Great British Houses: Holkham Hall – A Stunning Palladian House With a Huge Art Collection in Norfolk

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With one of the finest private collections of sculpture and paintings in the world, Holkham Hall is an art museum in its own right. An 18th century country house built in an exquisite Palladian style, Holkham Hall is located in the heart of the … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Hestercombe – An Iconic Lutyens Lanscape in Somerset

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Hestercombe is a garden in Somerset which features both a 17th century Landscape Garden and an important Edwardian garden by the design team of Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. The garden is a high-point of their partnership and marks the … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Audley End – A Stunning Example of Jacobean Architecture in Essex

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Built to impress a king, Audley End House is a stately home with palatial aspirations and one of Britain’s finest examples of 17th century Jacobean architecture. Thanks to ambitious restoration work carried out in the Victorian era and ongoing … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Beaulieu Palace House – Home to Britain’s National Motor Museum

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Beaulieu Palace House, as it is grandly known, is part medieval Cistercian Abbey and part Victorian Gothic revivalist country mansion. Opened up to the public in the 1950s by the famous 3rd Baron Edward Douglas-Scott Montagu, Beaulieu House created … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Stowe Landscape Gardens – One of the First Managed Landscape Gardens in England

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Stowe is a grand estate in the Vale of Aylesbury north of London. It contains a large mansion and extensive grounds in the Landscape style, which developed during the 18th century in Georgian England to reflect a growing interest in an idealized … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Waddesdon Manor – The House Built by the Rothschild Banking Dynasty

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Waddesdon Manor is a Louis XIV style French renaissance château lavishly built in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. As extravagant as you would expect, Waddesdon Manor is one the grandest country houses in … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Leeds Castle – “The Loveliest Castle in the World”

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You can’t talk about the history of the English royal family in medieval times without taking a moment to acknowledge Leeds Castle. First a Norman stronghold, Leeds Castle has been the royal residence of six queens of Medieval Britain and if walls … [Read more...]

New Article Series – Great British Gardens: Stourhead – The Timeless Landscape in Wiltshire

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Editor's Note: This is the first article in a series of 5 articles about Britain's greatest gardens. First up is our personal favorite, Stourhead in Wiltshire. Stourhead is a large landscape garden in Wiltshire, built in the 18th century. It … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Chartwell – The Beloved Home of Sir Winston Churchill – The Home That Was His Daily Inspiration

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The family home of Sir Winston Churchill for most of his adult life, Chartwell is a museum and shrine to the man who led Great Britain to victory during the Second World War. Now a National Trust property, Chartwell is an understated Victorian … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: 10 Things to See and Do in Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff Trip Planning Guide

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Travel agents call it the "dozy“, boring capital of Wales, but there is much more to Cardiff than you might expect. Most people know Cardiff as the home of Doctor Who and as a location used to stand-in for London in Sherlock and other BBC … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s Great Seaside Retreat

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The treasured houses of England are widely populated by visitors every year. Any glimpse of a royal artifact or architectural design common from an ancient era entices the attention of many. One house in particular that has a long standing name on … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Hever Castle – The Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn Eventually Owned by American William Waldorf Astor

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There are many remarkable and grand houses in England that have been the center stage for life changing historic events throughout time. Hever Castle is one estate on the map that is enriched with history and beautiful architecture. The Castle is … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Lyme Park – Made Famous as Pemberley in Pride & Prejudice – A Beautiful National Trust Property in Cheshire

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An exquisite estate is usually described as having intricate architecture, a thorough background in historical events, and many highly sought after collectibles contained within the house. An estate that is very much categorized as such is Lyme Park, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Longleat – Everything You Need to Know About Longleat House and Safari Park

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The first stately house to open to the public as a tourist attraction was Longleat. It also has the first safari park to be established outside of Africa. If you are searching for a fun location, where your family can enjoy outdoor entertainment with … [Read more...]

Guest Travel Post: Top 10 Things To Do in York, England For the First Time Visitor

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York is an often-overlooked gem.  It’s been continuously inhabited for over 2000 years and remains a beautiful, well-preserved city with a medieval center that’s second to none.  It’s somewhat off the beaten path (but only about 2 hours by train from … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Castle Howard – Everything You Need to Know about the Real Brideshead

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Castle Howard is one of the most treasured homes in England, located in North Yorkshire. It has been the home to the Howard family for over 300 years, and is still a private residence for the current Howard family. While the house is not a real … [Read more...]

Guest Feature: Caledoniatopia – Our Intrepid Writer Goes on A Spontaneous Day Trip to Glasgow

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Next week over 1,000,000 people will flood Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It's a proud moment for this city that has been through cycles of boom and bust for hundreds of years, sinking into squalor and scraping its way up again. Today it's … [Read more...]

British Travels: The Echoes of the Battle of Trafalgar at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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Because of his towering height, Captain Hardy had to crouch below the beams in the lower deck of HMS Victory. It was quite a scene. Gunpowder still thick in the air. A legend lay dying. It was Hardy's task to inform Nelson that they were victorious … [Read more...]

Introducing The Royal Oak Foundation – For American Fans of the English National Trust – Discount for Anglotopia Readers

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Editor's Note: For those that don't know, Americans can support the National Trust in England and gain free entry to all their properties by joining the Royal Oak Foundation. We joined a few months ago for our last trip and can't wait to take … [Read more...]

The Fiver: “Don’t Mention the War!” Five Great War Museums to Visit in Britain

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The United Kingdom has one of the most illustrious military histories of any nation. From the Roman invasion to the Hundred Years’ War to World War II, it’s arguable that most wars studies over the last 1,000 years have had a British country fighting … [Read more...]