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England Mansions & Historic Houses

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 car rallies.

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Hampton Court Palace
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.
Website . Wiki . KT8 9AU . Hotels

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Castle Howard
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.
Website . Wiki . YO60 7DA . Hotels

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Blenheim Palace
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 810 530.
Website . Wiki . OX20 1PP . Hotels

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Chatsworth House
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.
Website . Wiki . DE45 1PP . Hotels

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Waddesdon Manor
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.
Website . Wiki . HP18 0JH . Hotels

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Longleat House & Safari Park
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 844 400.
Website . Wiki . BA12 7NW . Hotels

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Burghley House
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.
Website . Wiki . PE9 3JY . Hotels

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Brocket Hall
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 Charles 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.
Website . Wiki . AL8 7XG . Hotels

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Wilton House
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.
Website . Wiki . SP2 0BJ . Hotels

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Woburn Abbey
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.
Website . Wiki . MK17 9WA . Hotels

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Blickling Hall
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 VIII. Blickling is the closest village under 1 mile east. Phone number 01263 738 030.
Website . Wiki . NR11 6NF . Hotels

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Coughton Court
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. Studley is the closest village 2 miles north. Phone number 01789 400 777.
Website . Wiki . B49 5JA . Hotels

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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 484 449.
Website . Wiki . CA11 9TJ . Hotels

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Ickworth House
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.
Website . Wiki . IP29 5QE . Hotels

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Montacute House
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 1930s. Montacute is the closest village under 1 mile south. Phone number 01935 823 289.
Website . Wiki . TA15 6XP . Hotels

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Bowes Museum
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 690 606.
Website . Wiki . DL12 8NP . Hotels

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Wentworth Woodhouse
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 351 161.
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