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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. 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: Audley End
‘The rooms are high and hung with beautiful tapestries: the beds amply decorated with golden velvet and silk bed hangings and covers.’ From the account of the visit of Johann Ernst, Duk...

£5.50

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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: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Brodsworth Hall is an outstanding example of a Victorian country house. Built and furnished between 1861 and 1863 by Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson the house has survived with most of its original...

£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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Guidebook: Carlisle Castle
Glowering over the city, Carlisle Castle is built on the site of a Roman fort at a crucial location where roads to Scotland and across northern England meet. A military base for some 900 years, it was...

£4.50

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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

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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 ...

£5.50

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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 R...

£5.50

Guidebook: Kenwood - The Iveagh Bequest image
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 commiss...

£5.50

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Guidebook: Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory is the site of one of the most important centres of early Christianity in England. This fully illustrated guidebook includes a tour of the church and monastic buildings and a histor...

£4.50

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Guidebook: Osborne
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 c...

£5.50

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Guidebook: Tintagel Castle
With its spectacular setting on a windswept Cornish headland, Tintagel Castle is one of England’s most dramatic sites, combining history and legend. Associated with myths of King Arthur since th...

£5.00

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Guidebook: Walmer Castle & Gardens
Walmer Castle was begun amid fears of imminent European invasion in May 1539 by Henry VIII, following his divorce and break with the Roman Catholic Church. It formed one of a chain of gun forts built ...

£5.50

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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 mo...

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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

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Guidebook: Wrest Park
Wrest Park is an exceptional rarity. Its grounds contain one of the few remaining formal gardens of the early 18th century and the house is a near unique example of English architecture following the ...

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Guidebook: Chysauster and Carn Euny Ancient Villages image
Guidebook: Chysauster and Carn Euny Ancient Villages
From the middle of the nineteenth century, pioneering antiquarians began to take an interest in the curious remains of stone-walled ‘courtyard’ houses found only in the far south-west of C...

£3.50

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Guidebook: Aldborough Roman Town
Aldborough Roman Town, by Professor Martin Millett of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and Dr Rose Ferraby, focuses on the wall remains and site museum of this Romano-British town in ...

£4.00

Guidebook: Ashby de la Zouch & Kirby Muxloe Castles image
Guidebook: Ashby de la Zouch & Kirby Muxloe Castles
The castles of Ashby de la Zouch and Kirby Muxloe were built by William, Lord Hastings, who acquired immense power and wealth in the service of King Edward IV. Muxloe was never finished after Lord Has...

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