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Lyveden New Bield

near Oundle, PE8 5AT, England
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Unusual national trust house, not a ruin or restored but one that never got fully built! The 17th century gardens are unique as they were never finished either so remain faithful to the original layout.

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nestling within the beautiful, yet lonely countryside just outside Oundle in the East of Northamptonshire,is the Elizabethan unfinished building which had belonged to the Tresham family from about 1450. Sir Thomas Tresham died in 1605 following many years of religious persecution. Thomas' son, Francis, along with his cousins Catesby and Wintour became involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Now owned by... More

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Bramshall, Staffordshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Fabulous National Trust property. Lovely to walk around on a sunny day with the audio tour. You have to have the Double cream ice cream after all that walking

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Devon girl
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9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were looking for a NT property to stop at to break a very long drive and so stopped here without knowing anything about the place just to stretch our legs and eat our lunch. It was a great choice and certainly we would visit again and spend a bit more time as we didn't have time to do the... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Had a family trip out (4 hours) here on 5th July 2014 and we all thought it was a fantastic and very informative National Trust property. Despite initial thoughts that there would not be much to see as it is an unfinished lodge building from 1605 it was in fact VERY interesting if you take the free Audio Tour that... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

When I drove up and saw that you had to pay to see a ruin I thought this was the National Trust taking the mick. I could not have been more wrong. The NT hut where you pay was run by a really sweet woman, and the experience of Lyveden New Bield itself is beyond astonishing, largely down to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We spent a lovely few hours wandering around Lyveden New Bield. The gardens and the lodge are beautiful and well worth a visit. We would definitely recommend the audio guide.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

They ran out of money around 1600 so was never finished. Superbly maintained grounds make this worth a visit. Worth an hour or so.

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Rushden, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Fantastic day out, stay an hour, half a day or take a picnic and enjoy the whole day. One of Northamptonshire's little secrets, owned by the National Trust, small admission fee, excellent tea room serving freshly prepared food, home made cakes, scones. Lovely place to walk and explore.

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UK
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25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It is a lovely place to visit. The house was never completed - yet stil looks so good. It is in a stunning location - with views of the countryside around. There is lots of space for exploring - orchards with sheep and lambs and some planted with fruit trees. Some of the gardens have been reconstructed too. There is... More

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