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Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Aylesbury

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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  1. Add Chawton House Library to your Itinerary

    Chawton House Library

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Alton

    Chawton House Library is an internationally respected research library with a unique collection of early English women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the Library's collection is for the benefit of academics, scholars, students and the general

  2. Add Standen to your Itinerary

    Standen

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Grinstead

    Come to Standen and discover the best example of an Arts and Crafts house open to the public in this country. Built in 1894 as a country home for solicitor James Beale, Standen is a superb example of the work of architect Philip Webb.

  3. Add Uppark House and Garden to your Itinerary

    Uppark House and Garden

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Petersfield

    A fine late 17th Century National Trust house and its treasures set high on the South Downs with magnificent views. Extensive servants' rooms shown as they were in 1874 when H.G. Wells' mother was housekeeper.

  4. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

    Type

    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.

  5. Add The Buscot and Coleshill Estates  to your Itinerary

    The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Swindon

    Make a day trip to see these traditional agricultural estates with villages, farms and woodland.

  6. Add Port Lympne Reserve to your Itinerary

    Port Lympne Reserve

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Location

    Ashford

    Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, set in 600 acres, has something for everyone, whether you're interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery, you'll have a totally wild day out!

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  7. Add Kelmscott Manor to your Itinerary

    Kelmscott Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  8. Add Carisbrooke Castle to your Itinerary

    Carisbrooke Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  9. Add Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection to your Itinerary

    Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Alton

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  10. Add Buscot Old Parsonage to your Itinerary

    Buscot Old Parsonage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    An early 18thC house of Cotswold stone, set on the banks of the Thames and with a small garden.