Tudor style at a glance incorporated: 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; and wooden floors, encaustic tiles and plaited rush matting.
The family home of the Drydens since Elizabethan times, Canons Ashby's 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.
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.
One of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses, Hardwick Hall 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.
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.
A magnificent Elizabethan stone-built house, Montacute's 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.
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.
Marvel at the stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling 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.
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.
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.
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.