Tudor features in our houses

Tudor style at a glance:

  • Symmetrical architecture, around an ‘E’ or ‘H’ shaped plan
  • Multi-paned, lattice work and casement windows
  • Stained glass with heraldic and ecclesiastical motifs
  • Rich oak panelling, plasterwork and stone hearth surrounds
  • Walls adorned with tapestries and embroideries
  • Colours of dark brown, gold, red and green
  • Walls adorned with tapestries and embroideries
  • Velvet, damask and brocade fabrics for bed hangings and drapes
  • Decorative symbols of Tudor rose, thistle and fleur de lys
  • Trestle tables, benches, heavy chests and carved four-poster beds
  • Wooden floors, encaustic tiles and plaited rush matting

Follow the Tudor style trail

Keen to see this style in action? You can absorb the atmosphere of Tudor style at the following places:

    Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

    The family home of the Drydens since Elizabethan times, the interiors include original late 16th century murals depicting Old Testament tales, vast chimney pieces and elaborate plasterwork featuring typical Tudor symbols of thistles and pomegranates.

    Cotehele, Cornwall

    This atmospheric house with its superb collection of arms, armour, textiles and furniture, was built between 1485 and 1560 with later modifications. It features large Tudor fireplaces and ornate hangings.

    Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

    One of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses, it is a magnificent statement of its builder, Bess of Hardwick. Remarkable for being almost unchanged since Bess lived here, it is a rare glimpse into the formality of courtly life in the Elizabethan age.

    Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

    Wonder at the skills of past craftsmen in the Great Hall and as you climb the stairs to the Long Gallery in this classic example of a black and white timbered Tudor house. Marvel at its thirty thousand leaded window panes, each group designed with a different arrangement of triangles, diamonds, squares, circles and lozenges.

    Montacute House, Somerset

    A magnificent Elizabethan stone-built house, its Long Gallery is the longest of its type in England. Adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets and other Renaissance features, the house includes contemporary plasterwork, chimney pieces and heraldic stained glass.

    Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

    This quintessential Tudor moated manor house has a magnificent gatehouse and accessible priest hole. The rooms show the development from medieval austerity to neo-Gothic Victorian comfort and include displays of embroidery by Mary Queen of Scots.

    Paycocke's, Essex

    Marvel at the stunning woodcarving and elaborate paneling inside this wealthy wool merchant’s house built in 1500. The house is a grand example of the wealth generated by the cloth trade in the 16th century.

    Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

    Step back in time to one of Lancashire’s finest Tudor houses, with a spectacular Great Hall, intricately carved wooden screen and hammer-beam roof. A young William Shakespeare is said to have performed at the house for the owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh, and his guests.

    Sizergh Castle, Cumbria

    Built in the Middle Ages by the Strickland family who still live here, this imposing house was extended in Elizabethan times and includes an exceptional series of oak-panelled rooms, leading to an inlaid Chamber.

    Speke Hall, Liverpool

    One of the most famous Tudor manors, this half-timbered rambling house has rich interiors, the rooms spanning many periods, including a fine great hall and priest hole from that time, striking Jacobean plasterwork and intricately carved furniture.

    Sutton House, London, and The Vyne, Hampshire

    Room view of the Linenfold Chamber towards the fireplace showing the wooden table, carved wooden chairs and oak wall panelling

    A unique survival in London's East End, Sutton House was built in 1535 by Ralph Sadleir, a courtier of Henry VIII who had been placed in the household of Thomas Cromwell. Although it was altered over the years, it remains an essentially Tudor house with oak-panelled rooms and carved fireplaces.

    When William Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain, finished building The Vyne in 1520, it would have been similar in scale to Hampton Court Palace. The Oak Gallery is a who’s who of Tudor society with carved panels depicting the emblems of prominent figures including Catherine of Aragon while in The Chapel a rare example of Tudor paintwork survives.

    Tudor Merchant's House, Pembrokeshire

    Step back 500 years and discover how a Tudor merchant and his family would have lived in this fascinating three-story house close to the harbour of Tenby.