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Lyveden New Bield

Oundle PE8 5AT, England
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Oundle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The building is only part of the experience here. Sir Thomas Tresham planned it as the pinnacle of the development. Below the top level where the unfinished summer house stands, in remarkably good condition, was an orchard and a canal. These have been faithfully restored by the National Trust as well as a flower meadow area. When we visited in... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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148 reviews 148 reviews
113 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We had not visited Lyveden New Bield for years and on a sunny autum afternoon following a good pub lunch we decided to see it again. The site has been well presented and the lawns and moat surrounding the ruin are well maintained...however it being a Wednesday in November everything was closed. As a tip, just check on the web... More

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Moira, United Kingdom
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216 reviews 216 reviews
71 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Its a few years since we were last here, there have been lots of improvements for the visitor. New car parking, a very well-done and atmospheric audio tour and a lovely tearoom. The building is not a normal ruin, it was built just short of roof level when Sir Thomas Tresham died. The builders correctly fearing they wouldn't be paid... More

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It was beautiful with the sun shinning through the trees showing of their Autumn colours. The national trust lady met us with a friendly smile and took on a guided walk through history. She was well informed and answered all our questioned. After our walk we thought we deserved some refreshments in the delightful cottage tea room, opting for home... More

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Having briefly been told by my wife about the nature of this property I have to admit I wasn't looking forward to the visit which was late in the afternoon. What an amazing surprise, the Nat.Trust free, hand held guided tour brought the place to life in a flexible easy to manage format. Some really interesting historical family links to... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

wow what an amazing place, it is hard to find and a bit out of the way but well worth it. we were really lucky to have a sunny october morning and the views and the scenery were stunning. the dictaphones they give you tell you the brilliant history of the place. the building is magnificent and we had a... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

As we drove up to this roofless house in the middle of nowhere I thought that we had made a mistake. It was, however a fascinating visit with explained links to the Gunpowder Plot. The NT gave free recorded devices which grout the whole experience to life - they should do this at all of their properties.

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Built by Catholic family who had problems with being Catholic and eventually the son was involved in the gunpowder plot which finished it off. The intended function of the house and its layout are interesting. Nice little tea shop attached

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a National Trust property with a difference. It's an unfinished early 17th century house, left much as it was when the workmen 'downed tools' and left the site over 4 hundred years ago. There is a pre-recorded commentary to tell you all the details of the story which also covers a walk around the adjoining gardens and orchard.... More

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67 reviews 67 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I regularly cycle the bridleway that runs past here so when I saw they were having an open weekend I jumped at the chance to have a look round & learn something about this intriguing building. We too along a group of family members including an elderly person with limited mobility, most of the site was fine for her to... More

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