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Fishermans Hospital © Helen Steed
Fishermans Hospital © Helen Steed

Heritage Open Days – England’s unexplored heritage sites at a town near you

In early September the doors will be open on hundreds of unusual and exceptional historic and iconic properties. We start you off with some ideas of where to visit around the country.

Arundel Castle © Visual Air
Arundel Castle © Visual Air

Arundel Castle overlooking the River Arun, celebrates 950 years of history in 2018

Roger Montgomery built Arundel Castle in the C11th, and it is now one of the oldest and most complete castles in England. It stands in superb grounds which look over the River Arun in West Sussex. And this year it celebrates the 950th anniversary, and today is the family home of the 18th Duke of […]

Guildhall and Newton © Ruth Crook – Grantham Civic Society

Grantham in the heart of England, always in the thick of it.

Grantham is a market town in Lincolnshire dating from Saxon times or earlier. In the heart of England, it was the birth place of our first female Prime Minister. History of Grantham The town has always been in the thick of things! The Royal Manor belonged at one time to Queen Edith, wife of Edward […]

St Austell Holy Trinity Church
St Austell Holy Trinity Church © Visit Cornwall

St Austell – A stone’s throw from the Cornish Riviera

Referred to as the Cornish Riviera, St Austell is an old market town not far from the beautiful South Cornish coast line. It is the largest town in Cornwall and overlooked by the white peaks of the China Clay industry. Holy Trinity (above) is an ancient Grade I Listed church and is unusual as parts date back to […]

Southwold harbour by RonPorter on Pixabay

Visit Southwold in Suffolk to see some of the finest flint flushwork in England and sample a pint or two of Adnams

Southwold near Aldeburgh in Suffolk has always had a strong connection with seafaring and shipbuilding. As long ago as 1512 the town sent six shipwrights to help build Henri Grace a Dieu for Henry VIII. The town saw action during the C17th Anglo Dutch wars. In the third Dutch War the town was the headquarters […]

The Barn on The Green © Randall 18

Southwick on the road from Brighton to Shoreham has lovely historic features and links to its farming past.

Until the mid C19th Southwick was a farming and fishing village. There were a few cottages and a tithe barn on the west of The Green. A notable Roman Villa sat to the east of Southwick Street (a Scheduled Ancient Monument), and finds are on show in the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre. Manor Cottage dates […]

Burton on Trent - Market Square and St.Modwens Parish Church
Burton on Trent - Market Square and St.Modwens Parish Church - © Alan Heardman

Burton-Upon-Trent – The Brewing Capital of Britain

Brewing is an art in Burton-Upon-Trent which at one time produced one in four pints of beer sold in Britain. Now less so but still known as the capital of brewing today. Despite this Burton is home to the National Brewery Museum, which reopened in 2010. The town sits above the National Forest and on the River […]

Castle Warwick by InspiredImages on Pixabay

Warwick, famous for its medieval castle, is a town bursting with character. Its hidden gardens, rich mix of architecture and historic attractions make it a great place for a short break.

Recent excavations at Warwick have found evidence of Neolithic people living in the area. Since then, it was a Saxon settlement, afforded protection to William the Conqueror and his army, and survived The Great Fire of 1694. The town boasts buildings from every period of the last thousand years, even though the Great Fire of […]

Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay
Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay

The city of Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard, proud home of HMS Victory, is a vibrant and popular destination which blends the old and the new.

At the entrance to the Harbour, The Point and the Camber, visitor to Portsmouth will find some of the oldest, and many listed, buildings. In 1180 a wealthy merchant founded a chapel. In time it became the Parish church for the settlement which grew around the Point and Camber, Portmouth. Richard I granted the town […]

Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay
Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay

On the banks of the Thames, Greenwich, home of the Cutty Sark, is one of London’s maritime landmarks. Steeped in the nation’s history, it is a World Heritage site, and home to the National Maritime Museum

The early town grew around the Royal Palace which Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and brother of Henry V, built in 1427. A grand palace, it had battlements and a moat, and became a favourite of the Tudors. Greenwich Park was the ‘garden’ of the Royal Palace. It was the playground and hunting ground for the […]