There’s something undoubtedly relaxing about wandering through the grounds of a historic house, castle, or stately home. An afternoon spent in the shadow of magnificent architecture – amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and trickling water features – is never wasted. And, with magnificence and history around every corner, there’s something to engage even the youngest of visitors.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Bletchley Park, in Buckinghamshire, was once the secret base of World War II codebreakers who had a significant impact on the Allied Victory in 1945.
Today, Bletchley Park is an atmospheric heritage attraction, visited by people from all over the world. Explore the mansion and gardens at leisure, but don’t miss the opportunity to look inside the Codebreaking Huts which played such a vital role in the UK’s history.
If the site is far from your home, you might consider hotels near Bletchley Park to make your visit more leisurely. A stay at the exceptional MGallery Castle Hotel Windsor, which is just over an hour’s drive from Bletchley Park.
Blenheim Palace, designed in the 1700s by Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor, is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Visit the 2,000-acre estate and dive into 300 years of history in just a single day.
Inside the palace, explore the State Rooms and their priceless collections of art and furnishing, take tours of the maintained private apartments upstairs and the staff quarters downstairs, and visit the permanent Winston Churchill exhibition.
Rain or shine don’t miss what’s outside. Several tranquil walking trails are laid throughout Blenheim’s landscaped gardens, while the award-winning Formal Gardens and two-mile yew maze offer similarly memorable experiences.
Travel north, and you’ll discover Mellerstain House and Gardens. Mellerstain is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK, one of many historic houses in the Scottish Borders and an attraction worth travelling for.
William Adam designed the house itself in 1725. Visit today and stroll around the grand interior or extensive gardens in your own time. Explore the stunning classical library and the enfilade rooms, stopping along the way to marvel at masterfully painted portraits.
There are several lakeside and woodland walks which you can embark on, as well as a kids play area that’s sure to keep the little ones happy. If you tire, visit the café for a spot of lunch or a light refreshment before you continue your day.
The UK is awash with beautiful historic heritage homes – it’s one of the things that makes the nation unique. If you feel like taking a break from your day-to-day, book a stay with MGallery and enjoy luxurious elegance from the very first moment you arrive.
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