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Lyveden New Bield

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Address: Oundle PE8 5AT, England
Phone Number: 01832205158
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Unique, untouched, unimaginably wonderful

If there is only one hauntingly magical place in Northamptonshire that you MUST visit, then it's this. Set high on the hillside surrounded by open country, this huge roofless and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
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English first
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62 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

If there is only one hauntingly magical place in Northamptonshire that you MUST visit, then it's this. Set high on the hillside surrounded by open country, this huge roofless and incomplete Elizabethan Garden House is unique. Every stone tells a story. You breathe history here. The water gardens are unbelievable. Don't expect pretty flowers, just hillocks and canals and then... More 

Pakenham, United Kingdom
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421 reviews
375 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

My first impression was that I had come to an English Heritage site given the unfinished nature of the property. However it's a National Trust site and the audio tour is very thorough although there really isn't much to see in the house and only one (small) viewing point. Away from the house you can enjoy the walks along the... More 

Oakham, United Kingdom
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258 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We spent a surprisingly long time here as there was so much to see. We used the free audio guide round the house which gave an insight into the history in an interesting way. We also walked round the grounds which were lovely and peaceful and did the walk into the woods. Well worth a visit.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Very peaceful location with excellent views of e countryside. A shame building stopped on this lodge, how fantastic it would have been if it had been completed. Pleasant walks around the gardens and moat. The orchard looked great with abundance of fruit on the trees. Cafe on site serving teas, coffe and cakes. Very enjoyable visit. Will visit again just... More 

Milford, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Part of the National Trust, Lyveden New Bield is an unfinished old roofless building that Sir Thomas Tresham, a Roman Catholic who supported Mary, Queen of Scots, started in the early 1600s, full of religious symbolism, basically in the shape of a Greek cross, with lots of symmetry. A lovely walk with plenty of space amid meadows with sheep in... More 

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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Loved loved loved this place! The free Audio Tour is outstanding and we gained so much information about Lyveden New Bield from it. Hope to return in Spring to see the blossom in the orchard and and flowers on the mound. A stunning piece of unfinished architecture.

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

What an intriguing place! A National Trust property with a real difference. We visited on a chilly September morning and had a wonderful time exploring the never-completed shell of a 17c banqueting house. The 18th and 19th century graffiti alone are enough to evoke images of derring-do and misbehaviour! We walked the eccentric labyrinth, spotting red kites quartering the skies,... More 

All over the place
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68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Took advantage of the free audio guide which allowed one to opt for more detailed information on particular subjects. The grounds are extremely well kept, even the trees in the orchard are labled. Saw lots of birds and insects, well worth a visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We attended a wedding at this marvellous National Trust site. It was a warm summer evening and we were in a marquee on the ground opposite the ruins. The sunset through the old house was amazing. I would highly recommend this venue for a wedding but also as a great day out but as there isn't any shelter, go on... More 

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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Although an unfinished lodge the architecture was stunning and the symbolism in and outside was of particular interest. there are grounds to look around that were laid out to walk and immerse in the way the owner Sir Thomas Tresham had designed for the views and to contemplate.


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