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Britain, places to visit, attractions, heritageThis is the place to search for places and things of interest to visit in Britain, by name, location, type, keyword – or just have a browse.  It is a growing directory – 700+ entries as of October 2019.  Most entries have links for further information.

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Spitfires of 611 Squadron, Biggin Hill

Opened in January 2019, the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum tells the story of the famous RAF airfield, the people who served there, the local community and its residents from 1916 to 1951. The collection has a particular focus on the Battle of Britain, in which RAF Biggin Hill played a pivotal role. Many of the objects in the museum's collection are personal and have been donated by people who served or lived at Biggin Hill, or their relatives.

Location/Address: St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance
Main Road
Biggin Hill
County: Kent
Post Code: TN16 3EJ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Biggin Hill Memorial Museum website
Tip/Nearby: Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger, Chartwell
Primary Management: Other

The home that Winston Churchill loved - and you can see why. The house gives a real feeling of the man, the gardens are delightful and the views terrific. There is also a huge collection of Churchill's paintings.

NB Entrance to the house is by timed ticket - it gets busy.

Location/Address: Mapleton Road
County: Kent
Post Code: TN16 1PS
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Churchill's Chartwell
Tip/Nearby: Quebec House, Knole, Toys Hill
Primary Management: National Trust

One of the largest houses in England, Knole is allegedly a 'calendar house', with 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards - though only a proportion of the house is open to the public. It was built as an archbishop's palace, but passed into the hands of the Sackville family during the reign of Elizabeth I, and it is still their home. Knole is also packed with precious artwork and furnishings.

In 2012, the National Trust launched an extensive six-year conservation programme.  This has also opened parts of the complex previously unavailable to be seen by the public.

Knole is situated in the middle of a medieval deer park, which is open to all and is wonderful to wander in at any time of year.

Location/Address: Sevenoaks
County: Kent
Post Code: TN15 0RP
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: Igtham Mote, Penshurst Place
Primary Management: National Trust

Ightham Mote is a picturesque medieval-Tudor moated manor house, once a much-loved family home, wonderfully preserved and restored, with charming gardens and located in a lovely part of Kent. Ightham Mote also boasts Britain’s only Grade I listed dog kennel. And you probably need to know that Ightham is pronounced 'item'.

Location/Address: Mote Road
Ivy Hatch
County: Kent
Post Code: TN15 0NT
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Ightham Mote - medieval, Tudor and American
Tip/Nearby: Chartwell, Knole, Toys Hill
Primary Management: National Trust

Exbury Gardens were the creation of wealthy Victorian banker, Lionel Rothschild. There are 200 acres to explore, along the bank of the Beaulieu river in the New Forest. Exbury is famous for its rare trees and, in the spring, its collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. There is also a 12.25 inch gauge railway to ride on, if you're so inclined.

You will find Exbury on a minor road south of the B3054 between Hythe and Beaulieu.

Location/Address: Exbury
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO45 1AZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Blooms and a mystery at Exbury Gardens
Useful Website Address: Exbury's website
Tip/Nearby: Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

Iron-clad (originally stone) memorial commemorating the alleged spot where King William II ("Rufus") was killed by an arrow, allegedly by accident, in 1100.

You must be on the A31 eastbound - it is a small turning between Stoney Cross and Cadnum. There is some parking. Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: Eastbound A31
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO43 7HD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Rufus Stone
Tip/Nearby: It's in the New Forest National Park
Primary Management: National Park
St  MICHAEL and ALL ANGELS, Lyndhurst

Victorian Gothic, largely brick-built, church constructed between 1858-69. It stands on a prehistoric man-made mound and, externally, is not much to look at; the interior is breathtaking, however. Alice Hargreaves, who inspired the Alice of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland and Looking-Glass, is buried in the churchyard.

Location/Address: High Street
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO43 7BD
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: New Forest National Park
Primary Management: Church authorities

Buckler's Hard is a 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 busy port and shipbuilding community, where many of the Royal Navy's ships began life. It also had a role in the preparations for D-Day during the Second World War.  Buckler's Hard is part of the Beaulieu Estate.

Location/Address: Beaulieu
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO42 7XB
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: Buckler's Hard
Useful Website Address: Buckler's Hard's website
Tip/Nearby: 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.
Primary Management: Private - open to the public

The New Forest offers chocolate-box scenery - 220 square miles of open heath and woodland where ponies, cattle and pigs roam freely, punctuated by the occasional attractive town and village. It's an ancient royal hunting forest, created in the 11th century by William the Conqueror at the expense of its inhabitants.  These days, it's a place for walking, cycling, horse riding - or just relaxing.

Location/Address: New Forest National Park Authority
Lymington Town Hall
Avenue Road
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO41 9ZG
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
Tom Brown's School Museum, Uffington

Fascinating local museum housed in the former village school room, built in 1617 next to the church, and which features in the book, 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' (1857) by Thomas Hughes. Hughes grew up in Uffington. Another famous resident was the poet, John Betjeman, who lived there with his family in the 1930s and '40s. The museum contains information about both Hughes and Betjeman as well as local sites like the Uffington White Horse. It also has an excellent website. Limited opening.

Location/Address: Broad Street
County: Oxfordshire
Post Code: SN7 7RA
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Tom Brown's School Museum website
Tip/Nearby: White Horse, Uffington, Waylands Smithy
Primary Management: Community
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