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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. 

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Members' Handbook 2019/20
The English Heritage 2019/20 Members' and Visitors' Handbook is an informative guide to all the English Heritage sites and activities throughout the year. This year’s cover artwork is...

£10.95

Guidebook: Gisborough Priory image
Guidebook: Gisborough Priory
Gisborough Priory in Yorkshire is the subject of the latest addition to English Heritage’s acclaimed Red Guide series. This fully illustrated guidebook includes a complete tour and a history of ...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle’s remarkable history begins in the 3rd century when the Romans built a fort here to combat attacks by barbarian pirates. In the 5th century it was transformed into a...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Birdoswald Roman Fort
Birdoswald was one of 16 Roman forts built to guard Hadrian’s Wall – the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire. This strategic location, on a high promontory overlooking the Irthing v...

£4.50

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Guidebook: Deal Castle
Deal Castle is the greatest of the three artillery forts created in the 16th century by Henry VIII to protect the important naval anchorage known as the Downs off the Kentish coast. This guidebook, wh...

£3.50

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Guidebook: St Augustines Abbey
In AD 597 Augustine, a prior in Rome, was sent by Pope Gregory I to spread Christianity across southern England where, under invasions by the Jutes and the Saxons, the people had largely reverted...

£3.50

Guidebook: Pendennis Castle And St Mawes Castle image
Guidebook: Pendennis Castle And St Mawes Castle
The castles of Pendennis and St Mawes were built by King Henry VIII. They were part of a chain of coastal forts created when Spain and France threatened to invade England in the 16th century. For...

£4.50

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Guidebook: Peveril Castle
Even in its ruinous state, Peveril Castle is one of the most dramatic Norman castles in England. Its remote hilltop position at the head of Peak Cavern Gorge above Cave Dale, is spectacular, commandin...

£4.00

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Guidebook: Orford Castle
Orford Castle, overlooking Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast, is the subject of the latest addition to the Red Guide series. Orford was built by Henry II (r.1154-89) in 1165-73 as a highly visible symb...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Battle Abbey
The Battle of Hastings, 14th October 1066, was the most famous battle fought on English soil. William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey on the spot where King Harold died, and it thrived as a Benedicti...

£5.00

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Guidebook: Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 and was the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England. It soon became one of the most famous centres of monasticism in Britain and was home to a community of ov...

£5.50

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Brief Guide: Wingfield Manor
The ruins of Wingfield Manor form an impressive cluster of towers and chimneys high on a rocky hill above the village of South Wingfield. They have been seen by many in the 2011 film version of Jane E...

£1.00

Guidebook: Barnard Castle,Bowes Castle & Egglestone image
Guidebook: Barnard Castle,Bowes Castle & Egglestone
Barnard Castle stands on the cliffs above the river Tees. It was begun soon after 1093, when the Tees formed the boundary between the lands of the Bishop of Durham and those of Alan Rufus, which later...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Sherborne Old Castle
Sherborne Old Castle was a magnificent fortified palace built in the 1120s by Roger, Bishop of Salisbury, chancellor of Henry I. Sherborne was seized by King Stephen in 1139 and remained with the Crow...

£4.00

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Guidebook: Cleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey, by archaeologist Stuart Harrison and Dr Michael Carter, Senior Historian at English Heritage, examines the architecture and history of this Cistercian abbey in Somerset, which contains s...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Hailes Abbey
Hailes Abbey, by Dr Michael Carter, Senior Historian at English Heritage, explores the architecture, history and royal connections of this important Cistercian abbey in Gloucestershire, which came to ...

£4.00

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Guidebook: Bishop's Waltham Palace
Bishop’s Waltham Palace was one of the grandest residences of the bishops of Winchester, the richest bishopric in medieval England. The bishops possessed vast estates and were frequently ministe...

£3.00

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Guidebook: Stonehenge
Stonehenge is one of the best-known ancient monuments in the world and its global importance is reflected in its World Heritage Site status. Although its exact purpose remains a mystery, this magnific...

£6.00

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Guidebook: Dover Castle
Dover Castle is one of England’s oldest and most famous fortresses. A medieval castle forms its core, but from the 1740s onwards its outer defences were dramatically reshaped in the face of the ...

£5.50

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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 initi...

£4.50

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