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A January 2010 trip to England by Essexgirl09

Wenlock Priory Photo, Much Wenlock, England More Photos
Quote: EH attractions visited 2010. See also Shropshire New Year Break journal.

Stokesay Castle

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Attraction | "When is a Castle not a Castle?"

Stokesay Castle Photo, Shropshire, England
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Stokesay Castle technically isn’t actually a castle. It is a fortified medieval manor house, so it has a turret, but was more the home of a wealthy, aspirational merchant than the site of battles (other than the domestic variety perhaps). The house is now owned and managed by English Heritage. It is located near the Shropshire village of Craven Arms close to the Welsh borders, and you access it through the grounds of the nearby church.As the Anglo-Welsh wars came to a close, towards to end of the 13th Century, local wool merchant Laurence of Ludlow bought the property and built on it, (there had been a property on this site since the Norman Conquest) and according to extensive tree-ring...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2010

Stokesay Castle
Stokesay
Shropshire, England

Wroxeter Roman City

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Attraction | "Go Roamin' with the Romans"

Wroxeter Roman City Photo, Wroxeter, England
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The Roman City of Wroxeter was discovered 150 years ago and was a popular visitor attraction for the Victorians, including Charles Dickens. Going by its Roman name of Viroconium, the site was the fourth largest Roman town in Britain. Originally a Roman fortress, after it was abandoned it became a civilian town and popular retirement home for former Roman soldiers. Obviously not very much remains some 1800-2000 years in the future, but it is still very interesting nonetheless.After you park in the free car park, you walk into the entrance which doubles as a gift shop, and where there are clean, well-stocked but fairly uninspiring toilets available. The staff were welcoming and friendly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2010

Wroxeter Roman City
Wroxeter
Shrewsbury, England
01743 761888

Wenlock Priory

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Attraction | "Much Ado About Something"

Wenlock Priory Photo, Much Wenlock, England
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Wenlock Priory is a medieval priory on the outskirts of the small Shropshire town of Much Wenlock. It is an English Heritage property. Some of the property is now a private residence since the priory (which was actually an abbey) fell into disuse after Henry VIII's dissolution. Much of the remaining ruins are available to tour. Included in your reasonable admission price is an audio tour. This lasted probably about 35 minutes (which was more than enough as it was early January!) and was 'narrated' by an actor playing the part of one of the monks that formerly lived there. The audio tour was very professional with sound effects and choral music in the background and they did their bes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2010

Wenlock Priory
5 Sheinton Street
Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6HS

English Heritage Membership

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Wenlock Priory Photo, Much Wenlock, England
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After a recent weekend away in Suffolk my partner and I discovered a number of English Heritage sites in the area. We tried to visit one but we were too late in the afternoon. After a perusal on the web I realised that there were loads of sites all around England that are of interest to people with an enthusiasm for historic sites and we decided that we would like to join for a year and see how we go. English Heritage is a government founded and supported organisation coming under the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is partly funded by the government, and partly from admission incomes and site/venue hire. Not all their sites charge an admission, a lot are free. They are current...Read More

Stonehenge

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Attraction | "Stoned"

Stonehenge Photo, Salisbury, England
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We arrived at Stonehenge one Saturday afternoon, not long after lunch. You can see it as you approach by road and if you are travelling to the South West on a Bank Holiday weekend this is a popular rubber-necking spot as everyone has a good look as they drive by. Not for us, as we planned a little trip here on our way to Bath so we turned off (to the A344 just off the A303 coming from London) and parked up in the designated parking area opposite the site. Parking was free but I understand that there is a charge during the peak season which is refundable on admission. This is to avoid people parking up and walking across the road to look at the site through the fence for free. Standard adult admis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2010

Stonehenge
2 miles west of Amesbury
Salisbury, England
01980 624 715

Marble Hill House

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Attraction | "Home on the Hill"

Marble Hill House Photo, Twickenham, England
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Marble Hill House is a Georgian Palladian style house near Richmond, South West of London. It is currently managed by English Heritage. It was built for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk. In a loveless marriage, Henrietta became mistress to King George II. She separated from her husband and upon leaving the services of the King she received a handsome financial settlement which she used to purchase land by the Thames and had the house built in the late 1720s. It was designed by Roger Morris in the new Italian influenced Palladian style. By all accounts Henrietta (who remarried after her husband died, the son of the Earl of Berkeley) was a popular hostess who entertained her many friends here...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2010

Marble Hill House
Richmond Road
Twickenham TW1 2NL
+44 20 8893 5115