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The Top 10 Manor Houses in the UK

We look at the top 10 Heritage Houses across the length and breadth of the UK. From Derbyshire to Yorkshire, right the way to the Channel Islands, here are our top 10 picks...
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10. Lotherton Hall

Situated near Aberford, Leeds, Lotherton Hall is a country home belonging to a number of prominent families, including the Nevilles, the de Hothams and the Gascoignes.

After years of being a private estate, Lotherton Hall was sold to the City of Leeds in 1968 by Sir Alvary Gascoigne and his wife. This has led to the estate becoming home to an extensive collection of endangered bird species and a large herd of red Deer.

The Hall, which was extensively rebuilt during the Victorian era, boasts an impressive collection of objets d’art built up since the 18th century.

The estate opens from 10am-5pm. Ticket prices can be found here.

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9. Kensington Palace

Of all the many tourist attractions to visit in London, Kensington Palace makes our list for its place in history. The place where Queen Victoria called home, as well as Princess Diana and William and Kate; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Palace has been a constant in Royal life for hundreds of years.

Situated within Kensington Park, the palace boasts a stunning garden and numerous exhibitions for all the family.

The most recent exhibition is Diana: Her Fashion Story; a collection of the iconic Princesses dresses from throughout her life. There is also the tour of the house itself, detailing the life of Queen Victoria and other famous Royal residents of the past and present.

Tickets and prices can be found here.

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8. Alton Towers

More commonly known for its thrill-seeking Theme Part, Alton Towers is actually based around a Gothic Manor ruin. They sit in the centre of 500 acres of land and though it is derelict, the Towers are in the midst of a major rejuvenation project.

Owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury, the Towers has seen extensive change throughout the years and with those changes, has come stories of legends and hauntings that make Alton Towers an intriguing place to visit.

Nearby there are also the extensive gardens boasting some of the most beautiful designs in the UK.

For prices and opening times please see here.

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7. Mont Orgueil

A small flight from London will land you in Jersey, a picturesque Island situated within the Channel Crossing. There are numerous heritage sites across the 9 miles by 5 island, but one in particular makes our list, Mont Orgueil.

Also going by the name, Gorey Castle it is a major tourist attraction on Jersey and has stood for over 800 years.

It is regarded as one of the greatest examples of a Medieval fortress in existence and showcases stunning views of the French coast.

Ticket prices and opening times can be found here.

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6. St Michael's Mount

Located just off from the village of Marazion in Cornwall stands St Michael’s Mount. The majestic castle which has been used from movies, TV shows and novels, is regarded as one of the top 10 beauty spots in the UK.

Due to the pathway leading to the Mount being covered due to tidal patterns, there are numerous ways to visit. From walking when the causeway is clear, to catching fishing boats or even amphicraft there is always a way to see the beautiful castle and gardens.

The prices for the boats and amphicraft are:

Boat Adult: £2.00 Child: £1.00 Amphicraft Adult: £3.00 Child: £1.50

For more information and opening times, see here.

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5. Kedleston Hall

Throughout Devonshire there are many numerous heritage sites, some more known than others. However, Kedleston Hall makes our list due to its beauty and location.

Situated within stunning parkland, the spectacular 18th century mansion has been used numerous times in movies and TV shows including the successful ‘The Duchess.’

With a wealth of history and gorgeous artwork and artefacts, there is so much to see, do and explore. There is also the Great Kitchen restaurant serving hot and cold food throughout your visit.

To see prices and opening times, see here.

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4. Hampton Court

Arguably, one of the most famous heritage sites in the world, Hampton Court is so much more than a Palace and being situated just outside of London, makes a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the capital city.

Famously frequented by King Henry VIII, the Palace is one of the most visited sites in the UK and one of the most beautiful. Consisting of “two palaces in one,” when visiting Hampton Court Palace you can literally walk through time, from the Tudor era, to the Georgian era. It is a unique experience that no other Heritage Sites boast.

There is so much to see and do at Hampton Court Palace, though most notably is the infamous Maze from King Henry VIII’s reign.

To see prices and opening times, see here.

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3. Alnwick Castle

Another stunning Castle based in Northumbria is Alnwick Castle. Most notable for being used as the backdrop from Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter movies, Alnwick garners many tourists all year round.

From it’s gorgeous ornate Library and stunning lawns, the Castle dates back to Norman times and throughout the years has faced numerous changes. From being a Military outpost, a refuge for evacuees, a film set and a teaching college, it is mostly commonly the family home of the Percy Family, whose ancestors date back over 700 years.

For ticket prices and opening times, see here.

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2. Temple Newsam House

On the outskirts of Leeds sits a place dubbed ‘the Hampton Court of the North.’ Temple Newsam House sits on sprawling parkland including lakes, woodland, gardens and even a Go Ape climbing attraction.

The land surrounding the House dates back to the Knights Templars and throughout the years has been gifted from Lords to Kings and eventually became owned by Leeds City Council.

Consisting of a House, and farm which you can visit for a fee, there is also a small café based within the stables to buy both hot and cold food.

To see prices and opening times, see here.

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1. Chatsworth House

Consistently voted the most beautiful Manor House in the UK, Chatsworth House is famed around the world for its parkland, spectacular gardens and the ornate House. Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth has been present throughout history as a place of beauty and grace.

Having been used in numerous movies, from the ‘Wolfman’ remake to The Duchess, Chatsworth boasts some of the most beautiful artwork and state rooms open to the public. These rooms are also decorated in a different Christmas theme around the festive period, with last year being Charles Dickens. This year the House will be transformed into Fairy Tales, with the likes of Snow White, Cinderella, James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web making appearances.

For prices and opening times, see here.