Historic Houses

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In 900 acres of Capability Brown designed parkland, it is regarded as one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Sir John Thynne built the house in 1568. Queen Elizabeth 1 visited in 1574.  
Opening Times: 17-25 Feb & 31 Mar-4 Nov. House 10am-5pm. Safari Pk 10am-4pm
more info about Longleat House
Entrance fee: 10 house and grounds. 20 for all attractions.
Daytime Tel: 01985 844400
Email: enquiries@longleat.co.uk
Website: www.longleat.co.uk

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Magnificent Elizabethan house set in grounds landscaped and laid out by Capability Brown in the 1760s and later by Humphrey Repton. Internationally renowned picture collection housed in beautiful 18thC interiors.  
Opening Times: 20 Mar-30 Sept: 2-5.30pm except Mon & Fri. 1 Oct-19 Mar: w'ends only 2-4.30pm
more info about Corsham Court
Season: Closed December.
Entrance fee: House and gardens 6.50, gardens only 2.50, Groups 5
Daytime Tel: 01249 701610
Email: leonora.martin@corsham-court.co.uk
Website: www.corsham-court.com

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King John granted the Bishop of Wells land for a residence and a deer park. Parts of the Palace date from that time.  
Opening Times: Open all year.
Entrance fee: 4
Daytime Tel: 01749 678691
Website: www.bishopspalacewells.co.uk

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The house was built in 1320 by St. John de Clevedon. It incorporates a massive 13th century tower and great hall.  
Opening Times: Wed, Thurs & Sun 4 Apr-30 Sep. Timed tickets in midsummer
Entrance fee: 5.00
Daytime Tel: 01275 872257
Email: clevedoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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Dyrham House was built in 1691-1702 by William Blathwayt, William III's Secretary of War. It is set in 274 acres of gardens and parkland.  
Opening Times: 25 Mar-31 Oct: daily 12am-5pm except Wed & Thurs.
Entrance fee: 8.30, house, park and garden
Daytime Tel: 01179 372501
Email: dyrhampark@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A Georgian town house and garden. It was the home of the astronomer, William Herschel who discovered the planet, Uranus in 1781. Audio tour.  
Opening Times: 10 Feb-30 Nov: daily except Wed. 2-5pm. W'ends: 11am-5pm.
Entrance fee: 3.50
Built in 1767, this was the first house in John Wood's great example of Palladian architecture.  
Opening Times: Ex Mondays 10 Feb-22 Oct: 10.30am-5pm. to 28 Nov: closes 4pm
Entrance fee: 4.00
Daytime Tel: 01225 428126
Email: admin@bptrust.demon.co.uk
Website: www.bath-preservationtrust.org.uk

Inspired and remodelled by John Norton for a successful merchant, William Gibbs in 1864.  
Opening Times: Restoration work continues. Guided visits only Sun, Mon & Tues.
Entrance fee: 10.50 for house, garden and chapel
Daytime Tel: 0879 4584500
Email: tyntesfield@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A 15th century stone manor house, altered in the 17th century, with late Gothic and Jacobean windows and fine plasterwork.  
Opening Times: 4 April-29 Sept.. Tues, Wed & Sun. 2 - 5pm.
Entrance fee: 4.40
Daytime Tel: 01225 863224
Email: westwoodmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.or.uk/wessex

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