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Located in Hampshire and spread over an area of 24 square kilometers, the historic Highclere Castle on the Highclere Park is a Victorian styled marvel that has seen many generations. The current owners of the place are Lord & Lady Carnarvon who welcome guests to have their weddings and other social function here while offering very hospitable services. The New Egypt Exhibition is also held here. Guided tours of the castle are also conducted. Call ahead for varying dates.
Inveraray Castle in Scotland is the seat of the Duke of Argyll. Dating back to 1789, the structure was built for the 5th Duke of Argyll. A square-shaped structure and surrounded by lush greenery, tt blends Gothic, Palladian and Baroque architectural styles. Inside, you come across artifacts that originated in the 18th century. The top attractions inside the castle are the French Dining Room and the Tapestry Drawing Room that contain vintage French tapestries and other Scottish works of art. The castle is one of the most notable buildings in the city. Also found here is the Castle Gift Shop!
Queen Victoria's homage to her beloved husband, Albert Memorial was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott. Prince Albert sits on his throne holding the catalog of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Beneath him lie sculptures of the museums, colleges, and institutions that he inspired, as well as marble statues of animals representing the different continents. Allegorical figures of Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacture and Engineering also adorn the memorial. The Albert Memorial is especially beautiful when shining in the glow of the evening sun or when lights up at night. It can be found within Kensington Gardens and right opposite Royal Albert Hall.
Built between 1626-27, the Grade I listed Bridgewater House was remodeled by Sir Charles Barry in the Palazzo style. Formerly known as Cleveland House, it was renamed Bridgewater House for the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater's heir, Lord Ellesmere. Bridgewater House was noted for its collections of artworks by Duke of Bridgewater and George Leveson-Gower, his nephew and 1st Duke of Sutherland. Collections included nearly 70 paintings belonging to the acclaimed Orleans Collection. The structure was damaged during World War II and since then, it is used as an office space.
A place referred to as both a village and town, Bampton has a rich history that dates back to the Iron Age and the Roman era. The major draw of this town lies in the Bampton Charter Fair which is organized on the last Thursday of October every year. Apart from the fair, Bampton has also served as a location in pop-culture, the major one being in the popular British series Downton Abbey.
Constructed between 1776 and 1783, Basildon Park was designed by John Carr using the Palladian style. The unique feature of this Grade I listed structure is that it was never fully finished thanks to the house being passed through different owners. During the Second World War, the house was used as a prisoner of war camp, training ground and also as barracks. Managed by the National Trust today, Basildon Park has served as the filming location for the beloved 2005 movie Pride & Prejudice.
Once a functioning farm in Whitey, Cogges Manor Farm is a place where visitors can witness and learn first-hand the operation of farming. Visitors are taken through a step-by-step guide on the development and evolution of the farm and its residents since its inception in the Saxon times. Through various workshops, training courses and educational events, individuals can learn various practices of food production and animal breeding.
Ever since the grand opening of this world-famous hotel in 1906, the Ritz has been a magnet for the rich and famous. It is ideally situated in the heart of St. James's, overlooking Green Park and very close to the West End, Piccadilly and Bond Street. The hotel is popular with wealthy tourists, businessmen, celebrities and English aristocrats. The rooms, public areas and facilities are all beautifully maintained and the service is, as one would expect in such an establishment, impeccable.
Home of the Dukes of Northumberland since the end of the Norman Conquest, Alnwick Castle is a treasure trove of history. You will not find a dry, dusty ruin, but a lively vibrant place that is the second largest inhabited castle in the country (after Windsor). Besides, the usual attractions of an old castle such as battlements and dungeons, Alnwick has many more things to offer. There is an enviable collection of fine art, including paintings by Van Dyck, Canaletto, and Titian. The Northumberland Fusiliers also house their regimental collection here. And if you still can't persuade your children of the castle's merits as a day out, tell them it was the location for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. That should do the trick. The magnificent castle is home to several events from time to time. Please note that the castle is only open seasonally.
The Syon Park which surrounds the Syon House features an important collection of trees, a steam-hauled miniature railway and a glass and steel conservatory available for special events. Check out the Butterfly House where you come across butterflies that flutter and fly. Thanks to the scenic location, Syon Park served as a filming location for Dancing on the Edge, Transformers: The Last Knight, Nutcracker, Killing Eve and Downton Abbey.