Stately Homes

The magnificent stately homes that decorate our country’s landscape represent a world of decadence, luxury and nobility that many of us will never know. Predominantly built between the mid-16th century and the early part of the 20th century, they were the ultimate status symbol for the great families of Britain and provided ideal settings to entertain aristocratic, noble and esteemed guests.
Anne Hathaway's cottage

Shakespeare’s gardens: in pictures

There's more to Shakespeare's home county of Warwickshire than Stratford-upon-Avon. Here we take a tour of some of its most splendid gardens, from the grounds of Compton Verney to Anne Hathaway's cottage Compton Verney This stately...
Cherry Garden, Ham House, Richmond, London’s stately homes

London’s stately homes: Kenwood, Chiswick and Ham House

Better known for its royal palaces, London also boasts some great houses that provide a glimpse into the city’s aristocratic past. Here are some of the most magnificent of London’s stately homes In the latest...
Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire

Hidden Tudor castles and palaces

Discover the little-known castles and manors in the Heart of England that were visited and specially granted by the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII Grimsthorpe Castle Granted to to William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby,...
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How Castle Howard became the star of Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire was designed by an architectural novice, but has since had starring roles in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and Victoria  It takes quite a leap of faith to employ an ex-soldier turned...

See Cecil Beaton’s photos of dowager duchess

Chatsworth House will host the Never a Bore exhibition documenting Deborah Cavendish’s life and glittering social circle in beautiful photography.
Highclere Castle. Credit: Tony Harris/PA Pics

Life inside the real Downton Abbey

Listen to audio extracts from our exclusive chat with Lady Carnarvon, mistress of Highclere Castle – setting of everyone’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey Relive the moment that we went through the doors of Highclere for...

Top 10 August bank holiday days out

Summer bank holidays can go either way – glorious sun or endless showers – but with these wonderful events, you’re sure to have great time whatever the weather. August Bank holiday has traditionally been a time for...
Duchess of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Behind the scenes at Britain’s grand stately homes

We talk to the duchesses who run Belvoir Castle, Inveraray Castle, Alnwick Castle and Woburn Abbey about the realities of running a stately home in the 21st century. For our full feature on duchesses, see...

Secrets and mysteries of historic homes inspire tales

Ten writers rose to the challenge of weaving their imaginations around our built heritage creating some enthralling short stories. Ten new tales inspired by the secrets, history and mysteries of British heritage properties have been...

Secrets of Scotland’s stately homes and castles

Architectural historian Charles Wemyss, author of Noble Houses of Scotland, sheds light on Scotland’s castles and stately homes, sharing the most fascinating stories of these buildings. A new book called Noble Houses of Scotland, by architectural historian Charles...
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If you enjoy finding out more about our country’s rich history, then you’ll love BRITAIN magazine – the official magazine for VisitBritain.

Every issue is packed with our inspirational photography, fascinating features, shopping and travel advice.

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