The number of heritage buildings still standing proudly across the UK is quite remarkable. Most of the UK's stately homes have hosted kings and queens, prime ministers, actors and poets – all manner of illustrious guests.
Why not visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire which was built for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and explore 2,000 acres of gardens. It’s no wonder UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Or Highclere Castle, the backdrop to so many scenes of the Crawley family and their household in Downton Abbey!
Maybe Chatsworth takes your fancy? Better known to many as Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley.
Don't forget Longleat House in Wiltshire, and make a day of it visiting the incredible Longleat Safari Park!
Stately homes frequently provide tours throughout the day as well as audio guides and information packs. Of course, let's not forget the children! Many of these stately homes have prepared children's guides, packs and quizzes so be sure to ask on your way in!
Everyone can take part no experience required
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