10 glorious English Heritage sites to celebrate St George's Day

We showcase the finest landmarks in the country

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St George's Day is upon us - and what better way to celebrate the best of English history than a trip to one of the country's most breathtaking heritage sites ?

From iconic landmarks such as Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall to historical sites such as the Battle Abbey where the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066, there are plenty of jaw-dropping tidbits of history nestled amidst the landscape.

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That's not even counting the wide array of stunning castles and gardens waiting to be explored, some of which have been home to royalty, as well as the homes of some of the world's greatest minds - including Charles Darwin.

The sheer amount to choose from can be somewhat overwhelming, so we've rounded up the top 10 English Heritage sites you simply won't want to miss - and where to stay if you're planning a visit...

1. Stonehenge

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The impressive rock formation and mysterious origins have made this prehistoric monument an icon, drawing in visitors from around the world and leading it to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Try getting there for the sunset for some truly spectacular views.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £16.50 and child tickets from £9.90, or you can buy family tickets for 2 adults and 3 children for £42.90. Click here for booking details .

Where to stay: The monument is situated in the town of Amesbury where there are plenty of local hotels available if you're after an overnight stay. Fairlawn House is a cosy bed and breakfast with just 14 rooms and although it's in the town centre, it's just a ten minute drive to the monument.

Double rooms start from £60 per night on Booking.com based on two adults sharing.

2. Hadrian's Wall

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Spanning 73 miles from coast to coast, built by the Romans and covering some of England's wildest and most dramatic landscapes, it's not surprise that Hadrian's Wall is an icon. Head to the Wall at Winshields for the highest point, with unparalleled views of the lusciously green surroundings.

Ticket prices: It's free to walk along the wall but some of the events and sites that take place nearby will include entry fees.

Where to stay: Gilsland Hall Hotel has proven popular with couples who want to spend a few days away on a walking retreat but return to a cosy hotel with picturesque gardens, comfortable beds and warming pub food.

Double rooms start from £74 per night on TripAdvisorbased on two adults sharing.

3. Battle Abbey

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In 1066 Battle Abbey was at the heart of the monumental Battle of Hastings, as King Harold and William the Conqueror faced off in one of English history's biggest conflicts. Nowadays there are plenty of re-enactments, exhibitions and ruins to check out, for a fun-filled family day out.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £11.20 and child tickets from £6.70, or you can buy family tickets from £29.10.

Where to stay: The boutique Abbey Hotel has just eight rooms and is less than one minute's walk from the Battle Abbey Gatehouse.

Double rooms start from £100 per night based on two adults sharing.

4. Dover Castle

If you're planning a trip to Dover, make sure you pay a visit to this astonishing fortress which has everything from its impressive Great Tower to Secret Wartime Tunnels nestled deep within Dover's famous White Cliffs.

History buffs will have plenty to discover about the castle which has seen everything from the Romans to the Cold War - and there are re-enactments throughout the grounds to really transport you back in time.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £19.40 and child tickets from £11.60, or you can buy family tickets from £50.40. Click here for booking details .

Where to stay: A short walk from the castle sits Hubert House. This four-star Guesthouse continues to be a firm favourite with visitors thanks to its snug rooms, mouthwatering breakfasts and central location.

Double rooms start from £59 a night on Trivago.co.uk based on two adults sharing.

5. Down House

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Charles Darwin and his wife Emma lived here hundreds of years ago - and it was in this very house that the scientist wrote his revolutionary 'The Origin of Species'. Nowadays you can explore the picturesque gardens, take a peek inside the rooms and even let Sir David Attenborough take you on an interactive multimedia tour around the house.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £11.80 and child tickets from £7.10, or you can buy family tickets from £30.70.

Where to stay: Travelodge London Bromley is just a short drive away from Down House, not to mention it offers some of the best budget-friendly prices in the area.

Double rooms start from £66 per night based on two adults sharing.

6. Blackbury Camp

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You'll feel like you've stepped into a fairytale as you wander through the stunning natural landscape packed with colourful bluebells and winding trees.

This hillfort dates back to the Iron Age and there are remnants that suggest it boasted impressive ramparts, but nowadays it's more suited for picturesque picnics and scenic walks - and dogs are welcome too!

Ticket prices: Entry is free, but the park is only open during daylight hours.

Where to stay: The Swallows Eaves Hotel is just a ten-minute drive from the camp, but it's also close to the coast if you're looking to spend a few days by the seaside. Rooms are spacious and airy and the hotel is located on a quiet street, ideal if you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Doubles start from £130 per night on Booking.com based on two adults sharing.

7. Apsley House

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This beautiful Georgian building was the London home of the first Duke of Wellington - not to be confused with Apsley House in Bath - and it's changed very little since his victory at Waterloo in 1815. Art lovers will no doubt want to while away the afternoon checking out the fine art collections - including paintings by Rubens - not to mention the collections of silver and porcelain.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £9.30 and child tickets from £5.60, or you can buy family tickets from £24.20.

Where to stay: Because of its central London location the hotels surrounding Apsley House can be quite pricey, but if you're going to spend a few days in the capital then we recommend staying in a Travelodge - there are plenty of London locations, not to mention rooms start from as little as £49 a night.

8. Bolsover Castle

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Built during the Stuart era and designed to impress, this stunning castle continues to be a popular attraction in the heart of Derbyshire. Wander through the pristine fountain gardens, learn about the history through interactive exhibitions, or simply take in the opulence of the interiors with a tour of the Little Castle.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £10.80 and child tickets from £6.50, or you can buy family tickets from £28.10.

Where to stay: Ringwood Hall Hotel is just a ten-minute drive from the castle, and is ideal if you're after a luxurious mini break. There's a full-service spa, an indoor pool, not to mention a spa tub and a cosy lounge that makes for the ideal setting for sipping on cocktails after a day of sightseeing.

9. Bratton Camp and White Horse

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The eye-catching White Horse can be seen far and wide across the landscape, and was believed to be a commemoration of the supposed Battle of Ethandun, while Bratton Camp's hillfort defences protected a settlement of houses, granaries and workshops.

Ticket prices: It's free to wander around but opening times are dependent on daylight hours.

Where to stay: The Hilbury Court Hotel is just a short drive away from Bratton Camp and White Horse. This family-run B&B has been praised by guests for its delicious breakfasts, not to mention the cosy and comfortable rooms. Double rooms start from £65 on Hotels.com based on two adults sharing.

10. Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

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This historical site stood tall from the beginning and almost the end of Roman rule here - and there are still huge stone walls marking the site of this Saxon Shore fortress. There's also a museum packed with fascinating exhibitions sharing tidbits of history.

Ticket prices: Adult tickets start from £6.20 and child tickets from £3.70, or you can buy family tickets from £16.10. Click here for booking details .

Where to stay: To reach the fortress you need to catch a boat from Sandwich, a picturesque town in the heart of Kent. The Sandwich Lodge and Resort continues to be popular thanks to its close proximity to the beach and indoor swimming pool, not to mention its rooms have quirky amenities such as in-room microwaves!

Double rooms start from £186 for two nights on Booking.com based on two adults sharing.

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