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Which English Heritage site do you like visiting the most?

Image: visitors enjoying Witley Court and Gardens

With so many sites to visit it can be hard to decide where to start. We asked our Members which site is their absolute favourite, and although we had lots of wonderful site suggestions (honourable mentions to Witley Court and Gardens in Worcestershire, our Hadrian's Wall sites and 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield in East Sussex), we had to draw the line somewhere! Here are the top five places to visit according to our Members.

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1: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex

Top of our poll was the beautiful Audley End House and Gardens. A noble jacobean mansion set within a stunning landscape (including gardens remodelled by Capability Brown), Audley End is one of our most delightful treasures. Though the house is currently closed, the service wing, stable yard and grounds are open. 

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2: Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

A close second, Wrest Park always offers something new to discover in its vast and infinitely varied gardens. One Member said Wrest Park had 'Beautiful parkland, superbly presented gardens and a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere' – we hope you'd agree.

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3: Osborne, Isle of Wight

Get a flavour of royal life at Osborne, the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. While the house remains closed, you can discover the vast, lavish gardens and seaside grandeur with stunning views across the Solent. Explore the 'great grounds and secluded beach', as one Member described it. 

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Image: the Quarry Garden at Belsay

4: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland

Enchanted by Belsay's Grecian architecture, medieval castle, and thirty acres of outstanding gardens, one Member said 'we usually visit every month and can't wait to see where the gardens are at'. Roam through the unique micro-climate of the Quarry Garden with exotic plants around every twist and turn, and enjoy the quirky open spaces around the Hall and the castle.

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5: Dover Castle, Kent

Sitting high above the famed White Cliffs, Dover Castle is an iconic English fortress. Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Second World War, in an action-packed day out. 

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