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- Netley Abbey is a ruined late medieval monastery, founded in 1239 as a house for Roman Catholic monks of the austere Cistercian order. In 1536, Netley Abbey was closed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the building was converted into a mansion by William Paulet, a wealthy Tudor politician. The abbey was used as a country house until the beginning of the eighteenth century, after which it was abandoned and partially demolished for building materials. The extensive remains consist of the church, cloister buildings, abbot’s house, and fragments of the post-Dissolution mansion.
- The Stoney Littleton Long Barrow (also known as Bath Tumulus and the Wellow Tumulus) is a Neolithic chambered tomb with multiple burial chambers. It is an example of the Severn-Cotswold tomb. The barrow is about 30m (98 ft) in length and 15m (49 ft) wide at the south-east end, it stands nearly 3m (10 ft) high. Internally it consists of a 12.8m (42 ft) long gallery with three pairs of side chambers and an end chamber. There is a fossil ammonite decorating the left-hand door jamb.
- The Basilica of St Gregory the Great at Downside, commonly known as Downside Abbey, is a Catholic Benedictine monastery and the Senior House of the English Benedictine Congregation. One of its main apostolates is a school for children aged nine to eighteen. Its graduates are known as Old Gregorians.
- Bleak House, formerly known as Fort House, is a large house on the cliff overlooking Viking Bay in Broadstairs. It is thought to have been built around 1816. The house was the site of the North Cliff Battery and was used as a coastal station for observing marine activity. Charles Dickens lived and worked in Bleak House during summers holidays with his family spent from 1837 to 1859.
- Pembroke Castle is a medieval castle in the county town of Pembroke in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. The castle has a spectacular location, standing beside the River Cleddau. Steeped in history, the first fortifications on this site were built in 1093, and the castle as we know it today stems from the late 12th/early 13th centuries. Originally the seat of the Earldom of Pembroke, it was also famously the birthplace of King Henry VII. Visitors can explore the labyrinth of passageways and towers as well as having a panoramic view from the top of the Great Keep. There are informative exhibition rooms, a café and gift shop on site. The castle is open all year round.
- Albert Dock is a World Heritage Site waterfront in Liverpool that includes the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The dock has multiple attractions that include the award-winning Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Mattel Play! The museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and shops are amid The Colonnades of the site and from there you can eat and drink or simply enjoy the view.
- The Museum of Dartmoor Life has interactive displays spanning three floors. You can see a reconstructed Bronze Age hut, Victorian kitchen, blacksmith’s shop and farming exhibits. The museum is a great place to investigate traditional Dartmoor industries such as glassmaking, quarrying and rural crafts. Young visitors can explore discovery zones and dress up in historical costumes.
- Aberystwyth Castle is an Edwardian fortress that was built during the First Welsh War in the late 13th century. It was begun during Edward I’s first Welsh campaign at the same time as work started at Flint, Rhuddlan and Builth Wells. The castle was not complete when the Welsh briefly captured and burned it in 1282. Later work ceased in 1289 and the castle was subjected to a lengthy siege during the revolt of Madog ap Llywelyn in 1294-5.
- Blair Castle is a magnificent castle near the village of Blair Atholl in Perth & Kinross and enjoys a fine setting in the Scottish Highlands. The castle is the ancestral home of the Clan Murray and the historic seat of the Duke of Atholl, the clan chief. Parts of Blair Castle date back to the 13th century although the majority was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Although Blair Castle is still a family home, visitors today can take a tour round the 30 rooms of the castle and also stroll through the beautiful gardens. The castle is open all year round at weekends.