Visiting

Hundreds of stately homes are open to the public to visit, mostly during the summer. A guide to which houses are open and when is Hudson’s Historic Houses and Gardens, published each December for the upcoming year, which can also be viewed online by geographical area by clicking on Where To Visit (top left). Other lists include Britain Express and England’s Thousand Best Houses by Sir Simon Jenkins.

The Top 100 Stately Homes Open to the Public:

Royal residences (14):

England (48):

Scotland (15):

Wales (7):

Northern Ireland (4):

Republic of Ireland (12):

Note: The selection criteria is based on large Grade I houses with grand interiors and furnishings being open to the public on specified days each year without appointments, with the final inclusion cut-off at the Editor’s discretion, with a preference for the Palladian style. Hotels and B&Bs are excluded because they are listed on another page. Please leave a comment below if you feel any worthy house has been overlooked, suggesting which house should be removed from the list in its place (however some excluded English houses may rank higher than other region’s houses, but have been left out to allow for a representative selection from all regions).

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