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Aythorpe Roding Windmill
Essex
Eastern Counties
Off the B184
Tel. 07887 662177, to book other times
18th century post mill.

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Banqueting House
London
Greater London
Whitehall, Sw1A 2ER
Nearest underground stations: Westminster or Embankment
Tel. 020 7839 3787 (information line)
Created for James I by Inigo Jones for plays, masques, balls and concerts; ceiling artwork of special note; video introduction and audio tape
For photos and full details see our article Banqueting House

Bembridge Windmill
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
High St, Bembridge
Tel. 01983 873 945
National Trust property; Grade I listed watermill built circa 1700; stone tower with wooden cap; machinery; four floors; small shop; tea, coffee, ice-cream; parking in nearby lay-by.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Ramparts and Barracks
Northumberland
North-east Counties
Berwick-upon-Tweed, on English/Scottish border
Cared for by English Heritage; town wall remains; Windmill Bastion gun platform (1563-1570); Ness Gate, Fisher’s Fort, Coxton’s Tower (14th century chamber and gun deck); Main Guard; Governor’s House with two exhibitions on the town; Meg’s Mount; Cumberland Bastion (18th century canon); Infantry barracks constructed 1717; history of Berwick in clock block; contemporary art in Gymnasium (built 1901); exhibition on life of British infantryman; Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum.

Bishops' House
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield
Tel. 0114 278 2600
Best preserved timber–framed house in Sheffield, built c1500; many original features, reflects 17th century, Great Parlour restored as a typical dining room, first floor chamber contains original bedroom furniture and fittings from 17th century.

Blackwell House
Cumbria
North-west Counties
1 ½ miles south of Bowness, just off the A5074 on the B5360
Tel. 0 1539 446 191
Restored Arts & Crafts house now a public gallery for craft and applied arts; tea-room, craft shop
Web: Blackwell House

Bodleian Library
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Broad Street, Oxford
Tel. 01865 277216 for general enquiries; 01865 277158 for Central Bodleian site; to book a tour phone 01865 277224
University of Oxford group of 10 buildings spanning over 500 years of history; one of five national copyright libraries; medieval divinity school; shop
For photos and full details see our article at Bodleian Library

Bourne Mill
Essex
Eastern Counties
Bourne Road, one mile south of Colchester city centre
Tel. 01206 572 422
National Trust property; mill with pond, working waterwheel, and machinery.

Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn
Wiltshire
South-west Counties
Bradford-on-Avon, .5 mile south town centre
Off the B3109
Tel. 0 117 975 0700
English Heritage property; 14th century monastic stone barn; 168 feet long; timber-cruck roof; parking charge.

Bredon Tithe Barn
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Bredon, near Tewkesbury
Tel. 01451 844 752
National Trust property; 14th century Cotswold stone threshing barn, 132 feet long, aisled interior; access difficult with narrow lane and tight corners.

Bromham Watermill and Art Gallery
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Bridge End, Bromham, 1 mile west of Bedford
Off the A428, on the River Ouse
Signposted from the A428 Bedford to Northampton road
Tel. 01234 824 330
17th century restored working watermill; flour milling, baking; craft and countryside activities; two galleries of contemporary art and craftwork including textiles, ceramics and glass; water meadow picnic area; refreshments; parking.

Brougham Hall
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Brougham, on the B6262, one mile south of Penrith between the A6 and A66
Tel. 0 1768 868 184
Country seat of Brougham family; rebuilt in 1829-47 and 1860s; restoration begun in 1985 on mainly ruins; craft workshops, food and gift shops; café in outer walls; Cromwellian chapel; museum of hall’s history; wedding and events venue
Web: Brougham Hall

Bucklers Hard
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Beaulieu
Tel. 0 1590 616 203
Historic 18th-century cottages and chapel; maritime museum; woodland walk; location for building of Nelson’s navy warships; SS Persia Exhibition; St Mary’s Chapel; river cruises from Easter to Oct
Web: Bucklers Hard

Bursledon Windmill
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Bursledon, signed from Jct 8 of M17
Tel. 0 1703 404 999
Working windmill built 1813-14; stoneground flour for sale; reconstructed timber framed barn; staddle granary; tradition farm pond; nature trail; parking.

Buttrum’s Mill
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Woodbridge, on private property
Tel. 0 1394 382 045
Red brick windmill is tallest surviving in Suffolk.

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Cambridge University
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Cambridge
Historic college buildings in different locations in the city; King’s College Chapel at King’s Parade is of special interest and is open out of term; all buildings are closed during term and exam times
For more information see our England County Tour of Cambridgeshire

Carnforth Railway Station
Lancashire
North-west Counties
By Station Hotel, Market St, Carnforth
Tel. 01524 735165
Historic railway station where a scene from the movie Brief Encounter was filmed and is shown daily; heritage exhibitions and railway memorabilia; refreshment room restored to replicate the movie; gift shop; pay and display parking.

Cheltenham Pittville Pump Room
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
East Approach Drive, Pittville Park Cheltenham
Tel. 01242 523852
Grade I listed property (Regency architecture) set in parkland; used for cultural, commercial and community events.

Chiswick House
Greater London
Burlington Lane, London W4
Tel. 020 8995 0508
English Heritage property; 1726 building on the Thames built in Neo-Palladian style; interiors by William Kent; Old Master paintings; classical gardens include Italianate one with statues; parking.

Christchurch Mansion
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Christchurch Park, Soane Street, Ipswich
Tel. 01473 433554
Tudor mansion in 65 acres of parkland; period rooms range from 16th century to Georgian to Victorian; historic toys, games and porcelain; paintings by Gainsborough, Constable, and other artists; special exhibitions and events; tea-room; free entry.

Clifford's Tower
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Tower Street, York
Tel. 01904 646 940
English Heritage property; 13th century tower with interpretive panels; once part of medieval castle; local car park, fee charged.

Coggeshall Grange Barn
Essex
Eastern Counties
Grange Hill, off the A120 Coggeshall bypass road
Tel. 01376 562 226
National Trust property; timber-framed barn dating from 1240, once part of a monastery; restored in 1980s; small collection of farm carts and local historic exhibits; craft fair; theatre events.

Cogglesford Water Mill
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
East Rd, Sleaford
Tel. 0 1529 413 671 (mill); 0 1529 309 409 (restaurant)
Watermill, mill house and stables are Grade II listed; mill now in existence built 18th century; next to mill is restaurant; parking; special events.

Corrin’s Tower
Isle of Man
On hill overlooking Peel
Built 1806 as a folly.

Cowdray Historic House and Ancient Monument
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Cowdray Park, Midhurst, W Sussex
Tel. 0 1730 810 781
Ruins of early Tudor house in South Downs National Park; visitor centre; shop; audio tour guide; special events; picnic area; use North St car park
Web: Cowdray Historic House

Cregneash Village and Folk Museum
Isle of Man
Cregneash, Port St Mary
Tel. 01624 648 000
Typical Manx upland crofting and fishing community as it was at the turn of the 19th century. Thatched cottages, Loughtan sheep, working farm, café, exhibition and av.

Cressing Temple Barns
Essex
Eastern Counties
Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree
On the B1018 about two miles south of Braintree and three miles north of Witham
Tel. 01376 584 903
Managed by Essex County Council; 13th century barns, Elizabethan granary, walled garden, lawns and much more; events in the summer; small shop area; self-serve restaurant with light meals and snacks; large car park; falconry demonstrations on several days in summer season
For full details and photos see our article at Cressing Temple

Cromer Windmill
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Cromer, Stevenage
Tel. 0 1279 843 301
Hertfordshire’s sole surviving windmill; grade II listed 1681 building; car parking next to mill; shop.

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Daniels Mill
Shropshire
West Midlands
Eardington, Bridgnorth
Half mile from junction of B4555/B4363 roads out of Bridgnorth
Tel. 0 1746 762 753
Family owned working water mill with 38ft cast iron waterwheel; produces wholemeal flour traditionally; guided tours; exhibition of old country tools and domestic bygones; shop selling flour during weekends and BH; refreshments; parking
Web: Daniels Mill

Derwent Valley Mills
Derbyshire
East Midlands
In various locations in Derwent Valley
Tel. 0 1629 539 781
World Heritage collection of former mill buildings (Darley Abbey, Cromford, Lea Bridge, Belper, Masson, Silk Mill, Peckwash) in various locations, now used for different purposes; exteriors are historic.

Downfield Mill
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
23 Military Rd, Soham
Tel. 0353 707625
Working two-sailed mill, first timber framed built 1726, rebuilt 1889; restored 1975; now brick mill of four storeys with metal capping.

Dragon Hall
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
115-123 King Street, Norwich
Tel. 0 1603 663 922
Timber framed medieval merchant hall.

Dunster Working Watermill
Somerset
South-west Counties
Dunster, on river Avil, beneath Castle Tor
Tel. 0 1643 821 759
18th century working watermill built on site of Domesday Survey mill; restored in 1970s; tea-room; parking; shop sells mill flour.

Durham Castle
Durham
North-east Counties
University College, Palace Green, Durham City
Tel. 0191 374 3800
Home of prince bishops, now university building; 45 minute guided tours show great hall, Norman chapel, and staircase.

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Elizabethan House and Museum
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
No. 4 South Quay, Great Yarmouth
Tel. 0 1493 745 526 or 0 1493 743 930
National Trust property; 1596 merchant house shows life 'upstairs and downstairs' in quayside house to Victorian times; Tudor costumes to dress in; toy room; walled garden; shop; special events; use town car parks
Web: Elizabethan House Museum

Eskdale Mill
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Boot, on a minor road east of Ravenglass (A595)
Tel. 0 1946 723 335
Mill dating from 18th century; two-wheeled water corn mill; exhibition
Web: Eskdale Mill

Eton College
Berkshire
South-east Counties
Eton, entry off the town High St
Tel. 0 1753 671 177
Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, one of the oldest schools in the country; chapel and museum about the school and life of the students
For photos and more information see our article Eton College
Web: Eton College

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Farfield Mill
Cumbria
North-west Counties
On the A684 Garsdale Road, one mile from Sedbergh
Tel. 0 1539 621 958
Restored Victorian stone textile mill with exhibition; artist studios; arts and crafts gallery; riverside walks; car park; shop with locally produced items and crafts; café; picnic area
Web: Farfield Mill

Flatford Bridge Cottage
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Flatford, East Bergholt
On the B1070 by Manningtree
Tel. 01206 298 260
National Trust property; 16th century thatched cottage upstream from Flatford Mill (not open to the public); exhibition on Constable; tea-room, shop; information centre, boat hire, walks in Dedham Vale.

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Georgian Theatre Royal
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Victoria Rd, Richmond (near the market place)
Tel. 01748 823 710; box office 01748 825 252
Georgian theatre, built 1788, closed 1848, reopened 1963; restored and extended 2003; historic interior, tours, still used for plays; shop; cafe
Web:Georgian Theatre Royal

Gleaston Watermill
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Gleaston by Ulverston; follow signs from the A5087
Tel. 0 1229 869 244
Historic corn water mill of 14th century restored; machinery in working order; country store; restaurant; apiary; rare breed animals
Web: Gleaston Watermill

Gloucester Docks
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
Southgate St, Gloucester
Tel. 0 1452 311 190 (information for visitors)
Historic waterside buildings; main basin once original terminus of Sharpness ship canal; opened in 1827; Victoria dock opened 1849; National Waterways Museum; Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum; restaurants; shops; cruises; guided tours main entrance to the North Warehouse on Sat and Sun 2pm, June-Aug; pay parking
Web: Gloucester Docks

Goldsmiths’ Hall
London
Greater London
Foster Lane, EC2V 6BN
Tel. 020 7606 7010; to book tours phone 020 7332 1456
The Goldsmiths’ Company (responsible for hallmarking of silver since 1300) building with exhibitions (antique silver, contemporary silver, jewellery and art medals dating from the 15th century to the 21st century), selling fairs, events related to designer jewellery; annual summer fair and goldsmiths’ fair
Web: Goldsmiths’ Hall

Grand Theatre
Lancashire
North-west Counties
St Leonardgate, Lancaster
Tel. 0 1524 64695 (box office)
Theatre originally built in 1782; rebuilt in Edwardian style in 1908; interior tours last one hour; said to be haunted by ghost of actess Sarah Siddons
Web: Grand Theatre

Great Barn
Surrey
South-east Counties
Wanborough
Tel. 0 1483 444 751
Medieval timber framed barn, built 1388 for Cistercian monks of Waverley abbey; tiled hipped roof; seven framed bays; display of local and historic items; exhibitions; special events in summer months.

Great Yarmouth Row III and Old Merchant’s Houses and Greyfriar’s Cloister
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
117 South Quay, Yarmouth; follow signposts to historic south quay
Directly behind Norfolk Nelson Museum
Tel. 0 1493 857 900
English Heritage property; two 17th century row houses (presented as 1870 and 1942 time periods) collection of fittings and fixtures, plaster ceilings; shop; nearby Greyfriar’s is 13th century friary remains bombed in WWII; early 14th cen wall paintings.

Guildhall
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Priory Park, Chichester, W Sussex
Tel. 0 1243 784 683
Medieval Greyfriars church became court house and town hall; building history and objects on display; shop; parking for disabled only.

Guildhall of Corpus Christi
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Market Place, Lavenham
Tel. 0 1787 247 646
National Trust property; very large timber-framed Tudor (circa 1530) guildhall in medieval village of Lavenham; one of England's finest timber-framed buildings; exhibitions on local history, farming and industry, story of medieval woollen cloth trade; walled garden; 19th century lock-up and mortuary; tea-room; shop; events; free parking in square but can be full during busy tourist times
For photos and more information see our article Lavenham

Guildhall, The
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Guildhall Lane, Leicester
Tel. 0116 253 2569
Well preserved 600 year old timber framed hall; supposed to be haunted; now a venue for performances and children’s activities; rare library volumes on display; public car park 100 yards; limited disabled access (for easier wheelchair access, telephone prior to visit); induction loop available; guide dogs welcome.

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Hartlebury Castle
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Hartlebury, near Kidderminster
Tel. 01299 250416
Sometimes on view at 14th century Hartlebury Castle, home to the bishops of Worcester are the state rooms, great hall and saloon; castle set in historic parkland, including the Old Moat Coppice nature reserve with natural spring and 18th century ice house; home to the Worcester County Museum. For museum details see listing on our Museums Attractions page.

Heckington Windmill
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
Heckington, Sleaford
Tel. 01529 461919
Eight sail windmill.

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
Lancashire
North-west Counties
Helmshore
Tel. 0 1706 226 459
Two original Lancashire textile mills-- Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill; steps in cloth production; original equipment; shows how raw wool and cotton are turned into yarn; waterwheel; shop; café; parking.

Heron Corn Mill and Museum of Papermaking
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Mill Lane, just outside the village of Beetham off the A6; signposted by brown tourist signs
Tel. 0 1539 564 271
Traditional working mill from 1750; exhibition; flour for sale; museum tells of local paper making industry; history of baking gallery; parking on site; special events
Web: Heron Corn Mill

Holy Jesus Hospital
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
City Rd, Newcastle, NE1 2AS
Tel. 0 191 255 7610
Managed by National Trust; building with 700 years of architecture includes remains of a 14th century Augustinian friary, 16th century fortifications, 17th century almshouse, and 19th century soup kitchen; exhibition room.

Houghton Mill
Cambridgeshire
Eastern Counties
Houghton, near Huntingdon
Signposted off the A1123, on the river Ouse
Tel. 01480 301 494
National Trust property; 18th century five storey timber built working watermill; hands-on exhibits; mill machinery; wheat for sale; bookshop; walks in river meadows; tearoom (open 11am); car park.

House of the Tailor
Gloucestershire
South-west Counties
College Court, Gloucester GL1 2HJ
Next to Cathedral precincts
Tel. 0 1452 422 856
Setting for Beatrix Potter book The Tailor of Gloucester; displays on the book; shop
Web: House of the Tailor

Houses of Parliament
London
Greater London
Palace of Westminster, SW1A 2PW
Tel: 0870 906 3773 (ticket booking)
Seat of UK government; Westminster Hall is oldest part, built in 1097; Houses of Parliament rebuilt after an 1834 fire; tour takes in both areas and includes ceremonial rooms; site of Big Ben clock tower
Web: Houses of Parliament

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Jamaica Inn
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Bolventor, Launceston
Tel. 0 1566 86250
Original 1750 coaching inn used by smugglers to hide goods; scene of Daphne de Maurier book of same name; restaurant; rooms; smugglers’ museum tells Cornish smuggling history and has smuggling artefacts; ghost hunts; shop; parking
Web: Jamaica Inn

Jewel Tower
London
Greater London
Abingdon St, Westminster
near the Parliament buildings
Tel. 020 7222 2219
English Heritage property; also known as the king’s privy wardrobe; built 1365, was part of the Palace of Westminster; 14th century ribbed vault; exhibition on the history of Parliament; building once used for Weights and Measures Office for Standards Department of Board of Trade; now has information and displays on weights and measures systems; remains of medieval moat and quay.

Jill Windmill
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Clayton, West Sussex
From Pyecombe village, south of Burgess Hill, follow the A273 north, turn off onto lane
Tel. none given
Open: visit website as opening days and times vary greatly depending on volunteer availability
Fully restored 19th century corn mill; shop; parking; sometimes stone ground flour for sale
Web: Jack and Jill Windmill Society

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Kingsbury Watermill
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
St Albans
Tel. 0 1727 853 502
Historic watermill, may date from Elizabethan times, on river Ver; accessed through waffle restaurant within the buildings.

King’s Head Historic Coaching Inn
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
King's Head Passage, Market Square
Aylesbury
Tel. 01296 381 501
National Trust property; well preserved 1455 coaching inn; stained glass windows; exposed wattle and daub; original stabling; cobbled courtyard with TIC, coffee shop, retail outlets.

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Lancing College Chapel
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Lancing, W Sussex
Tel. 0 1273 465 949
Gothic chapel on South Downs founded 1868; rose window; high nave; stall canopies; brass lectern; tapestries; parking
Web: Lancing College

Landguard Fort
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
One mile south of Felixstowe, on the A14
Near docks on south coast of Suffolk
Tel. 07749 695523
English Heritage property; overlooks Orwell Estuary; 18th century fort with 19th and 20th century additions; museum with displays of local history; audio tours and AV presentation; nearby nature reserve and beach
Web: Languard Fort

Laxey Wheel
Isle of Man
Off the A11 from Douglas
Tel. 01624 675 522
Historic water pump used in mining
For photos and more details see our article The Laxey Wheel

Laxey Woolen Mills
Isle of Man
Glen Rd, Laxey
Tel. 01624 861 395
Traditional Manx woollen mills.

Layer Marney Tower
Essex
Eastern Counties
Signed off B1022 from Tiptree
or take B1022 south from Colchester
Tel. 01206 330784
Historic Houses Association member; dates from Henry VIII’s reign; tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK; views over countryside, long gallery, medieval barn with collection of rare breed animals
Website: Layer Marney Tower

Leigh Court Barn
Worcestershire
West Midlands
Off the A4103, five miles west of Worcester Tel. 0121 652 6820
English Heritage property; 14th century large timber framed barn is largest cruck structure in Britain; built for Pershore abbey in 1344; 150 feet long, 18 cruck blades each made from single oak tree.

Lion Salt Works
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich
On Trent and Mersey canal
Tel/Fax. 0 1606 41823
Closed until approximately 2012 for restoration and reconstructionVictorian industrial heritage, designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage; interpretation centre; horizontal steam engine; “nodding” donkey brine pump; 1900s pitch roofed salt van on original private siding; permanent and temporary exhibits; herb garden; salt made using open pans during special events; salt, salt pigs, and salt glazed ceramics for sale
Web: Lion Salt Works Trust

Lizard Lighthouse
Cornwall
South-west Counties
Lizard Lighthouse
Signposted from Lizard village on the A3083 from Helston
Tel. 0 1326 290 065 or 0 1326 572 607
First lighthouse on the site dates from 17th century; this one dates from 1812; engine room and lighthouse open for visitors; parking on site
For photos and full details see our article Lizard Lighthouse

Lord Leycester Hospital
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Warwick town centre
Tel. 01926 491422
Group of 14th century half-timbered buildings used for almshouses; regimental museum and historic garden.

Lyddington Bede House
Rutland
East Midlands
Bluecoat Lane, Lyddington
Signposted from A6003
Tel. 0 1572 822 438
English Heritage property; once a medieval bishop’s palace turned into Elizabethan poorhouse; AV tour; exhibition of the palace; park on road next to it and the church (be sure to visit the church); small shop
For more information and photos see our article at Lyddington Bede

Lyme Regis Watermill
Dorset
South-west Counties
Mill Lane, Lyme Regis
Tel. 01297 443579
Historic watermill with art galleries, cafe, bakery (open from daybreak till sold out, Tue-Sat), shop, pottery, and small garden
Web: Town Mill

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Moira Furnace
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Furnace Lane, Moira
Tel. 0 1283 224 667
19th century blast furnace with guided tours of the museum; tea-room; craft workshops; country park; narrow boat canal trips.

Moot Hall
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Elstow Green, Church View, Elstow
One mile south of Bedford, off the A6
Tel. 01234 266 889
Tudor timber framed 16th century market hall; museum illustrating 17th century life; parking on the street.

Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village of 1066
Essex
Eastern Counties
Stansted Mountfitchet
Tel. 01279 813237
Reconstructed Norman village on original site
Website: Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village

Much Wenlock Guildhall
Shropshire
West Midlands
Much Wenlock
Tel. 01952 727509
16th century half-timbered building with open arcade.

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Needles Old Battery and New Battery
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
West High down, Alum Bay
South-west coast of Isle of Wight
Tel. 01983 754 772
National Trust property; Old Battery fort built 1862; exhibitions; two original gun barrels in parade ground; tunnel; New Battery is separate site further up headland; has exhibition of Britain's secret rocket testing program and exhibition of space race relating to Britain's part; tea-room; shop at Old Battery; no parking on site, parking at Alum Bay with minimum £3 charge.

Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Nenthead, Alston
On the A689 south-east of Alston
Cumbria, CA9 3PD
Tel. 0 1434 382 726 or 0 1434 382 037
200 acre sight of historic lead mining complex—one of largest in north Pennines; displays on the people, places, tools, lifestyle, and legacy of the mining industry; brewery shaft building; power of water exhibition; Carr’s mine visit; self guided trails; picnic area; café; shop; bunkhouse accommodation; mineral panning; free parking.

Norfolk County Windmills
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
For a list of windmills see Norfolk County Tour

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Old Buckenham Windmill
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Near Attleborough
Tel. NA
Built of red brick in 1818; widest tower in England-23 ft across at base, 42 ft high; five stones for grinding corn; closed in 1926 and used as a farm store; renovated in 21st century.

Old Grammar School
Isle of Man
Castletown
Tel. 01624 648 000
Building was first a church built around AD1200; then it became a school from 1570 to 1930; the interpretation includes a Victorian period schoolroom.

Old House of Keys
Isle of Man
Castletown
Tel. 01624 648 000
Restored 19th century home of Manx parliament; mock sessions held.

Old Royal Naval College
London
Greater London
Greenwich
Tel. 020 8269 4747
The Naval college was established by royal charter in 1694; moved to this site in 1873 and disbanded in 1998; baroque buildings located on site of Greenwich palace where Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I were born; designed by several architects, one of whom was Wren; painted hall and plasterwork in chapel are of special note; Visitor Centre located in Pepys building has displays on history of Greenwich and the building.

Old Town Hall
Isle of Wight
South-east Counties
Just outside village of Newtown
Tel. 01983 531 785
National Trust property; 17th century town hall; exhibition; regular art exhibitions; parking.

Oldland Windmill
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Oldlands Lane, Hassocks, W Sussex
Tel. not given
18th century post mill with restored exterior and partly restored interior; no parking but shuttle bus provided from Thatched Inn, Okley; also can be reached by a walk (see website for details); special event days
Web: Oldland Windmill

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Pakenham Watermill
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Mill Rd, off the A143 (follow the brown signs)
About seven miles east of Bury St Edmunds
Tel. 01284 724075 or 01359 232025
18th century working watermill; restored old kitchen with bread oven and brewing vat; parking; picnic area; shop; tea-room.

Palm House at Sefton Park
Merseyside/Liverpool
North-west Counties
Sefton Park, Liverpool, off the B5342
Tel. 0151 726 2415
Grade II listed Victorian glasshouse with plant collection
Website: Palm House

Port Sunlight Model Village
Cheshire
North-west Counties
95 Greendale Road, Port Sunlight, Wirral
Tel. 0151 6446466
Built in the late 19th century as a model industrial village by owner of Lever soap; a museum tells the story; theatre with live productions; late Victorian Christ church; shop; parking
Website: Port Sunlight Village

Portland Bill Lighthouse
Dorset
South-west Counties
On the southern tip of the Isle of Portland
1.2 miles south of the village of Easton
Tel: 0 1255 245 156
First lighthouses on the site were built in 1716; Trinity House took one down and put up a new one; first Argand lamps in England lighthouse; new lighthouses built 1869; one on site now built early 20th century; lower of the original two is now a bird observatory; unmanned; parking fee
See our article Portland Bill Lighthouse for full details and photos.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base
Portsmouth Habour, Portsmouth
Tel. 023 9283 9766
Working docks and historic buildings; three historic ships; Mary Rose Museum; three "experiences" to participate in; Royal Naval Museum five minutes walk away; harbour tours; café; shop; parking
Web: Historic Dockyard

Prior’s Hall Barn
Essex
Eastern Counties
Widdington, southeast of Newport
Tel. 01233 582 700
English Heritage property; medieval barn, tree ring dated to mid 15th century; aisled interior, crown post roof made from 400 oaks.

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Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Quarry Bank Road, Styal, Wilmslow
Tel. 0 1625 527 468 or 0 1625 445 896 (infoline)
National Trust property; industrial heritage site; 300 acres of countryside; cotton mill with working machinery; galleries on water and steam power, hands-on displays and exhibits on the mill and its workers; 1790 apprentice house; mill workers' village; country estate; 8 acre garden; shop; restaurant; snacks; parking fee charged; allow three hours to see all
Web: Quarry Bank Mill

Queen’s House
London
Greater London
Greenwich Park, Greenwich
Part of the National Maritime Museum; Palladian villa built by Inigo Jones; inside the Neptune Hall is a museum of marine artifacts; Barge House is home to Prince Frederick’s barge and Queen Mary’s shallop; West Wing has displays of the early voyages of discovery, information on the Royal Navy, ships’ models, Britain’s marine history, shipbuilding, and much more.

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Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Off the B1257 north-west of Helmsley
Tel. 01439 748 283 (winter); 01439 798 340 (summer)
National Trust property; 18th century site of former mansion with half mile long terrace walk overlooking Rievaulx Abbey ruins; Ionic temples (one with painted ceiling) at each end of terrace; events; picnic area; parking; shop; drinks (machine) and ice-cream.

Roots of Norfolk Museum of Buildings
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Gressenhall, 3 miles north-west of Dereham
Tel. 01362 869251
50 acres with displays, traditional cottages and shops, Georgian workhouse with collections of historical objects, gardens, historic orchard, rare breed farm animals, punch horses, steam engines; family attraction; hands-on displays, audio guide, country trails.

Row Houses--Row III and Old Merchants House/Greyfriar’s Cloisters
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
117 South Quay, Great Yarmouth; signposted
Tel. 0 1493 857 900
English Heritage property; two 17th century merchant row houses with original fixtures; Old Merchant House has Jacobean plaster ceiling; displays; shop; nearby is Greyfriar's ruins, 13th century Franciscan priory; early 14th century wall paintings.

Royal Mews
London
Greater London
Buckingham Palace, entrance on Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 1QH
Tel. 020 7766 7302 (ticket sales)
Working stable that houses the Royal family’s coaches, horses and cars in historic building.

Royal Pavilion
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Brighton, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1273 290 900
Elaborate palace built by Henry Holland in 1802 for the Prince Regent, later King George IV; enlarged by John Nash in 1815-22; original furnishings and fittings in place; great kitchen; music room; banqueting room; king's apartments; bedrooms; long gallery; kitchen; tea-room; shop; use town car parks.

Rushton Triangular Lodge
Northamptonshire
East Midlands
One mile west of Rushton
Tel. 0 1536 710 761
English Heritage property; 16th century triangular folly dating from 1593-1597; designed by Sir Thomas Tresham (father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters); represents holy trinity with 3 sides, 3 floors, windows, and gables; small lay-by parking across the road; shop.

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Sackville College
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
East Grinstead
Tel. 0 1342 326 561
Jacobean almshouse built around quadrange, founded 1609; in use today as a college; on view are the quadrangle, chapel, banqueting hall, minstrel’s gallery, warden’s study (site where carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’ was composed)
Web: Sackville College

Saxted Green Post Mill
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
2.5 miles north-west of Framlingham
On the A1120
Tel. 01728 685789
English Heritage property; 13th century corn mill that revolves on its base; in working order; mill machinery.

Severndroog Castle
London
Greater London
Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, London, SE18 3RT (Greenwich area), directions on website
Small Gothic-style building constructed as a folly by Lady James (thought to be memorial to her husband, a director of the East India Co.); style mimics castles built as fortresses but no living accommodation; wedding and venue site; tea-room
Website: Severndroog Castle

Shalford Mill
Surrey
South-east Counties
Shalford near Guildford
Tel. 0 1483 561 389
National Trust property; early 18th century watermill on Tillingbourne river with tile hung walls; no longer in operation; most 19th century machinery in place and displayed on four floors; half of mill is a home; no parking.

Sherborne Almshouses
Dorset
South-west Counties
Trendle St, Sherborne
Tel. 0 1935 813 245
15th century built for 12 poor men and 4 women; now home to elderly; 15th century Triptych; copies of the illuminated Royal Licence and Foundation Deed; original letter from Sir Walter Raleigh to the almshouse master (1594)
For photos and more information see our article Sherborne Almshouse of SS John

Shipley Windmill
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Eight miles south-west of Horsham, W Sussex
Tel. N/A
Open: The windmill is closed but can be viewed from the field.
Working smock mill built in 1879; eight sided wooden tower with five floors, on brick base; shuttered sweeps; car park

Sibsey Trader Windmill
Lincolnshire
East Midlands
.5 mile west of Sibsey
Five miles north of Boston, off the A16
Tel. 01205 750 036
English Heritage property; built in 1877; restored 6 storey working windmill with machinery; six sails; flour sometimes milled; parking; tea-room serving produce made from mill's organic flour.

Snailbeach Lead Mine
Hampshire
South-east Counties
Snailbeach, nr Minsterley
Tel: 0 1743 718 668
Locomotive shed, blacksmith's shop; visitor centre, self-guided trail leaflet; underground trip with guide; parking next to village hall.

Soho House
Greater Birmingham
West Midlands
Soho Ave, Handley, Birmingham
Tel. 0 121 554 9122
Restored 18th century home; period rooms and displays
Web: Birmingham Museums

Souter Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Coast road, Whitburn, Sunderland
Tel. 0 191 529 3161 or 0 1670 773 966 (infoline)
National Trust property; built in 1871; engine rom, light tower, and keeper's quarters on view; hands-on activities; parking; events; tea-room with local home-made food; shop; coastal walks in the area.

South Foreland Lighthouse
Kent
South-east Counties
The Front, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover
Tel. 0 1304 852 463
National Trust property; Victorian building; used by Faraday for his electrical experiments; first lighthouse powered by electricity; site of first successful transmission of shore-to-ship radio message; views; small shop; park at White Cliffs of Dover NT or at St Margaret’s village.

St Albans Clock Tower
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
St Albans town centre
Tel. 0 1727 751 810
64 foot high tower built 1403-12 by the people as a symbol of their freedom from the church using design of clock house at Westminster palace; restored 1865-66 in flint and stonework with added spire and parapets; present clock dates from 1866; 4 ft thick walls; rang the curfew until 1863, one ton bell still in place; 1st and 2nd floors originally living space; 93 steep, small, spiral stairs to the top for views over the city; town car parks or nearby street parking
For more St Albans attractions see our article and photos at St Albans

St Mary’s Lighthouse
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Two miles north of Whitley Bay town centre, North Tyneside
Reached by causeway between tides from car park
Tel. 0 191 200 8650
137 steps up to lantern room with views over north-east coast; exhibits on the lighthouse history and local wildlife; tiny nature reserve around lighthouse of rock pools, beach, freshwater ponds, and clifftop grass; seabirds; pay car parking; family rockpool rambles for children during school holidays.

St Michael’s Isle Derby Fort
Isle of Man
At far end of Langness near Castletown, on St Michael’s Isle
1540 round fort ruins.

Stembridge Tower Mill
Somerset
South-west Counties
High Ham; 2 miles north of Langport off Somerton road to High Ham
Tel. 0 1935 823 289
National Trust property; last remaining thatched windmill in England; outside viewing only as used as holiday cottage; to view interior visit Easter Mon, early May BH Mon and Aug BH.

Stevington Windmill
Bedfordshire
Eastern Counties
Stevington
Tel. 0 1234 329 348
Restored 18th century postmill; parking.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Cumbria
North-west Counties
On minor road ½ mile north of Finsthwaite near Newby Bridge; southwest side of Lake Windermere; accessible by Windermere ferry from Ambleside to Lakeside, then 1 mile
Tel. 0 1539 531 087
English Heritage property; Victorian bobbin making mill; original equipment; tours show how machinery was used
parking; ground floor only for disabled
For photos and more details see our article Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Stranger’s Hall
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
Charing Cross, Norwich, near city centre
Tel. 0 1603 493 636 (booking line) or 0 1603 667 229 (general enquiries)
14th century merchant’s and mayor’s house; stone-vaulted undercroft; Tudor Great Hall; Georgian dining room; period settings; kitchen with displays of food and household implements; historic toys; cellar with shop signs; nearest parking St Benedicts or Duke Street.

Stretton Watermill
Cheshire
North-west Counties
Mill Lane, Stretton (near Farndon)
10 miles from Chester off A534
Follow brown signs from turn off at pub between Farndon and Broxton
Tel. 0 1606 271 640 (Weaver Hall)
Working watermill; one of best preserved water powered cornmills; parts date from 1630 with original oak frame; major changes to building in 1770 with second overshot wheel added; expansion in 19th century; cast iron wheel in 1852; tour of mill learning about history; 19th century stable with exhibition; picnic area in grounds; miniature models; displays; special events; workshops; shop; parking.

Swanage Pier
Dorset
South-west Counties
Swanage Bay
100 year old Victorian pier constructed 1859/60, first built for shipping stone, new pier constructed 1895; limited parking; scuba diving under the pier or boats to other spots; dive shop; watersports; fishing; boats to Isle of Wight, Poole, and Bournemouth. Under the Pier show operated by Durlston Country Park; exhibition of pier history, display of model RNLI lifeboats; café; Swanage Sailing club beside the pier.

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The Priest House
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
West Hoathly, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1342 810 479
Early 15th century timber-framed hall-house originally an open hall; collection of 17th and 18th century country furniture, needlework and household items; formal herb garden with 150 culinary, medicinal and folklore herbs.

Theatre Royal
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Westgate St, Bury St Edmunds
Tel. 01284 769 505
National Trust property; late Georgian playhouse, built in 1819 and still in use; many original features intact; nearest town car park is Swan Lane.

Thorpeness Mill
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
One mile north of Aldeburgh
On the seacoast, south-east of Saxmundham
Tel. 01394 384 948
1824 post mill; originally used to grind corn at Aldringham but moved in 1923 to new location and used to pump water; town pay car park.

Thorrington Tide Mill
Essex
Eastern Counties
On Brighlingsea Rd in Thorrington
Tel. 01245 437663
Restored timber framed 19th century mill; in working order.

Tilbury Fort
Essex
Eastern Counties
Off A126, .5 mile east of Tilbury
Tel. 01375 858 489
English Heritage property; 17th century military fort, begun in 1672; best example of its type in England; 19th century magazines; exhibitions on military engineering; interactive history program.

Tintagel Old Post Office
Cornwall
South-west Counties
High St, Tintagel
Tel. 0 1840 770 024
National Trust property; 14th century yeoman’s farmhouse; was post station for short time in Victorian times; Victorian postal memorabilia; 19th century samplers; cottage garden; small shop; use town car park.

Tower of London
London
Greater London
Next to Tower Bridge on Thames River
Tel. 0870 756 6060 (infoline)
Began as a wooden fortress, constructed by William I in 1067;replaced in stone and expanded to include 18 acres; served as Royal Mint and prison; Crown Jewels located here; Chapel of St Peter and Vincula; Traitor’s Gate; White Tower, begun in 1078, houses armour collection, one of largest in the world
See our 17 articles on the tower and our photos at Tower of London
Web: Tower of London

Tudor House
Dorset
South-west Counties
3 Trinity Street, Weymouth
Tel: 01305 779711/812341
Tudor building furnished as the home of an early 17th century middle class family; guided tours.

Turkish Baths
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Parliament St, Harrogate
Tel. 0 1423 556 746 (advance booking required for use)
Turkish baths restored to original Victorian condition; still functional and in full use; original tiles and other fixtures; mosaic floors; steam room; plunge pool; hot room; frigidarium
For photos and more information see our article Turkish Baths
Web: Turkish Baths

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Wareham Quay
Dorset
South-west Counties
Wareham
Tel. 01929 552740 (Tourist Information Centre)
Saxon ramparts surrounding town of Wareham with wall paths; signed from car parks in town centre. Walks leaflet from Purbeck Information and Heritage Centre.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Town Lane, Singleton, on the A286
Seven miles north of Chichester, West Sussex
Tel. 01243 811363
Forty-five historic buildings, dating from the 13th to 19th century in 50 acres; gardens; farm animals; lake; woodland walks; working Tudor kitchen; craft demonstrations; shop
Web: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Wellington Arch
Greater London
Hyde Park Corner, London
Tel. 020 7930 2726
English Heritage; commissioned by George IV as entrance to Buckingham palace; moved to present site 1882; called Wellington Arch because his statue was once on top; largest bronze statue (of angel of peace) in Europe replaced it; view from top via lift; 3 floors of exhibition of its history.

Weston Cider Mill
Herefordshire
West Midlands
The Bounds, Much Marcle
Tel. 01531 660108
Small less mechanized cider mill dating from 1880; carriage driving display in August; tea-room; shop, parking; traditional and rare breeds farm.

Wheal Trewavas
Cornwall
South-west Counties
On clifftop edge of Trewavas cliff near Porthleven
Tel. NA
Listed Grade II scheduled monument; copper mine engine houses; one of the mining landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites; for the many others check the website
Web: Cornish Mining Heritage

Wilderhope Manor
Shropshire
West Midlands
Longville, Much Wenlock
Seven miles east of Church Stretton
Tel. 0870 770 6090
National Trust property; Elizabeth gabled manor house, dates from 1586; wooden spiral staircase, plaster ceilings; unfurnished; now used as youth hostel.

Winchester College
Hampshire
South-east Counties
College St, Winchester
Tel. 0 1962 621 209
Founded in 1382, believed to be oldest continuously running school in England; hour-long guided tours of medieval section of college; include Chamber Court, 14th century Gothic Chapel, College Hall, original scholars' dining room, 17th century red brick schoolroom and original medieval cloister
Web: Winchester College

Winster Market House
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Main St, Winster
Tel. 0 1335 350 503
National Trust property; late 17th or early 18th century market house; information rooms with interpretation panels and scale model of Winster village; use town car park.

Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace)
Hampshire
South-east Counties
College St, Winchester
Next to Winchester Cathedral
Tel. 02392 378 291
English Heritage property; extensive ruins of former fortified bishop's palace; begun as 12th century fortified keep and bailey castle; chief residence of bishops of Winchester; one of greatest medieval buildings in England; site of Queen Mary and Philips wedding 25 July, 1554
For photos and more details see our article Wolvesey Castle

Woodbridge Tide Mill
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge
On the River Deben by yacht harbour
Tel. 01473 626618
Grade 1 listed building; working water wheel; demonstration at low tide
Web: Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodhorn Experience
Northumberland
North-east Counties
Queen Elizabeth II country park on A189 halfway between Alnwick and Newcastle city centre at Ashington
Tel. 0 1670 52 80 80
Former colliery with restored listed buildings tells story of north-east England’s mining heritage, AV presentation, special tours; archive study centre; set in counry park with walking, cycling, watersports; underground coal mine trip; colliery experience; exhibitions; cafe; shop
Web: Experience Woodhorn

Worcester Guildhall
Worcestershire
West Midlands
High St, Worcester
Tel. 0 1905 723 471
Constructed in early 1200s as merchants’ meeting place; present building from 1722; period details; venue for the arts; tourist information centre.

Workhouse, The
Nottinghamshire
East Midlands
Upton Rd, Southwell
Tel. 01636 817 250
National Trust property; home to hundreds of paupers in the 19th century; segregated work yards, dayrooms, dormitories, master's quarters and cellars; AV guide; tours; children can try on the simple clothes worn by inmates; parking; special events.

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York City Walls
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
See our article York City Walls

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