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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

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  1. Add Great Coxwell Barn to your Itinerary

    Great Coxwell Barn

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    Thirteenth-century monastic stone tithe barn with interesting timber construction.

  2. Add Nuffield Place to your Itinerary

    Nuffield Place

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Henley-on-Thames

    Closed for 2009.

    Home and gardens of Lord Nuffield founder of Morris Motors and benefactor to medicine, education and social welfare. Set high in the Chilterns. A day out for all the family.

  3. Add Osborne  to your Itinerary

    Osborne

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Cowes

    Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.

  4. Add Quebec House to your Itinerary

    Quebec House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Westerham

    A gabled house with 16th Century origins and features of architectural and historical interest. The childhood home of General James Wolfe displaying family and military memorabilia and an exhibition about the battle of Quebec in the stable

  5. Add Stansted Park to your Itinerary

    Stansted Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Stansted Park is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the best events in the south! Visit the Mansion for a real sense of a bygone era.

  6. Add Wakehurst to your Itinerary

    Wakehurst

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Haywards Heath

    Wakehurst Place and the interactive Millennium Seed Bank exhibition are the perfect answer for visitors of all ages, whatever time of the year. Open all year.

  7. Add Stoneacre to your Itinerary

    Stoneacre

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Maidstone

    15th century half timbered Yeoman's house featuring a great hall and crownpost, surrounded by harmonious garden, orchard and meadows.

  8. Add Eastbury Manor House to your Itinerary

    Eastbury Manor House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Barking

    Striking Elizabethan merchant's house and gardens

    Important brick-built Tudor gentry house, completed about 1573, little altered since. Early 17th-century wall-paintings showing fishing scenes and a cityscape grace the former Great Chamber.

    Evocative exposed timbers in attic, fine...

  9. Add Avington Park to your Itinerary

    Avington Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Winchester

    Avington Park, a Palladian mansion, features a classical portico surmounted by 3 statues built in 1670 and glass conservatories, gilded, painted, set in own parkland.

  10. Add Belmont House and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Belmont House and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faversham

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris clock collection, mementos of connections with India. Gardens and pinetum.