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Nine historic homes to visit this summer!


We have some magnificent historical homes located around the country, many of them situated in the South, making them a perfect destination when planning a day trip!


They also offer a great way to get your group out and about, as not only do they provide an informative and educational excursion, suitable for all ages - many are situated within beautiful landscaped gardens with spectacular views.


Plus, with great rates on group travel, you can arrive in comfort and style when getting there with Worthing Coaches, simply call Brian today on 01903 505805 or email sales@worthing-coaches.co.uk to request a quotation.


1. Hever Castle


Located near Edenbridge, in Kent, this romantic 13th century moated castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and today still retains a collection of Tudor furnishings including, beautiful paintings, ornaments and tapestries. The castle enjoys a remarkable setting as it is placed within 125 acres of spectacular award-winning gardens to explore, including the Italian Garden, Tudor Garden and Rose Garden.



2. Blenheim Palace


Blenheim Palace was given to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough as a gift from Queen Anne following his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Situated within a picturesque setting of landscaped parkland and beautiful formal gardens, it is also the birthplace of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Visitors can wander the palace at leisure or enjoy a guided tour taking in the glorious interiors as they explore the Great Hall and State Rooms.


3. Chartwell


Chartwell, located in Westerham, Kent was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life. Here you can explore the house and gardens which remain much as they were when he and his wife, Clementine, Lady Churchill lived here, with many rooms still containing pictures, books and personal mementos owned by the former Prime Minister. In 2015, Chartwell will be marking the 50th Anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's passing, with a special exhibition commemorating his passing, his funeral and his enduring legacy.


4. Audley End House and Gardens


Audley End House located in Essex, has to be one of England's grandest stately homes. On a visit to the house, groups can wander through at their leisure, taking in the beautiful interiors with their variants of style and fashion. You may also wish to visit the vividly present service wing 'Audley End 1880: Real Life Below Stairs' to get a real sense of the lives of the servants who once lived here.


5. Althorp House


A Grade I listed stately home located in Northamptonshire, Althorp was built in 1508 and has been home to the Spencer family for over 500 years. Althorp has 19 rooms open to the public, including some of the private apartments with their magnificent interiors. Althorp is also home to one of Europe's finest collections of furniture, paintings, photographs and ceramics, as well as the poignant oval lake.


6. Brighton Pavilion


The Royal Pavilion at Brighton is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. Built for the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV, the Pavilion is home to some of the finest collections and examples of the chinoiserie style in Britain. Visitors can explore The Great Kitchen, The Music Room, the Royal Bedrooms, the Prince Regent Gallery and the magnificent gardens - one of a few totally restored Regency gardens in the country. Click here to request a quotation....


7. Bowood House


Bowood House and Gardens lie within one of Britain's most beautiful parks designed by 'Capability' Brown. The house itself also holds many pieces of superb furniture, porcelain and family heirlooms collected over the century. Other splendours also include the Arboretum, Doric Temple, Cascade Waterfall and the Hermits Cave.


8. Hampton Court Palace


Step back in time and take a glimpse in to what Tudor life was like at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. The palace, set in delightful gardens, was one of Henry VIII's favourite palaces, and whilst here visitors can explore the State Apartments, visit the Tudor Kitchen and wander through the splendid gardens - while trying not to get lost in the famous Hampton Court Maze! 


9. Lambeth Palace


Lambeth Palace, situated on the south bank of the River Thames and opposite the Houses of Parliament has been the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for nearly 800 years. Visitors can make the most of the palace by joining a guided tour, which covers some of the key areas, including Mortons Tower, the State Rooms, Chapel, Atrium and Crypt.


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