The British landscape is dotted with a plethora of magnificent stately homes, many of which have been standing for centuries. However, despite their old age, these homes have remained a key part of British culture, hosting a number of illustrious guests and even being used in recent film and television adaptations.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the number of stately homes open to visitors this summer, the interiors specialists at Stelrad have analysed the Instagram popularity of Britain’s period properties to create a list of the most popular stately homes to share on the ‘gram. Time to get snapping!
The most popular stately home with over 163k hashtagged posts is Blenheim Palace, located in Oxfordshire. The Georgian home was built in 1722 is the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is open to the public for daytime visits, offering a range of activities perfect for a family day out, including a bushcraft experience, garden photographer exhibition, Olympian front crawl workshop and an outdoor cinema.
Chatsworth is located in Derbyshire and is the second most popular Stately home with over 112k posts. The Tudor house, passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family, also offers a real-life stories exhibition for a chance to learn more about the historic past of the house, as well as a cinema under the stars experience, a 105-acre garden where picnics, camping and afternoon tea is welcomed! You might recognise this lovely home from popular films and TV shows like Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess.
With 54.5k hashtags, this Baroque house in North Yorkshire is the third most Instagrammable house in the UK. Construction began in 1701, and it took over 100 years to complete and spanning the lifetimes of three Earls. Castle Howard is also home to a number of lush gardens, many of which have been used as film backdrops – Bridgerton, Brideshead Revisited and Death Comes to Pemberly. Now, visitors are able tour the house and grounds, host suppers and weddings, and indulge in a number of enjoyable events like outdoor cinemas, art exhibitions and seasonal Proms.
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Hatfield is a Tudor estate is currently the home to the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury, however also housed Henry VIII’s children, King Edward VI, and Queen Elizabeth I. The estate offers self-guided and guided tours of the estate, as well as number activities in other parts of the grounds. Take a hot air ballon ride, experience an outdoor play, or dance all night long at a music festival. The choice is yours!
Burghley is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the sixteenth century, situated near Stamford, Lincolnshire. The estate’s 27k hashtags can be seen to include the extensive art collection, wall and ceiling paintings, and multiple fine food and drink fairs. Make sure to visit for a spooky Halloween tour, or for the spectacular Christmas fair.