Visit: Somersham Park House and Vanbrugh's Kimbolton Castle

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Somersham Park House is a Georgian house built in 1802 on the site of a former palace of the bishops of Ely. A delightful property with bright spacious rooms and elegantly furnished, it is surprising to learn of the derelict state it was in until 2002 when a major restoration project started. The story of the house's rescue by a professional restorer is fascinating.

In Kimbolton visit the church which has some notable features including the only Tiffany window in a church in England. Following this, visit the castle, which is currently a school. A castle has stood on the present site for hundreds of years. It was the last residence of Catherine of Aragon, who died there in 1536. Much of the castle as it stands today was designed by Vanbrugh, with assistance from Hawksmoor, in the early 18th century. Inside there are many paintings by Giovanni Pellegrini on the walls and ceilings. The gatehouse was designed by Robert Adam.