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Surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle originated in the 13th century, with a splendid Georgian wing added in the 1790s. A treasured family home for over 700 years, the elegant rooms feature magnificent fireplaces by Sir Henry Cheere, and fine works of art, including the controversial ‘Picton Renoir’.
014437 751326
Knowledge and insight from history, prehistory and the ancient world; we bring you an expanding collection of superb holidays exploring the history and archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean. They are perfect combinations of leisure and interest with fascinating content, expert guides, small groups, great hotels, unhurried itineraries, lectures and special-access visits. Ancient Greece, Crete & Santorini, Pompeii & Bay of Naples, Cyprus North & South, Malta’s Millennia, Sicilian Civilisations, Romney Marsh… Informed, bespoke and flexible with local airports, extended stays and great service.
The Cathedral of The Isles was consecrated in 1871 having been built as chapel to the College of The Holy Spirit to a design by William Butterfield. Both played a vital role in the development of the Oxford movement, having been founded by the 6th Earl of Glasgow who studied in Oxford and was a friend of John Keble, one of the cathedral’s first Honorary Canons. Today they serve the Episcopal Diocese of Argyll and The Isles as Cathedral and Retreat/Guesthouse, welcoming groups and individuals from across the globe for organised retreats or short island breaks on a B&B basis.
01475 530353
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, it is open for public use as a museum, hospitality venue and meeting place some 660 years after construction began in 1357. This stunning timber framed building provides a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it. The Hall remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history.
01904 654818
Hereford Cathedral is small, but full of historical interest. Originally Saxon, it was rebuilt by the Normans, suffered damage in the Civil War and was rebuilt again by the Victorians. Treasures include a medieval shrine to St Thomas Cantilupe and the Traherne windows by Thomas Denny. A new Ascension window and sculpture by John Maine RA, commemorating the Special Air Service Regiment, was unveiled this year. The library building houses the unique Mappa Mundi and Chained Library. Hereford’s Magna Carta of 1017 will be on show from 10 July, with a related programme of talks and events.
01432 374 200
Discover 2,000 years of history at Durham Cathedral, one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Renowned for its spectacular location at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is the Shrine of St Cuthbert and resting place of the Venerable Bede. The Cathedral boasts the UK’s best-preserved set of medieval monastic buildings, home to Open Treasure, a new world-class visitor experience. Embark on a journey of discovery through the Monks’ Dormitory to the Great Kitchen as the remarkable history of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed through permanent and temporary exhibitions.
0191 386 4266
Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating story of the beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian house in Stanmore, north-west London. The Museum focuses on Bentley Priory’s role as Fighter Command Headquarters during the Battle of Britain, highlighted by an award-winning audio visual film. Explore interactive exhibits, historical costumes and a life-size replica Spitfire cockpit! Fully accessible with café, picnic area and beautiful formal garden. Family friendly activities available with admission and children under 5 go free. The Museum is open to all on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Group bookings and school visits are also available.
020 8950 5526
Visit Hever Castle & Gardens this summer to enjoy an entertaining programme of jousting, events and activities set amidst award-winning gardens.

Discover 700 years of history in the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The splendid rooms of the double moated castle contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques, an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself.
+44 (0)1732 865224
Construction of Chirk Castle began in 1295 during the reign of Edward I, part of his ring of fortifications in North Wales. Continuously inhabited for over 700 years, the castle has been the home of the Myddelton family since 1595. Today visitors can explore dank dungeons, lavish interiors, the historic laundry, award-winning gardens and over 480 acres of landscaped parkland, including a well preserved section of the 8th century earthwork Offa’s Dyke. Visit the Chirk Castle Facebook page to stay up to date with what’s on throughout the summer.
01691 777 701
Once described by Elizabeth I as “the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England”, St Mary Redcliffe is still one of our finest churches: a Grade I listed building, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a treasure of international importance. Rich in history, it has associations with, among others, John Cabot, William Penn, Thomas Chatterton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and William Hogarth.
0117 231 0060
Cathedral Church of St Barnabas – Nottingham ‘More to Nottingham than just Robin Hood’

The Cathedral Church of St Barnabas is the Cathedral for the Diocese of Nottingham. Built in 1844 and designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, famous for his work in the Houses of Parliament. The Cathedral has seen many reordering’s with the most recent taking place in 1993 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Cathedral. This reordering looked to recapture the quintessence of Pugin’s vision, which had been lost over the years. This included the restoring of some of the paint work which had been covered over. One of the most beautiful parts of the Cathedral is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Which gives the best example of the work of Pugin; it really gives a glimpse of Pugin’s vision of Catholic Churches. The Cathedral is open every day and you’re more than welcome to pay a visit to the Cathedral whenever you’re in the Nottingham Area. The Cathedral of St Barnabas will show you that there is far more to Nottingham than just Robin Hood.
0115 953 9839
Situated in the town centre, Dover Museum has a range of fascinating real objects, models and original pictures showing the history of Dover.

Set over three floors the ground floor exhibition traces Dover’s history from the Stone Age to the Saxons. The first floor has special exhibitions which change annually. The top gallery shows the growing town and port of Dover since medieval times.

See the oldest known sea-going boat, the Bronze Age Boat housed in its own gallery at the museum. Discovered in 1992, just yards from where it is exhibited, the boat is thought to be some 3000 years old.

The museum holds regular themed family days which are great fun for children of all ages. Entry to the museum is free on family days.

Follow us on Twitter: @DoverMuseum
01304 201066
Domineering the Northumberland coastline is the King of Castles, Bamburgh, a truly stunning coastal fortress rising from the heart of a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. With a presence here for hundreds of years, the castle has witnessed and played its part in a significant number of historical events. Now open to the public throughout the year, visitors can explore 14 state rooms and discover over 3000 items of furniture, porcelain, fine artworks, china and arms and armour. They can learn about the great industrialist and inventor, 1st Lord Armstrong, in the Armstrong and Aviation Museum, before having a walk around the grounds and battlements with stunning views.
01668 214515
Located in central London, St Pancras Old Church is believed to have been a site of Christian worship since the 4th century. The current grade II* listed church is a living testament to the development of the site since medieval times. The churchyard likewise contains numerous listed monuments. The church is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
020 7424 0724
Sykes has more than 25 years’ experience helping people find their perfect holiday home from home. With over 7,500 hand-selected properties for you to choose from across the UK & Ireland, we have something for everyone. From luxurious romantic retreats with a hot tub to large, dog-friendly properties for fun-filled adventures with the whole clan – and everything else in between – we cater to your needs. Whether you’re after a historic cottage by the sea, a rustic woodland lodge, a cosy countryside barn conversion or stylish contemporary pad, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice.

Discover your dream cottage holiday today with Sykes Cottages.
01244 617736
Following the completion of an extensive refurbishment programme, enjoy this iconic 20th century building designed by Sir Edward Maufe, a place of beauty and light. Discover new interpretation devices, including touchscreen and listening posts, recording the history of the building and its people. There are new guided tours, Tower Tours and trails focusing upon sculpture, worship, textiles and glass. For families, there are new children’s Explorer Bags and wonderful views from the top of Stag Hill to the North Downs. Visit website for a full programme of forthcoming concerts, talks, services and special events for all ages.
01483 547881
Offering schools:

2 pre-visit seminars including a meeting with a Survivor. British guide for your group throughout the visit.1000 years of Polish Jewish history. Honouring the Jewish resistance and the Righteous Among the Nations. 2-day study tours of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Similar tours also available to Warsaw and Treblinka. Access to workshops in the museum archives and galleries (not available to the general public). Private tours for individuals and small groups from £200 per person including flights.
07595 89 34 18
Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original PoW camp, a visit to Eden Camp brings history to life and takes visitors back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on both the Home Front and Front Line during World War Two. The museum also features exhibitions relating to the Great War and post war conflicts and peace keeping roles undertaken by HM Forces from 1945 to the present day.
01653 697777
Venture into our original 1840’s railway station where time has stood still for over one hundred and fifty years. Discover our Booking Office with its original Victorian interior. Explore our platform that still has its original footbridge, waiting room, newspaper kiosk and Victorian toilets. Journey through time, follow the history of the growth of the railways and admire our four historic locomotives including our star attraction, Stephenson’s Locomotion No 1.
01325 405060
David Lay is one of the foremost auctioneers in the country and the Penzance Auction House is the largest and most prestigious auction house in Cornwall. Our local, well-attended sales reach international audiences via global online bidding. We have experts in all fields of art and antiques and as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, David is also fully qualified to conduct insurance and probate valuations.

Since 1979 our auctions have become an established and successful way of selling all types of antiques, fine art and collectors’ items, and of maximising the potential return on your property.
01736 361414
Perfectly positioned overlooking Lake Windermere, Blackwell is a beautifully preserved example of Arts & Crafts architecture with stunning stained glass windows and handcrafted features.

This summer Blackwell celebrates the children’s tale Swallows and Amazons. Arthur Ransome’s novel is brought to life with an exhibition featuring props from the 2016 film, including the magnificent Swallow and Amazon boats perched upon the lawn.
015394 46139
Reputedly England’s finest example of a Motte and Bailey Castle with a splendid 13th century gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle is set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds close to Tonbridge town centre. Audio tours recreate the sights and sounds of life in a medieval castle. Open Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 4.30pm. Gardens (free) 8am until dusk. The Castle also makes the perfect setting for weddings, ceremonies, meetings, conferences, educational tours, events and activities, which can be booked throughout the year.
01732 770929
Operating in London for 30 years, Roseberys London is a privately owned specialist fine art and antiques auction house, with offices in the heart of the London’s Mayfair and Lambeth. Our team of experienced experts and consultants offer both buyers and sellers a range of specialist art market services and a calendar of more than 16 annual Fine Art and Antique auctions. Specialist areas include Asian Arts, Indian & Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Decorative Arts. Roseberys also provides a range of Professional Services for Probate, Family Division, Divorce and Insurance purposes which are undertaking in a sensitive and discreet manner. Follow us on twitter @RoseberysLtd
+44 (0)20 8761 2522
Chiswick Auctions is the only London auction house to host a weekly General Sale. We also have sixteen specialist departments, each hosting regular dedicated auctions. Our specialists’ unparalleled knowledge of their respective fields allows us to sell rare and unique works of art to our discerning clientele. Offering complimentary valuations Monday to Saturday, there is every opportunity to get in contact.

Complimentary Valuations: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18.00, Saturday 10.00 – 14.00. Auction Viewing Times: Sunday 11.00 – 17.00, Monday 10.00 – 18.00, Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00
020 8992 4442
Buckfast Abbey is an impressive Benedictine monastery nestled in the foothills of Dartmoor National Park that will celebrate its millennium in 2018. Spectacular award-winning gardens, a rich history and a beautiful musical tradition awaits visitors, alongside regular choir recitals, informative garden walk & talks, beekeeping courses and The Grange Restaurant, which offers a delicious menu filled with locally-sourced produce.
01364 645500
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