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English Heritage


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English Heritage exists to help people understand, value, care for and enjoy England's unique heritage.



We are probably best known for looking after the National Heritage Collection of historic sites and monuments and the guardianship of over 500,000 objects and 12 million photographs in our public archives. The Collection ranges from prehistoric stone circles to a 1960s nuclear bunker and includes Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall, Charles Darwin's diaries and the Duke of Wellington's boots. Taken together, over 400 properties in our care help to tell the story of England.
We also run an extensive events programme throughout the year and provide free educational visits for schools. But we also:
  • Advise government on which parts of our heritage are nationally important so they can be protected by designation (which includes the listing of buildings) and promote the importance of heritage in making places distinctive and valued
  • Advise local authorities on managing changes to the most important parts of our heritage
  • Encourage investment in heritage at risk
  • Share our knowledge, skills and expertise by offering training and guidance, giving practical conservation advice and access to our resources.
  • Provide £24 million in grants.

Blackfriars

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One of the most complete surviving friaries of Dominican 'black friars' in England, later converted into a Tudor house and cloth factory. Notable features include the church a...

Hurlers Stone Circles

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Three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England....

Old Blockhouse

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Substantial remains of a small 16th century gun tower protecting Old Grimsby harbour, vigorously defended during the Civil War....

St Olave's Priory

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The wonderfully complete 14th century brick-vaulted refectory undercroft - later a cottage occupied until 1902 - of a small Augustinian priory....

Leahill Turret and Piper Sike Turret - Hadrian's Wall

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Turrets west of Birdoswald: Piper Sike has a cooking-hearth....

Blakeney Guildhall

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The remains of the house of a prosperous Blakeney merchant, with a fine 15th century brick-vaulted undercroft....

Mattersey Priory

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The remains, mainly the 13th century refectory and kitchen, of a small monastery for just six Gilbertine canons - the only wholly English monastic order....

Hadleigh Castle

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The romantic ruins of a royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes. Hadleigh was begun in about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, but extensively refortified by Edward III during the H...

Gainsthorpe Medieval Village

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A deserted medieval village, one of the best-preserved examples in England, clearly visible as a complex of grassy humps and bumps. According to legend demolished as a den of ...

Roman Wall of St Albans

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The Roman Wall of St Albans, which was built between AD 265 and 270 to defend the Roman city of Verulamium, can still be traced for most of its two-mile circuit....

Pickering Castle

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Set in the attractive Moors-edge market town of Pickering;discover how this splendid 13th century castle was used throughout the centuries. This tourist attraction in the hear...

Halliggye Fogou

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Roofed and walled in stone, this complex of passages is the largest and best-preserved of several mysterious underground tunnels associated with Cornish Iron Age settlements....


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Apethorpe Hall

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"Apethorpe Hall is truly one of England's great country houses. It was begun in the late 15th century and once played host to Queen Elizabeth I, King James I and King Charles ...

Leiston Abbey

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The mainly 14th century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons. Among Suffolk's most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features....

Rushton Triangular Lodge

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This delightful triangular building was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham (father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters) and constructed between 1593 and 1597. It is a testament to Tr...

Prudhoe Castle

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Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell so a family day out to this Northumberland fortress is truly worthwhile....

Mistley Towers

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Two porticoed Classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776....

Lanercost Priory

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The beautiful and now tranquil setting of Augustinian Lanercost Priory belies an often troubled history. Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during ...

Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

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Set high on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort is a fascinating tourist attraction in the north east of England. There are som...

Butter Cross

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The transplanted stump of a medieval stone cross, once a meeting place for butter-sellers....

Burgh Castle

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The imposing stone walls, with added towers for catapults, of a Roman 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort....

Kenwood

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Kenwood is now open! The masterpiece is complete, the paint is dry and the doors are open. Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Ke...

Kirkham House, Paignton

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This late medieval stone house, afterwards split into three cottages, was restored in the 1960s....

Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village

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The remains of four 13th century stone farmsteads, on land originally farmed in the Bronze Age....

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse

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Well-preserved 15th-century gatehouse, the sole survivor of a small Benedictine priory. A miniature 'pele-tower' containing two storeys of comfortable rooms, it later became a...

Silbury Hill, Avebury

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The largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids. Probably completed in around 2400 BC...

Mayburgh Henge

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A large and impressive Neolithic henge, much better preserved than neighbouring King Arthur's Round Table. Its banks stand up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, and unusually are con...

Lilleshall Abbey

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Extensive ruins of an Augustinian abbey, later a Civil War stronghold, in a deeply rural setting....

Wigmore Castle

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Once the stronghold of the turbulent Mortimer family, Wigmore Castle was later dismantled to prevent its use during the Civil War. Now it is among the most remarkable ruins in...

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

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"If you're planning a family day out in Cheshire, then a visit to Beeston Castle in Tarporley fits the bill perfectly. This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular ...

Houghton House

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Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the 'House Beautiful' in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progre...

King James's and Landport Gates, Portsmouth

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Two ornamental gateways, once part of Portsmouth's defences....

Windmill Tump Long Barrow, Rodmarton

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A Neolithic chambered tomb with an enigmatic 'false entrance'....

Middleham Castle

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No day out in the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to Middleham Castle. Once the childhood home of Richard III, you can relive the Castle's illustrious histor...

St Mawes Castle

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"St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built betw...

Odda's Chapel

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Lyddington Bede House

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Set beside the church of the picturesque ironstone village of Lyddington, Lyddington Bede House originated as the medieval wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln...

Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars' Cloisters

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The delightful Row Houses at Row 111 and the Old Merchant's House are rare remnants of Great Yarmouth's original distinctive 'Rows' which were a network of narrow alleyways li...

Kingswood Abbey Gatehouse

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Peveril Castle

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"The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Ca...

Maiden Castle

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Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castle's huge multiple ramparts once protected several hundred residents. Excavations in the 1930s a...

Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

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Bant's Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village

child friendly Bant's Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village
The remains of an ancient Iron Age village in a wonderfully scenic location. On the hill above stands a Bronze Age burial mound with entrance passage and inner chamber....

St Paul's Monastery, Jarrow

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The home of the Venerable Bede, chronicler of the beginnings of English Christianity, Jarrow has become one of the best-understood Anglo-Saxon monastic sites. The Anglo-Saxon ...

Yarmouth Castle

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"Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight provides a magnificent picnic spot, with views over the Solent for a lovely relaxing family day by the sea. Step inside and discover the atmosp...

Winchester Palace

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Based in the inner London district of Southwark are the remains of Winchester Palace - once one of the largest and most important buildings in all of medieval London. Built in...

Penhallam Manor

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The low, grass-covered but complete ground-plan of a moated 13th century manor house, in a delightful woodland setting....

Derwentcote Steel Furnace

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Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain....

Helmsley Castle

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"Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park."...

Bushmead Priory

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North Leigh Roman Villa

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An English Heritage Venue...

Wheeldale Roman Road

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A mile-long stretch of enigmatic ancient road - probably Roman but possibly later or earlier - amid wild and beautiful moorland, still with its hard core and drainage ditches....

Totnes Castle

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"A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving sweeping views ac...

Camber Castle

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Brunton Turret - Hadrian's Wall

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Wall section and a surviving piece of turret 2 1/2 metres (8.2 feet) high, built by men of the Twentieth Legion....

Wall Roman Site

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Wall was an important staging post on Watling Street, the Roman military road to North Wales. It provided overnight accommodation for travelling Roman officials and imperial m...

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

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"In a beautiful valley of the river Frome, on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset and only nine miles from Bath, stands the remains of Farleigh Hungerford Castle."...

Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury

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One of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain, housed in the Stables Gallery, and including many artefacts from the World Heritage Site (WHS) mon...

Bolsover Cundy House

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This charming cottage-like 17th century conduit house, with vaulted stone-slab roof, once supplied water to Bolsover Castle....

St Briavels Castle

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The fine twin-towered gatehouse of this castle, built by Edward I in 1292, once defended a crossbow bolt factory which used local Forest of Dean iron. Once a prison, it is now...

Corbridge Roman Town - Hadrian's Wall

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An English Heritage Venue...

Dupath Well

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This charming well-house, built about 1500, stands over an ancient spring, believed to cure whooping cough....

St Augustine's Abbey

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"This great abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded shortly after AD 597 by St Augustine. Originally created as a burial place for the Angl...

St Catherine's Oratory

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A tall medieval octagonal tower, allegedly a lighthouse, built here in 1328 as penance for stealing church property from a wrecked ship. Affectionately known as the Pepperpot,...

Apsley House

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Addresses don't come much grander than 'Number One London', the popular name for Apsley House, one of the most interesting visitor attractions in London. Home to the Duke of W...

Marmion Tower

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The fine 15th-century gatehouse of a vanished riverside manor house, with a beautiful oriel window. The monuments of the manor's Marmion family owners grace the adjacent churc...

Farnham Castle Keep

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The impressive motte and shell keep of Farnham Castle, Surrey, founded in 1138 by Bishop Henry of Blois. An enjoyable day out within travelling distance of London....

Abingdon County Hall Museum

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This splendid 17th century baroque building housed a courtroom for Assizes, raised on arches over a market space. It now houses the Abingdon Museum. On sunny days take in the ...

Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

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Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place for a family day out or as a place to stop and relax if you're walking or cycling along Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria....

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

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The largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, used for entertainment and military training by the 20th Legion, based at the fortress of 'Deva' (Chester)....

Jewry Wall

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A length of Roman bath-house wall over 9 metres (30 feet) high, near a museum displaying the archaeology of Leicester and its region....

Eynsford Castle

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Halesowen Abbey

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Planetrees Roman Wall - Hadrian's Wall

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A 15-metre (49 feet) length of narrow Wall on broad foundations, reflecting a change of policy during construction concerning the thickness of the Wall....

Okehampton Castle

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The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey ...

Fiddleford Manor

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The principal parts of a small stone manor house, probably begun about 1370 for William Latimer, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset....

Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall

child friendly Walltown Crags - Hadrian's Wall
One of the best places of all to see the Wall, dramatically snaking and diving along the crags of the Whin Sill....

Audley End House and Gardens

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Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion....

Baconsthorpe Castle

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Visit the extensive ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle, a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, that are a testament to the rise and fall of a prominent Norfolk family, the...

Brinkburn Priory

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Kirkham Priory

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An English Heritage Venue...

Chesters Bridge Abutment - Hadrian's Wall

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Close to Chesters Roman Fort are the remains of a bridge which carried Hadrian's Wall across the North Tyne. Visible on both river banks, they are most impressive on the easte...

Meare Fish House

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The only surviving monastic fishery building in England, this housed the Abbot of Glastonbury's water bailiff and provided facilities for fish-salting and drying....

Denton Hall Turret - Hadrian's Wall

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The foundations of a turret and a 65 metre (213 feet) length of Wall....

Deal Castle

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For a fascinating day out on the Kent coast look no further than Deal Castle....

Bessie Surtees House

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These two five-storey 16th and 17th century merchants' houses - which now also house English Heritage's regional office - are fine examples of Jacobean domestic architecture, ...

Eltham Palace and Gardens

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Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace, one of the most enchanting visitor attractions in London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the rema...

Haughmond Abbey

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An English Heritage Venue...

Old Gorhambury House

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Situated just outside St Albans are the remains of Old Gorhambury House, a once immense mansion constructed in 1563-8 by the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon....

Tintagel Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Chichele College

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The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by locally-born Archbishop Chichele before 1425. Regularly used ...

Barnard Castle

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Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was later developed by the Beauchamp family and th...

Hob Hurst's House

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A square prehistoric burial mound with an earthwork ditch and outer bank. It was named after a local goblin....

Rufford Abbey

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The best-preserved remains of a Cistercian abbey west cloister range in England, dating mainly from around 1170. Incorporated into part of a 17th century and later mansion, se...

St Augustine's Conduit House

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The Conduit House is part of the monastic waterworks which supplied nearby St Augustine's Abbey....

Restormel Castle

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"The great 13th-century circular shell-keep of Restormel still encloses the principal rooms of the castle in remarkably good condition. It stands on an earlier Norman mound su...

Dymchurch Martello Tower

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Fully restored and re-equipped with its cannon, this is one of 103 ingeniously-designed artillery towers, built from 1805 at vulnerable points around the south and east coasts...

Pevensey Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Mortimer's Cross Water Mill

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A one-man-operated 18th century water mill in part working order. Nearby there are attractive gardens and woodland walks, a stone weir and the significant Aymestrey Limestone ...

Lindsey St James's Chapel

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A pretty thatched 13th century chapel with lancet windows....

Winshields Wall - Hadrian's Wall

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The highest point on the Wall, in rugged country with spectacular views....

Weeting Castle

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The ruins of a substantial early medieval moated manor house, built in local flint....

Blackbury Camp

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An Iron Age hillfort with impressive ramparts, now surrounded by woodland....

Deddington Castle

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Extensive earthworks marking the site of an 11th century motte and bailey castle....

Portland Castle

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"Overlooking Portland Harbour in Dorset stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion."...

Castle Rising Castle

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An English Heritage Venue...

Furness Abbey

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The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house...

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

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For a memorable family day out in Sussex explore Battle Abbey and Battlefield, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Discover more about the most famous date in English his...

Hailes Abbey

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An English Heritage Venue...

Castlerigg Stone Circle

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Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop...

Iron Bridge

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An English Heritage Venue...

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