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Blenheim Palace

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Historic Houses

Some of the most exquisite and intriguing historic houses in England are scattered across the South East. From the Indian-style confection of Brighton Pavilion in East Sussex to the grace of 17th-century Cliveden in Berkshire, the region’s many stately homes are steeped in rich social and architectural history.

Stately Homes

Aside from these esteemed historic houses mentioned above, there are many other amazing examples in England that the South East can lay claim to. Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was built in the late 1800's by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild; today it is home one of the most exceptional collections of French 18th Century decorative arts and English portraits in the world. Also in Buckinghamshire, Bletchley Park was famous as a World War Two code-breaking centre and now houses a superb museum.

Claydon House in Buckinghamshire is one of the National Trust's finest historic houses, but for a full list, our dedicated National Trust page features more than 100 locations.

Palatial Goodwood House in West Sussex has a world-class horse-racing track, motor-racing circuit and a large private art collection, while the gigantic baroque pile of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is one of the most architecturally elaborate historic houses in England.

There are far too many to mention here, but other notable historic houses located across the South East include Polesden Lacey in Surrey, Bateman’s in East Sussex, Parham House in West Sussex Basildon Park in Berkshire and Chartwell in Kent.

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British Airways i360

British Airways i360

At 162 metres high, and with an observation pod rising to 138 metres, the British Airways i360 will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower...

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  1. Add Preston Manor to your Itinerary

    Preston Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Brighton

    A delightful manor house with the interior of an Edwardian home containing ceramics, furniture, glass, clocks and silver. Servants' quarters and restored kitchen. Garden.

  2. Add Buscot Park to your Itinerary

    Buscot Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    A late-18thC country house with landscaped formal park and gardens. House contains the Faringdon Collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture.

  3. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Windsor

    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

  4. Add Oakhurst Cottage to your Itinerary

    Oakhurst Cottage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Godalming

    A small timber-framed cottage dating from the 16thC. Restored and furnished as a labourer's dwelling with a delightful cottage garden. Tours must be pre-booked.

  5. Add Tudor House and Garden to your Itinerary

    Tudor House and Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Uncover over 800 years of history in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town. Tudor House and Garden gives visitors an insight in to the lives and times of its residents with informative displays and hands on interactive experiences.

  6. Add Old Soar Manor to your Itinerary

    Old Soar Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sevenoaks

    Solar block of late 13th century knights' dwellings with a rectangular hall with chapel, raised above ground level. Exhibition room. Possibly owned by the Culpepper family.

  7. Add Carisbrooke Castle to your Itinerary

    Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  8. Add Chartwell to your Itinerary

    Chartwell

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Westerham

    Family home of Sir Winston Churchill with house and gardens very much as in his day. Memorabilia, photos and many of Churchill's own paintings on display. Gardens command spectacular views over the Weald of Kent.

  9. Add Bishops Waltham Palace to your Itinerary

    Bishops Waltham Palace

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Winchester

    Remains of Bishop of Winchester`s palace are mainly 12th and 14thC consisting of buildings around a courtyard and moat. Remains include the Great Hall and 3-storey tower.

  10. Add Nymans to your Itinerary

    Nymans

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Haywards Heath

    One of the great Gardens of the Sussex Weald with a collection of rare and beautiful plants from all over the world, including breathtaking spring colour in the walled garden, an old fashioned rose garden, summer borders and much more.