English Heritage's Red Guides are so much more than guide books. They bring history to life, putting each site in its historical context with vintage photographs, watercolours, reconstructed period floor plans and interviews with people who were part of the history. Alongside these unique guidebooks, English Heritage publishes colourful pictorial histories of its sites, excellent as guide books as well as offering a lasting souvenir of a visit.

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Guidebook: Wellington Arch, Marble Arch & Six Great War Memorials image
Guidebook: Wellington Arch, Marble Arch & Six Great War Memorials

The Wellington Arch and the Marble Arch are two of London’s most striking landmarks and it would be easy to imagine that they have always stood in their current locations as grand, but isolated, monuments. Yet both were devised as part of a scheme to celebrate Britain’s victory over Napoleon, and to glorify the nation and its monarch, George IV. This guidebook explores the fascinating ...


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Guidebook: Stonehenge

Stonehenge, where stones of wonderful size have been erected after the manner of doorways & no one can conceive how such great stones have been so raised aloft, or why they were built thereFrom Henry of Huntingdons History of the English People, written in about 1130 Stonehenge is one of the best-known ancient monuments in the world and its global importance is reflected in its World Heri...


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Guidebook: Osborne House

The private home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was more than just a refuge from court life: it gave the couple the chance to indulge their interests and express their tastes. It is truly their creation, from the replica Swiss Cottage where the children learnt housekeeping and gardening to the extraordinary Durbar Room, a tribute to the queen's love of India. This new guidebook includes a...


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Guidebook: Kenwood - The Iveagh Bequest

Kenwood House is a striking neoclassical villa on the edge of Hampstead Heath. The house was bought in 1754 by William Murray, a distinguished lawyer, who became Lord Chief Justice in 1756. He commissioned the famous architect Robert Adam to expand the original house and create a suite of rooms for entertaining. The library at Kenwood is widely acknowledged to be one of Adams finest interiors. ...


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Guidebook: Tintagel

Dramatically situated on a windswept Cornish headland, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. It is also one of the most legendary, linked with the tales of King Arthur since the Middle Ages. The remains of the 13th-century castle, built in the 1230s and 1240s by the fabulously rich Richard, earl of Cornwall, brother of Henry III, stand among the remains of a muc...


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Guidebook: Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace is a building of striking contrasts.  Behind the elegant façade is a stunning Art Deco mansion, built around the great hall of the medieval Eltham Palace. Eltham was initially a moated manor house, but by the early 14th century, it had become one of the largest and most frequented royal residences in the country. By the 16th century, however, it had been eclipsed by Gr...


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Guidebook: Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is one of the great historical sites of the United Kingdom. It was a royal castle for most of its history, and its walls enclose a series of outstanding works of medieval and early Renaissance architecture. The first castle was established in the 1120s. In the early 13th century King John’s modifications to the castle created one of the most formidable fortresses in the kin...


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Guidebook: Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle stands above the small market town of Middleham in North Yorkshire. To the south-west is an earth mound, all that is left of the first castle, which was built during the Norman Conquest by Alan the Red, one of William the Conqueror’s right-hand men. By the late 13th century the Nevilles held Middleham and, over the next 200 years, while they dominated the north of England th...


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Guidebook: Apsley House

Apsley House was once the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington. The house has been a national shrine to the victor of Waterloo almost from the day the duke bought it in 1817, two years after the battle. The original house was built by Robert Adam between 1771 and 1778 for Henry Bathurst, 1st Baron Apsley. In 1807 he sold the house to Marquess Wellesley, older brother of Wellington. In 1817, Welli...


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Guidebook: Roman Corbridge: Fort, Town and Museum

Roman remains beside the river Tyne at Corbridge were identified in the 16th century as those of a town named Corstopitum in a list of Roman road routes, a corruption of its true name: Coria. Coria, or Corbridge, began in about AD 86 as a fort guarding the Tyne crossing of the main invasion route into Scotland. It was garrisoned for almost 40 years before the building of Hadrian’s Wall began...


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Guidebook: Old Sarum

Old Sarum is one of the most fascinating historic sites in southern England. There was originally an Iron Age hillfort here, and later a royal castle and a great cathedral. This guidebook includes a tour of the Iron Age ramparts, cathedral and castle, and tells the story of Old Sarum from its beginnings to its 20th-century rediscovery. ...


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Stonehenge and Avebury Map

Stonehenge and Avebury. Exploring the World Heritage Site. Map 1:10 000 Scale. " Ideal for walkers and anyone wishing to explore the fascinating landscape of Stonehenge and Avebury " A UNESCO World Heritage Site  internationally important for its unique prehistoric landscape " Published to coincide with the new Visitor Centre opening at Stonehenge The Stonehenge and Avebury Wor...


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Members and Visitors Handbook 2015/16

The English Heritage 2015/16 Members and Visitors Handbook is an informative guide to all the English Heritage sites and activities throughout the year. With a detailed listing of each site, split into regions for easy use, information includes transport links, facilities and the overall site history. This book is the perfect addition to any heritage enthusiasts collection. Key Features: ...


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Guidebook: Dover Castle (2nd Edition)

Dover Castle's location, commanding the shortest sea crossing between England and the Continent, has given it immense strategic importance. The chalk of Castle Hill has been shaped and reshaped over the centuries into massive earthworks, ditches and mounds. Imposing walls and towers have been raised and networks of tunnels built beneath them. Henry II began the building of the present castle ...


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Guidebook: Hadrian's Wall

Stretching for 73 miles across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the most important monument of Roman Britain, and the best-known frontier of the entire Roman empire. It was built on the orders of the emperor Hadrian after he visited Britain in AD122 and it took ten years to complete. This guidebook provides maps, plans and tours of the important sites, as well as a history of the Wall and i...


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Guidebook: Down House

Charles Darwin lived for 40 years at Down House in rural Kent, until his death in 1882. This beautifully illustrated new guide takes the visitor on a tour of the house, as well as the gardens, which Darwin used as his open-air laboratory. The fascinating history of the Darwin's at Down includes sumptuous photographs, historic images and eyewitness accounts....


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Guidebook: Pendennis and St Mawes

The castles of Pendennis and St Mawes were built by Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal forts to defend England against Spain and France. Later, Pendennis Castle saw action in the English Civil War, and then again in the Second World War. On the other side of the Fal estuary, St Mawes remains the most ornate survivor of Henry's forts. This beautifully illustrated new guide provides a full...


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Guidebook: Wrest Park

Wrest Park was home to the de Grey family for over 600 years. The Present house, built in the 1830s and designed by Thomas, 2nd Earl de Grey, is in the18th Century French Style. It stands in magnificent gardens, originally laid out by Henry, duke of Kent, that form one of the most complete remaining early 18th Century formal landscapes in the country. Later additions by successive generations of t...


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Guidebook: Carisbrooke Castle

"Outstanding quality and value Beautifully illustrated< "Written by leading English Heritage experts "Carisbrooke Castle was the key to the defence of the Isle of Wight for more than six centuries Carisbrooke Castle has been the most important stronghold on the Isle of Wight from at least Saxon times. The keep and main walls were built soon after the Norman conquest, ...


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Guidebook: Whitby Abbey

High on their windswept headland, the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey dominate the busy harbour town below. Originally founded in the seventh century and ruled by the renowned Abbess Hild, the first monastery here was the setting for one of the defining episodes in the establishment of the Anglo-Saxon church  the synod of Whitby. After the Norman Conquest a new religious community was established ...


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