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Buckfast Abbey is an impressive Benedictine monastery nestled in the foothills of Dartmoor National Park that will celebrate its millennium in 2018. Spectacular award-winning gardens, a rich history and a beautiful musical tradition awaits visitors, alongside regular choir recitals, informative garden walk & talks, beekeeping courses and The Grange Restaurant, which offers a delicious menu filled with locally-sourced produce.
01364 645500
Discover 2,000 years of history at Durham Cathedral, one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Renowned for its spectacular location at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is the Shrine of St Cuthbert and resting place of the Venerable Bede. The Cathedral boasts the UK’s best-preserved set of medieval monastic buildings, home to Open Treasure, a new world-class visitor experience. Embark on a journey of discovery through the Monks’ Dormitory to the Great Kitchen as the remarkable history of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed through permanent and temporary exhibitions.
0191 386 4266
Venture into our original 1840’s railway station where time has stood still for over one hundred and fifty years. Discover our Booking Office with its original Victorian interior. Explore our platform that still has its original footbridge, waiting room, newspaper kiosk and Victorian toilets. Journey through time, follow the history of the growth of the railways and admire our four historic locomotives including our star attraction, Stephenson’s Locomotion No 1.
01325 405060
Surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle originated in the 13th century, with a splendid Georgian wing added in the 1790s. A treasured family home for over 700 years, the elegant rooms feature magnificent fireplaces by Sir Henry Cheere, and fine works of art, including the controversial ‘Picton Renoir’.
014437 751326
At Dart Valley Cottages we offer a wide variety of holiday properties ranging from cosy cottages for 2 to large houses for 10 and many welcome dogs. Situated along the Dart Valley in Dartmouth and Dittisham, and in lovely villages along this stunning stretch of coastline. Close to National Trust and English Heritage sites, great walks and beaches.
01803 771127
Construction of Chirk Castle began in 1295 during the reign of Edward I, part of his ring of fortifications in North Wales. Continuously inhabited for over 700 years, the castle has been the home of the Myddelton family since 1595. Today visitors can explore dank dungeons, lavish interiors, the historic laundry, award-winning gardens and over 480 acres of landscaped parkland, including a well preserved section of the 8th century earthwork Offa’s Dyke. Visit the Chirk Castle Facebook page to stay up to date with what’s on throughout the summer.
01691 777 701
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections explores the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, and is surrounded by 25 acres of restored garden and parkland. The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of 19th century explorer Frank Oates, and Captain Lawrence Oates who travelled with Scott on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. The Museum also boasts an award-winning Tea Parlour, gift shop and plant sales.
01420 511275
David Lay is one of the foremost auctioneers in the country and the Penzance Auction House is the largest and most prestigious auction house in Cornwall. Our local, well-attended sales reach international audiences via global online bidding. We have experts in all fields of art and antiques and as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, David is also fully qualified to conduct insurance and probate valuations.

Since 1979 our auctions have become an established and successful way of selling all types of antiques, fine art and collectors’ items, and of maximising the potential return on your property.
01736 361414
Binchester (Vinovia) was the largest Roman fort in Co. Durham, built to guard the point where the Roman road now known as Dere Street crossed the River Wear. The displayed remains include two of the best preserved bath-buildings in Britain.

The fort is located about one mile north of Bishop Auckland market square. Coaches are advised to approach from this direction via Wear Chare.

The facilities include an Education Room for use by school groups and a small shop providing a range of publications and souvenirs.

Group visits and guided tours must be booked in advance.

Charges for 2017: Adult £3.00, Concession £2.00, Child ££1.00 (aged 4 and under free)

Open Easter Saturday until 30th September 11.00am – 4.30pm, July and August 10.00am – 4.30pm.

Re-enactment events Saturday and Sunday July 15/16 and also on Monday 28 August. Prices: Adult £5.00, Concession £4.00, Child £3.00
01388 663089 Outside opening hours 03000 267013.
Lakelovers have over 450 self-catering cottages across the most desirable locations in the Lake District, putting you in the heart of this popular historical holiday destination. We offer short break holidays, large group accommodation, romantic getaways, family friendly cottages and dogs are free with Lakelovers. As the oldest holiday letting agency in the region we pride ourselves on our service and local knowledge. Our cottages are all VisitEngland 3-5 star rated to give true peace of mind. The Lakelovers collection includes homes connected to famous names such as Arthur Ransome, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, as well as olde-worlde converted mills and farmhouses, gamekeeper and ‘smithy’ cottages. With Lakelovers the charm of the Lake District is never far away and is complemented with mod cons like WiFi, heated floors and wood burners. Lakelovers customers also get exclusive offers to several of the region’s impressive historical properties and attractions.
015394 88855
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, it is open for public use as a museum, hospitality venue and meeting place some 660 years after construction began in 1357. This stunning timber framed building provides a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it. The Hall remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history.
01904 654818
Once described by Elizabeth I as “the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England”, St Mary Redcliffe is still one of our finest churches: a Grade I listed building, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a treasure of international importance. Rich in history, it has associations with, among others, John Cabot, William Penn, Thomas Chatterton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and William Hogarth.
0117 231 0060
National Trust Trelissick is shedding light on its history, with a sequence of exhibitions in the house. ’Find the Time’ is the story of Trelissick told through 16 beautiful craft objects, each inscribed with a piece of its history for visitors to see, handle and play with. The exhibition starts in the 1750s, when landowner, John Lawrence, converted the original farmhouse into a villa, and ends in 1955 when former MP, Ida Copeland, gifted the estate to the National Trust. Trelissick families have made and lost fortunes, managed the land, sailed the sea, fought Fascism and championed Cornwall. The artworks have been made from natural materials to celebrate Trelissick’s love of the countryside.
01872 862 090
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens is a charming attraction and much-loved family home. Sudeley contains many fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. Discover the ’20 treasures of Sudeley’ and explore the extensive exhibitions which bring to life the rich history of one of England’s most royally-connected castles.

Outside, explore 10 award-winning gardens and striking ruins. The centrepiece is the Queen’s Garden – so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked there. A trip to Katherine Parr’s tomb completes an enthralling day out.
+44 (0)1242 602308
Knowledge and insight from history, prehistory and the ancient world; we bring you an expanding collection of superb holidays exploring the history and archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean. They are perfect combinations of leisure and interest with fascinating content, expert guides, small groups, great hotels, unhurried itineraries, lectures and special-access visits. Ancient Greece, Crete & Santorini, Pompeii & Bay of Naples, Cyprus North & South, Malta’s Millennia, Sicilian Civilisations, Romney Marsh… Informed, bespoke and flexible with local airports, extended stays and great service.
Opened in 1848 & designed by AWN Pugin it is described as one of London’s ‘hidden gems’. In 1852 it became the first Catholic cathedral in London after the Reformation. Severely bomb damaged in 1941, Romilly Craze rebuilt the cathedral in an Arts & Crafts/Gothic Revival style. It has a striking interior and boasts fine stained glass, particularly by Harry Clark Studios, Dublin.
020 7928 5256
Hereford Cathedral is small, but full of historical interest. Originally Saxon, it was rebuilt by the Normans, suffered damage in the Civil War and was rebuilt again by the Victorians. Treasures include a medieval shrine to St Thomas Cantilupe and the Traherne windows by Thomas Denny. A new Ascension window and sculpture by John Maine RA, commemorating the Special Air Service Regiment, was unveiled this year. The library building houses the unique Mappa Mundi and Chained Library. Hereford’s Magna Carta of 1017 will be on show from 10 July, with a related programme of talks and events.
01432 374 200
Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original PoW camp, a visit to Eden Camp brings history to life and takes visitors back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on both the Home Front and Front Line during World War Two. The museum also features exhibitions relating to the Great War and post war conflicts and peace keeping roles undertaken by HM Forces from 1945 to the present day.
01653 697777
Offering schools:

2 pre-visit seminars including a meeting with a Survivor. British guide for your group throughout the visit.1000 years of Polish Jewish history. Honouring the Jewish resistance and the Righteous Among the Nations. 2-day study tours of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Similar tours also available to Warsaw and Treblinka. Access to workshops in the museum archives and galleries (not available to the general public). Private tours for individuals and small groups from £200 per person including flights.
07595 89 34 18
Sykes has more than 25 years’ experience helping people find their perfect holiday home from home. With over 7,500 hand-selected properties for you to choose from across the UK & Ireland, we have something for everyone. From luxurious romantic retreats with a hot tub to large, dog-friendly properties for fun-filled adventures with the whole clan – and everything else in between – we cater to your needs. Whether you’re after a historic cottage by the sea, a rustic woodland lodge, a cosy countryside barn conversion or stylish contemporary pad, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice.

Discover your dream cottage holiday today with Sykes Cottages.
01244 617736
The Cathedral of The Isles was consecrated in 1871 having been built as chapel to the College of The Holy Spirit to a design by William Butterfield. Both played a vital role in the development of the Oxford movement, having been founded by the 6th Earl of Glasgow who studied in Oxford and was a friend of John Keble, one of the cathedral’s first Honorary Canons. Today they serve the Episcopal Diocese of Argyll and The Isles as Cathedral and Retreat/Guesthouse, welcoming groups and individuals from across the globe for organised retreats or short island breaks on a B&B basis.
01475 530353
This nineteenth-century former Mine Captain’s house stands on the Devon/Cornwall border overlooking the Tamar Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site.

Converted into a restaurant in the 1960s and now an elegant 4 star hotel, The Horn of Plenty offers an overriding sense of calm, with breathtaking views, peaceful countryside and luxurious accommodation.

Food is a key attraction, with 2 AA rosettes, locally sourced produce and a history of fine dining spanning 50 years. Service is impeccable, giving you that all-important feeling that nothing is a problem.

A wonderful base for exploring Devon and Cornwall. Please quote 'Historic Hotels' for complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability)
01822 832 528
Visit Trematon Castle Gardens, Saltash, Cornwall. Open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 11:30 - 4:30, 27th April - 30th September 2017. In a miniature mediaeval castle lies a minimalist regency villa with a magical garden and magnificent views. In 2012, garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman moved in and began to plant a garden which is intended to play to the Castle’s romantic and pre-Raphaelite glories, the astonishing wild flowers, woodland and orchard, have been intensified with bold borders full of scent, colour, lustre and panache.
Located in central London, St Pancras Old Church is believed to have been a site of Christian worship since the 4th century. The current grade II* listed church is a living testament to the development of the site since medieval times. The churchyard likewise contains numerous listed monuments. The church is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
020 7424 0724
Housed in a converted 19th century sail loft, Rye Heritage Centre houses the Rye Town Model ‘Story of Rye’ Sound and Light Show, a vintage, hand built 1:100 scale model of Victorian Rye that uses dramatic sound and light effects to bring to life 700 years of Rye’s rich history and folklore. We also host The Old Pier Penny Arcade, with over 30 working pre-decimal amusement machines such as The Laughing Sailor and What the Butler Saw to play on.

We also have historical audio tours of Rye available to hire, and a large selection of maps and guidebooks.

Quote “History01” for 10% discount off the ‘Story Of Rye’ show
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