England Mansions & Historic
Below is a list of the top England
Mansions & Historic Houses 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
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Palace 1514, 13 miles southwest of
London. 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
KT8 9AU .
from 1699, 16 miles northeast of York.
Castle Howard is one of the UKs top
historic mansion houses 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 by
the town of Malton.
Phone number 01653 648 333.
Palace from 1705, 65 miles
northwest of London. Blenheim Palace is a
large country mansion house 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 by the town of
Woodstock. Phone number 01993
House 1687, 37 miles southeast of
Manchester. Chatsworth House, in central
Derbyshire, is the home of the Duke of
Devonshire, the Cavendish family, since
1549. The main building was re-built by
the 1st Duke between 1687 and 1707, on
the site of an old Tudor mansion.
is the closest town. Phone number 01246
Manor 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
haveused Waddesdon Manor, including, The
Queen, with the interior and gardens
doubling for Buckingham Palace. Aylesbury
is the closest town. Phone number 01296
Longleat House &
Safari Park 1567, 108 mls west of
London. Longleat is the home of the
Marquesses of Bath in Somerset. This
Elizabethan mansion house 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.
Phone number 01985 844 400.
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. Phone number 01780
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. Phone number 01707 368
AL8 7XG .
from 1543, 94 miles southwest of London.
Wilton House is situated near 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. Phone number 01525
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. Phone number
01263 738 030.
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. Phone number
01789 400 777.
B49 5JA .
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.
Phone number 01768 484 449.
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 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. Phone
number 01284 735 270.
House 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. Phone number
01935 823 289.
1880s, at 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
by Rotherham. 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, and 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.
S62 7TQ .