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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

Oxford University's museum of art and archaeology, with objects dating from 8,000 BC. Particular collections include ancient Egypt, the only Minoan collection in Britain, Anglo Saxon artefacts (including the Alfred Jewel) and contemporary artwork from around the world. The Ashmolean is the oldest public museum in Britain, founded in 1683.

Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2PH
All
Ashmolean Museum's website
All the sites in Oxford
Educational establisment
BALLIOL COLLEGE

Balliol is one of the colleges of Oxford University. It was founded by John de Balliol in 1263, has occupied the same site ever since and claims to be the oldest college in Oxford, and the world. Its attractive buildings are predominantly Victorian, however. Balliol's widow Dervorguilla of Galloway, established a permanent endowment and their son, John, was King of Scotland. Balliol has an impressive list of alumni, which includes writers, politicians and scientists. A few random examples: Boris Johnson, Robert Peston, Herbert Asquith, Harold Macmillan, Edward Heath, Aldous Huxley, Graham Greene and William Beveridge.

Visitors can tour the grounds and some of the buildings, except when college events take place.

Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BJ
Victorian
Balliol College
Balliol College's website
Oxford city centre
Educational establisment
BATEMAN’S

Bateman's was the home of author Rudyard Kipling for 34 years.  Set in acres of charming gardens, the house is 17th century but the interior is definitely early 20th century.  There's a real sense of the man there.

Bateman's Lane,
Burwash
East Sussex
TN19 7DS
Edwardian
Kipling's House
National Trust listing for Bateman's
Bodiam Castle, Sheffield Park
National Trust
BATTLE ABBEY

Battle Abbey was built on the orders of William the Conqueror, in penance for the bloodshed, on the traditional site of where some of the fiercest fighting during the Battle of Hastings took place on 14th October 1066.  The high altar is supposed to mark the spot where Harold, last King of the English Saxons, fell.  The abbey was dissolved and largely ruined in 1558.  It then became a country house and, later, a school.  The school is still there and not normally open to the public, but the abbey ruins, which include store rooms and wonderful vaulted ceilings, can be visited and there is a particularly fine 14th century gatehouse.

The abbey is managed by English Heritage alongside the battlefield of 1066.

High Street, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 0AE
Medieval
Bodiam Castle, Bateman's
English Heritage
BATTLE of HASTINGS

The Battle of Hastings took place on 14th October 1066.  It is probably the most famous battle in British history, when the invading Normans under William the Conqueror beat the English (Saxons) led by King Harold.  The battle actually took place several miles north of Hastings adjacent to and within where the pleasant little town of Battle now is.  Though the precise location of the battle has been much debated, wandering through the traditional site is worthwhile - and very pleasant when the weather's fine.

The battlefield of 1066 is managed by English Heritage alongside Battle Abbey, which was built as a penance and memorial afterwards.

Battle Abbey, High Street, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 0AE
Norman
1066 - so what?
Bateman's, Bodiam Castle
English Heritage
BEACHY HEAD

Beachy Head is a famous chalk headland and landmark, immediately to the west of the town of Eastbourne. There are fine views and walks along the cliffs, approx 500 feet above sea level. There is parking nearby and at Birling Gap further along the coast. Beachy Head has an interesting history and was used as a listening and lookout post during WW2. The cliffs are, however, extremely dangerous and the area has a high death-rate, through a combination of foolish accident and, unfortunately, suicide. Beachy Head lighthouse began operating in 1902.

The post code below is for the nearby pub.

Nr Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN20 7YA
N/A
Official Beachy Head website
Eastbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park
Local Authority
BLENHEIM PALACE

Enormous 18th century home of the Dukes of Marlborough.  The estate was given to the 1st Duke, John Churchill, as a reward for his military victories against the French.  Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim and has many associations with it.  The estate is a World Heritage Site and one of the 'treasure houses of England."

Woodstock
Oxfordshire
OX20 1PP
Georgian
Blenheim Palace website
Bladon Church
Private - open to the public
BODIAM CASTLE

Fairy-tale like ruined castle, originally built to help defend Southern England against French attack. One of the most photogenic castles in the country, it almost looks as though it could come alive.  But it is a shell - with plenty of stairs to clamber up, crumbling battlements to fall off - and wonderful views from the top.

Bodiam, near Robertsbridge
East Sussex
TN32 5UA
Medieval
Beautiful Bodiam Castle
Bateman's, Scotney Castle, Battle
National Trust
BOSHAM

Bosham is a small, attractive, village on the side of an inlet in Chichester Harbour and beloved of yachtspeople. It is an ancient place, and apparently the (contested) location for King Cnut's encounter with the waves. There is a lovely church, a craft centre, tea shops and a couple of nice pubs.

Situated off the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth.

Near Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 8HX
Georgian
Bosham, Cnut, the king's daughter and Harold
Bosham village website
Chichester. The foreshore gets flooded at high tide - best not leave your car there.
Local Authority
BUCKLER’S HARD

Show village, built in the 18th century, on the Beaulieu river with a pub, hotel and museum. There is also a riverside walk to Beaulieu village. Buckler's Hard was at one time a port and shipbuilding community, where many of the Royal Navy's ships began life. It is part of the Beaulieu Estate.

Beaulieu
Hampshire
SO42 7XB
Georgian
Buckler's Hard's website
You can easily walk to Buckler's Hard from Beaulieu village, but it's easier to drive and pay for a ticket which includes museum entry.
Private - open to the public