England Mansions & Historic
Below is a list of the top England
Mansions & Historic Houses to visit
with websites and reviews.
Many of the historic buildings charge
entrance fees to help with the upkeep,
normally about £8 - £20 for a
tour of the House. Some offer less
expensive entry to the gardens and
grounds. Some are free to enter to use
their facilities such as shops and
restaurants. Many hold events throughout
the year such as horse trials and classic
Click on Post-Codes for Reviews and
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Built from 1514, 13 miles southwest of
London centre. Hampton Court
Palace was last used by the British Royal
Family in the 1700s. The Palace was
originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a
good friend of King Henry VIII. After a
fall out with Wolsey, the Palace was
taken over by the King, who had it
enlarged. William III expanded the
building so it could be compared to the
huge Palace of Versailles in France. The
expansion works were stopped in 1694,
leaving the Palace with two different
looks. Phone number 020 3166 6000.
KT8 9AU .
Built from 1699, 16 miles northeast of
York. Castle Howard is one of
the UKs top historic Mansions that can be
visited. The building is still home to
the Howard family that it was built for.
Castle Howard has appeared in a number of
TV shows and Films, with Its most famous
being Brideshead Revisited. Situated 6
miles west of the town of Malton.
Phone number 01653 648 333.
Built from 1705, 65 miles northwest of
London. Blenheim Palace is a
large country Mansion situated in
Oxfordshire, the only non-royal country
house in England, with the title of a
Palace. The Palace is best known as the
birthplace and family home of the Sir
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
during WWII. Situated 1 mile west of the
town of Woodstock. Phone number 01993
Built from 1687, 37 miles southeast of
Manchester. Chatsworth House, in central
Derbyshire, is the home of the Duke of
Devonshire, the Cavendish family, owners
of this estate since 1549. The main
building was re-built by the 1st Duke
between 1687 and 1707, on the site of an
old Tudor Mansion. Bakewell
is the closest town 6 miles west. Phone
number 01246 565 300.
Built from 1874, 63 miles northwest of
London. Waddesdon Manor, in
Buckinghamshire, was built in the style
of a French Chateau between 1874 and
1889, for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild
(1839-1898). The Baron was part of the
Rothschild banking dynasty. A few films
have used Waddesdon Manor, including, The
Queen, with the interior and gardens
doubling for Buckingham Palace. Aylesbury
is the closest town 6 miles east. Phone
number 01296 820 414.
Longleat House &
Built from 1567, 108 miles west of
London. Longleat is the home of
the Marquesses of Bath in Somerset. This
Elizabethan Mansion has a maze, huge
landscaped gardens, and Safari Park. The
Safari Park was opened in 1966, said to
be the first drive-through Safari Park
outside of Africa. The house can also be
visited. Warminster is the closest town
3 miles east. Phone number 01985 844
Built from 1555, 96 miles north of
London. Burghley was built for Sir
William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Lord
High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I.
There are many events held on the Estate
throughout the year, including the
Burghley Horse Trials. Shops &
Restaurant free. Stamford
is the closest town 1 mile west. Phone
number 01780 752 451.
PE9 3JY .
Built from 1760, 26 miles north of
London. Brocket Hall, in Hertfordshire,
was built for Sir Matthew Lamb, 1st
Baronet. In the late 20th century
Nall-Cain, 3rd Baron Brocket, a
vintage car dealer, was convicted for
insurance fraud after claiming some of
his classic cars, worth millions, were
stolen. Reality was, the price of classic
cars had dropped so dramatically, his
investment had left the estate in a bad
way. While the 3rd Baron was in prison,
he sold a 60 year lease to a German
property business for Brocket Hall to be
turned into a hotel, golf club and
conference centre. The baron will need to
live to 104 to see the house handed back
to him. Welwyn is
the closest town 3 miles west. Phone
number 01707 368 700.
AL8 7XG .
Built from 1543, 94 miles southwest of
London. Wilton House is situated 3 miles
west of Salisbury
in Wiltshire, the home of the Earls of
Pembroke. When King Henry VIII began
closing down the Monasteries, this land
belonged to Wilton Abbey. The King
awarded these lands to William Herbert,
1st Earl of Pembroke, at that time, who
had married the sister of the Kings last
wife. The House was built to replace the
Abbey. Phone number 01722 746 714.
SP2 0BJ .
Built from 1145, 45 miles north of
London. Woburn Abbey, and Woburn Safari
Park, was originally built as a
Cistercian Abbey in 1145. When King Henry
VIII began closing down the Monasteries,
he awarded this land to John Russell in
1547, who became the 1st Earl of Bedford.
Much of what can be seen of the Abbey
today, is from rebuilding work that began
in 1744. Woburn is
the closest village 1 mile west. Phone
number 01525 290 333.
Present building built from 1616.
Situated 128 miles northeast of London,
Blickling Hall, in Norfolk, was taken
over by the National Trust in 1940. The
original Blickling Hall was owned by Sir
John Fastolf, an English Knight in the
1400s. The lands later passed to the
Boleyn family, with one of their children
being Anne Boleyn, Queen of England from
1533 to 1536, the second wife of Henry
is the closest village under 1 mile east.
Phone number 01263 738 030.
Built from 1530, 113 miles northwest of
London. Coughton Court is one of the top
English Tudor Mansions, in Warwickshire.
The lands of Coughton have been in the
Throckmorton family since 1409. The House
used to have a Priest Hole, a place to
hide Priests when Catholics were
persecuted in England. The Hall was also
part of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, as,
some of the people known to be involved
in the plot, met there soon after.
is the closest village 2 miles north.
Phone number 01789 400 777.
B49 5JA .
Built from 1350, 20 miles south of
Carlisle. Hutton in the Forest is
situated in Cumbria, northern England. It
has been home to the Fletcher-Vane
family, Barons Inglewood, since 1605. The
earliest part of the building is the Pele
Tower built in the 1350s, when the Estate
belonged to the de Hoton family. That was
a time when fortified homes were a
necessity due invaders from Scotland, or
feuds with other large land owners in the
area. Penrith is the cosest town 6
miles east. Phone number 01768 484
Built from 1790s, 81 miles northeast of
London. Ickworth House, in Suffolk, is a
neoclassical Mansion with a large
Rotunda, run by the National Trust since
1956. Ickworth was the Hervey home from
the 1400s. Most of the Hervey family are
buried at Ickworth Church, situated in
the grounds. The House is noted for its
art collection, Regency furniture, and
porcelain. Bury St.
Edmunds is the cosest town 3 miles
east. Phone number 01284 735 270.
Built from 1598, 133 miles southwest of
London. Montacute House, South Somerset,
is claimed to be one of the top
Elizabethan mansions in England.
Montacute was owned by the Phelips
family, with Edward Phelips being a top
politician and lawyer. The property was
taken over by the National Trust in the
is the closest village under 1 mile
south. Phone number 01935 823 289.
Built from 1880s, in Barnard
Castle north England. The Bowes
Museum was built for John Bowes and his
wife Josephine Benoite, as an Art
Gallery, both died before it opened in
1892. The house was designed by the
French architect Jules Pellechet, in a
French style. Phone number 01833 690
Built from 1693, 2 miles east of Wentworth
by Sheffield. This Mansion is claimed to
have the longest Country House facade in
Europe. It was built for Thomas
Watson-Wentworth, 1st Marquess of
Rockingham, 1693-1750, extended by his
son in the 1800s. The current owner is
said to be Clifford Newbold, an architect
from Highgate. Starting in 2014, the
house can now be visited. Tel: 01226 351
S62 7TQ .