Blickling Hall, Norfolk: The Perfect Autumn Getaway

Cover image: The Parterre by Martin Pettitt via Wikimedia Commons –  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Autumn is about to burst upon us here in England, in all its vibrant glory; a time of dazzling colours, warm fires and great bounty in the kitchen garden, with apple trees festooned with a huge variety of heritage fruits. … Read more

Tattershall Castle and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

Tattershall Castle

Cover image via Wikimedia Commons courtesy of Tanya Dedyukhina via Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Tattershall Castle and its history are intertwined with that of one of its most famous owners, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, long-time boon companion of Henry VIII. He was an ever-present and ever-loyal intimate of the king. Across the centuries, … Read more

Framlingham Castle, Suffolk: A Tudor Stronghold

To stand in the centre of Framlingham Castle, surrounded by its nearly 900-year-old walls, is to stand in the place where a renewed Catholic era dawned over England. For it was here, in July 1553, that the Lady Mary learnt that she had been accepted as rightful queen, following the death of her younger brother, … Read more

West Stow Hall, Suffolk

West Stow Hall is a beautiful, early, Tudor manor house in Suffolk, England. Associated with Mary Tudor, Queen of France, it is now a B&B and is a perfect place to stay if you are touring Suffolk and love staying in historic properties.

Is your idea of the perfect weekend get-away staying in a charming Tudor manor house, full of original features, nestled deep in the peaceful, English countryside and within reach of several fabulous, historic, Tudor properties? Would you like to wake up in the morning to bird song, a stroll around a pretty English garden before … Read more

The City Palace of Düsseldorf: The Early Years of Anne of Cleves

The City Palace of Dusseldorf, birthplace of Anne of Cleves

How well do you think you know Anne of Cleves? We know all about her fated first meeting with Henry VIII, her short tenure as queen and the quick divorce that followed. But what about her character? Who was Anne of Cleves and can we get just that little bit closer to knowing the woman … Read more

Hampton Court Palace – Henry VIII’s Lost Apartments

This post contains some affiliate links Have you ever visited Hampton Court Palace, the Mecca for any Tudor time traveller? Maybe not yet, but you dream of it. Maybe you have; and if that is the case, I bet most of you will have walked straight past some of the most intriguing features of the … Read more