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Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum

Marks Hall Gardens & Arboretum

The Gardens and Arboretum located in Essex, feature landscaped woodland walks and footpaths, with vistas across the lakes to the Millennium Walk and the 18th Century Walled Garden, recently remodelled to provide a stunning combination of contemporary and traditional landscaping and planting. The Visitor Centre offers a Tea room, Gift Shop and Plant Centre. A great location for a relaxing woodland walk or a day out with the family. Open 6 days a week throughout the Summer, including Bank …

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerdydd) is a medieval castle and Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort in Cardiff, the capital of Wales.
The Roman fort
There may have been at least two previous Roman forts on the site. The first was probably built about AD 55 during the conquest of the Silures tribe. From the late 2nd to the mid-3rd century, civilian buildings associated with iron working occupied the …

Bank Hall

Bank Hall

Bank Hall is a Grade II* listed building situated on the banks of the River Douglas near Bretherton, Lancashire. The present building was built in 1608, by the Banastre family using Jacobean hand made bricks. The building was constructed on the site of an older wooden house. It passed through numerous generations of the Banastre, Fleetwood, Hesketh, Legh, familys and extended dramatically in 1832 by George Anthony Legh Keck. When he died in 1860 leaving no heir, the house and …

Waltham Windmill

Waltham Windmill

A six sailed working windmill that still grinds it’s own flour. A rich historical site with lots of interest for families. Miniature Railway, cafe, Rural history museum, Old fashioned sweet shop, clothes shops, interior shops and fantastic Indian restaurant. Free parking, picnic areas and play park. Toilets (incl. disabled) …

Healing Moat

Healing Moat

In 1995 an archaeological survey was carried out on a 37-acre site in Healing, which was to become the Wisteria Drive development plus the medieval field, known by the villagers as the sheep field …

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone Castle

The history of Chiddingstone Castle can be traced back to the early 1500s. During its life, the castle has undergone a number of architectural changes and has been owned and lived in by an eclectic mix of people and families. The early timber-framed Tudor dwelling, inhabited by the Streatfeild family, was first replaced and partly transformed into High Street House in the 1670s. The building went through another transformation during the early 1800s when the then owner, Henry Streatfeild (1757-1829, …

Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Museum

Explore Ipswich’s past with stories that will inspire you. This fascinating and unique museum gives you the opportunity to meet the famous woolly mammoth, the elegant towering giraffe and other wonderful curiosities from the natural world …

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion is built on the site of the Holy Trinity Priory, founded in the 12th century, which was suppressed by King Henry VIII …

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum

The house was built in 1718 on the site of an Elizabethan house by a London builder, Thomas Blagden, for Elizabeth Cornelisen of Camberwell, London. The detailed articles of agreement survive in the Colchester and North East Essex branch of the Essex Record Office [D/DR T28/21]. Nothing of the earlier house survives, but some of the old timbers were reused within the new building. The new house was square in plan with three storeys of four rooms and a basement …

Picton Castle, Gallery & Gardens

Picton Castle, Gallery & Gardens

A beautiful 13th Century castle with wonderful Georgian interiors, Picton Castle is set in 44 acres of magnificent woodland and walled garden. The friendly guides bring the history alive and in 2011 new areas of the castle will be open to view tours. The nationally important woodland gardens contain unique rhododendrons and roses, rare conifers, tree ferns and bamboos and are of the RHS access scheme. The Gallery features a programme of exhibitions ranging from fine art to fine quality …