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The Blackbird: Frederick Tennyson

"The woods, the lawn, the peaked Manor-house,
With its peach-cover’d walls, and rookery loud,
The trim, quaint garden alleys, screen’d with boughs,
The lion-headed gates, so grim and proud,
The mossy fountain with its murmurings,
Lie in warm sunshine—while the Blackbird sings....."

Britain's historic houses are either privately owned or are under the ownership of English Heritage, the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland, Cadw, or Historic Scotland. These latter organizations provide free entry to members.

Some of the best historic houses......

England: Chatsworth House
England: Blenheim Palace
England: Shakespeare's Birthplace
Scotland: Robert Burns Birthplace
Wales: Portmeirion

Recommended ......

Read: The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago

Read: Stately Passions: The Scandals of Britain's Great Houses

Read: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain: A magnificent study of Britain's royal and historic heritage with a directory of royalty and over 120 of the most important buildings

Read: Houses of the National Trust

Read: Gardens of the National Trust

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