Blenheim Palace is a stately home near Oxford which is famous for being the birth place of former UK prime minister Sir Winston Churchill. It is the family seat of the Duke of Marlborough and the current building dates back to around 1705.
Parc Sama is a historic garden near Cambrils in Catalunya, Spain which retains much of the charm of its creation in 1881. The house here and the surrounding land was the summer residence of Salvador Sama and he wanted it to ignite the imagination and be a delight for the senses.
Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, England is a stately home packed with lived-in charm which is operated by the National Trust. The current house dates back to 1620 but has been greatly added to over the years.
Brimham Rocks is a beautiful National Trust site in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from Harrogate. The rock formations on Brimham Moor have weathered over the years into all kinds of impressive shapes, with many rocks left ‘balancing’ on top of others. There are many paths around the site, leading from the car park to the National Trust shop, however don’t feel you have to stick to them. We found the more interesting formations didn’t have a path to them.
Basilica Cistern is a former underground water storage area in Istanbul. Today it’s a tourist attraction where you can enjoy live music concerts and see just how ingenious the Byzantines really were. There are over 300 columns inside the cistern and a number of walkways have been constructed so that you can walk around with ease.
Harlow Carr is an attractive Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It started life as a Botanical Gardens back in 1950 but was originally the grounds of a hotel and Spa. The whole site covers 58 acres
Hampton Court Palace, just outside London, is one of Britain’s most important historic houses. It’s best known as the preferred palace of King Henry VIII and his various wives but has served many Kings and Queens over the years.
Longleat is a stately home in Wiltshire with its own safari park, zoo, mini railway and adventure playground. The house is still owned by the same family that built it in the 16th Century, but around 50 years ago, the pressures of maintaining a property of this size meant it had to start paying towards its upkeep.
Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire, England stands in an elevated location and dominates the surrounding city. It is an active place of worship which balances well the needs of a modern congregation whilst embracing the history of the surrounding building.
Choco-Story is an attraction in Bruges which tells the story of Belgian chocolate making over the years. The museum is located inside one of the city’s tallest historic buildings, dating back to 1480. You make your way on a journey through the rooms of the museum as the story is told through displays and sign boards.