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January 27, 2015

10 English Heritage Properties to Visit

Over the years when I’ve done my little tiki tours around the English countryside I’ve stopped off and visited castles, ruins and beautiful stately homes.  Most of the time I didn’t realise that I was visiting a property run by English Heritage.  So armed with my English Heritage membership card I’ve made myself a list of 10 English Heritage Properties to visit this year – I’m all for having a travel tick list of places I want to visit.


Apsley House

With the best address in London (No 1 London), Apsley House should be on everyones London bucket list.  The property will be re-opening in the spring time and I will be there with my bells on when it does!


Wellington Arch

Right across the road from Apsley House (cheap day out if you’re an English Heritage member) is the Wellington Arch and apparently it offers great views over London.  I’m going to check this out and report back!  You can read most about the property in this post by Memoirs of a Metro Girl.


Kenwood House

One of London’s hidden gems, this gorgeous stately home received a big dose of publicity last year thanks to the movie “Belle” and I’ve wanted to visit ever since.  You can read more about the property in this post from Adventures of a London Kiwi.


Eltham Palace and Gardens

I love Art Deco and Eltham Palace is Art Deco heaven.  It’s been on my wish list for years and I’ve never crossed it off; 2015 is the year!  You can read more about the property in this post from the Luxury Columnist.


Dover Castle

Dover Castle and the Tunnels are on G’s wish list of properties to see (I bought him an English Heritage pass for Christmas as he didn’t want a coffee machine!) and I’m interested to learn about the WW2 history involved with this property.  You can read more about the property in this post from Oh, the places we will go.


Osborne House

I’m obsessed with English Royalty and Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s seaside Palace  and a must see if you’re touring around the Isle of Wight.  I’ve wanted to visit since watching Mrs Brown many many years ago.


Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle underwent a restoration project recently but it’s now open and just looks like every little girls dream castle including mine!  Located in Derbyshire this property is only a few hours drive from home in Bedfordshire making it a perfect day trip.


Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Who doesn’t love a good romance story and the ruined Kenilworth Castle belonged to Queen Elizabeth I’s great love (if only the walls could talk!).  The castle is 900 years old making it a lot older than many countries in the world.


Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

How gorgeous does Brodsworth Hall look under a blanket of snow?  They also have a tea room which sells cakes and scones, possibly the real reason why I want to visit!


Dunstanburgh Castle

Yorkshire is as far north as I’ve got in England and I really fancy changing that this year by doing a road trip to Northumberland to go castle hunting.  The area is full of castles and the remains of Dunstanburgh Castle is high on my list of must see places.


Recently I’ve visited Wrest Park in Bedfordshire and Kirby Hall in Northamptonshire using my English Heritage membership card.

What properties do you recommend visiting?

Disclaimer: All the images bar the title photo are from the English Heritage website.


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