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WORCESTER CATHEDRAL

The medieval Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin, Worcester, perches beautifully over the river Severn. It was founded in the 7th century, rebuilt by St Oswald in the 10th century and the present building was begun by St Wulfstan in 1084. The Norman crypt is particularly worth seeing.  Worcester Cathedral was badly damaged during the Civil War in the 17th century and has been subsequently restored, notably by the Victorians. It is the burial place of King John, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales (Henry VIII's older brother) and Stanley Baldwin, three times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Location/Address: Chapter Office
8 College Yard
Worcester
County: Worcestershire
Post Code: WR1 2LA
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Worcester Cathedral website
Primary Management: Church authorities
WOLLATON HALL

A spectacular Elizabethan mansion built for Sir Francis Willoughby, Wollaton Hall sits on a hill within a beautiful 500-acre park about 3 miles west of Nottingham City Centre, close to the University. It houses the City's natural history museum and also includes some reconstructed rooms. There are various entrances for pedestrians all round the park.

Location/Address: Wollaton
Nottingham
County: Nottinghamshire
Post Code: NG8 2AE
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Wollaton Hall's website
Tip/Nearby: About 3 miles from Nottingham centre
Primary Management: Local Authority
WOBURN ABBEY

Woburn Abbey is one of the great treasure houses of Britain. It began life as a Cistercian abbey. The estate was given to John Russell, later Earl of Bedford, by Edward VI in 1547 and his ancestors became the Dukes of Bedford. Woburn Abbey is still the home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, but has been open to the public since 1955. The Palladian mansion contains a world-famous art collection, including works by Canaletto, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Lely, Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Van Dyck, as well as collections of porcelain and silver. The estate also includes gardens, a deer park and the Woburn Safari Park.

Location/Address: Woburn
County: Bedfordshire
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Useful Website Address: Woburn Abbey's website
Tip/Nearby: Woburn Safari Park, Bletchley Park
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
WITLEY COURT

Not long ago, in the great scheme of things, Witley Court was a Palladian mansion with a staff of over 100 servants, where the great and the good - including the Prince of Wales (Later Edward VII) attended lavish parties. Jewellery was hung from Christmas trees for lady guests. In 1937, it was burnt to a shell in an accidental fire. Its ruins echo with the past and its ornate gardens, including two astonishing fountains, have been lovingly restored. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain, in particular, needs to be seen in action - it is 'fired up' at particular times. There are also woodland walks, lakeside views, places to picnic and a play area for kids.

Location/Address: Worcester Road
Great Witley
County: Worcestershire
Post Code: WR6 6JT
Main Historic Period: Edwardian
Link to featured article: https://bitaboutbritain.com/vanished-world-witley-court/
Tip/Nearby: Great Witley Parish Church next door and the nearby tearoom - both not to be missed.
Primary Management: English Heritage
WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor Castle was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been used by the British monarchy for almost 1,000 years and is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is at home. Parts are open to the public, including the State Apartments and St George's Chapel. A further highlight is Queen Mary's Dolls' House.

However, because Windsor Castle is a working palace, opening arrangements are subject to change, sometimes at short notice, and you should check before making a special journey.

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Location/Address: Windsor
County: Berkshire
Post Code: SL4 1NJ
Main Historic Period: All
Primary Management: Royal Collection Trust
WIND ENERGY MUSEUM

A collection dedicated to wind energy (as it says on the tin), based on the collection of Ronald Morse and set in almost 3 acres. The exhibits are mostly outside. The museum has limited opening and also owns nearby Thurne Mill.

Location/Address: Staithe Road
Repps With Bastwick
Nr Great Yarmouth
County: Norfolk
Post Code: NR29 5JU
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Wind Energy Museum's website
Primary Management: Independent
WINCHESTER PALACE, Southwark

Most people walk past the sparse remains of the once enormous London Palace of the Bishops of Winchester. Not much to see - but an amazing history.

The ruins are managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust on behalf of English Heritage.

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Location/Address: Corner of Clink Street and Stoney Street
Bankside
Southwark
County: London
Post Code: SE1 9DG
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Winchester Palace
Tip/Nearby: Southwark Cathedral, Clink Museum, Shakespeare's Globe
Primary Management: English Heritage
WIMBLEDON FORTNIGHT

This is the world's most famous, and oldest, grass tennis competition. It was first held in 1877 - women were invited to join in 1884. All of the world's top-seeded players compete and, for a fortnight at the end of June and beginning of July, many people are glued to their TVs following the action. The big problem with Wimbledon fortnight, unfortunately, is often the rain...

Tickets can be obtained by ballot long in advance, or by taking a risk and queuing on the day - or by an official supplier. Check the official website for details - do not buy tickets from unofficial sources.

If you're using sat nav, you are advised to use the following post codes for navigation - SW19 5AG and SW19 5AF.  However, the easiest way to travel to Wimbledon is by public transport.

 

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Location/Address: The All England Lawn Tennis Club
Church Road
Wimbledon
County: London
Post Code: SW19 5AE
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Official Wimbledon website
Tip/Nearby: Nearest tube station is Southfields.
Primary Management: Other
Strawberry Thief

The William Morris Gallery is housed in William Morris’ childhood home, a Georgian house set in Lloyd Park in Walthamstow. It contains the world’s largest collection of this iconic Victorian designer and craftsman’s work, including tapestries, furniture, tiles, wallpaper, embroidery and paintings. The museum was opened in 1950 by the then Prime Minister, Clement Attlee.

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Location/Address: Lloyd Park
Forest Road
Walthamstow
County: London
Post Code: E17 4PP
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Useful Website Address: William Morris Gallery website
Primary Management: Other
WHITHORN ABBEY

The supposed site of Scotland's first church, built by St Ninian in the late 4th or early 5th century and known as the 'Candida Casa' - or 'white house' - hence 'whithorn'. There are the modest remains of a 12th century Premonstratensian abbey church, a shrine to St Ninian, a 19th century parish church dedicated to St Ninian and a small museum which contains the Latinus Stone, Scotland's earliest Christian monument.

This place is for enthusiasts only. The museum has limited opening - check before making a special trip. Whithorn itself has limited facilities.

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Location/Address: 6 Bruce Street
Whithorn
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Post Code: DG8 8PY
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Tip/Nearby: Ninian chapel and cave are further on, on the Isle of Whithorn
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
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