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Welcome

There are so many inspiring ways to experience the rich layers of England’s story at our historic places. We hope this guide will help you to find the ideal fit for your group. So whether they’re tempted by architecture of all ages, gardens cultivated over centuries, the brushstrokes of an Old Master or the intricacies of an interior, you’ll find a day out that suits and stimulates their interests.

We’re excited to share our new discoveries and site improvements too. From our latest exhibition at Stonehenge, where archaeological finds and cutting-edge science reveal long-buried secrets of feasting, to our upgraded facilities at Birdoswald Roman Fort at Hadrian’s Wall, there’s more for groups to explore and enjoy. The pages ahead are packed with inspiration and vital details to help with your planning. Keep an eye out for our new feature highlighting properties which are near to major roads and make good stopping off points. If you have any queries please do get in touch. We’re ready to help with any aspect of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you throughout the coming year.

Luke Whitcomb Marketing Director


HIGHLIGHTS ENJOY MORE AS A GROUP

We’re always looking for new ways to help groups explore our historic places. At Dover Castle (p22) we’ve introduced early access tours so your groups can visit the Secret Wartime Tunnels ahead of public opening, as well as private guided group tours of the Great Tower. At Dartmouth Castle (p42), where there’s no coach access, we can now arrange for your group to arrive by ferry. Or take advantage of an exclusive group guided tour at Ranger’s House (p15) to hear the stories behind the remarkable pieces of artwork that make up the Wernher Collection.

STONEHENGE

‘Feast!’ is our latest exhibition in the award-winning visitor centre. If your group has an appetite for discovery, it’s certainly a must-see. Drawing on recent archaeological discoveries and ground-breaking science, we uncover insights into the diet and lifestyles of the people who built Stonehenge and take a look at prehistoric ‘food miles’, disposal of waste, dietary intolerances, ‘palaeodiet’ and feasting around the world. With the new groups building and coach park now fully up and running, your group visits are easier than ever to manage. 2

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NEW DISCOVERIES AT HADRIAN’S WALL

MOUNT GRACE PRIORY, HOUSE AND GARDENS

Let your group be among the first to enjoy the newly transformed gardens at Mount Grace (p71). One of the best-surviving examples of a Carthusian priory in England, groups can now explore its unique story through a host of renovations and colourful replanting schemes across the landscape. Garden designer Chris Beardshaw has rejuvenated the Arts and Crafts garden, while elsewhere you can also enjoy the wildflower meadow and carefully reconstructed monk’s herb garden. With a new tearoom too, this is certainly a site to savour.

Exciting new developments at Birdoswald Roman Fort (p84) and Corbridge Roman Town (p86) mean there’s even more to see and do as part of your Hadrian’s Wall adventure. A brand new exhibition at Corbridge offers your group the chance to come face to face with Roman treasures that have never before been displayed. While the new museum, tearoom and shop at Birdoswald will help your groups get even more from a day out at this dramatically sited fort.

OUT AND ABOUT

Our sites are packed with tales of outdoor adventurers, from seafaring heroes to jousting knights. And today they still offer a great springboard from which your groups can explore the countryside and coastline. Why not enjoy a seafront bike ride to link up your visits to the castles at Walmer and Deal (pages 28 and 30). Or pull on your walking boots to hike from Rievaulx Abbey (p72) to Helmsley Castle (p76), or visit Scarborough Castle (p74) as part of a walk along the Cleveland Way. Water enthusiasts can enjoy a beautiful ferry ride to connect a trip to St Mawes Castle (p43) and Pendennis Castle (p35) in Cornwall. www.english-heritage.org.uk/traveltrade

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PLANNING

TIE IT INTO YOUR TRIP For those of you planning a tour that will be eating up motorway miles, or a trip that needs a convenient stop off point, then be sure to make a note of our don’t-miss detours. Included in the property listing pages, they highlight which major roads our sites are near to – showing how properties can make a handy breaking point for long journeys. They’re a great opportunity for groups to sample a slice of England’s history while stretching their legs and enjoying a homemade treat.

Finding a Property Properties are listed by region on page 6-93. You can also see them sited on regional maps on pages 94-99. To search for a specific property, please see the index on page 100.

FROM THIS GUIDE

ITINERARY IDEAS Look out for itinerary ideas at the start of each regional section and attached to certain properties. These routes highlight sites that are close to each other and are often linked to the same era, historical event, or significant personality. They also identify nearby properties that share a prominent feature, such as recreated gardens. TOP TIPS Is there a best time to visit? Can we book a private tour? Keep an eye out for the answers in our top tips, designed to ensure that groups can get the best of what’s on offer at our sites.

If you’d like to find out even more ways to make the most of your visits, or hear about the latest news then visit the trade section of our website and register for the trade e-newsletter. We’ll also keep you up-to-date with our free printed newsletter, delivered twice a year. And don’t forget, if you’re working out your itineraries, do ask us for free images to put in your brochure. We also offer familiarisation visits for group organisers and tour operators.

A VISIT

Opening Times Most of our properties are open from 10am and more are now open during winter and early spring. Nearly all are closed 24-30 December and 1 January. Occasionally we do have to make changes to opening times so please contact the property or check www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit when planning your itineraries. At some of our properties we don’t admit visitors less than one hour before closing time. Please check with the individual property in advance. This symbol indicates that a site may be closed at certain times for private events. Please check with the individual property in advance. Admission Prices The prices in this guide are valid from 30 March 2018 to 31 March 2019. Standard prices (before group discount) for adults, concessions and children (5–17 years inclusive) are shown for most properties. Concession prices apply to senior citizens, jobseekers showing relevant ID and studentswith a student’s ID card. Children under theage of 5 and English Heritage membersare admitted free of charge. Special admission prices may apply Group Discounts We offer group discounts at all our properties. English Heritage members, coach drivers and tour leaders do not count towards the group totals. Per group you also receive: free entry for one tour leader free entry for one coach driver

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Discounts are also available for groups attending English Heritage events. Advance Booking This is mandatory at certain properties and advisable at all other properties. Please contact the properties directly to make a booking. You can find contact details and booking conditions on the individual property listings (pages 6-93). Guided tours and exclusive out-of-hours visits have to be booked well in advance and are subject to availability.


Cancellations Please advise the property as soon as possible if you need to cancel a visit, if special arrangements have been made (e.g. a guided tour or catering have been booked) a cancellation fee may be charged if insufficient notice has been given. Access Making all our properties accessible to all visitors is very important to us.

w This symbol indicates that at least some areas of the site are easily accessible to wheelchair users. F This symbol indicates that the property has toilet facilities suitable for wheelchair users. For a thorough guide to accessibility and the special facilities at many of our properties please refer to our free Access Guide. This is also available in large type, Braille, on tape and on disc (by region). Please call 0370 333 1181 or email customers@english-heritage.org.uk to order a copy.

Agency Voucher Scheme Our Agency Voucher Scheme (AVS) simplifies group administration and ensures your visit runs smoothly. Once your account is set up, all you need to do is confirm you want to use AVS as the payment method when making your group booking. Your tour leaders then present your company voucher at the point of entry and the group will be admitted with no cash transaction. Please get in touch to see if your company qualifies for AVS or to apply for an account. Overseas Visitors Pass Perfect for touring holidays in England, the English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass is the best way to explore our wealth of historic properties. For a set period of time, the pass entitles overseas visitors to:

Facilities Many of our properties offer excellent catering facilities, serving fresh, local food as well as a shop for souvenirs and gifts.

free entry to over 100 historic attractions including Stonehenge

Guidebooks are on sale at almost all our properties. Our audio and multimedia guides are often included in the price. Please note they’re subject to availability.

free souvenir guidebook

free or reduced price entry to hundreds of action-packed special events Big savings The Overseas Visitors Pass is tremendous value for money. The more the pass is used, the greater the savings. Visitors can recoup the cost in as few as two to three visits. For more information on how to sell the Overseas Visitors Pass please get in touch.

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Apsley House Wellington Arch Eltham Palace and Gardens Kenwood Jewel Tower Ranger’s House The Wernher Collection

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Whether you’re looking to entertain art lovers, history enthusiasts, architectural experts or those with a passion for gardening, we’ve got a London property to inspire your group. Discover an Art Deco mansion, take in celebrated works of art and enter the world of a military hero. Outside, explore an expanse of 18th-century parkland or admire the details of an Arts and Crafts garden.


APSLEY HOUSE

The Duke of  Wellington is a glittering figure on England’s historic landscape. And the arch that bears his name is an equally iconic landmark of London. Visit the arch and neighbouring Apsley House, home to the ‘Iron Duke’, for a unique opportunity to imagine 19th-century London as it celebrated victory at the Battle of  Waterloo.

ELTHAM PALACE AND GARDENS

Feel 1930s high society come to life on a multimedia tour of this Art Deco house and medieval hall. Join the millionaire owners at cocktail hour and hear the music play and the guests chatter as you sample their luxurious lifestyle in stylish surroundings.

KENWOOD

History takes on many formats at Kenwood. You’ll find it in the impressive architecture, splendid interiors, extensive art collection and landscaped parkland of this Hampstead mansion. Take time to glean insights into all the site has to offer; from extraordinary personal histories to paintings by world-famous artists.

ITINERARY IDEA

For a day out packed with glamour, combine a visit to Eltham Palace with a trip to nearby Ranger’s House and the glittering Wernher Collection of medieval and Renaissance artworks.

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London

APSLEY HOUSE

020 7499 5676 english-heritage.org.uk/apsleyhouse

ADDRESS

149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7NT

LOCATION

Hyde Park Corner. Tube: Hyde Park Corner. Train: Victoria (20 mins walk or bus).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 31 Oct: Wed-Sun & Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm 1 Nov - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 Dec - 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS

Adult

PRICE JOINT TICKET* £10.00

£12.70*

Concession

£9.00

11.40*

Child

£6.00

£7.60*

*With Wellington Arch

Amaze your group with the glittering interiors of the grandest address in the capital, once known as ‘Number 1 London’. Apsley House is London’s only surviving aristocratic town house and still a residence of the Dukes of Wellington today. The mansion has changed very little since it was the London home of the famous first ‘Iron Duke’, after his great victory at Waterloo in 1815. The house was refreshed in 2015 to mark the bicentenary of the battle. A detailed multimedia guide will help your group to explore the house, including the dazzling Waterloo Gallery. Discover Wellington memorabilia, including medals, trophies, silver plate and porcelain. View one of London’s finest art collections, including paintings by Velázquez, Rubens, Goya, Breughel and Titian. Wonder at the grandiose state dining room, with its breathtaking crystal chandelier and gilt Portuguese tableware service.

ITINERARY IDEA

Complete your visit by crossing to Wellington Arch opposite. Built to proclaim Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon, it’s crowned by Europe’s largest bronze sculpture.

FACILITIES Coach Parking In Park Lane. One drop-off coach bay immediately north of Apsley House. Call property for details. Toilets On site (not wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Multimedia Guides Available in English, German and Spanish, subject to availability. The guide covers all rooms and includes the history of the first Duke of Wellington, the house and the artworks on show. Guided Tours Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access There are 7 steps to the entrance and 8 steps which must be descended in order to reach the lift. Disabled car parking is available, please book in advance. Call the property for more information.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1½ hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

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Nearby Attractions: Harrods; Hyde Park; Jewel Tower; Royal Academy of Arts; and Wellington Arch. Local TIC: Britain & London Visitor Centre, walk-in only, 1 Regent Street.


London

WELLINGTON ARCH

020 7930 2726 english-heritage.org.uk/ wellingtonarch

ADDRESS

Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7JZ Give your group a memorable tour of this imposing and iconic monument, right at the heart of London. Proudly standing opposite Hyde Park and Apsley House, Wellington Arch is a famous landmark for visitors and Londoners alike. Topped by the biggest bronze sculpture in Europe, it was originally intended as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace, as well as a proclamation of Wellington’s victories over Napoleon. Enjoy glorious panoramas over the Royal Parks from the balconies just below the great Quadriga sculpture, depicting the Angel of Peace descending on the four-horsed chariot of War. Time your visit to view the Household Cavalry riding under the arch to and from the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. Visit an exhibition on the first floor to discover the surprising story of how the arch’s appearance and siting have changed since it was erected in 1825-27.

ITINERARY IDEA

Round off your visit by touring Apsley House opposite the arch, the London home of the first Duke of Wellington.

FACILITIES Coach Parking In Park Lane. One drop-off coach bay immediately north of Apsley House. Call property for details. Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 020 7973 3416.

VISITS Guided Tours Contact Apsley House (020 7499 5676) for details, prices and to book. Access Fully accessible.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 45 mins.

BOOKING

LOCATION

Tube: Hyde Park Corner. Train: Victoria (20 mins walk or bus).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 28 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

29 Oct - 31 Mar: daily

10am - 4pm

24 - 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS

PRICE JOINT TICKET*

Adult

£5.40

£12.70*

Concession

£4.90

11.40*

Child

£3.20

£7.60*

*With Apsley House

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Apsley House; Harrods; Hyde Park; Jewel Tower; and Royal Academy of Arts. Local TIC: Britain & London Visitor Centre, walk-in only, 1 Regent Street.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking Coaches can drop-off next to the visitor centre, before being advised where to park. Catering The tearoom serves hot and cold locally sourced food including, sandwiches, salads, afternoon teas and cakes. There is both inside and outside seating, however, seating cannot be reserved. Groups are advised to contact the property in advance if they wish to use the tearoom and for questions relating to the menu and payment. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 020 8294 2577.

VISITS Multimedia Guides Available in English, subject to availability. Guided Tours Guided tours last approx. 1½ hours. Contact the property for details, prices and to book.

BOOKING

Access There is a 90-metre lightly gravelled path from the visitor centre and café to the palace. Level access to ground floor and small lift to first floor, however the basement and Minstrel’s gallery are not accessible for wheelchair users. Most areas in the grounds are accessible over grass and paths but there is some uneven ground. Wheelchairs are available for hire.

AREA INFORMATION

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours. Nearby Attractions: Danson House; Ranger’s House – The Werner Collection; and The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House). Local TIC: Greenwich Tel: 0870 608 2000.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 3 hours.

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FACILITIES

VISITS

Coach Parking No coach parking on site, park on Hampstead Lane. Coaches are advised to drop-off at East Lodge, and then find appropriate parking. Visitor access via East Lodge (opposite Compton Avenue) and then a short walk down a treelined drive to the house.

Guided Tours ‘Kenwood Highlights’; ‘House & Estate’; ‘Lord Iveagh & his Collection’; ‘Repton at Kenwood’; ‘Dido Belle & Lord Mansfield’; ‘Kenwood Above & Below Stairs’; ‘Lord Mansfield, Slavery & Justice’. Tours can be tailored to suit your interest e.g. horticulture, history. Tours last approx. 1 hour. Contact the property for details, prices and an enquiry form.

Catering Call the Brew House Café on 020 8348 4073. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Two shops on site both open as per property. Also open 26 December and 1 January. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 020 7973 3416.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 3 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Burgh House; Fenton House; Freud Museum; Hampstead Heath; and Lauderdale House.

Access Full access to the house, shop, restaurant and toilets. Lift for access to upper floors and easy staircase with good banisters. Many areas in grounds accessible via loose gravel paths and grass. Some wheelchairs available for use within the house. Manual wheelchair users may need an assistant. For assistance from the car park to the house visitors can call 020 8348 1286 to arrange to be collected in the mobility vehicle. www.english-heritage.org.uk/london

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London

JEWEL TOWER

020 7222 2219 jewel.tower@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/jeweltower

ADDRESS

Abingdon Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX

LOCATION

Road: On Abingdon Street, opposite the southern end of the Houses of Parliament (Victoria Tower). Tube: St James’s Park and Westminster ¼ mile.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS

This hidden gem of England’s royal history is tucked away near Westminster Abbey, opposite the Houses of Parliament. It was built around 1365, as ‘the King’s Privy Wardrobe’, to safeguard Edward III’s personal treasures. Today your groups can explore inside to see where once royal treasures were locked away in wooden chests and records of the House of Lords were stored on parchment rolls. Although there have been alterations over the years, the tower still bears the imprint of stonemasons, carpenters, leadworkers and tilers who worked together building the tower. It’s one of only two buildings from the medieval Palace of Westminster to survive the fire of 1834.

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Conjure up the past in rooms which re-create the lives of a medieval treasury official and an 18th-century clerk. Take in displays covering all three floors, highlighting the tower’s history and its changing roles over the centuries. Enjoy remarkable medieval features, including the sculpted roof vaults.

FACILITIES Coach Parking No coach parking on site. Coaches can drop-off and pick up in Abingdon Street. Catering Hot drinks machine. Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 07867 667714.

VISITS Guided Tours Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access There is a bonded gravel slope for wheelchair access at the side gate, and a portable ramp available for the front door due to a small step (although this is rarely required). The coffee shop and gift shop are both fully accessible; however the second floor exhibition can only be reached by climbing a narrow spiral staircase.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT ½ hour.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

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Nearby Attractions: Apsley House; and Wellington Arch.


London

RANGER'S HOUSE THE WERNHER COLLECTION 020 8294 2548 (Eltham Palace) eltham.palace@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ rangershouse

ADDRESS

Chesterfield Walk, Blackheath, London, SE10 8QX Treat your group with a visit to one of the most significant collections of medieval and Renaissance art, displayed in the elegant setting of an early Georgian villa. Gracing the fringe of Greenwich Park (with the Meridian Line passing through its grounds), Ranger’s House was the official residence of the honorary Ranger of Greenwich Park in the 19th century. Now it hosts the truly astounding art collection of the diamond magnate, Sir Julius Wernher (18501912) which includes over 700 works of art. ■■

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See the work of highly skilled craftsmen in these remarkable treasures. You can admire over 100 items of jewellery, including pendants set with opals, pearls, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. Enjoy paintings by Italian masters such as Botticelli, Georgian portraits by Reynolds, tiny carved Gothic ivories, large scale French tapestries and fine Renaissance bronzes.

TOP TIP

Book a guided tour - available exclusively for groups on Thursdays. Talk to one of the team if you’d like us to arrange refreshments or lunch too.

FACILITIES Coach Parking 10 coach bays on Charlton Way, operated by Royal Greenwich Council. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 020 8294 2577

VISITS Guided Tours Guided tours start at £55 for up to 20 people. Guided tours with tea and biscuits or lunch are available too. Contact Eltham Palace for more details and to book. Access There are steps at the main entrance of the house. Please advise the property before arrival for wheelchair access via an alternative entrance.

LOCATION

Road: Edge of Greenwich Park and Blackheath. Just off A2 (turn into General Wolfe Road from A2 Shooters Hill Road). Train: Blackheath (3/4 mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: Sun - Wed 11am - 5pm 1 Oct - 31 Mar:

Closed

The property may close at short notice, please contact the property or check website in advance for details.

ADMISSIONS Adult £9.00 Concession £8.20 Child £5.40

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 ½ hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours, which need to be booked at least three weeks in advance.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Eltham Palace and Gardens; The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House); National Maritime Museum; and Royal Observatory. Local TIC: Greenwich Tel: 0870 608 2000.

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Carisbrooke Castle Dover Castle The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House Osborne Walmer Castle and Gardens Bayham Old Abbey Deal Castle Fort Brockhurst Lullingstone Roman Villa Pevensey Castle Portchester Castle Richborough Roman Fort St Augustine’s Abbey Yarmouth Castle

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From Roman invaders and Norman conquerors to Second World War evacuees, the shoreline of the South East has endured and embraced some of the most defining moments in the country’s history. The region’s sunny climate has also nurtured a dazzling array of historic gardens that were once enjoyed by world-famous figures. Groups can explore a profusion of paths and parterres to follow in their footsteps.


DOVER CASTLE

This mighty long-standing fortress is packed with eventful stories from the past. A web of underground tunnels leads you from medieval times through to the 1940s. Above ground, see a rare anti-aircraft gun in action and climb to the pinnacle of the castle in the Great Tower.

1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD

Step into this infamous story of conflict and courage at our recently re-presented site. Groups can explore the battle from every angle - from down on the battlefield, to up on the rooftop, and from the events preceding the bloodshed to the legacy it left.

OSBORNE

With a feast of discoveries for history buffs, art enthusiasts and garden lovers alike, Queen Victoria’s seaside home at Osborne is a must for group visits. The newly restored lower garden terrace, where Victoria sat and painted watercolours, is now open, adding another dimension to the private story of this very public figure.

ITINERARY IDEA

Our sites at Dover, Walmer, Deal and Richborough punctuate a 15-mile strip of the Kent coastline. Any of them could be easily combined for a day out that includes gardens, castles, royalty and Romans. Groups of outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy the waterfront bike ride between Walmer and Deal.

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1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ABBEY AND BATTLEFIELD 01424 775705 battle.abbey@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/battleabbey

ADDRESS

Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AE

LOCATION

Road: 5 miles inland from Hastings. Take A2100 off A21 to Battle, East Sussex.The site is situated at the south end of High Street. Train: Battle (½ mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 Dec - 1 Jan: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec:

Closed

ADMISSIONS Adult £11.80 Concession £10.60 Child £7.10

On October 14th 1066, Anglo-Saxon and Norman warriors raged in day-long battle as they fought for the English throne. As dusk fell, William, Duke of Normandy, claimed victory and the course of English history changed forever. Through rooftop views, battlefield trails and interactive exhibitions, your group can explore the events of the day itself as well as the legacy it left. Our recently opened exhibition also introduces groups to the story of monastic life in the abbey which was founded by William in penance for the bloodshed. ■■

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Follow in the footsteps of Normans and Saxons – either on the terrace overlooking the battlefield, or out in the landscape itself. Look out for the impressive oak-carved sculpture trail as you explore. Visit the gatehouse exhibition to discover the monastic life of the abbey, hear the Battle Carole, and find out more about the abbey’s role in Norman England.

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Climb to the top of the gatehouse to stand on the rooftop and enjoy views across the historic landscape. Relive the drama of the battle with interactive exhibits and an evocative film in the visitor centre exhibition. Feel the weight of 1066 armour and weapons. Find out about the Saxons and Normans and whether your surname reveals you as a descendant of either. Explore the atmospheric abbey ruins and stand at the Harold Stone - said to be the very spot where the Anglo-Saxon king was killed. Spot the Victorian-style hives, in the abbey’s Walled Garden, where our bees are busy keeping visitors well stocked in honey.

TOP TIP

Don’t miss the Battle of Hastings event on 13 - 14 October 2018.


FACILITIES Coach Parking No coach parking on site, park in the Battle Coach Park, approx. 10 min walk along high street to property entrance. Catering Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments in the café, seating 35 inside and 35 outside. Call for café winter opening times. Picnics are welcome in the grounds. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides Limited availability in English (also a family version), Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and for visually impaired visitors.

Film Auditorium Seats 35. Film takes 15 minutes and runs on a continuous loop.

BOOKING

Guided Tours Available at extra cost, up to 25 visitors per guide. Contact the property for details, prices and to book.

AREA INFORMATION

Access Accessible toilet on site.  Access is predominantly via gravel paths. Motorised wheelchair recommended.

Advance booking required for normal visits and essential for guided tours. Nearby Attractions: Battle; Bodiam Castle; Eastbourne; Great Dixter; Hastings; Kent and East Sussex Railway; Pashley Manor Gardens; and Pevensey Castle.

Joint Tickets Kent & East Sussex Railway – “Swords, Shields and Passing Fields”. Call 01580 765155 for more details.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2–3 hours.

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SOUTH EAST

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

01983 522107 carisbrooke.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ carisbrookecastle

ADDRESS

Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1XY

LOCATION

Road: 1 mile south west of Newport. Follow signs for Carisbrooke village and then the castle. Narrow country road but accessible to coaches. Ferries: Fishbourne (6.2 miles); West Cowes (6.6 miles); East Cowes (6.7 miles).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 Dec - 1 Jan: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec:

Closed

ADMISSIONS Adult £10.00 Concession £9.00 Child £6.00

Mighty medieval fortress, prison for a tragic king and home of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Carisbrooke Castle has stories to intrigue any group. Key to the Isle of Wight’s defence for over nine centuries, the castle was founded around 1100, strengthened by the formidable Countess Isabella in the 1200s and reinforced against the Spanish Armada by Queen Elizabeth I. It served as a prison for King Charles I before his trial and execution and much later as the Edwardian home of Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s ‘loyal prop and support’. Now the most famous modern residents are our friendly Carisbrooke donkeys. ■■

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Enjoy an overview of the people and events which have shaped the castle’s history through our introductory film. Patrol the battlements and climb the steep steps up the massive castle mound for unrivalled views from the Norman keep. Explore the powerful medieval gatehouse and the ruins of ‘Carey’s Mansion’ – the stronghold’s original domestic buildings, adapted by later residents.

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See the room from which Charles I attempted to escape – but got stuck in the window bars. Enjoy the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden, with its fountain and plantings in the rich colours of the royal arms. Don’t forget to greet the Carisbrooke donkeys on their daily 10-minute stint of treading the water wheel – demonstrating how it was used for centuries to draw up water from the castle well. Admire the statue of the war horse Warrior, loaned to English Heritage as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

ITINERARY IDEA

Combine a visit to Carisbrooke Castle with a visit to Osborne, where you can relive Princess Beatrice’s childhood in the refurbished Swiss Cottage. Don’t miss The Joust in August 2018.


FACILITIES Coach Parking 8 free coach parking spaces on site. Catering Self service cafĂŠ serving hot and cold food, open daily April to October and winter weekends. Seats 35 inside and 30 outside. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

BOOKING

Advance booking recommended.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Appuldurcombe House; Osborne; and Yarmouth Castle.

VISITS Access Steep walkway to entrance of castle, ground floor accessible to wheelchair users, wheelchair available, disabled toilet.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

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DOVER CASTLE

NEW FOR

2018

01304 211067 dover.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/dovercastle

ADDRESS

Dover, Kent CT16 1HU

LOCATION

Road: On the east side of Dover. Train: Dover Priory (1 mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 31 Jul: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Aug: daily

9.30am - 6pm

1 - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

27 Dec - 1 Jan: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec:

Closed

Contact the property for exclusive experiences and tailored visits. Underground Hospital tours at approx. 20 min intervals. Operation Dynamo tours now operating free flow. Last tours 1 hour before closing. Last entry 1 hour before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult

£20.00

Concession

£18.00

Child

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Dover Castle offers one of the best group days out in the country. Commanding the gateway to the realm for over nine centuries, the fortress has been at the heart of some of the most significant events in England’s history. From the top of Henry II’s Great Tower, to the depths of the evocative tunnels (used during medieval, Napoleonic and world war conflicts) there’s no shortage of things to see and do. The opportunity to see a rare anti-aircraft gun in action ensures your group visit will go with a bang. Step into the vibrant world of Henry II’s medieval royal palace and follow lifelike hologram figures round the private chambers, guest rooms and great hall, along with the kitchen and armouries. On selected days of the year, meet costumed live interpreters. After immersing yourself in life at the 12th-century court, climb to the roof of the Great Tower for amazing panoramic views over the huge medieval castle - one of the strongest in England. Intrepid groups can explore the medieval Underground Works; passages burrowed beneath the castle during its epic 1216-17 sieges. Beware steep steps.

Enjoy the unique experience of the Secret Wartime Tunnels, telling the story of the 1940 ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ using film, audio and archive photography. Witness the evacuation of over 300,000 British and Allied troops as the rescue operation is played out before your eyes. NEW From 2018 this will be running on a free flow basis, making easier access for groups. Take a fascinating guided tour of the separately accessed Underground Hospital. Relive the tension as a surgeon battles to save an injured pilot.

TOP TIP

Make the most of the newly introduced early access tours and visit the Secret Wartime Tunnels before public opening time. We’re now also offering private guided tours of the Great Tower, including refreshments. These must be booked in advance – please call to arrange.

TIE IT INTO YOUR TRIP

Dover is within easy reach of both the M2 and the A2. Take the A258 to visit the castle, where you’ll also find a choice of cafés for refreshments. Don’t miss the WWII Weekend event on 26 - 28 May 2018.


FACILITIES Coach Parking At top of Castle Hill (steep, Pay & Display), ¼ mile downhill. Drop-off opposite Constable’s Gate. Catering The NAAFI Restaurant is open all year. Light refreshments are also available in the Secret Wartime Tunnels Café and Great Tower Café. For information on catering call 01304 209896. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Additional Visiting Information Costumed live interpreters welcome you at the Great Tower on selected days and lifelike hologram characters at all other times. The Secret Wartime Tunnels ‘Operation Dynamo’ tours are now operated on a free flow basis from spring 2018 (tour lasts approximately 50 minutes). Access to the Underground Hospital (separate access from ‘Operation Dynamo’) is by guided tour only (limited to 30 people and lasting approximately 20 minutes). Both tours included

in the admission price. At peak times, there may be queues at the popular tunnel experiences. Exclusive early access tours for groups can be booked for 9.30am and 9.45am, as well as separate tours of the Great Tower. Please contact the property for more details and to book your visit to the castle. Due to the immersive nature of these visits, no independent guiding is allowed in the tunnels. However, tour leaders of groups of younger visitors must stay with their parties at all times.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 4-5 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Deal Castle; Richborough Roman Fort; St Augustine’s Abbey: and Walmer Castle and Gardens. Local TIC: Dover Tel: 01304 205108.

Access Call property for advice as Dover Castle is built on a steep slope.  Adapted toilets. Shop, restaurant and café: level access. Castle: grounds mainly accessible on tarmac paths, some very steep slopes. No access to upper floors of the Great Tower.  Access to Secret Wartime Tunnels for wheelchair users is via a steep slope. Accessible orientation map available. Hearing impaired visitors: hearing dogs welcome. Some hearing loops available. Joint Tickets Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway “WWII on the Kent Coast”. Call 01797 362353 for more details. www.english-heritage.org.uk/southeast

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THE HOME OF CHARLES DARWIN DOWN HOUSE 01689 859119 down.house@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/darwin

ADDRESS

Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent BR6 7JT

LOCATION

Road: On Luxted Road, Downe, off the A21 or A233.  Access for coaches via A233 at Keston into Downe Road. Train: Bromley South (3½ miles) and Orpington (3¾ miles). Bus: No. R8 from Orpington request stop (not on Sunday); No. 146 from Bromley North/South terminates in Downe village (½ mile along unpaved road). Approx. every 70 min.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

ADMISSIONS Adult £12.00 Concession £10.80 Child £7.20

Transport your group back to Victorian times with a visit to the country home where the scientist Charles Darwin wrote his world-changing book, On the Origin of Species. The house reflects both Darwin’s work on the theory of evolution as well as the family life he enjoyed with his wife and ten children. His recently recreated bedroom is an intimate window into his moments of private reflection and recovery. The garden, Darwin’s ‘outdoor laboratory’ is a memorable opportunity for your group to explore his work and the great variety of plants still growing there today. A hand-held multimedia tour means everyone’s free to explore at their own pace and chosen level of detail. ■■

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View the Old Study where On the Origin of Species was written. Get a glimpse of Darwin’s family life in rooms furnished with items original to the house. Uncover Darwin’s personal side. His recreated bedroom offers insights into the non-scientific books he read, his taste for Old Master prints, and the impact of his ill health.

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Browse the interactive exhibition on Darwin’s work, the furious controversies it aroused and its past and continuing influence. See a full-scale re-creation of Darwin’s cabin aboard the Beagle, the ship on which he developed his theories. Study his diary entries in a digitised version. Observe Darwin’s experiments in the gardens and greenhouse, with its orchids and carnivorous plants. In summer, see honeybees working in the fascinating observation beehive. Literally follow in Darwin’s footsteps along the original Sandwalk – his famous ‘thinking path’.

ITINERARY IDEA

Journey from Victorian history back to the Roman Empire with a trip to nearby Lullingstone Roman Villa.

TIE IT INTO YOUR TRIP

If you’re skirting London on the M25, take a break at junction 4 for a 6-mile trip to the property.




FACILITIES Coach Parking A single coach bay is available, which must be pre-booked. Catering Tearoom open until 30 minutes before closing. Seats 30 inside and 40 outside. Call 01689 851012 to pre-book packed lunches or lunch for 6 or more people. Buffets are available for larger groups. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Multimedia Guides English.

Guided Tours House and garden tours available. Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access Lift to first floor exhibition rooms, ramp on first floor. One wheelchair available for visitor use. Please use the 2 accessible parking spaces available. Accessible toilet across patio area from tearoom.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 3 hours.

BOOKING

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions; Eltham Palace and Gardens; Lullingstone Roman Villa; and Ranger’s House – The Wernher Collection. Local TIC: Greenwich Tel: 0870 608 2000.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking Parking for 20 coaches on site, 200 metres from entrance. Catering Terrace Restaurant for waiter service April to October, but available for group bookings all year. Self service at the reception/ticket office all year and at the Swiss Cottage Gazelle House, April to October only. The Beach Café serves a small selection of sandwiches and snacks. For information on catering call 01983 298052. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 01983 203055.

VISITS Guided Tours Contact the property for details, prices and to book.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 4 – 5 hours.

BOOKING Access Mobility scooters and pushchairs are not permitted in the house. Baby hip carriers available (limited numbers). Ramped entrance to the house and access by lift to the first floor for wheelchair users. There may be occasions when wheelchair access to the first floor is not available. Museum at the Swiss Cottage and the grounds are accessible. Transport to Swiss Cottage and to beach (suitable for wheelchairs) usually available April to October and by arrangement.

Advance booking required for guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Appuldurcombe House; Carisbrooke Castle; and Yarmouth Castle. Don’t miss the Victoria's Fabulous Garden Party event in May 2018.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking No coach parking on site, coaches can drop-off/ pick up at the entrance or on the gravel drive. On road parking nearby. Catering The Lord Warden’s Tearoom serves light lunch and refreshments, using seasonal produce sourced from the kitchen garden. Can be pre-booked. Seats 60. Please note:  We strongly advise groups to book for the tearoom in advance. Due to limited space and high visitor numbers, we cannot guarantee that a full menu will be available to groups that have not pre-booked. Contact the Catering Supervisor on 01304 363887. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

VISITS

BOOKING

Multimedia Guides Available in English, Dutch, French and German.

Advance booking essential for guided tours.

Guided Tours Guided tours of the castle or gardens including special gardener led tours on request. Contact the property for details, prices and to book.

Nearby Attractions: Deal Castle; Dover Castle; Richborough Roman Fort; and St Augustine's Abbey. Local TIC: Deal Tel: 01304 369576.

Access Please ask in the shop about wheelchair access to the garden via an alternative route through a side gate. Gatehouse and ground floor rooms are accessible via ramps. Easy flight of stairs with handrail on upper floor.  Changes to floor levels and lighting in the house.

AREA INFORMATION

Don’t miss the Walmer in Bloom event, with plant traders, music, crafts and gardener tours on 16 - 17 June 2018.

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OTHER PROPERTIES IN THE REGION

BAYHAM OLD ABBEY 01892 890381 english-heritage.org.uk/bayhamoldabbey Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8LP Romantic ruins of a big medieval abbey in beautifully landscaped grounds. Near Tunbridge Wells.

Us B DEAL CASTLE 01304 372762 english-heritage.org.uk/dealcastle Victoria Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7BA Groups can now travel deeper into the story of this Tudor artillery fort – discovering more about those who served as Captains of Deal, the ordinary men and women who lived and worked here, and the role it played in 16thcentury European politics. With dark passages, spiral stairs, a new indoor exhibition and sea views from the ramparts, there’s plenty to explore. Easily reached from the castles at Walmer and Dover.

wVs B FORT BROCKHURST 02392 581059 english-heritage.org.uk/fortbrockhurst Gunner’s Way, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 4DS A largely unaltered example of a 1850s fort, built to protect against French invasions. Open for pre-booked guided tours which peek into English Heritage’s fascinating treasure trove of archaeological collections.

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LULLINGSTONE ROMAN VILLA

01322 863467 english-heritage.org.uk/lullingstone Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0JA Lullingstone’s history is vividly displayed and interpreted within a carefully designed building which makes this Roman villa an excellent and accessible tour group destination, whatever the weather. Tracing three centuries of affluent Roman domestic life, this prosperous ‘country house’ has spectacular mosaics, a heated bath suite and a succession of wall-painted pagan and then Christian ‘worship rooms’. Galleries exhibit a wealth of fascinating finds from the villa, including intricate jewellery and intimate personal possessions. Adults as well as children can play Roman board games, handle original materials and try on Roman costumes. A film and light show brings the rooms of the villa to life, vividly illustrating how they were used. Set in the beautiful Darent Valley, not far from the home of Charles Darwin and easily reached from London or Rochester. Small tea bar available.

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PEVENSEY CASTLE 01323 762604 english-heritage.org.uk/pevenseycastle Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE Powerful Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ fort and medieval stronghold. The site of William the Conqueror’s landing in 1066. Close to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield.

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01304 612013 english-heritage.org.uk/richborough Off Richborough Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9JW Atmospheric Roman marshland fortress on the site where Roman invasion forces first landed in AD 43. Near historic Sandwich, Deal Castle and Dover Castle.

01227 767345 english-heritage.org.uk/staugustinesabbey Canterbury, Kent CT1 1PF Founded by St Augustine in AD 598 the abbey is a key part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site. Through virtual reality groups can experience it as it would have appeared in the early 1500s. Explore the ruins and uncover insights into monastic life. Coach drop-off point.

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Old Sarum Pendennis Castle Portland Castle Stonehenge Tintagel Castle Berry Pomeroy Castle Chysauster Ancient Village Cleeve Abbey Dartmouth Castle Farleigh Hungerford Castle Hailes Abbey Launceston Castle Muchelney Abbey Okehampton Castle Old Wardour Castle Restormel Castle Sherborne Old Castle St Mawes Castle Totnes Castle 32

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From rolling green countryside crowned with a world-famous prehistoric monument, to a coastline garlanded with castles, the South West serves up some spectacular trips into the past. With centuries-old stories of human ingenuity, seafaring adventurers and maritime defence, groups are sure to be rewarded by this region so rich in history.


STONEHENGE

This 5000-year-old World Heritage Site continues to reveal more about the lives of the people who built and used Stonehenge. Our latest exhibition, ‘Feast!’ uncovers what they ate, how they cooked it, and where their food came from - as well as the science used to make these discoveries. It’s an interesting new dimension for groups exploring the towering stones and their ancient setting.

TINTAGEL CASTLE

These clifftop ruins have a history that both inspired, and was shaped by, the legend of King Arthur. Eye-catching interpretation across the landscape brings alive the 1,500-year-old story of the site – with an eight-foot bronze royal figure as the unforgettable centrepiece.

PENDENNIS CASTLE

Groups can now enjoy a new experience of this Tudor fortress and its Second World War defences. Newly created sights, sounds and tours have breathed fresh life into the story of this spectacularly sited fortress. Come and scour the sea for threats and ready the defences.

ITINERARY IDEA

Take in a unique day tour through the scenic wooded countryside, coastal ports and attractive towns of South Devon to discover the beautifully sited castles of Berry Pomeroy, Dartmouth and Totnes.

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OLD SARUM

01722 335398 oldsarum.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/oldsarum

ADDRESS

Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SD

LOCATION

Road: 2 miles north of Salisbury, off the A345. Train: Salisbury (2 miles).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 31 Mar: daily

10am - 4pm

24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £5.20 Concession £4.70 Child £3.10

The lost city of Old Sarum, is a rewarding site for groups to explore. Iron Age people first raised the great encircling ramparts. AngloSaxons and Normans later settled within them, while the Romans built a substantial settlement adjacent to it. Creating a castle at the core of the vast hilltop fortress, William the Conqueror summoned the richest landowners of England here to pay him homage in 1086. A Norman cathedral was also raised here, before the city was abandoned in favour of Salisbury. Today Old Sarum is a magical place, with seasonal wild flowers and striking vistas over Salisbury Plain. Wander through the remains of the once bustling Norman castle, cathedral and town. Admire the grandeur of the formidable Iron Age ramparts, crowning a ridge above the Avon Valley. Enjoy views towards Salisbury – the new city founded when life on the overcrowded, waterless, hilltop of Old Sarum became unbearable. Discover how Old Sarum was abandoned after 1220 – yet the ‘Rotten Borough’ continued to ‘elect’ two Members of Parliament until 1832.

ITINERARY IDEA

For a memorable day combine a trip to Old Sarum with a visit to Stonehenge.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking Road narrow on final approach. Not accessible to ‘bendy-buses’. Space for 1 coach.  Alternative parking in lay-by. Toilets Situated in car park. (Wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Guided Tours ‘Sarum’s Place in History’, approx. 45 mins. Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access Some higher areas difficult to reach for wheelchairs due to steep slopes.  The grass is kept short in most areas to improve access.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 hour.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Old Wardour Castle; Salisbury Cathedral; and Stonehenge. Local TIC: Salisbury Tel: 01722 342860.


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FACILITIES Coach Parking Space for 1 coach, alternative free parking in town coach park (Gyllyngvase), along Cliff Road (seafront), approx. 10 min walk to property entrance. Coaches can drop-off/pick up from the castle car park or by reversing up the drive to the main entrance. Transport your group into a threatened 16th-century invasion and the tension of Second World War military defence as new sights, sounds and tours bring to life key moments in the castle’s history. Your groups can step into Tudor times and the scene of a threatened attack as the alarm bell rings and the castle readies to defend itself. Visitors can also explore the Battery Observation Post and the Half Moon Battery to discover the role played by Pendennis during the Second World War. ■■

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Explore inside the Tudor castle, taking in the shouts and calls as you listen to soldiers in the gun rooms counter a threat from enemy ships. Look out to sea through restored and re-presented Second World War equipment and use audio handsets to listen in on imagined conversations. Enjoy a Second World War tour of the Half Moon Battery led by one of our team and experience the magazine as the guns are readied to defend Falmouth harbour from enemies on the horizon. Watch the noon day gun, which is fired daily from April until the end of October.

ITINERARY IDEA

Hop on the foot-passenger ferry from Falmouth to visit St Mawes Castle.

01326 316594 pendennis.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis

ADDRESS

Castle Drive, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4LP

Catering Café No. 6 seats 54 and is located in the Royal Artillery Barracks. The menu reflects Cornish fare, using local suppliers and producers. Coach drivers and tour leaders can enjoy a free lunch and all groups receive 10% off per person in our café, on the day of the visit. Please contact the property or check website for more details and terms and conditions.

LOCATION

Road: 1 mile south east of Falmouth town centre off A39. Train: Falmouth Docks (½ mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible).

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

27 Dec - 1 Jan: daily

10am - 4pm

Shop Open as per property.

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 01326 310 100/106.

VISITS Guided Tours Free guided tours of the World War II Underground Magazine or of the castle. Please book at least 4 weeks in advance.

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec:

Closed

The castle may be closed from 4pm on Saturdays and/or the castle keep may close for 1 hour if an event is booked. The café closes 30 min before the castle closes and last entry is 1 hour before closing. Please contact the property or check website in advance for details.

Access Access to most of site, grounds, barracks, exhibitions, and tearoom.

ADMISSIONS

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT

Concession

£9.50

Child

£6.30

2½ hours.

Adult

£10.50

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: National Maritime Museum Cornwall; St Mawes Castle (via foot ferry from Falmouth) and Truro Cathedral. Local TIC: Falmouth Tel: 01326 312300.

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PORTLAND CASTLE

01305 820539 portland.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/portland

ADDRESS

Castletown, Portland, Dorset DT5 1AZ

LOCATION

Road: South of Weymouth on A354. In Castletown. Train:  Weymouth (4½ miles).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 31 Mar:

Closed

Parts of the castle may be unavailable for short periods during private events. The tearoom will close 30 min before the castle closes. Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £6.30 Concession £5.70 Child £3.80

From its waterside setting overlooking the harbour, Portland Castle will captivate your tour group with its long and varied story. Originally built by Henry VIII, this unusually shaped artillery fort was fiercely fought over by Civil War Royalists and Parliamentarians. Then it helped to defend shipping against pirates and tried in vain to control local smugglers. Called back into service in the First World War, it became a seaplane station, then a Second World War anti-submarine base. In 1944 British and American forces carried out top secret training for the D-Day landings in the bays nearby. Explore the Tudor kitchen, armoury and gun decks. Let presentations and interactive exhibits round the site bring the castle’s history to life. Relax in the Governor’s Garden, a perfectly sheltered spot with dramatic sea and harbour views.

ITINERARY IDEA

Sir Walter Raleigh was once governor of Portland Castle. Take in two sites linked to the famous explorer by extending your trip to nearby Sherborne Old Castle, which he once leased.

FACILITIES Coach Parking Parking for 1 coach, 50 metres from entrance.

Catering Captain’s Tearoom. Seats 28. Light snacks, sandwiches and refreshments. Call 01305 820539 to pre-book groups. Coach drivers and tour leaders can enjoy a free lunch and all groups receive 10% off per person in our café, on the day of the visit. Please contact the property or check website for more details and terms and conditions. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 01326 310 100/106.

VISITS Guided Tours Available at an extra cost, minimum 20 and maximum 30 visitors per guide. Contact the property for details, prices and to book at least 4 weeks in advance. Access Tearoom and all ground floor of castle accessible, except gun deck.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

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Nearby Attractions: Abbotsbury Swannery; Hardy’s Monuments; Lulworth Castle; Maiden Castle; Nothe Fort; Portland Bill, Sherborne Old Castle; and Tank Museum Local TIC: Dorchester Tel: 01305 267992.


STONE CIRCLE AND LANDSCAPE

This extraordinary 4,500-year-old marvel of human endeavour rises from an ancient landscape. Groups can choose to hop off the shuttle to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and approach on foot. If schedules allow, do leave time to explore the many other prehistoric monuments that spread across the countryside.

VISITOR CENTRE & EXHIBITIONS

All under one roof, you’ll find our world-class permanent exhibition which tells the story of Stonehenge using audio-visual experiences and hundreds of archaeological treasures, together with our latest exhibition ‘Feast!’ which uncovers the diet and lifestyle of those who built the monument. Spacious facilities will help your group make the most of their visit.

NEOLITHIC HOUSES

Visit the reconstructed Neolithic houses, furnished with replica Neolithic axes, pottery and other artefacts, to see how the builders of Stonehenge may have lived 4,500 years ago.

Delve deeper into Wiltshire’s intriguing history with a visit to the Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at The Salisbury Museum or the spectacular ‘Gold from the Time of Stonehenge’ exhibition at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes. Special interest groups can also enjoy private lectures and talks at both museums. Please contact them directly to arrange. salisburymuseum.org.uk wiltshiremuseum.org.uk 

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FACILITIES

VISITS

Coach Parking Free coach parking for 52 60-seater coaches. Drop-off bay for right-hand drive vehicles.

Audio Guides Audio tours for the Stone Circle last approx. 30 minutes and for the exhibition last 15 minutes (subject to availability).  Audio tours are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Polish and for visually impaired. visitors.

Shuttle A fast-track shuttle service takes groups direct from the coach park to the Stone Circle from a dedicated groups-only embarkation point. Catering A 110-seater counter service café serves a grab and go hot and cold food offer, using locally sourced produce, including drinks, soups, sandwiches, salad, pasties and cakes. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible), in the new coach park and at the visitor centre. Visitors should take a comfort break before leaving for the Stone Circle, as there are only emergency toilets close to the Stones. Shop Opening times are in line with that of the rest of the property. Browse a wide range of souvenirs, clothing, books and gifts, many made exclusively for Stonehenge.

The English Language version of the audio tours covers the Stone Circle only.  All other versions of the tour cover the exhibition area and the monument. The English language version may also be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Free Wifi is available at the visitor centre. Access The main areas – in and around car/coach parks, the visitor centre and the Stone Circle – are accessible by wheelchair via tarmac and grass paths (subject to weather).  The visitor shuttle is also wheelchair accessible.  There are no paths on the wider grass landscape.  Accessible toilets at the coach park, visitor centre and an accessible emergency-only toilet at the Stone Circle. Audio descriptive tour (subject to availability). Braille and large printed guides, orientation leaflets and exhibition highlights available. 

Tactile objects in the internal exhibition and touching stones in the external exhibition. Audio tour with hearing loop in 10 languages (subject to availability). Induction loop available.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking essential for all visits, please call the Stonehenge Group Booking Line on +44 (0) 370 333 0604 or email bookstonehenge@english-heritage.org.uk For a truly memorable experience, arrange a pre-booked out-of-hours Stone Circle visit for your group or clients. Enormously popular, they are only available with an advanced booking – call +44 (0) 370 333 0605.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Avebury Stone Circle; Longleat; Old Sarum; Old Wardour Castle: Salisbury Cathedral; Salisbury Museum; Wilton House and Wiltshire Museum. Local TIC: Amesbury Tel: 01980 622833.

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Coach Parking No coach parking on site, park in Tintagel village (pay & display) which has space for 9 coaches, approx. 600 metres from property entrance.

Access A Land Rover service can carry most visitors, including visually impaired and ambulant disabled people, to the visitor centre.  The service operates from Easter to October (separate charge).  Access to the island is via many steep steps: mainland parts of the castle accessible via a sloping path.  The island paths are very uneven: there are unfenced cliff tops.

Catering Tintagel Castle’s café seats 50 inside and 66 on the outdoor terrace. Contact the café on 01840 772101. Coach drivers and tour leaders can enjoy a free lunch and all groups receive 10% off per person in our café, on the day of the visit. Please contact the property or check website for more details and terms and conditions. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2-3 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required, call the site on 01840 770328. To book the Land Rover shuttle call 01840 770060.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: King Arthur’s Great Hall; Tintagel village; and The Old Post Office. Local TIC: Tintagel. Tel: 01840 779084. www.english-heritage.org.uk/southwest

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BERRY POMEROY CASTLE 01803 866618 berrypomeroy.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/berrypomeroy Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6LJ Substantial ruins of a great Jacobean mansion, within the walls of a medieval castle, in a remote wooded setting. Access for minibuses only. Totnes Castle is nearby. Tearoom not managed by English Heritage.

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sB CLEEVE ABBEY 01984 640377 cleeve.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/cleeve Washford,Watchet, Somerset TA23 0PS The most impressively complete monastic cloister buildings in England, including a 15th-century refectory with a glorious angel roof.

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01803 833588 dartmouth.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/dartmouth Castle Road, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 0JN For over 600 years, men from Dartmouth lived and worked in this castle, defending their port. Groups visiting today will find the picturesque artillery fort is once again alive with the sights and sounds of men preparing the defences, as video animations together with audio and light installations tell the story of the site with dramatic effect. You can even make an advance request to arrange gun firing and re-enactors to entertain your groups. It’s also well worth taking advantage of the ferry service from the town centre to the castle, which we’re happy to arrange for you. Coaches can park in the town (the castle is accessible for minibuses only), allowing groups to enjoy a delightful trip along the river, arriving by water at the foot of the castle. Café not managed by English Heritage.

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FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLE 01225 754026 farleighhungerford.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/farleigh Farleigh Hungerford, Nr Bath, Somerset BA2 7RS Ruined medieval castle near Bath, with an eventful and sometimes gory family history. Includes a complete chapel with tombs, crypt and coffins.

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01242 602398 english-heritage.org.uk/hailes Nr Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5PB A new on-site museum reveals the stories of what was once one of the country’s most important pilgrimage destinations. Featuring treasures on display for the first time, it brings to life the history of the abbey and the lives of the monks who worshipped and lived there.

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RESTORMEL CASTLE 01208 872687 restormel.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/restormel Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0EE Well-preserved circular castle keep. Once a stronghold of Edward, the Black Prince.

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01935 812730 oldsherborne.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/sherborne Castleton, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3SA Fortified palace of the medieval bishops of Salisbury, later besieged by Oliver Cromwell.

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01566 772365 launceston.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/launceston Castle Lodge, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7DR Impressively sited medieval castle with a complete hilltop keep which was later a notoriously harsh prison.

01837 52844 okehampton.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/okehampton Castle Lodge, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1JA Ruins of Devon’s largest castle, built shortly after the Norman Conquest. Serenely set on a wooded spur, above the rushing River Okement, making it a perfect spot for bird watchers.

01326 270526 english-heritage.org.uk/stmawes St Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5DE Among the best preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses and the most elaborately decorated of them all. Picturesquely located across the Fal Estuary from Pendennis Castle. We’ve recently made updates to displays at the castle, meaning your groups can enjoy an even deeper insight into life in this Tudor fortress.

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01747 870487 oldwardour.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/oldwardour Nr Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6RR Romantic ruin of a showy medieval hexagonal castle, shattered by war. In a magical lakeside setting. The abandoned castle was used as inspiration for the landscaping of New Wardour Castle.

01803 864406 totnes.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/totnes Castle Street,Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NU Norman motte-and-bailey castle giving spectacular panoramas over a famously attractive town. Berry Pomeroy Castle is nearby.

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Indoors, outdoors and even underground, our properties in Eastern England will lead you on an adventure through 5,000 years of English history. With grand homes encircled by historic gardens, medieval castles towering over the countryside and prehistoric mines burrowed under an undulating landscape, we’ve got days out to inspire all groups.


AUDLEY END HOUSE AND GARDENS

Switch between the luxurious lifestyle of Victorian aristocrats and the industrious work of the household servants as you explore the state rooms, Nursery Suite and Service Wing of this grand country mansion. Get the full picture of how the estate functioned with a visit to the Walled Organic Kitchen Garden and working stable block.

WREST PARK

Wrest’s extensive grounds and gardens showcase over three centuries of landscape design. Recent conservation projects have breathed new life into certain features of the grounds – from the pathways restored in honour of Capability Brown to the work to protect and preserve the baroque Archer Pavilion. Newly unveiled, come and enjoy the results.

ITINERARY IDEA

Tour the East Anglian countryside and discover the impressive castles of Framlingham and Orford, rich in history and with far-reaching views of the attractive towns and scenic surroundings in which they’re set.

ITINERARY IDEA

Travel between eras as well as ground levels and combine a trip to Castle Acre Priory with Grime’s Graves Prehistoric Flint Mine.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking Drop-off at main entrance, 180 metres from the house entrance. Coach parking available off site, please contact property to book. Vehicles over 2.93 metres (9 feet 6 inches) high need to access the site via an alternative entrance, contact the property for more details. Catering The Servants’ Hall tearoom seats 90 and provides lunches and light refreshments. Coach drivers qualify for a complimentary drink and 20% off all other purchases. The Cart Yard Café seats 28 inside and 40 outside. It provides snacks and sandwiches, and is open all week in peak season and at weekends off season. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible).

VISITS Guided Tours Joint Kitchen Garden and Landscape Garden tour, approx. 1½ hours. Up to 25 visitors per guide. Kitchen Garden or Landscape Garden tour, approx. 1 hour. Up to 25 visitors per guide. Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access Wheelchairs and electric buggies available, must be pre-booked.  There is no disabled access to the first and second floors of the house.  The tearoom is partly accessible.  The food counter is not accessible to wheelchairs.  The Cart Yard Café is accessible to wheelchairs.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 4 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Bushmead Priory; Cambridge; Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum; Saffron Walden; and Wrest Park. Local TIC: Saffron Walden Tel: 01799 524002.

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WREST PARK

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ADDRESS

Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

LOCATION

Road: ¾ mile east of Silsoe off the A6, 10 miles south of Bedford. Train: Flitwick (4 miles).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 10 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

11 - 17 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

18 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Some parts of the house and garden may be closed if an event is on. Please contact the property or check website in advance for details. Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £10.90 Concession £9.80 Child £6.50

Garden-loving groups can while away hours in Wrest Park’s magnificent 90-acre gardens, taking in the delightful statues, woodland and lakes. The grounds were developed over more than three centuries by the aristocratic de Grey family and bear the imprint of Capability Brown. And recently completed garden restoration work means you can enjoy the features of the vast and varied gardens to their full. For archaeology enthusiasts our collection spanning over 2,000 years, from prehistoric antlers to Victorian bannisters is a real highlight. ■■

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Stroll beside the Long Water to the beautiful domed Archer Pavilion, recently unveiled after months of conservation work. Once the ultimate garden dining room, it still displays its spectacular classical interior decoration. Discover how the house served as the country’s original First World War convalescent home. Draw close to the people who worked

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and convalesced there through diary entries and photographs. Take in the newly restored Chinese Temple and the Bath House of Jemima, Marchioness Grey. And wander pathways restored last year in honour of the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth. Visit the stately Orangery and the colonnaded Bowling Green House and view the garden sculpture gallery in the ornamental Dairy. Step into Countess Henrietta’s Sitting Room, furnished as it was in the 1840s and take in views across the conservatory. Pre-book a guided tour of the Archaeological Collections Store: home to treasures from English Heritage sites all over England.

ITINERARY IDEA

Take in two stately homes in one day. Audley End, with its imposing house and extensive gardens, is just an hour away.


FACILITIES Coach Parking Drop-off at visitor centre, ample space for coaches in on site car park. Catering Café in the walled garden seats 74 people and provides light lunches and refreshments. Contact the property for details. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 01525 863704.

VISITS Audio Guides English.

Guided Tours Garden tours, approx. 1½ hours. Up to 20 visitors per guide.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT

‘Uncovered Treasures: Behind the scenes and artefacts tour’, approx. ½ hour. Up to 20 visitors per guide, weekdays only.

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

‘Wallpaper Tour’, approx. 45 mins. Up to 12 visitors per guide. Contact the property for prices and to book. Access Disabled access to ground floor of the mansion via external lift. Level access to the visitor centre and café. Access to the gardens is mainly via gravel paths and smooth grass. Steps or steep slopes to some garden buildings. A limited number of mobility scooters can be pre-booked.

4 hours.

BOOKING

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Audley End House and Gardens; De Grey Mausoleum; Houghton House; Moggerhanger Park near Sandy; and Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden at Old Warden near Biggleswade. Local TIC: Bedford Tel: 01234 718112. Don’t miss the St George’s Day Festival on 21 – 22 April 2018.

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FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE

01728 724922 framlingham.castle@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/framlingham

ADDRESS

Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9BP

LOCATION

Road: Signposted off the A12 and A14, Framlingham is situated off the B1116.  The castle can also be reached from the popular A1120 tourist route. Train:  Wickham Market (6½ miles) and Saxmundham (7 miles)

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 - 31 Oct: daily

10am - 5pm

1 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 22 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

23 Feb - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

With its tales of high drama, beautiful countryside setting and recent visitor improvements this castle is a must-see for groups exploring the region. The 17th-century workhouse has been transformed. Alongside the new café and shop a recently opened exhibition tells the story of those who lived in the castle with great verve - from the ambitious Howard family; to ‘Bloody’ Mary Tudor, who rallied her supporters here; to the workhouse paupers. Groups can climb up to walk the imposing stone curtain wall, to look out across the mere and local market town. ■■

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Explore over 800 years of life in the castle in our exhibition. With turbulent tales of baronial disputes against the throne it brings to life the defences surrounding you. Follow self-guided themed walks exploring the mere and the castle’s outer defences. Group members who don’t wish to climb the stairs can use an interactive video to view the scenery from the walls.

ITINERARY IDEA

Combine a visit to Framlingham Castle with a trip to nearby Orford Castle, Framlingham’s royal rival.

FACILITIES Coach Parking Arrangements can be made, provided the property is notified in advance. Catering Café, seats 32 and serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible toilet in car park). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides English. Access Disabled access to the lower great hall, shop, café and inner bailey of the castle. New platform lift for wheelchairs to mezzanine level housing the interpretation.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Orford Castle; and Saxstead Green Post Mill. Local TIC:  Woodbridge Tel: 01728 724189.

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CASTLE ACRE PRIORY 01760 755394 castleacre.priory@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/castleacrepriory Stocks Green, Castle Acre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2XD A recently installed display of stonework and site finds means there’s even more to discover at one of England’s largest, most varied and bestpreserved monastic sites. The priory also offers groups the chance to see wonderful carved decoration, a gigantic 24-seater monks’ toilet and a recreated herb garden. Its fully roofed west range includes the prior’s lodging – a little mansion featuring rare Tudor wall paintings. Do leave time to visit the gigantic ramparts and ditches of the mighty medieval earthwork castle nearby.

VUs B GREAT YARMOUTH ROW HOUSES 01493 857900 english-heritage.org.uk/ greatyarmouthrowhouses South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2RG Step into centuries of fishing-port life in these unique and vividly presented houses – rare survivors of Yarmouth’s once crowded ‘Rows’. Originally built for wealthy merchants (one still has spectacular Jacobean ceilings), they were later divided into humble fishermen’s dwellings. One house is now presented as it was in 1850 and 1890, the other in 1942, just before it was struck by a Second World War incendiary bomb.

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GRIME’S GRAVES PREHISTORIC FLINT MINE 01842 810656 grimes.graves@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/grimesgraves Lynford, Thetford, Norfolk IP26 5DE Make the adventurous 9-metre (30-foot) descent into Britain’s only accessible prehistoric mine – one of 400 shafts where ‘magic’ flint for tools and weapons was dug with antler picks nearly 5,000 years ago. Set amid the unique Breckland landscape and within a Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich in rare and unique wildlife, it makes for an unforgettable experience.

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01394 450472 orford.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/orfordcastle Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2ND Explore the maze of rooms and passageways within Henry II’s unique polygonal castle keep, built 1165-73. Set in a former port, it has magnificent sea views from its battlements. By summer 2018 there will be updates at the castle, allowing groups to enjoy a rooftop viewing platform with seating and a new multimedia guide.

Vs TILBURY FORT 01375 858489 tilbury.fort@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/tilburyfort The Fort, Tilbury, Essex RM18 7NR Tour this impressive artillery fort and appreciate its historically strategic location. Henry VIII built the first fort here and Elizabeth I chose nearby Tilbury to rally her troops against the 1588 Spanish Armada. It was King Charles II, in 1670, who ordered the construction of the fort that your group can visit today. It’s one of the best examples of its type in England, protecting London’s seaward approach through to the Second World War. Guided tours available at £2 per person, advance booking required.

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Bolsover Castle Ashby de la Zouch Castle Hardwick Old Hall Kirby Hall Kirby Muxloe Castle Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace Lyddington Bede House Peveril Castle Rushton Triangular Lodge

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Our grand mansions and castles in the East Midlands are rich in stories of royalty, revelry and riches. From a Norman knight to a high-living Stuart courtier and from powerful medieval bishops to one of the richest women in Elizabethan England, introduce your group to characterful personalities from times gone by.


BOLSOVER CASTLE

This lavish mansion was the extravagant creation of a Stuart courtier who wanted to indulge a passion for revelry. The remarkable Little Castle, restored wall walk and atmospheric Riding House still reflect this colourful character and his taste for high living. Packed with things to see and do, it gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous courtier lifestyle.

KIRBY HALL

Explore one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses. Partly roofless, but with authentically redecorated interiors and recreated gardens, you’ll find it absorbingly atmospheric.

PEVERIL CASTLE

Climb up to the rugged remains of one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses, and take in a centuriesold view of the glorious Peak District.

ITINERARY IDEA

Discover characters from England’s Middle Ages at properties across the region. From the sainted Bishop Hugh at Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace to the ill-starred Lord Hastings at Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Kirby Muxloe Castle.

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VISITS

Coach Parking Limited coach parking in the council car park, opposite site car park. Contact the property for more information.

Multimedia Guides Available in English.

2½ hours.

Guided Tours Tour lasts approx. 1½ hours, 15-25 visitors per guide. Additional charges apply. Tours are led by one of our expert staff. Contact the property for details, prices and to book.

Advance booking essential for coaches (due to limited coach parking bays) and for guided tours.

Catering Café in the visitor centre providing beverages, jacket potatoes, soup, sandwiches, salads and cakes. Contact the café on 01246 822844 for more information. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

Access Wheelchair access to the visitor centre, café and Riding House exhibition. No wheelchair access to the Little Castle or wall walk. The multimedia guide includes a virtual tour of the Little Castle. There are 2 wheelchairs which can be pre-booked.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT BOOKING

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens; Chatsworth House; Hardwick New Hall; Hardwick Old Hall; and Peveril Castle. Local TIC: Chesterfield Tel: 01246 345777.

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ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH CASTLE 01530 413343 english-heritage.org.uk/ashbydelazouchcastle South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1BR This property began as a 12th-century manor house and achieved castle status in the 15th century, when it was developed by Edward IV’s friend, Lord Hastings. Its colourful past includes a visit from Mary Queen of Scots and extensive damage during the Civil War but plenty remains to be admired - including an impressive climb to the top of the 24-metre (78-foot) tower and an underground passage from the kitchen.

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KIRBY HALL 01536 203230 kirby.hall@english-heritage.org.uk Kirby Lane, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 3EN The impressive and extensive remains of one of England’s greatest Elizabethan mansions - home of Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite, Sir Christopher Hatton. Includes redecorated state rooms and magnificent gardens. Lyddington Bede House is nearby.

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01162 386886 english-heritage.org.uk/kirbymuxloecastle Oakcroft Avenue, Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire LE9 2DH Ruins of a moated fortified mansion in a picturesque setting. Begun in 1480 by Edward IV’s friend Lord Hastings but abandoned after his execution by Richard III.

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LINCOLN MEDIEVAL BISHOPS’ PALACE 01522 527468 lincolnbishops.palace@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/lincolnbishops Minster Yard, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 1PU A hidden gem, tucked away in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral. These fascinating remains of a bishops’ palace were once the administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval England and still boast a unique working vineyard and panoramic views.

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LYDDINGTON BEDE HOUSE 01572 822438 english-heritage.org.uk/lyddingtonbede Blue Coat Lane, Lyddington, Rutland LE15 9LN In a pretty village setting, this late medieval bishops’ palace served as an almshouse from Elizabethan times until the 1930s, for poor ‘bedesmen’ and women. Explore the rooms, including one recreated as it was in Victorian times and listen to letters from former residents. Kirby Hall is nearby.

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Stokesay Castle Witley Court and Gardens Boscobel House and The Royal Oak Buildwas Abbey Goodrich Castle Haughmond Abbey Wenlock Priory Wroxeter Roman City

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Nudging up against the Welsh border and rising towards the Peak District, the lush countryside of the West Midlands is packed with historic variety. From a Tudor royal romance and Civil War sieges to Victorian high living, discover the stories told by medieval castles, timber-framed houses and graceful ruins.


KENILWORTH CASTLE AND ELIZABETHAN GARDEN

Set foot into the scene of a royal romance as you explore this vast medieval fortress. Climb the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and soak up the views she once enjoyed. Leave time to appreciate the carefully recreated Elizabethan garden.

WITLY COURT AND GARDENS

Enter the Victorian era as you admire the romantic ruins of this vast country house. Amid the formal gardens and wilderness walks, enjoy the highlight of seeing the recently restored fountain as it fires.

STOKESAY CASTLE AND GOODRICH CASTLE

Compare the varying stories of these two medieval castles. Peaceful Stokesay gives a flavour of life in a wealthy home. Goodrich, pock-marked with Civil War bombardment, bears the marks of battling Parliamentarians and Royalists.

ITINERARY IDEA

Touring historic properties near Shrewsbury will introduce you to wide-ranging details from England’s past; from the recreated Roman bathsuite in Wroxeter Roman City and the elaborate decoration of Cluniac monks in Wenlock Priory, to the refuge of the fugitive future King Charles II in Boscobel House and the Royal Oak.

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ITINERARY IDEA

Kenilworth Castle fits ideally into tours which also include Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.

TIE IT INTO YOUR TRIP

Only 12 miles from the M40, it’s well worth slipping off the motorway and into these time-worn castle ruins.

FACILITIES Coach Parking 3 coach parking spaces, 150 metres from the entrance. Catering Tearoom, for bookings call 01926 852577. Coach drivers and tour leaders can enjoy a free lunch and all groups receive 10% off per person in our café, on the day of the visit. Please contact the property or check website for more details and terms and conditions.

Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property. Private Hire Call the Hospitality Team on 01926 857482.

VISITS Audio Guides English, French and German. Guided Tours Guided tour of property available for prebooked groups. Contact the property for details, prices and to book.

Access Access ramp from car park onto property, and an access ramp plus a lift in Leicester’s Gatehouse.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Coventry Cathedral; St Mary’s Church; Stratford-upon-Avon; Warwick Castle; and Witley Court. Local TIC: Kenilworth Tel: 0300 5558171.

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STOKESAY CASTLE

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01588 672544 stokesay.castle@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ stokesaycastle

ADDRESS

Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9AH

LOCATION

Road: On A49, 1 mile south of Craven Arms (7 miles north of Ludlow). Train: Craven Arms (1 mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

27 Dec - 1 Jan: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec:

Closed

A visit to Stokesay Castle will introduce your group to the best-preserved medieval fortified manor house in England. The house itself has scarcely been altered since it was built in the late 1200s but from summer 2018 we’re polishing up how we tell its story to our visitors as they explore inside. Tucked away in the peaceful countryside of the Welsh Border, Stokesay Castle was founded by the wealthy wool merchant, Laurence of Ludlow. Later generations added an elaborately timbered 17th-century gatehouse and panelled rooms, enhancing the charm of this treasure bypassed by time. ■■

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£8.30

Concession

£7.50

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Wander the pretty moat walk round the castle and let the audio tour conjure up medieval life at Stokesay. View the mighty timbers of the great hall, unaltered since the carpenters completed them in 1291. Climb the south tower for fine views over Stokesay’s picturesque surroundings and adjacent parish church. Admire the rich wooden carvings, particularly in the gatehouse (built in 1640), where angels, dragons and even Adam and Eve can be spotted.

ITINERARY IDEA

A visit to Stokesay can easily be combined with a trip to nearby historic Ludlow. ‘Foodie capital’ of the region, Ludlow is famous for its specialist shops and markets, wealth of fine houses, great church and mighty castle.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking Coach spaces in car park, 250 metres from entrance. Catering Tearoom seats 40 and is located in the old potter’s cottage. The menu reflects local and regional dishes alongside many English Heritage favourites. Coach drivers and tour leaders can enjoy a free lunch and all groups receive 10% off per person in our café, on the day of the visit. Please contact the property or check website for more details and terms and conditions. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides English, French and German. Access Access to shop and toilets, limited access to castle for wheelchairs. Call property for further details.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1½ hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Ludlow Castle; Stokesay Court; Wenlock Priory; and Witley Court. Local TIC: Ludlow Tel: 01584 875053.


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WITLEY COURT AND GARDENS

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ADDRESS

Great Witley, Worcestershire WR6 6JT

LOCATION The extensive ruins of this Victorian country house, which was accidentally burnt to a shell in 1937, still evoke an air of grandeur. Once staffed by over 100 servants, Witley Court was the setting for lavish parties attended by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and his friends. Today there’s still a sense of majesty in the restored formal gardens which lead up to the house. The centrepiece is the Perseus and Andromeda fountain. Recently restored its jets are once again shooting water 30-metres high, creating a remarkable sight – and sound. Groups also have over 60 acres of informal wilderness gardens and woodland walks to enjoy at their leisure. ■■

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Marvel as the newly cleaned and repaired Perseus and Andromeda Fountain fires – with over 120 jets hidden among sculptures of shells, sea nymphs, dolphins and a huge serpent. See the restored East Parterre Garden in full bloom, complete with seasonal topiary and colourful planting. Take time to wander through Witley’s extensive wilderness and wildlife gardens and discover the lakeside path to the rustic Victorian boathouse. Witley’s pools are a magnet for birds. Enjoy the chance to spot the wealth of flora and fauna in the grounds.

ITINERARY IDEA

Let green-fingered groups compare Victorian and Elizabethan garden design with a trip to Kenilworth Castle, about an hour away.

FACILITIES Coach Parking Parking in visitor centre car park. Catering Tearoom is situated by the parish church, open daily Easter to end of October. For information call 01299 896016 (not managed by English Heritage). Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides English. Guided Tours Witley Court House and Grounds Tour, approx. 1 hour. Up to 35 visitors per guide. Please book at least 4 weeks in advance.

Road: In Great Witley, 10 miles north west of Worcester on A443.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 Dec - 1 Jan: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec:

Closed

Last entry 1 hour before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £8.60 Concession £7.70 Child £5.20

Access Via hard and loose gravelled paths. There are steps up into house. Assistance for wheelchair users advised.  A wheelchair is available at the property.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden; and Stokesay Castle. Local TIC:  Worcester Tel: 01905 726311.

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BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND THE ROYAL OAK 01902 850244 english-heritage.org.uk/boscobel Brewood, Bishop’s Wood, Shropshire ST19 9AR Famous as the place where the future King Charles II took refuge in a ‘priest’s hole’, following the Battle of Worcester in 1651, after hiding from Cromwell’s troops in an oak tree. The timberframed house then remained a farm and visitors today can see the dairy, farmyard, smithy and a descendent of the ‘Royal Oak’.

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BUILDWAS ABBEY 01952 433274 english-heritage.org.uk/buildwas Buildwas, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7BW Extensive ruins of a Cistercian abbey and its fine Norman church. In an attractive riverside setting, not far from the Iron Bridge World Heritage Site and Wenlock Priory.

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01600 890538 english-heritage.org.uk/goodrich Ross-on-Wye, Hertfordshire HR9 6HY Standing on a rocky crag, above the beautifully wooded Wye Valley, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best-preserved English medieval castles. Step into its Civil War history, climb the Norman keep, enjoy the views and leave time for a cream tea in the café. New interpretation for summer 2018.

WENLOCK PRIORY 01952 727466 wenlock.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/wenlockpriory Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6HS Wonderfully atmospheric ruins of a Cluniac priory, on the fringe of an attractive market town. Once a magnet for pilgrims to the shrine of St Milburge, Wenlock is renowned for its outstanding carved Norman stonework and topiary garden setting.

gwVsF B WROXETER ROMAN CITY 01743 761330 wroxeter.romancity@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/wroxeter Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 6PH Discover urban living 2,000 years ago at Viriconium (Wroxeter) - once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Explore the unique recreated Roman town house, complete with painted rooms, bath and replica furniture. Imagine the lives of the people who lived here through their everyday objects and an audio tour.

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Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Clifford’s Tower Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens Rievaulx Abbey Scarborough Castle Whitby Abbey Aldborough Roman Site Byland Abbey Conisbrough Castle Helmsley Castle Kirkham Priory Middleham Castle Pickering Castle Richmond Castle Roche Abbey St Peter’s Church Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse York Cold War Bunker

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Whether it’s through their remarkable architecture, unique stories or invigorating settings, our Yorkshire properties all have their own way of inspiring groups. Weave through abbey remains reaching into the sky, stride through castles and admire peacefully tended gardens as you imagine the lives of those who once lived and worked in them.


BRODSWORTH HALL

Sample the reality of country house living for both the owners and their servants at this unique mansion frozen in time. You’ll discover revealing details of family life since the Victorian era as well as eye-catching restored gardens.

MOUNT GRACE PRIORY, HOUSE AND GARDENS

Tucked snugly beneath the Cleveland Hills, and with gardens newly revitalised by award-winning designer Chris Beardshaw, Mount Grace offers a delightful trip into the countryside and into the past. Explore the well-preserved Carthusian priory and the rooms of an Arts and Crafts mansion.

RIEVAULX ABBEY

Absorb the extraordinary sense of history that filters through the elegant arches of these captivating abbey remains. Enjoy an enhanced visitor experience with improved facilities and visit the re-presented museum to discover the story of this wealthy Cistercian monastery.

ITINERARY IDEA

For a rewarding Yorkshire trip that takes in city and countryside, transport and trekking, start with a visit to Clifford’s Tower in York, before driving to Rievaulx Abbey. Fuel up in the café then continue by foot, on a scenic path to Helmsley Castle.

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BRODSWORTH HALL AND GARDENS 01302 722598 brodsworth.hall@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ brodsworth

ADDRESS

Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN5 7XJ

LOCATION

Road: In Brodsworth, 5 miles north west of Doncaster; off A635 Barnsley Road; from Junction 37 of A1 (M). Train: Doncaster (5½ miles).

OPENING TIMES

HOUSE (GUIDED TOUR 11AM AND 12PM, FREE FLOW FROM 1PM) 30 Mar - 4 Nov: daily

11am - 5pm

5 Nov - 31 Mar:

Closed

GARDENS, TEAROOM & SERVANTS’ WING 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

*11am - 5pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

*11am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun *11am - 5pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

*11am - 5pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

*11am - 5pm

18 - 22 Feb: daily

*11am - 5pm

23 Feb - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun *11am - 5pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

*Gardens open 1 hour earlier and/or close 1 hour later. Contact the property for out-of-hours group tours. Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £11.30 Concession £10.20 Child £6.80

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Brodsworth Hall is unique - an unrivalled and memorable opportunity for your group to experience an English country house as it really was. Other places boast that they’re ‘frozen in time’: Brodsworth really is. Lavishly built and furnished by millionaires in the 1860s, Brodsworth was lived in by the same family for over 120 years. After the death of the last owner in 1988, the mansion was carefully ‘conserved as found’ but we’ve recently carried out much needed conservation work to maintain the fabric of the house. Outside, the gardens are alive with seasonal displays and colour. Groups can walk through tunnels, over bridges and along woodlands paths to enjoy the gardens to their full.

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Explore the grand state rooms filled with statues. Marvel at ‘family clutter’ spanning from Victorian times until the late 1980s. Discover decades of family life in all its grand, faded glory. See the servants’ spartan living conditions and venture behind the scenes into the rooms where they worked to keep the house running like clockwork. Wander through Brodsworth’s 15 acres of awardwinning restored gardens which are a delight whatever the season. They include colourfully planted formal designs, rose, alpine and woodland gardens. Enjoy permanent displays about the house, family, servants and estate community and glean extra information from friendly local volunteer guides.

TOP TIP

Book a private tour outside normal opening hours and hear tales of life at the hall.


TIE IT INTO YOUR TRIP

Just 5 minutes from the A1 (M), make a note to break up your journey at junction 37 to make the most of the site and its tearoom.

FACILITIES Coach Parking 3 free coach parking spaces on site. Catering Self service tearoom seats 70 inside and 80 outside. Serving freshly made sandwiches and home cooked meals, along with a selection of cakes.  Alternatively book a buffet served in a private room (max 40 people). Call the property for more details and to book.

Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible).

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT

Shop Open as per property.

BOOKING

VISITS Guided Tours Free 30 min tours of the hall at 10.30am and 11.30am, up to 20 visitors per guide. Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access The house has level access to the ground floor and lift access to the first floor family bedrooms, but not the servants’ bedrooms. The terrace and garden are accessible. Visually impaired visitors can handle recreated fabrics, carpets and wallpaper.

3 hours.

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Bolsover Castle; Conisbrough Castle; Peveril Castle; and Roche Abbey. Local TIC: Doncaster Tel: 01302 734309.

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CLIFFORD'S TOWER

01904 646940 cliffords.tower@english-heritage. org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk/ cliffordstower

ADDRESS

Tower Street, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9SA

LOCATION

Road: Tower Street, York. Train: York 1 mile.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily 10am - 6pm 1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily 10am - 5pm 5 Nov - 31 Mar: daily 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan: Closed Last entry 30 min before closing. The site may be closed while conservation work and improvements are carried out. Please contact the property or check website for updates.

Perched on top of the castle mound raised by William the Conqueror, Clifford’s Tower was built during the 1250s as the keep of York Castle, one of the greatest fortresses in medieval England. The tower was once a vantage point for castle guards and today it still makes an ideal lookout spot for groups visiting York – with panoramic views over the city. As the backdrop for nationally and internationally significant events, groups can uncover a wealth of intriguing stories as they explore the tower and its lofty wall walk. ■■

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Scale the steep steps of the ancient mound to enter the castle’s forebuilding. Take in views across the city – including the majestic York Minster - from the open-air wall walk. Investigate the unusual four-lobbed design of the tower through the tactile model in the courtyard. Explore inside the tower to imagine the different chapters of its history. From its time housing the royal exchequer and treasury to when it served as a gaol.

FACILITIES Coach Parking No coach parking on site. Park in St George’s Field coach park, approx. 6 min walk to property entrance. Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Guided Tours Introductory talk, contact property for details and to book. Access Steep steps up the mound. No access for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 hour.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and introductory talk.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Jorvik Viking Centre; York Castle Museum; York Cold War Bunker; York Dudgeons; and York Minster. Local TIC: York Tel: 01904 550099.

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MOUNT GRACE PRIORY, HOUSE AND GARDENS 01609 883494 mountgrace.priory@ english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ mountgracepriory

ADDRESS

Staddlebridge, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 3JG Journey through countryside to visit not just the only publicly accessible Carthusian monastery in England, but also an Arts and Crafts style mansion and newly restored gardens. Exceptionally preserved, there is plenty to discover about Mount Grace’s former residents - including the Carthusian monks who lived in solitude. It was later the home of Arts and Crafts patron, Sir Lowthian Bell and several of his rooms can still be admired, complete with William Morris wallpaper. Outside, gardener Chris Beardshaw has revitalised the landscape and the story that it tells through fresh planting schemes. New information panels and benches, together with the new café, will help your groups to explore and reflect on these unique grounds. ■■

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FACILITIES Coach Parking On site, space for up to 3 coaches which must be pre-booked. Catering The brand new café seats 18 inside and 31 outside. The menu reflects both North Yorkshire and the Carthusian past of the property. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Guided Tours Guided tours and introductory talks available, please contact the property for details and to book. Access Parts of the property are wheelchair accessible but the outdoor space is predominantly grassed which can be difficult terrain for wheelchairs. The upper floors of the house are not accessible, but a book is available in our ground floor Green Room which details all the content in the upstairs exhibition. Accessible toilets on site.

LOCATION

Road: 12 miles north of Thirsk; and 6 miles north-east of Northallerton, off the A19. Warning: take care when turning off the fast dual carriageway. Look out for brown English Heritage direction signs placed approximately ½ a mile before the turning.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult

£8.60

Concession

£7.70

Child

£5.20

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1½ hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Byland Abbey; Helmsley Castle; and Rievaulx Abbey. Local TIC: Thirsk Tel: 01845 522755.

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FACILITIES

VISITS

Coach Parking No coach parking on site. Coaches can dropoff/pick up at site before parking in Helmsley.

Audio Guides Available in English.

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

Guided Tours Guided tours must be pre-booked and cost £100 per tour. Contact the property for details and to book.

AREA INFORMATION

Catering Café seating 64 inside and 30 outside. Self service lunches and light refreshments – all food prepared fresh to order. Open summer and weekends throughout winter. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

Access Induction loop in shop, audio tour for visually impaired visitors. The museum is accessible. Only partial wheelchair access to the ruins.

BOOKING

Nearby Attractions: Byland Abbey; Duncombe Park; Helmsley Castle; Helmsley Walled Garden; and Rievaulx Terraces. Local TIC: Thirsk Tel: 01845 222755.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1½ hours.

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SCARBOROUGH CASTLE

01723 372451 scarborough.castle@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ scarboroughcastle

ADDRESS

Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire Y O11 1HY

FACILITIES

LOCATION

Road: On Castle Road, east of the town centre on the headland between the north and south bays of Scarborough. Train: Scarborough (1 mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

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The tearoom closes 30 min before the castle closes. Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £6.50 Concession £5.90 Child £3.90

Let your group step into 3,000 years of history at Scarborough Castle, which occupies a steepsided headland between the two bays at the famous seaside resort. Long before King Henry II built his towering 12th-century keep, the fortress housed a Roman signal station. It’s endured sieges by medieval kings and Civil War armies, witnessed attacks by American Independence naval fighter John Paul Jones and suffered German naval bombardment in 1914. With so many stories to discover and spectacular sea views to admire it’s a rewarding place to visit. Visit the exhibition, giving insights into the many generations of past inhabitants. Enjoy stunning ‘king’s-eye views’ of the dramatic coastline from the battlements.

ITINERARY IDEA

Trips to Scarborough Castle can easily be combined with a visit to Whitby Abbey.

Coach Parking No coach parking on site. Drop-off point at bottom of the hill. Coach parking in the town centre at William Street Coach Park. Catering The Coffee shop seats 20 and serves tea, coffee, soft drinks, ice creams and light snacks. Picnic boxes available, if booked in advance. Contact the property for more information and to book. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides English, French, German and children’s audio tour. Guided Tours Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access The keep and viewing platform have steep steps. Manual wheelchair users are advised to bring an assistant. Special audio tour for visually impaired visitors, with hearing loop or script for hard of hearing visitors. Disabled parking available.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1½ hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

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WHITBY ABBEY

FACILITIES Coach Parking Parking and drop-off in Abbey Headland car park (charge payable to local authority). Passengers can also be dropped off at the front of the visitor centre. It’s not just the gothic splendour that inspired the creation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which attracts groups to Whitby Abbey. Its site, high above a fishing port, has witnessed over 13 centuries of history. One of the most important religious centres in Anglo-Saxon times, the 664 Synod tackled the differing traditions in the Roman and Celtic strands of Christianity and established the date to celebrate Easter. Time, war and nature have all left their marks, including German naval shelling in 1914. Take time to explore the visitor centre, where imaginative audio-visual displays recreate the medieval abbey and the Stuart mansion. Get to know personalities from Whitby’s past such as the accomplished Abbess Hild and daring Civil War aristocrats. Pause to enjoy sweeping views over the coastline and the famously attractive fishing port. Admire the life-sized statue of a Roman gladiator in the restored mansion courtyard. Adventurous visitors may wish to attempt the notorious ‘199 Steps’ from the town up to the abbey. Otherwise, take the coach.

ITINERARY IDEA

Take in another nearby coastal site and journey south to Scarborough Castle.

Toilets Accessible toilets on site. Public toilets are available off site in the car park and have a small charge. Shop Open as per property.

01947 603568 whitby.abbey@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ whitbyabbey

ADDRESS

Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JT

LOCATION

Road: On the cliff top on the east side of Whitby, follow signs to Whitby Abbey. Train:  Whitby (½ mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

Audio Guide English; for wheelchair users; and visually impaired visitors. Subject to availability and suitable for adults and children aged 8+.

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

Guided Tours Free 20 minute highlight tour, covering the Abbey’s history from dinosaurs to Dracula. Contact the property to book.

VISITS

Mead Testing Enjoy a taste of medieval honey wine. Contact the property for details, prices and to book (discounts for groups). Access Lifts are available within the visitor centre, along with accessible toilet facilities.  The abbey ruins are accessible via a series of ramps and slopes, but care should be taken in wet weather.

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £7.90 Concession £7.10 Child £4.70

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 hour.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and highlight tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Captain Cook Memorial Museum; North York Moors Railway; and Scarborough Castle.

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ALDBOROUGH ROMAN SITE 01423 322768 aldborough.roman_town@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/aldborough Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire YO51 9ES A chance to see foundations of a Roman town (with two mosaic pavements in their original positions) a fascinating museum and a Victorian arboretum. Open at weekends but will also open for pre-booked groups in the week, with tours given by Friends of Roman Aldborough.

sB BYLAND ABBEY 01347 868614 byland.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/bylandabbey Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4BD These gothic ruins were once one of the greatest monasteries in England, inspiring the design of church buildings throughout the north. A museum displays interpretation panels and archaeological finds. The Byland Abbey Inn nearby has accessible toilets and tearoom.

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01709 863329 conisbrough.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/conisbrough Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 3BU Imaginative interpretation in the castle and visitor centre exhibition tells the story of this unusual medieval fortress. Built by the illegitimate halfbrother of King Henry II, the towering cylindrical keep is unique in Britain. Climb to its rooftop and explore the defences to enjoy dramatic views of the countryside.

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01439 770442 helmsley.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/helmsleycastle Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5AB Discover how this castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin.

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KIRKHAM PRIORY 01653 618768 kirkham.priory@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/kirkhampriory Whitwell-on-the-Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire YO60 7JS Riverside ruins of an Augustinian priory, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Find out about its ex-residents and the story of Winston Churchill’s secret visit.

ws F B MIDDLEHAM CASTLE 01969 623899 middleham.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/middleham Castle Hill, Middleham, North Yorkshire DL8 4QG Built by the powerful Neville family in 1170s this was also the favourite home of King Richard III. Extensive ruins provide the backdrop for fascinating stories.

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ROCHE ABBEY

01751 474989 pickering.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/pickeringcastle Castlegate, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AX Visit the heart of the North York Moors National Park to discover this classic example of an early earthwork castle, refortified in stone in the 13th and 14th centuries. At different stages of history the site has been a hunting lodge, holiday home and stud farm for medieval kings.

01709 812739 english-heritage.org.uk/rocheabbey Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire SS6 8NW The extensive remains of a small 12th-century Cistercian abbey. Standing in a beautiful Yorkshire valley, the surroundings were landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

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01652 632516 english-heritage.org.uk/stpeterschurch Barton-Upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5EX Anglo-Saxon and medieval church, an archaeological and architectural gem with a 1,000-year history. Exhibition charts the ‘Buried Lives’ of excavated skeletons.

RICHMOND CASTLE 01748 822493 richmond.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/richmondcastle Tower Street, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4QW Huge Norman castle, dramatically set above the River Swale in a fine historic town. Exhibition includes a mock-up of the prison cells of First World War ‘Conscientious Objectors’ and a touch-screen tour.

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THORNTON ABBEY AND GATEHOUSE 01469 541445 english-heritage.org.uk/thorntonabbey Thornton Abbey Road, Ulceby, North East Lincolnshire DN39 6TU Explore one of the largest and finest fortified monastic gatehouses in England and one of only a handful of monasteries which survived the Suppression by becoming a secular college. Discover the turbulent lives of its former residents and try to spot the local wildlife.

sF B YORK COLD WAR BUNKER 01904 797935 yorkbunker@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/yorkbunker Monument Close, York YO24 4HT Enter the blast-proof doors to gain access to our most modern, spine-chilling property. In active service from the 1960s to the 1990s, it now uncovers the secret history of Britain’s Cold War. Booking essential, visit by guided tour only. Enjoy a private tour with access for your group only on a Mon-Tue in summer (Apr-Oct) and Mon-Fri in winter (Nov-March).

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The setting for castles facing turbulent Anglo-Scottish border disputes and clattering mills feeding the Industrial Revolution, the North West offers some vibrant pictures of life in the past. Peaceful pockets of the Cumbrian countryside also offer your groups the chance to sample the tranquillity sought out by medieval monks.


CARLISLE CASTLE

Brace yourself as you relive the turbulent history of this much besieged castle and discover its bloody history. Witness how it doubled as a bleak prison in the 18th century and remained active until 1959.

BEESTON CASTLE AND WOODLAND PARK

Climb to the top of this spectacularly sited castle, survey the view over eight counties and assume the might of the original owner, medieval baron Ranulf, Earl of Chester. Investigate intriguing rumours of Richard II’s lost treasure in the castle’s well.

FURNESS ABBEY

Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this well-preserved Cumbrian monastery. See the stunning gold crozier and ring excavated from an abbot’s grave on site and hear the story of this remarkable discovery.

ITINERARY IDEA

Maximise your day out in the Lake District by taking in monastic ruins at Furness Abbey, fortress remains at Brougham Castle and mill life at Stott Park Bobbin Mill.

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CARLISLE CASTLE

 01228 591922  carlisle.castle@english-heritage. org.uk  english-heritage.org.uk/carlislecastle

ADDRESS

Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UR

LOCATION

Road: In Carlisle city centre. Train: Carlisle (½ mile).

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 10 Feb: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 11 - 22 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

23 Feb - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing. A joint ticket to Carlisle Castle and Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life is available. Please contact the property for details.

ADMISSIONS Adult £7.20 Concession £6.50 Child £4.30

Squat and thick-walled, Carlisle Castle emanates strength and menace. It needed both, because for many centuries it commanded the wild west end of the Anglo-Scottish frontier – guarding the most frequently attacked town in Britain. It also served as a bleak prison and was the very last English fortress ever to suffer a siege, during Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Rising in 1745. Continuously updated over the centuries, this hard-bitten old campaigner of a castle remained an active military base until 1959. Now it can reveal its secrets to your group. Explore the four floors of the great keep and the Captain’s Tower, probably the bestpreserved medieval gatehouse in Britain. Discover the castle’s links with famous historical figures, including Richard III, Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Uncover grim stories from the castle’s past. Find the ‘licking stones’ where parched Jacobite prisoners desperately sought moisture and the strange medieval carvings on the keep’s second floor. Enjoy the revealing exhibition, including examples of weapons used in the castle’s many sieges and the tale of a notorious Border raider’s daring escape. Group members who want to avoid climbing the keep’s stairs can see a graphic reconstruction and a 360-degree virtual tour of the castle.

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Combine a visit to Carlisle Castle with trips to beautiful Lanercost Priory and Birdoswald Roman Fort, both close by.

FACILITIES Coach Parking No coach parking on site. Park in Devonshire Walk car park (pay & display), adjacent to the west side of the castle, approx. 5 min walk to property entrance. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Guided Tours Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Free introductory talk available for pre-booked groups. Access Disabled access only to ground floor and exhibition, which includes a virtual tour of the whole castle.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 hour.

BOOKING

No advance booking required except for guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Carlisle; Cumbria's Museum of Military Life; Hadrian’s Wall; Lake District; Lanercost Priory; and Tullie House Museum. Local TIC: Carlisle Tel: 01228 598596.


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BEESTON CASTLE AND WOODLAND PARK 01829 260464 beeston.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/beeston Chapel Lane, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9TX Among England’s most dramatically sited medieval castles, Beeston crowns a rocky crag high above the Cheshire plain, with views over eight counties. The fortress was mainly built in the 1220s by the great Earl Ranulf of Chester but the crag has a much longer history. Prehistoric bronze-smiths once worked here. Much later, the castle endured a long Civil War siege. Now its magisterial site is also a paradise for walkers and nature-lovers and an enchanting woodland path encircles the crag. The Sandstone Café offers locally sourced hot and cold snacks and drinks. (Please note it doesn’t have indoor seating.)

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BROUGHAM CASTLE

LANERCOST PRIORY

01768 862488 brougham.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/broughamcastle Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2AA In a seemingly untouched setting, besides the strategic crossing of the River Eamont, this medieval castle was both a barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence, where Edward I was welcomed as a guest. It fell into decay as the years passed but was restored in 1649 by the formidable Lady Anne Clifford (famed for challenging inheritance law). There is still much for groups to explore, including an unusual double gatehouse. The keep top provides panoramic views over the Eden Valley.

01697 73030 lanercost.priory@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/lanercostpriory Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2HQ The tranquil setting of this Augustinian priory belies its troubled history. Close to Hadrian’s Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during Anglo-Scottish wars, once by Robert Bruce himself. King Edward I rested here in 1306-07, running up unpaid bills, shortly before he died. There’s plenty left for groups to see. The vaulted undercroft of the refectory is well preserved, complete with mason’s marks and the church’s transept still stands to its full impressive height.

wsF B FURNESS ABBEY 01229 823420 furness.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/furnessabbey Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0PJ Give your group the same inspiration as Wordsworth enjoyed when he wrote his Prelude in 1805. The romantic monastic ruins, in a charming wooded valley, were founded in the early 12th century by Stephen, later king of England. By the time Henry VIII ordered its closure, in 1537, it was the second richest Cistercian abbey in England. The beautiful medieval 'Furness Crozier', a silver-gilt abbot's staff found in an abbey grave is on permanent display.

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SCOTLAND

CORBRIDGE ROMAN TOWN

The only place in Britain you can enjoy the experience of walking along a Roman ‘high street’, be sure to leave time to pore over previously unseen Roman treasures displayed in the new museum.

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Hadrian’s Wall

BIRDOSWALD ROMAN FORT

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01697 747602 birdoswald.romanfort@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/birdoswald

ADDRESS

Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD

LOCATION

Road: Signposted from A69 Carlisle – Hexham road at Brampton roundabout.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

Newly relaunched with a much improved visitor experience, this fort is a must-see for your groups. Birdoswald contains the best-preserved defences of any major fort along Hadrian’s Wall together with the longest visible stretch of the Wall itself. As such it’s the one of the best places to get an introduction to the story of the Roman frontier, including how and why the Wall was built. Its rugged setting is sure to inspire a sense of adventure as your groups explore the historic landscape and freely investigate the fort’s three main gates, perimeter walls, angle towers, granaries and drill hall, discovering for themselves how soldiers lived in the fort and went about their daily duties. ■■

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£8.30

Concession

£7.50

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Enjoy the chance to see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. Take the short Birdoswald Roman Trail through beautiful natural surroundings to discover a number of local Roman structures including Willowford Bridge as well as turrets and milecastles. Delve into the history of the Wall at the new exhibition in the visitor centre - featuring playful displays, artefacts and audio-visuals.

TOP TIP

With extensive walks to enjoy and so much to see, why not book your group into the Victorian Farmhouse, which sleeps 39 and is perfectly placed within the grounds.

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FACILITIES Coach Parking 4 coach spaces 200 metres north east of property and drop-off point at property entrance. Catering Tearoom seats 38 inside and additional seating outside. Serves soup, sandwiches, cakes and refreshments. Toilets On site. Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Access Most of property is accessible on pathways.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 hour.

BOOKING

No advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Carlisle Castle; Housesteads Roman Fort; and Lanercost Priory. Local TIC: Carlisle Tel: 01228 598596.


Hadrian’s Wall

CHESTERS ROMAN FORT AND MUSEUM  01434 681379  chester.romanfort@englishheritage.org.uk  english-heritage.org.uk/ chestersromanfort

ADDRESS

Chollerford, Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 4EU

LOCATION

Road: Follow ‘Hadrian’s Wall’ signs to Chollerford. Property ¼ mile west of Chollerford.

FACILITIES Coach Parking Free coach parking for visiting groups. Set against a backdrop of verdant woodland, this fort offers groups the chance to see Roman rule through a Victorian lense. Chesters is the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain and once housed a regiment from northern Spain. It also tells the story of John Clayton, the Victorian lawyer and landowner who saved much of the Wall from destruction. The Clayton Museum transports groups back to the Victorian era as they explore the hundreds of Roman antiquities on display. Outside there’s plenty of space to roam freely and interpretation helps depict life in the seven-acre fort. ■■

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Pick up an e-reader and have all the facts at your fingertips as you explore the Clayton Museum. See Britain’s best-preserved military bath-house, where weary soldiers relaxed with hot, cold and steam baths. Absorb the digital reconstructions to understand how Roman cavalry, together with their horses, lived and worked here.

ITINERARY IDEA

Combine a trip to Chesters with visits to Corbridge Roman Town and medieval Aydon Castle, both nearby.

Catering Chesters Tearoom offers light refreshments. Toilets On site. Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Introductory Talk Free of charge, must be pre-booked. Access Restricted for wheelchair users. Property is 5½ acres. Viewing platform of the Roman Bridge Abutment.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £7.00 Concession £6.30 Child £4.20

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1½ hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and introductory talk.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Aydon Castle; Corbridge Roman Town; Hexham; and Housesteads Roman Fort. Local TIC: Haltwhistle Tel: 01434 321863 or Hexham Tel: 01434 652220.

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CORBRIDGE ROMAN TOWN

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01434 632349 corbridge.romantown@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ corbridgeromantown

ADDRESS

Corchester Lane, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5NT

LOCATION

Road: ½ mile north west of Corbridge.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 22 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

23 Feb - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult

£7.60

Concession

£6.80

Child

£4.60

Corbridge and its revitalised museum offer a unique window into the lives and aspirations of the generations of soldiers, citizens and local traders who lived and worked here. From spring 2018, your groups can discover its rich, internationally important collection through a brand new permanent exhibition, showcasing many objects that have never been displayed before. Home to the Corbridge Hoard, one of the most significant finds from Roman Britain, every object on display has come from this fascinating site, which sits at the heart of the remains of the Roman town. ■■

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Coach Parking Coaches can drop-off next to the property entrance, before being advised where to park. Toilets On site. Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides English.

Walk through the town along the original Roman high street once filled with the frenetic bustle of a thriving Roman marketplace. Discover internationally significant Roman objects, from exquisite jewellery to the fierce Corbridge Lion. Encounter the Corbridge Hoard and discover how it changed our understanding of Roman armour.

Access Wheelchair access to museum and limited access around the property. Wheelchairs available for use.

ITINERARY IDEA

AREA INFORMATION

Combine a visit to Corbridge with trips to Chesters Roman Fort, medieval Aydon Castle or the attractive abbey town of Hexham.

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AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1¼ hours.

BOOKING

No advance booking required. Nearby Attractions: Aydon Castle; Belsay Hall; Chesters Roman Fort and Museum; Hexham; and Housesteads Roman Fort. Local TIC: Corbridge Tel: 01434 632815 or Hexham Tel: 01434 652220.


Hadrian’s Wall

HOUSESTEADS ROMAN FORT

01434 344363 housesteads.fort@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ housesteadsromanfort

ADDRESS

Haydon Bridge, Northumberland NE47 6NN There’s a chance for your group to learn about every aspect of a Roman soldier’s life at Housesteads: from what they wore and the tools and weapons they used, to the deities they worshipped and their medical practices. Set on the wild Whin Sill escarpment and flanked by dramatic stretches of Wall, the soldiers who lived here were self-sufficient within the fort. Some of the sights groups can enjoy include well-preserved barracks, a hospital, the Commander’s house and, of course, the all important heating systems and communal toilets. Stand on the edge of a formidable empire and take in awe-inspiring 360-degree vantage points – some of the best along the entire length of the Wall. Experience the modern, interactive museum which includes objects from Roman life 2,000 years ago and a stimulating film that recreates the original fort. Take the Housesteads Trail, covering some of the most tranquil parts of Northumberland National Park and incorporating a fine stretch of Roman turrets.

TOP TIP

Make sure your group is prepared for an uphill walk to the fort and museum. It’s well worth the effort, but those who prefer to stay at car park level can enjoy the visitor centre there.

FACILITIES

LOCATION

Coach Parking No coach parking on site. Park in local car park (pay on exit), approx. 10 min (½ mile) walk uphill to property entrance.

Road: 4 miles north east of Bardon Mill on B6318. Follow brown signs to Hadrian’s Wall.

Catering The museum serves hot and cold drinks, and snacks to take away, with no seating. The visitor centre (managed by the National Trust) seats 32 inside and serves hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 31 Mar: daily

10am - 4pm

Toilets Next to car park. Shop Open as per property.

VISITS

OPENING TIMES

24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 45 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £7.80 Concession £7.00 Child £4.70

Access No wheelchair access to the fort, but access to museum. Fort and museum are ½ mile from coach park via a steep incline. Accessible parking available at the museum, please call the property for museum access information.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 2-2½ hours.

BOOKING

No advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Birdoswald Roman Fort; Chesters Roman Fort and Museum; Corbridge Roman Town; and Hexham. Local TIC: Haltwhistle Tel: 01434 322022 or Hexham Tel: 01434 652220.

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Power, purity, prestige. Let your group enjoy a taste of them all on days out in the North East. Medieval castles battered by border disputes and waterside priories drawing pilgrims and marauders alike offer evocative impressions of life in the past. For garden lovers, the blooms and boughs of an unusual heritage garden serve up an exotic treat.


BELSAY HALL, CASTLE AND GARDENS

Wander between the ages in this unique property which incorporates striking architecture from the medieval, Jacobean and Regency eras. With spectacular grounds fanning out from the house you’ll want to linger to enjoy the formal terraces and the exotic plants in the Quarry Garden.

LINDISFARNE PRIORY

Cross the water to Holy Island and step into one of the most important centres of early Christianity in England. Visit the original shrine of St Cuthbert, weave through the priory ruins and imagine the serenity shattered by Viking invasion.

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED BARRACKS AND MAIN GUARD Surround yourself in history at one of the first English barracks to be purpose built. The defences run a complete circuit around the historic town.

ITINERARY IDEA

Tour Warkworth Castle and Hermitage, Prudhoe Castle and Tynemouth Priory and Castle to follow the fortunes of the Percy family, Earls of Northumberland and medieval ‘kingmakers’.

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BELSAY HALL, CASTLE AND GARDENS

01661 881636 belsay.hall@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/belsayhall

FACILITIES

ADDRESS

Coach Parking Space for up to 2 coaches, 200 metres from property entrance, must be pre-booked.

Belsay, Nr Ponteland, Northumberland NE20 0DX

LOCATION

Road: In Belsay, 14 miles north west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne via A696.  The road to the property is a single track.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 18 - 22 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

23 Feb - 31 Mar: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

Last entry 45 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £9.50 Concession £8.60 Child £5.70

Belsay’s unique mix of architecture offers a many layered slice of English history. Groups can explore a succession of mansions spanning four centuries; from a 14th-century castle, via a Jacobean mansion wing, to a noble Regency Greek Revival hall - all linked by 20 acres of heritage gardens. The magical Quarry Garden, created where stone was cut in 1807 for the hall, was designed with ravines, pinnacles and sheer rock faces, inspired by Sicilian quarries. Now, centuries later, its exotic plants have reached full maturity. Whatever time of year your group visits Belsay, there’s always something colourful in bloom. Discover the medieval castle, with its imposing tower, built as a strong refuge during the centuries of Anglo-Scottish border warfare. Admire the fine craftsmanship of the elegant Grecian style hall, inspired by an aristocrat’s honeymoon in Athens. Displayed without furnishings, it’s arranged round an imposing central Pillar Hall. Soak up the sights and smells in the vast gardens, with their nationally important plant collections.

TIE IT INTO YOUR TRIP

Close to Hadrian’s Wall, Belsay is also just off the ‘scenic route’ from Newcastle to the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh.

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Catering Tearoom seats 50 and serves sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Afternoon tea and group catering packages available. Contact the property for current/seasonal group catering offers and to book. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Guided Tours Guided tours available of the hall, formal gardens and quarry gardens. These tours can be tailored to meet individual group requirements. Contact the property for details, prices and to book. Access Castle and mansion ruins ½ mile through gardens. Level/ramped access to hall, castle and gardens available with use of RADAR key (available at property). Hearing loop available. Contact property for more details.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 3 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required for normal visits and guided tours.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Aydon Castle; Hadrian’s Wall; Morpeth; Newcastle; Prudhoe Castle; and Warkworth Castle. Local TIC: Morpeth Tel: 01670 623455.


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LINDISFARNE PRIORY

01289 389200 lindisfarne.priory@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/ lindisfarnepriory

ADDRESS

Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2RX

LOCATION Few visitors will forget the arresting sight of these captivating ruins standing in vulnerable isolation. Cross the dramatic causeway (only possible at low tide) and lead your group in the footsteps of pilgrims who have been visiting the remote Holy Island for over 13 centuries. It’s the site where St Aidan and St Cuthbert founded the great power-house of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria and where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created. Now the ruins of the priory, which monks so diligently established after cruel Viking devastation, remain to welcome groups today. Wander around the extensive, richly decorated ruins. As you enter through the magnificently carved west doorway you will see Lindisfarne’s most dramatic feature, the ‘Rainbow Arch’. Visit the museum to discover the fascinating story of the monks who lived on Holy Island until the monastery was suppressed in 1537. The beautiful illuminated-manuscript, the Lindisfarne Gospels, was produced here in the early 700s. See the new ‘Inscribed in Stone’ display, connecting them with 14 extraordinary carved and painted 8th-century ‘naming stones’ found here - unique links to the people of the vanished Saxon monastery.

FACILITIES Coach Parking No parking on site. Please park in the Holy Island main coach park, approx. ¾ mile from property entrance. Toilets In the coach park.

Holy Island is only reachable at low tide across a causeway (tide-table each end). Ring property for details or consult the tide-tables on the website.

OPENING TIMES 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm

Shop Open as per property.

27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

VISITS

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

Access Wheelchair access to the museum, but limited around the property.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1 hour.

BOOKING

No advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Etal Castle; Lindisfarne Castle; Lindisfarne Centre; St Mary’s Church; and Warkworth Castle. Local TIC: Berwick-upon-Tweed Tel: 01289 330733.

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

The causeway floods at high tide so it is very important to check the tide times before crossing. Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS Adult £6.80 Concession £6.10 Child £4.10

TOP TIP

Do check the tide-tables when planning a visit to Holy Island: otherwise your group may have to stay much longer than expected!

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WARKWORTH CASTLE AND HERMITAGE

01665 711423 warkworth.castlel@englishheritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/warkworth

ADDRESS

Warkworth, Northumberland NE65 OUJ

LOCATION

Road: In the Village of Warkworth 7½ miles off the A1 / Alnwick on the A1068.

OPENING TIMES CASTLE 30 Mar - 30 Sep: daily

10am - 6pm

1 Oct - 4 Nov: daily

10am - 5pm

5 Nov - 23 Dec: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm 27 - 31 Dec: daily

10am - 4pm

2 Jan - 17 Feb: Sat - Sun

10am - 4pm

18 - 24 Feb: daily

10am - 4pm

25 Feb - 31 Mar: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan:

Closed

HERMITAGE 30 Mar - 30 June: Sun, Mon & Bank Holidays 11am - 4pm 1 Jul - 31 Aug: Fri - Mon

11am - 4pm

1 Sep - 4 Nov: Sun - Mon 11am - 4pm 5 Nov - 31 Mar:

Closed

Last entry 30 min before closing.

ADMISSIONS CASTLE Adult £6.80 Concession £6.10 Child £4.10 HERMITAGE Adult £4.50 Concession £4.10 Child £2.70 Joint Tickets prices available on request.

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Your group may recognise Warkworth Castle and Hermitage from TV’s ‘Tales from Northumberland’ but the magnificent castle found fame long before that. It appeared in William Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’, when ‘Harry Hotspur’ rebelled against the King and lost the pre-eminent Percy family their castle for years as a result. It also featured in the 2015 Magna Carta celebrations, as John FitzRobert, Lord of Warkworth Castle, was one of the barons who vowed, in 1215, to ensure King John honoured the charter. As one of the biggest, most complete and certainly most spectacular medieval castles in northern England, mighty Warkworth and its peaceful Hermitage make for a perfect group day out. View the magnificent cross-shaped keep as you wander around the nearly intact circuit of towered walls. Look out for lions! They’re carved as badges throughout the castle, representing the powerful Percy family. Explore the Duke’s Rooms, first restored by Algernon Percy in the 1850s. (Special opening times). Pick up a free audio tour to find out more about this Northumbrian fortress; significant in history and architecture. Enjoy a ½ mile walk down the river, followed by a short boat trip to the other side to discover the Hermitage – a religious haven carved out of the rock.

ITINERARY IDEA

Tour the coastal fortresses of the North by extending your trip to Etal Castle and Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

FACILITIES Coach Parking On site, must be pre-booked. Toilets On site (wheelchair accessible). Shop Open as per property.

VISITS Audio Guides Available in English. Access Most of the castle is accessible on gravel or grass. Access to the keep is via a wide wooden staircase.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF VISIT 1-2 hours.

BOOKING

Advance booking required.

AREA INFORMATION

Nearby Attractions: Alnwick Castle and Garden; and Dunstanburgh Castle


North East

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1. Prudhoe Castle 2. Barnard Castle 3. Etal Castle

OTHER PROPERTIES IN THE REGION

1. Barnard Castle 2. Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard 3. Warkworth Castle

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PRUDHOE CASTLE

AYDON CASTLE

01434 632450 aydon.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/aydoncastle Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5PJ Almost completely intact medieval manor house, fortified against Scots raiders and used as a farmhouse until 1966.Tucked away in an attractive woodland setting, near Hadrian’s Wall and Corbridge Roman Town.

ws4F B BARNARD CASTLE 01833 638212 barnard.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/barnardcastle Castle House, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8PR Sizeable and impressive medieval castle with Richard III connections. Spectacularly sited overlooking the River Tees gorge, with a sensory garden of scented plants and tactile objects. In a characterful market town which also hosts the famous Bowes Museum art collection.

wsF B BERWICK-UPON-TWEED BARRACKS AND MAIN GUARD 01289 304493 berwick.barracks@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/berwickbarracks The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DF Georgian ‘Redcoat’ barracks and guard house. The first in Britain to be purpose built and now home to history and the arts. An exhibition gives an insight into the life of the British infantryman from the Civil War to the First World War.

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BRINKBURN PRIORY 01665 570628 brinkburn.priory@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/brinkburnpriory Longframlington, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8AR Beautiful 12th-century Augustinian priory church, completely roofed and restored, with an elegant 16th-century manor house beside it. Atmospherically set by a bend in the River Coquet. Scenic 10-minute walk from car park.

Us B ETAL CASTLE 01890 820332 etal.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/etalcastle Nr Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland TD12 4TN Small 14th-century castle controlling an important river crossing on the Scottish border and set in a charming village. Captured by King James IV of Scotland just before his crushing defeat at the nearby Battle of Flodden in 1513. Displays tell the story of this bloody and decisive conflict. The battlefield can also be visited.

01661 833459 prudhoe.castle@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/prudhoecastle Prudhoe, Northumberland NE42 6NA Often besieged and attacked by the Scots, this grand medieval fortress perches above a vital crossing of the River Tyne. Owned for many centuries by the powerful Percy family, who built the manor house adjoining the formidable keep.

Us4F B TYNEMOUTH PRIORY AND CASTLE 0191 257 1090 tynemouth.castleandpriory@english-heritage. org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/tynemouthpriory Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear NE30 4BZ A coastal fortress and holy place with history stretching from Anglo-Saxon times. The striking medieval priory ruins, with a beautiful little Percy family chapel, stand on a dramatic headland, defended by a strong gatehouse. An exhibition traces ‘Life in the Stronghold’ throughout Tynemouth’s long career. Your group can also see a battery gun, designed to defend the Tyne in the First and Second World Wars.

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LONDON & SOUTH EAST

Berkshire Buckinghamshire East Sussex Hampshire Isle of Wight Kent Oxfordshire Surrey West Sussex

A Apsley House B Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, 1066 Bayham Old Abbey C Carisbrooke Castle D Darwin, Home of Charles Deal Castle Dover Castle Down House (see Darwin, Home of) E Eltham Palace and Gardens F Fort Brockhurst J Jewel Tower K Kenwood

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L Lullingstone Roman Villa O Osborne P Pevensey Castle Portchester Castle R Ranger’s House (see Wernher Collection, The) Richborough Roman Fort S St Augustine’s Abbey W Walmer Castle and Gardens Wellington Arch Wernher Collection,  The (see Ranger’s House) Y Yarmouth Castle

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15 31

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B Berry Pomeroy Castle

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C Chysauster Ancient Village Cleeve Abbey D Dartmouth Castle F Farleigh Hungerford Castle H Hailes Abbey L Launceston Castle M Muchelney Abbey

O Okehampton Castle Old Sarum Old Wardour Castle

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35 36

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43 43 37

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40 43

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SOUTH WEST

P Pendennis Castle Portland Castle R Restormel Castle S Sherborne Old Castle St Mawes Castle Stonehenge T Tintagel Castle Totnes Castle

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EAST OF ENGLAND

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Audley End House and Gardens 46

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C Castle Acre Priory

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51 51

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51

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F Framlingham Castle G GreatYarmouth Row Houses Grime’s Graves L Longthorpe Tower

Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Essex Hertfordshire Norfolk Suffolk

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O Orford Castle T Tilbury Fort W Wrest Park


A Ashby de la Zouch Castle

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Bolsover Castle 54 Boscobel House and the Royal Oak 64 Buildwas Abbey 64

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G Goodrich Castle

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H Hardwick Old Hall Haughmond Abbey

56 64

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K Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Kirby Hall Kirby Muxloe Castle

60 56 56

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Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace 56 Lyddington Bede House 57

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EAST & WEST MIDLANDS

P Peveril Castle

57

2e

57

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62

5b

64 63 64

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R Rushton Triangular Lodge S Stokesay Castle W Wenlock Priory Witley Court and Gardens Wroxeter Roman City

Derbyshire Leicestershire Lincolnshire Northamptonshire Nottinghamshire Rutland

Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire West Midlands Worcestershire

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YORKSHIRE & NORTH WEST (BOTTOM)

A Aldborough Roman Site

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Cheshire Greater Manchester Lancashire Merseyside

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East Riding of Yorkshire North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Yorkshire South Yorkshire West Yorkshire

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77 72 77

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74 77

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Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse 77

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Richmond Castle Rievaulx Abbey Roche Abbey Scarborough Castle St Peter’s Church

W 76

3h

M Middleham Castle Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

2h

T

K Kirkham Priory

77

S

H Helmsley Castle

Pickering Castle

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Beeston Castle and Woodland Park 81 Brodsworth Hall and Gardens 68 Byland Abbey 76 Clifford’s Tower Conisbrough Castle

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Whitby Abbey

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York Cold  War Bunker


A Aydon Castle

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85 86

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B Barnard Castle Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks Birdoswald Roman Fort Brinkburn Priory Brougham Castle C Carlisle Castle Chesters Roman Fort and Museum Corbridge Roman Town E Etal Castle F Furness Abbey

H Hadrian’s  Wall Housesteads Roman Fort L Lanercost Priory Lindisfarne Priory

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Warkworth Castle and Hermitage 92

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NORTH EAST & NORTH WEST (TOP)

P Prudhoe Castle S Stott Park Bobbin Mill T Tynemouth Priory and Castle W

Cumbria County Durham Northumberland Tyne &Wear Tees Valley

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INDEX A Page Map Ref Aldborough Roman Site 76 96 3g Apsley House 08 92 4e Ashby de la Zouch Castle 56 95 4e Audley End House & Gardens 46 94 5f Aydon Castle 93 97 4f B Barnard Castle 93 Battle of Hastings, Abbey 18 & Battlefield, 1066 Bayham Old Abbey 30 Beeston Castle & Woodland Park 81 Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens 90 Berry Pomeroy Castle 42 Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks 93 Birdoswald Roman Fort 84 Bolsover Castle 54 Boscobel House & the Royal Oak 64 Brinkburn Priory 93 Brodsworth Hall & Gardens 68 Brougham Castle 81 Buildwas Abbey 64 Byland Abbey 76

93 92 94 96

3h 6c 4j 7d

G

92 5g

H

96 97 93 97 97 94

7d 3g 6f 1f 4e 2f

95 97 96 96 95 96

4c 3g 5g 5e 4c 2g

20 92 7c 80 96 4d 51 94 2g 85 42 42 70 76 86

97 93 93 96 96 97

4f 7b 4f 3g 5g 4f

42 24 30 22

93 92 92 92

6f 4f 4j 5j

24 92 4f

E Eltham Palace & Gardens Etal Castle

P 42 30 50 81

Goodrich Castle 64 95 7c Great Yarmouth Row Houses 51 94 2k Grime’s Graves 51 94 3g

D Dartmouth Castle Darwin, Home of Charles Deal Castle Dover Castle Down House (see Home of Charles Darwin,The)

Farleigh Hungerford Castle Fort Brockhurst Framlingham Castle Furness Abbey

97 6g 92 6g

C Carisbrooke Castle Carlisle Castle Castle Acre Priory Chesters Roman Fort & Museum Chysauster Ancient Village Cleeve Abbey Clifford’s Tower Conisbrough Castle Corbridge Roman Town

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10 92 4f 93 97 1f

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Hadrian’s Wall 82 Hailes Abbey 42 Hardwick Old Hall 56 Haughmond Abbey 64 Helmsley Castle 76 Home of Charles Darwin,The 24 Housesteads Roman Fort 87

97 93 95 95 96 92 97

1j 2f 4b 2g 4f 4f

J Jewel Tower

14 92 4f

K Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden Kenwood Kirby Hall Kirby Muxloe Castle Kirkham Priory

60 12 56 56 76

95 92 95 95 96

5e 3e 5g 4f 3h

L Lanercost Priory Launceston Castle Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace Lindisfarne Priory Longthorpe Tower Lullingstone RomanVilla Lyddington Bede House

81 97 4e 42 93 5d 56 91 51 30 57

95 97 94 92 95

2h 1g 3e 4f 5g

M Middleham Castle Mount Grace Priory, House & Gardens Muchelney Abbey

76 96 2f 71 96 2g 43 93 4g

O Okehampton Castle Old Sarum Old Wardour Castle Orford Castle Osborne

43 34 43 51 26

93 93 93 95 92

5e 4j 4j 4j 7c

Pendennis Castle Pevensey Castle Peveril Castle Pickering Castle Portchester Castle Portland Castle Prudhoe Castle

35 30 57 77 30 36 93

93 92 95 96 92 93 97

7c 6g 2e 2h 6c 6h 4g

Ranger’s House (see Wernher Collection,The) 15 Restormel Castle 43 Richborough Roman Fort 77 Richmond Castle 77 Rievaulx Abbey 72 Roche Abbey 77 Rushton Triangular Lodge 57

92 93 92 96 96 96 95

4f 6c 4j 2f 2g 6g 5g

74 43 31 43 77 62 37 81

96 93 92 93 96 95 93 97

2j 4h 4j 7c 5j 5b 4j 6d

Thornton Abbey & Gatehouse 77 Tilbury Fort 51 Tintagel Castle 40 Totnes Castle 43 Tynemouth Priory & Castle 93

96 94 93 93 97

5j 7g 5c 6e 4h

28 92

5j

R

S Scarborough Castle Sherborne Old Castle St Augustine’s Abbey St Mawes Castle St Peter’s Church Stokesay Castle Stonehenge Stott Park Bobbin Mill

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W Walmer Castle & Gardens Warkworth Castle & Hermitage Wellington Arch Wenlock Priory Wernher Collection, The (see Ranger’s House) Whitby Abbey Witley Court & Gardens Wrest Park Wroxeter Roman City

92 97 2g 09 92 4e 64 95 5c 15 75 63 48 64

92 96 95 94 95

4f 1j 6c 5e 4b

Y Yarmouth Castle York Cold War Bunker

31 92 7b 77 96 4g


English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2018-19  

Valid from 1 April 2018 to 29 March 2019

English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2018-19  

Valid from 1 April 2018 to 29 March 2019