i-gun', is derived from the Cornish word helygen, "willow tree".
Lichfield Cathedral is situated in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. It is the only medieval English cathedral with three spires. It is one of the oldest places of Christian worship, and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad.
This magnificent building has a rich history, reflected in its architecture and treasures. As a place of great beauty, it continues to inspire and encourage all who visit it - tourists, pilgrims or worshippers.
You can discover over 1300 years of history in the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK! See a medieval wall painting, the famous Herkenrode stained glass, the Lichfield Angel and in addition to daily services, the Cathedral also acts as a stunning venue for a range of events including concerts, gala dinners, festivals, awards ceremonies, performances, debates, educational forums and more.
The Cathedral is a place of worship, so please check the official website for any services before you travel. Entrance is free, but each visitor is asked to make a donation.
Saint Nectan's Glen is an area of woodland in Trethevy near Tintagel, north Cornwall stretching for around one mile along both banks of the Trevillet River. The glen's most prominent feature is St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks. The site attracts tourists who believe it to be "one of the UK's most spiritual sites," and tie or place ribbons, crystals, photographs, small piles of flat stones and other materials near the waterfall.
St Nectan’s Glen is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Walk to the Waterfall & Hermitage through an ancient woodland with ivy clad trees and along the banks of the River Trevillet as it sparkles and gurgles busily on it’s journey to the sea.
A place where animals and birds play amid a mysticism of fairies, piskies, serenaded by the wonderful sound of bird song. The area has been appointed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to rare specimens of plants. Once at the hermitage enjoy a well deserved cream tea or coffee, visit the shop & gallery for gifts to take home and visit the meditation room for a time of self reflection.
Finally wander down to the Waterfall and experience one of Cornwall’s hidden treasures, one of natures beauties unspoilt by man. Whether you’re on a pilgrimage or a day out, the reward is in natures embrace.
Experience St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks. Accompanied by two additional waterfalls and a beautiful woodland walk.
Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest and renovated and remodelled a number of times.
The Duke and his family share their home with Estates Office staff, American students from St Cloud State University residential programme and the general public. Recent years have witnessed an extensive programme of conservation, repair and refurbishment to the fabric of the building, both exterior and interior. Roof leads have been replaced; essential masonry repair and re-pointing has been undertaken, as well as conservation work and refurbishment of the interiors. Such works both preserve the castle and continue its development.
Dress up in medieval costume and meet our townsfolk as you join the hustle and bustle of life in the 14th century. Try authentic medieval crafts, play traditional games in the square, and take your place on the throne of Hotspur Hall!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone filmed on location at Alnwick Castle in autumn 2000.
The following year, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the second film in the series) used Alnwick Castle for shooting. One of the areas of filming include The Lion Arch - it was a way in and out of Hogwarts, heading towards Hagrid’s cabin and the Forbidden Forest.
Dragon Quest - Are you brave enough to enter the Dragon's Lair? Join forces with Harry Hotspur and the Dragon Catcher to battle mystical forces, conquer challenging obstacles and come face to face with a terrifying dragon. Will you stand your ground or quake with fear when you come face-to-face with Northumberland’s most fearsome beast?
Dragon Quest is open daily and free with admission. Entry to Dragon Quest is via Artisans Courtyard.
During the school holidays, you will need to collect a free time-slot ticket from the costume cart in Artisans Courtyard. Dragon Quest is very popular so we recommend going straight to Artisans Courtyard on arrival to collect your ticket.
Alnwick Castle offers history on a grand scale - from Knight and Wizards to gunpowder plotters and passionate collectors.
Lancaster Castle is a medieval castle in Lancaster in the English county of Lancashire. Its early history is unclear, but may have been founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort overlooking a crossing of the River Lune. In 1164, the Honour of Lancaster, including the castle, came under royal control. In 1322 and 1389 the Scots invaded England, progressing as far as Lancaster and damaging the castle. It was not to see military action again until the English Civil War. The castle was first used as a prison in 1196 although this aspect became more important during the English Civil War. The castle buildings are owned by the British sovereign as Duke of Lancaster, which leases part of the structure to Lancashire County Council who operate a Crown Court in part of the building.
See history come alive in the heart of Lancaster.
England's dark history, with tales of persecution, incarceration, punishment and execution, has been lived out over the centuries within the confines of Lancaster Castle.
And now, after almost 1,000 years as an imposing and impenetrable place of penance, the castle's magnificent John o'Gaunt gates have been swung open to unlock a veritable vault of intrigue, interest and interaction for visitors of all ages.
Lowther Castle is a country house in the historic county of Westmorland, which now forms part of the modern county of Cumbria, England. It has belonged to the Lowther family, latterly the Earls of Lonsdale, since the Middle Ages.
Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty – home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Indeed it was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018 in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.
Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you.
Stowe House is the home of Stowe School, an independent school and is owned by the Stowe House Preservation Trust who have to date (March 2013) spent more than £25m on the restoration of the house. Stowe House is regularly open to the public. The gardens (known as Stowe Landscape Gardens), are a significant example of the English garden style, along with part of the Park.
The scale and beauty of Stowe have attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise and still cast their spell today.
Your visit starts at the New Inn visitor centre outside the gardens. This fusion of modern and restored eighteenth-century buildings was where visitors of the past were welcomed to Stowe.
Stop by the light and airy cafe for delicious fresh food and the shop for unique products inspired by the gardens. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking. A short walk or a ride in a buggy from New Inn takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits.