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Claude Monet, Haystacks: Snow Effect
Claude Monet at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Fri 12 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Kendal 01539 722 464

 
 
 
Charles Whinney & Beatrix Baker
Charles Whinney & Beatrix Baker at Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Wed 24 Jan - Sun 11 Mar 2018

Coniston 015394 41396

 
 
 
Fair & Foul
Fair & Foul: Ruskin and the Grotesque at Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Wed 24 Jan - Sun 18 Mar 2018

Coniston 015394 41396

 
 
 
Katie Spragg: Ceramics
Katie Spragg: Ceramics at Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House

Fri 26 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Windermere 015394 461 39

 
 
 
Women's Lives through Letters at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Thu 1 Feb - Mon 19 Mar 2018

Grasmere 015394 35544

 
 

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Tatton Park

Knutsford 01625 374400

 
 
 
Capesthorne Hall

Macclesfield 01625 861221

 
 

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Capesthorne Hall
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY, Tel: 01625 861221, Email

The much-loved home where the Bromley-Davenports and their ancestors have lived since Domesday times.

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  • Rail station: Macclesfield (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
 Tatton Park
VisitEngland Award For ExcellenceNational Trust

Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN, Tel: 01625 374400, Email

Tatton Park is often quoted as England's most complete historic estate, with its fine Georgian mansion full of art treasures and original furnishings.

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  • Rail station: Knutsford (3 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Tabley House
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Tabley House, Tabley Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HB, Tel: 01565 750151, Email

The finest Palladian house in the northwest, Tabley was designed by John Carr of York for the Leicester family. It houses one of the finest collections of English paintings, including works by Turner, Reynolds, Lawrence and Dobson.

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  • Rail station: Knutsford (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Peover Hall and Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Over Peover, Knutsford, WA16 9HW, Tel: 01565 724220, Email

A fully-furnished, Elizabethan manor-house with Carolean stables and gardens. It was General Patton's 3rd Army Headquarters for their first 6 month stay in Britain during World War II.

 
 
 
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Leighton Hall

 
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Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9ST, Tel: 01524 734474

Award-winning Leighton Hall is the lived-in house of the famous furniture-making Gillow dynasty. Unravel the fascinating past of this ancient, Lancashire family, wander through the spectacular grounds and pretty gardens.

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  • Rail station: Carnforth (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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Liverpool Cathedral

 

St James Mount, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 7AZ, Tel: 0151 709 6271

There is much to see around the Cathedral. From the Great Space, to the Chapels to the Tower.

 
 
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Rode Hall at Rode Hall and Gardens

 
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Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QP, Tel: 01270 873237

An 19th century house set in a Repton Landscape containing fine furniture and porcelain. The garden is renowned for snowdrops in February followed by rhododendrons and azaleas in May.

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  • Rail station: Kidsgrove (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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Sizergh House at Sizergh Castle - National Trust

 
National Trust

Nr Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE, Tel: 015395 60951

With more than 750 years of history and centuries-old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs, this medieval house certainly feels lived in; indeed it is still home to the Strickland family.

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  • Rail station: Oxenholme (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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Hardnott Roman Fort at Hardknott Roman Fort

 

Nr Eskdale, Cumbria, -, Tel: 0191 2691200

Remote and dramatically-sited fort, founded under Hadrian in the 2ndC. Well-marked remains include headquarters building and bath house.

 
 
 
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Smithills Hall

 

Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL7 7NP, Tel: 01204 332377

One of Bolton's original family homes dating back to medieval times. Set in over 2,000 acres of grounds and gardens, Smithills Hall is one of the oldest and best preserved manor houses in the North West.

 
 
 
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The Watermill at Little Salkeld

 
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Little Salkeld, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1NN, Tel: 01768 881523

18th Century Watermill, commercially milling Organic/Biodynamic, British, stoneground flours, tours available when mill staff are present.

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  • Rail station: Langwathby (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
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Hutton in the Forest

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TH, Tel: 017684 84449

Historic house based on a medieval pele tower with substantial 17th, 18th and 19thC additions. The house contains fine collections of furniture, ceramics, tapestry and portraits and is still a private residence.

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  • Rail station: Penrith (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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Pendle Heritage Centre

 

Park Hill, Barrowford, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 6JQ, Tel: 01282 661704

Pendle Heritage Centre is in Lancashire's Witch Country. In the grounds of the Heritage Centre are: Garden Tea Room; gifts & Souvenirs in the Parlour Shop; Historic Farmhouse; Tourist Information Centre; Pendle Art Gallery & Woodland Walks.

 
 
 
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Holehird Garden at Holehird Gardens

 

Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1NP, Tel: 015394 46008

The Lakeland Horticultural Society exists to promote the art, science and practice of horticulture, with particular reference to conditions in the Lake District.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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Holker Hall and Gardens

 

Cark in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7PL, Tel: 015395 58328

Victorian stately home, set in 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park. Holker has its own cafe, brasserie, gift shop and food hall, and hosts an annual programme of special events.

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  • Rail station: Cark-in-Cartmel (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
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Meols Hall

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7LZ, Tel: 01704 228326

Meols Hall manor-house and estate have been in the Hesketh family for 27 generations, and is still a privately-owned home.

 
 
 
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Ambleside Roman Fort

 

-, LA22, Tel: 0191 2691200

The well-marked remains of a 2nd-century fort with large granaries, probably built under Hadrian's rule to guard the Roman road from Brougham to Ravenglass and act as a supply base. Managed by the National Trust.

 
 
 
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Clitheroe Castle Museum

 

Castle Hill, Castle Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1BA, Tel: 01200 424568

Hilltop castle with displays tracing local history, a 12th-century keep, extensive grounds and cafe.

 
 
 
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Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House

 
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Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT, Tel: 015394 46139

Blackwell is one of England's most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20thC. Designed by MH Baille Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of arts and crafts movement.

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  • Rail station: Windermere (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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Bramhall Hall at Bramall Hall

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Bramhall Park, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3NX, Tel: 0161 485 3708

A superb example of a Cheshire black and white timber framed manor-house, providing an historic record spanning 6 centuries.

 
 
 
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Samlesbury Hall

 

Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0UP, Tel: 01254 812229

Samlesbury Hall is a black and white, oak-timbered medieval manor-house dating from 1325. Decorated with distinctive quatrefoils and wattle and daub infill.

 
 
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Clifton Hall

 

Clifton Hall Farm, Clifton, Penrith, Cumbria, LA13 0TJ, Tel: 0191 2691200

This 15th-century tower, sole surviving part of the manor house of the Wybergh family, was plundered by Jacobites in 1745 before the Battle of Clifton Moor, the last battle fought on English soil.

 
 
 
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Macclesfield Silk Museums

 

Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ, Tel: 01625 612045

At the Silk Museum, journey along the Silk Road and discover the history of Macclesfield's Silk Industry from its humble button beginnings to the growth of the Silk mills.

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  • Rail station: Macclesfield (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
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Wetheral Priory Gatehouse

 

Wetheral, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA11 7HX, Tel: 0191 2691200

The 15C gatehouse of a Benedictine priory, where wrongdoers could claim pardon if they enlisted to fight the Scots.