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There's more to many of our historic places than meets the eye. 

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Mah-Jongg lounging in a deckchair on board the Courtauld's yacht 'Virginia'

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Spotlight on Eltham Palace and Gardens

Few properties can boast such an eclectic combination of history and architecture like Eltham Palace. Wander through a medieval hall that once held court for kings and queens, see glamorous examples of art deco design and explore a basement converted into a Second World War bunker.

When millionaire couple Stephen and Virginia Courtauld renovated the palace in the 1930s they combined the charm of the surviving Great Hall with their extravagent art deco tastes. They even incorporated their beloved pet lemur, Mah-Jongg, into the design. As well as accompanying the Courtaulds on their international travels, Mah-Jongg was also treated like one of the family and was given free rein of the palace.

Spotlight On Eltham Palace and Gardens
  • The boots of the Duke of Wellington, which can be seen at Walmer Castle

    Spotlight on Walmer Castle

    Looking out across the English channel from one of the country's most beautiful coastlines, Walmer Castle was built under instruction of Henry VIII. The castle is the residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports.

  • A family testing their strength at pulling a Stonehenge stone

    Spotlight On Stonehenge

    Over 5,000 years ago, our ancestors built what would become one of the world's most iconic monuments. Stonehenge's mysteries are still the focus of speculation, celebration and intense research today.

  • kids at Carn Euny

    Spotlight on Carn Euny

    People have lived at Carn Euny since the Iron Age in wooden, then stone, 'courtyard houses' - the remains of which are still visible today. These were the homes of the community who lived in the village during the Romano-British period.

  • Detail from the painting of St George and the Dragon on the wall at Farleigh Hungerford Chapel

    Spotlight on Farleigh Hungerford

    This picturesque ruined castle in Wiltshire may be peaceful today, but behind its tranquillity lies a tumultuous past. Over the course of its 700 year history the castle has witnessed immense wealth, scandal, murder, imprisonment, debt and, finally, ruin.

  • A family enjoying a day out at Tintagel Castle

    Spotlight On Tintagel Castle

    "We love crashing waves and mysterious coves, so this is our kind of beach." With atmospheric ruins on the headland, a fascinating museum and a beach to explore, discover why Tintagel Castle in Cornwall should be on your list of places to visit.

  • Arch in the Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland, with a rhododendron in bloom.

    Spotlight On Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

    Set into the picturesque landscape of Northumberland, Belsay has three distinct elements: a medieval castle, a Greek Revival mansion and 20 acres of lush gardens which make for a fascinating day out - especially if you're a keen photographer...

  • An archway at Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire

    Spotlight On Rievaulx Abbey

    Once one of the most important abbeys in England, the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire are a tranquil place to explore. A new visitor centre after a major conservation project, allowing you to understand the lives of the monks like never before.

  • Gatehouse and south tower of Stokesay Castle

    Spotlight On Stokesay Castle

    Although Stokesay owes its preservation to sympathetic conservation and its surprisingly peaceful history, Stokesay has seen its share of drama. Its first owner drowned and another went bankrupt - discover what else in instore at this unusual castle.

  • Volunteer at Kenwood

    Spotlight on Kenwood

    It's home to an internationally significant art collection, is a showcase of innovative design by Robert Adam and is immensely popular with locals too. This free site is open all year round - discover why we think you should pay a visit.

  • Whitby Abbey during the 2015 Illuminated Abbey event

    Spotlight on Whitby Abbey

    Whitby Abbey has inspired writers and artists for centuries. From the first named Anglo Saxon poet to the world's most famous Gothic novel, uncover the myths and legends which surround this picturesque ruin.

  • Housesteads Roman Fort

    Spotlight on Hadrian's Wall

    Hadrian's Wall stretches 73 miles across the North of England. With ruined Roman forts and ancient towns, mile castles and museums, there's always somewhere new to explore.

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