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Historic sites in England

Wherever you travel within England, you’re never far away from an historic hotspot. Its myths and legends can be found in all corners of the country from far off country side to right in the heart of the city, and nearly 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found on this small country. Historic England is definitely not one to be missed. Follow the journey taken by the Pendle Witches in Lancashire, see where King Edward II met his grizzly end at Berkeley Castle - the oldest castle in England, and take afternoon tea in the historic house the Brontës knew and loved.

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Plumb the depths of Plymouth's rich maritime history

Plumb the depths of Plymouth's rich maritime history

Home to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army, Plymouth boasts an inspiring rich maritime heritage and is steeped in military history.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Step into the treacherous world of Wolf Hall to trace the turbulent life of Arbella Stuart, niece of Mary Queen of Scots, in Derbyshire.

Location: Near Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Follow in Capability Brown’s footsteps at the Trentham Estate

Follow in Capability Brown’s footsteps at the Trentham Estate

Visit the Trentham Estate in Stoke-on-Trent and discover one of Capability Brown’s most celebrated gardens, with plenty of fun and games to be had.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace

Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace

See where Medieval meets Art Deco with a visit to Eltham Palace, and explore rooms never before opened to the public and its beautiful new gardens.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Find over 230 ancient monuments and sites on the Isles of Scilly

Find over 230 ancient monuments and sites on the Isles of Scilly

The tiny landmass of the Isles of Scilly is home to 239 ancient monuments and archaeological sites, the UK’s greatest density of historic sites.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Discover all the treasures of Bowood

Discover all the treasures of Bowood

Explore the historic parklands at Bowood, and uncover a laboratory, a spa, and even a round of golf.

Location: Calne, Wiltshire

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Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

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Welcome aboard the longest Essex heritage railway

Welcome aboard the longest Essex heritage railway

Pay a visit to Epping Ongar Railway, and ride on running steam and diesel engines between period stations, through countryside and forest.

Location: Chipping Ongar, Essex

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Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

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Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Discover a country house in Berkshire with a chequered past.

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

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Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at the historic house the Brontës knew and loved, then take a tour of the real-life setting for Wuthering Heights.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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Discover Woburn Abbey

Discover Woburn Abbey

The home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years.

Location: Woburn, Bedfordshire

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Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the places in the English Riviera and South Devon that inspired Agatha Christie’s well-known books, following the trail to her favourite spots.

Location: Torquay, Devon

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Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Journey back to the stormy waters of the North Sea at the height of the Cod Wars on the only trawler accessible to the public.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Hear the story of the mischievous Imp that has been a symbol of Lincoln for centuries.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Explore Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Explore Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Discover the story of the father of penicillin in his lab in Paddington.

Location: Paddington, London

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Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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Take a guided tour through a Cumbrian mine

Take a guided tour through a Cumbrian mine

Explore the relationship between the geology of the Lake District area and the quarrying of local limestone, sandstone, granite and slate in Cumbria.

Location: Threlkeld, Cumbria

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Discover the UK’s largest Bronze Age causeway

Discover the UK’s largest Bronze Age causeway

Explore the ground-breaking discovery of Britain’s Biggest Bronze Age Causeway in new exhibition Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Visit the luxurious home of Louis XVIII

Visit the luxurious home of Louis XVIII

Discover this grand stately home in the heart of England with Rococo ceilings, a relaxing spa, set in 90 acres of landscaped parkland.

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

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