The best historic houses to visit near London
Looking for the perfect day trip? We've compiled a list of the loveliest historic houses to visit near London
Charterhouse recently re-opened its doors to the public for the first time since 1348. Visitors are now allowed inside this newly renovated museum dedicated to telling the central London house's many, many stories. Formerly a monastery, then Tudor mansion, then a school (now moved to its present Surrey location), it's now an almshouse for 40 residents and a period drama director's dream.
Admission is free, tours from £10-20
Located in central London
Just beyond Bexley Heath, Red House is an oasis of walled gardens and orchards. The exquisite red brick house was commissioned by William Morris and beloved by the Pre-Raphaelite artists.
Adults £8, Children £4
Only 45 minutes from London Bridge
The Rothschild family's magnificent Buckinghamshire Manor combines High Victorian eccentricity with the architecture of a French Chateau and has plenty of activities and attractions to amuse the family for a day out.
Adults £19.90, Children £9.80
Only two hours from London Marylebone
Greater London's gloriously Gothic stately home bucked contemporary trends for Georgian order in favour of dramatic medieval flourishes. The gardens are also magnificent with Walpole’s grove of lime trees and a wonderful Shell Bench. The Teddy Bears Picnic is a lovely children’s event on the grounds themselves.
Adults £12.50, Students £6.25, Under-16s free
Only 40 minutes from Waterloo Station
With a rags to riches backstory and a guestbook that boasts the most elite figures over the last few centuries, Surrey Stately Home Polesden Lacey is well-deserving of its spot on the list of the National Trust's most visited properties.
Adults £13.60, Children £6.80
One hour from Waterloo Station
Along with the dubious title of 'most haunted house in England' Ham House is also famed for the decadence of its decoration. So, whether or not you see a spirit, there are plenty of treasures to discover.
Adults £11.05, Children £5.50
Only 50 minutes from Waterloo Station
A little further out (but worth every effort): Chatsworth House
Dowager Duchess of Devonshire & Stella Tennant, Chatsworth House, British Vogue, 2006 © Mario Testino
Venture to the Peak District, to the small town of Bakewell, dominated by landscape and by the imposing Chatsworth Estate, once owned by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and the Mitford sisters. The house itself is an architectural feast, but it also has a noteworthy art gallery and a sweet farm.
Adults between £6.50-23, Children between £6.50-14
Three hours and 10 minutes from London St. Pancras
Check the Chatsworth opening hours here