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- Walmer Castle was originally built during the reign of Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences. Walmer Castle became the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1708, of which holders of the post have included William Pitt the Younger, WH Smith, Winston Churchill, the Queen Mother, and The Duke of Wellington held the post for 23 years. The museum depicts Wellington’s career, the story of his life and death and you can see the original Wellington Boots. Outside you have great sea views and eight acres of gardens, including herbaceous borders, kitchen gardens and woodland.
- Grimspound is one of the many prehistoric settlements you can find on Dartmoor. Dating from the late Bronze Age (about 1450–700 BC) you have the remains of 24 stone roundhouses a massive boundary wall about 150 metres in diameter. There are great views of the site from Hookney Tor and the high ground on Hameldown.
- Timoleague abbey was founded by the franciscan order in 1240 AD and built on the site of a monastic settlement founded by Saint Molaga in the 6th century. The abbey was extended by Donal Glas McCarthy in 1312, and by Irish and Norman patrons in the 16th century. In 1612 English soldiers smashed all of the stained glass windows, but today much of the significant architecture remains.
- Titchfield Abbey is a medieval abbey that was later used as a country house. Founded in 1222 this medieval abbey is a great spot to ghost hunt! The abbey is open to the public for free and is used to host concerts and festivals and open air theatre as the ruins are really romantic and the setting quite dramatic. The remains of the abbey and the country house that was built there stand with the nave of the church and the gate house ruins in fairly good condition. Bits of the cloisters remain including the library and the entrance to the chapter house. The fishponds are still used for fishing and large parts of the late medieval tile floors remain along with some of the inscriptions on the walls. The abbey is open from 10am to 5pm and is a lovely place to picnic or just amble and let the kids play around on the grass.Parking Toilets Shops Cafes Restaurants
- Fairfax House is a Georgian town house situated in the city of York in North Yorkshire. A fine example of the architecture of the age, Fairfax House dates back to the 18th century. It was built as the winter home for Viscount Fairfax and its interior was designed by the then celebrated architect, John Carr. During the 20th century, Fairfax House was used as a cinema and a dance hall. But in the early 1980s the York Civic Trust saved it from falling into decay and has returned it to its former splendour. Visitors today can see how polite York society in the Georgian era entertained. There is a fine collection of furniture, paintings and ornaments which bring the house to life. Fairfax House is open daily from February to December. There is a gift shop on site.
- Chepstow Castle is one of the earliest stone-built castles in Britain, located above cliffs on the River Wye, construction began in 1067 under the instruction of the Norman Lord William FitzOsbern. The castle was modified throughout the Middle Ages and saw action during and after the Civil War. There are special events held often in the castle and visitors are able to walk along the battlements.
- Berry Head, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, is an extensive limestone headland. The near-perpendicular cliffs rise 60m and the constant action of the waves has gouged out huge caverns. The plateau is green with plants, some of which are rare: pink thrift, white sea campion, autumn squill, wild rock rose, goldilocks and honewort. The rocks and cliffs abound with jackdaws, pigeons, kestrels, kittiwakes, gulls and guillemots. Fine views are to be had and it is possible on a clear day to see Portland Bill, over thirty-five miles away. Torbay and Brixham Roads have long been sheltered anchorages, surrounded as they are by high hills and cliffs. Fortifications were erected on the headland in 1793 against threatened invasion by French armies and strengthened with limestone in 1803, when gun batteries were added to protect the anchorages. They were dismantled by 1820 and returned to civilian use, but the ramparts remain, overgrown with ivy.
- Tantallon Castle has a great location overlooking the ocean and the high cliffs. This is a 14th Century castle in good condition with thick stone walls, towers, courtyards and a history of trouble! You’ll find it on the eastern side of East Lothian between Dunbar and North Berwick. This is where Mary of Queen of Scots once stayed and it was built in the 1350’s. For hundreds of years it was owned by the Red Douglases who were a very powerful family in their day. Unfortunately the castle was under siege on a number of occassions the last being in 1651 when Cromwell actually destroyed it! Facilities: Admission charges Seasonal opening hours Car Park Visitor Centre Toilets Cafe
- Castle Varrich is in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, near the village of Tongue, located on a high point of rock, overlooking both the Kyle of Tongue and the village of Tongue. The castle had two floors plus an attic. The ground floor may have been used as stables; it was entered through an existing door on the north wall. There were no stairs between the two floors, suggesting that the ground floor was for horses or cattle. The upper floor entrance was on the south side and would most likely have been accessed by a ladder or removable stair.