Ten Georgian houses

Published 18 February 2016

Palladian villas, Capability Brown gardens, the Gothic Revival: the Georgian era gave rise to some of Britain's most iconic architecture. Visit these stunning buildings across the UK.

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Croft Castle and Parkland

  • Herefordshire
Free entry

Home to the Croft family for centuries, this impressive manor house features fine Georgian interiors. The castle is surrounded by 1,500 acres of woods, farm and parkland within which visitors can find an Iron Age hill fort, while inside you'll find a number of 'atmosphere rooms' including an impressive saloon.


Royal Pavilion

  • East Sussex
Free entry

Built for George IV as a seaside retreat, Brighton's iconic Royal Pavilion is one of the most iconic buildings of the late-Georgian period. Inspired by Chinese and Indian architecture and home to one of Britain's finest collections of chinoiserie, the pavilion is filled with astonishing colours and examples of superb craftsmanship.


Marble Hill House

  • London
Free entry

Built for the 18th-century socialite Henrietta Howard as a retreat from crowded London, this beautiful Palladian villa is set in gorgeous riverside parkland near Richmond. Its interiors have been recreated with original Georgian designs, and are home to a fine collection of early Georgian paintings.


No 1 Royal Crescent

  • Somerset
50% off entry

The Georgian era was a golden age of urban development, and nowhere was that clearer than at the Royal Crescent in Bath. Designed by the architect John Wood, the Georgian stone facade remains virtually unchanged from the 1760s. No 1 is now a museum of Georgian life, recreating a fashionable 18th-century townhouse with a splendidly equipped kitchen.

Handel & Hendrix in London, interior

Handel House Museum

  • Greater London
Free entry

Home to the great Baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759, this beautifully restored townhouse celebrates Handel's life and works. Frequent music rehearsals and weekly concerts bring live music back to the house, among beautifully restored Georgian interiors. The next-door flat where guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix lived two centuries later is now also part of the museum.


Georgian House

  • Midlothian
Free entry

Set in the heart of Edinburgh's historic New Town, 7 Charlotte Square is often considered Robert Adam's crowning glory. It was restored to its original condition by the National Trust for Scotland in the early 1970s, and features fine collections of furniture and paintings.


Nostell Priory

  • West Yorkshire
Free entry

Built on the site of a 12th-century priory among hundreds of acres of parkland, Nostell was home to the Winn family for over 300 years. Today the 18th-century building with Adam interiors is furnished with mostly original pieces, including an unparalleled collection of Chippendale furniture and one of the country's finest private libraries.


Osterley Park and House

  • London
Free entry

Known as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was built by the Child family as a place to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Designed by the ubiquitous Robert Adam, the Childs' urban retreat appears as it would have done when they lived there in the 1780s and the gardens have been restored to their 18th-century grandeur.


Kedleston Hall

  • Derbyshire
Free entry

This spectacular Neoclassical mansion takes visitors on a trip back in time to the 1760s with an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings. Created for the Curzon family, who have lived on the Kedleston estate since the 12th century, it was designed as a personal museum and venue for entertaining.


Fairfax House

  • North Yorkshire
Free entry

A classical architectural masterpiece, it was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax and his daughter Anne and during the 1760s it hosted many glittering engagements of 'polite society'. Its richly decorated interiors were designed by York's most distinguished 18th-century architect, John Carr, who was commissioned by the Viscount to create a place where he and his Anne could enjoy the bleak months in comfort and grandeur.

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