The UK is blessed with thousands of castles, cathedrals, stately homes, parks & gardens as well as a host of other historic remains and heritage sites. For the curious these offer the perfect opportunity for year round exploration and learning.

Our collection of prestigious old inns, landmark hotels and historic pubs with accommodation offer a great base from which to enjoy such places of interest.  In fact, you could say our accommodation perfectly complements any planed break that includes heritage sites on its itinerary.

To help you plan your getaway to the past, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the most interesting heritage sites that surround our most historic inns.

Heritage Holidays in The English Lakes

Our fantastic accommodation at The Wheatsheaf Inn, in Brigsteer, near Kendal, not only sits at a gateway to the Lake District, it is also surrounded by heritage.  It’s a short drive from both Sizergh Castle (a National Trust property that consists of a beautiful medieval house and some stunning gardens) and Kendal Castle (a monument of 12th century earthworks and 13th century castle, that is managed by Historic England).  Fancy something more up to date?  Then spend a night or two at the Queens Head in Troutbeck or the Queens Head in Hawkshead and delve into the numerous heritage attractions that are associated with Beatrix Potter accross the national park.

History Tours in Lancashire & around the Yorkshire Dales

A visit to the North West of England will open your eyes to a treasure trove of old houses and medieval monuments.  The pretty Spread Eagle Inn, in Sawley, near Clitheroe sits on the banks of the River Ribble between the AONBs of the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Hill.  This pub’s historic claim to fame is the fact that it’s just 499 feet from Sawley Abbey a Cistercian monastery that was founded in 1148, against the dramatic backdrop of Pendle Hill.  A few miles further east, our Individual Inns; The Fountaine, in Wharfdale and The Wheatley Arms in Ilkley, are both just a few miles from the spectacular remains of Bolton Abbey where you can explore the ruins of the famous Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend, described as ‘the “jewel in the crown” of Yorkshire’s many landscapes’.

Discover the History of Cheshire

The county of Cheshire is broadly associated with being near the heart of the industrial revolution and is certainly a place where the people that drove that sea change chose to spend some of their wealth on grand mansions. Visit the Bulls Head in Hale Barns and you’ll be on the doorstep of Tatton Park with its 18th century mansion, gardens and 1,000 acre deer park.  Move south to the Legh Arms in the pretty village of Prestbury and you’re within striking distance of three of The National Trust’s most popular historic attractions in the county; The Historic parkland and tranquil gardens of Hare Hill, the impressive views of Alderley Edge and the, now fully restored and working, medieval Alderley Mill.

Visit Wales’ Castles in Comfort

You’ll be tripping over historical monuments when you make your way to any of our landmark pubs and hotels in North Wales. The Wynnstay Arms in Clwyd is just up the road from the grade II listed Chirk Castle, where you can visit the most magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches. Move deeper into the north of the principality and you’ll find both Caernarfon Castle and Beaumaris Castle on your way to the Seacroft on Anglesey, then further south both The Royal Ship Hotel and, our most popular hotel, the George III, near Dolgellau, are just a few miles drive down the coast from the spectacular castles at Criccieth and Harlech.

Make a break for history & heritage

So, there you have it, visit almost any of our Inns, Hotels or pubs with accommodation and if a journey into the past is in your immediate future, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Follow the link below, find your accommodation and enjoy some modern standards of service and hospitality alongside some of the most interesting historical attractions that surround our pubs.