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Guidebooks

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.

We’re delighted to confirm that the first phase of our reopening will begin on Saturday 13 June, when we will be opening six of our staffed sites: Battle Abbey, Beeston Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Kenilworth Castle, Old Sarum and Wrest Park. Find out more about our sites that are reopening and book tickets here.

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Guidebook: Down House image
Guidebook: Down House
Charles Darwin lived for 40 years at Down House in rural Kent, until his death in 1882. Here, in the home that he lovingly created with his wife and family, he developed a scientific theory that would...

£4.50

Guidebook: Witley Court and Gardens image
Guidebook: Witley Court and Gardens
Witley Court was one of the great country houses of England. After a devastating fire in 1937, it became one of the country's most spectacular ruins. In this vast 19th century mansion life was liv...

£4.50

Guidebook: Housesteads Roman Fort image
Guidebook: Housesteads Roman Fort
Solitary, beneath the wide Northumbrian sky and sprawled across the jagged rampart of the Whin Sill escarpment, the Roman fort at Housesteads represents the northern margin of an empire which once rea...

£3.50

Guidebook: Great Yarmouth Row Houses image
Guidebook: Great Yarmouth Row Houses
Great Yarmouth was once a thriving port, famous for its trade in herring. It was also celebrated for its crowded, distinctive rows, a network of narrow alleyways between the town’s busy thorough...

£4.00

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

Guidebook: Portchester Castle image
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: 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...

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Guidebook: Peveril Castle image
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

Guidebook: Orford Castle image
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

Guidebook: Rievaulx Abbey image
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

Brief Guide: Wingfield Manor image
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...

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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: 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....

£5.00

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Guidebook: Lanercost Priory
The peaceful ruins of Lanercost Priory mask a turbulent history. Founded by Robert de Vaux in about 1169, the priory’s church and buildings were largely constructed with stone taken from Hadrian...

£3.50

Guidebook: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens image
Guidebook: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Belsay has everything: a hall inspired by the Classical architecture of ancient Greece, a medieval castle with rare wall-paintings and magnificent gardens full of exotic plants and trees. This guidebo...

£4.50

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Guidebook: Bolsover Castle
Perched on a ridge high above the vale, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th century aristocratic retreat, containing exceptional wall-paintings and interiors. The riding house is the earliest in ...

£4.50

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Guidebook: Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle was the key to the defence of the Isle of Wight for more than six centuries, this guidebook is beautifully illustrated and written by leading English Heritage experts. Carisbrook...

£5.00

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