Five Tudor treats

Published 18 February 2016

From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, the Tudor monarchs presided over one of England's defining eras. Here's our guide to some of the greatest houses of the period.

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Cotehele House

  • Cornwall
Free entry

In the woods above the River Tamar nestles Cotehele, built by the Edgcumbe family in Tudor times and adorned with tapestries, textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. The gardens are as impressive as the interiors, with traditionally planted terraces, a medieval stewpond and a new orchard featuring local varieties of apple.


Burghley House

  • Lincolnshire
25% off entry and exhibitions

Burghley, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years and is one of England's greatest Elizabethan houses. It is home to many great works of art, including a significant collection of 17th-century Italian paintings, exceptional 18th-century furniture, and one of the earliest Western collections of Japanese ceramics.

Mr Wood's library with Chippendale furniture, Temple Newsam, Leeds

Temple Newsam House

  • West Yorkshire
Free entry

Known as the 'Hampton Court Palace of the North', Temple Newsam was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Sited on the outskirts of Leeds on ground once owned by the Knights Templar, it lies in 1,500 acres of parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and houses some of the country's most comprehensive collections of art and craft outside London.

Hellens Manor

Hellens Manor

  • Herefordshire
50% off entry

Hellens Manor is a living monument to England's history, home to artefacts associated with the Tudor dynasty and featuring gardens redeveloped along Tudor and Jacobean lines. Built as a monastery at the end of the 13th century and developed extensively in the Tudor era, Hellens is famed for its supposedly haunted room prepared for Mary Tudor and her tutor Fetherstone.

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