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Welcome to Hardwick, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands. It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s, but it was Robert Symthson who designed this magnificent house. The new Hall was designed deliberately to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and pushed the boundaries of architectural design. In 2014, we mark the 400th anniversary of Robert Smythson with a series of celebrations, including pop up workshops, tours and talks, where you will discover what influenced Smythson's work and the story behind the stone. Explore Smythson's fascination for symmetry and ingenious planning with themed events from 'have a go' stone carving and a parkland sculpture trail, to an outdoor exhibition of new contemporary artworks, presented by Meadow Arts and inspired by The Men who built Hardwick'. Hardwick offers visitors a year round experience, from colourful herbaceous borders and prize winning vegetables that are used in the restaurant to the picturesque circular parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities.
"Breathtakingly Beautiful" Hampton Court is a medieval fortified manor house dating back to 1434, set in over 1000 acres. There is a maze with a gothic tower at its centre. The original Victorian garden walls now enclose a kitchen garden, stunning flower gardens divided by canals and island pavilions and splendid herbaceous borders that stretch out from the 150 year old Wisteria Tunnel.
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In 1214, King John gave the manor of Hales, Shropshire, to Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, to build there a religious house of ‘whatever order he pleased’. The abbey at Halesowen was established four years later. Dedicated to the Virgin and St John the Evangelist.
A Grade 1 Georgian house containing a fine collection of 18th century portraits and furniture. Home of Viscount & Viscountess Cobham. Guided Tours Why not spend an enjoyable afternoon at Hagley Hall. Step back in time and discover the exciting history of Hagley Hall and the Lyttelton family. Our experienced tour guides can tell the story of where two of the gunpowder plot conspirators hid at the old Hunting Lodge and how the disastrous fire of 1925 nearly destroyed the house and its possessions. Your tour can end with a delicious afternoon tea in the Tea Room. Opening Times and Admission Fees Hagley Hall will be open again for tours and teas in January & February 2014 Please call in advance for up to date information on opening times and dates. Group tours can be arranged at all times of the year. Please contact Tracy Hulbert on the number or email below to discuss availability and prices. Tel: 01562 882408 email: email@example.com Tracy Hulbert is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday between 9am & 1pm)