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Did you know that 2017 is the anniversary of the death of Palladian architect James Paine, of independence for India and of the Great Storm of 1987?  Each of these has inspired a feature in the new edition of Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens. 

Inspiring trips

You can buy Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens in Waterstones, WHSmith or any high street bookshop, price £16.99.

Damp February is the perfect time to cheer yourself up with a copy of this year’s guide. Most of the book is, of course,  dedicated to up-to-the-minute details of all the historic places you can visit all over the UK.  Heritage places that open regularly, only occasionally, by appointment and for weddings are all here, arranged regionally to make planning easy.  There are familiar National Trust places, famous palaces and hidden away private country houses and gardens.  The maps help you work out how much you can do in a day or a week, and there are lots of gorgeous photographs and articles to inspire you. 

Wondering where that lovely drawing room was in The Crown? Hudson’s looks at houses that are regular film & TV locations.  Or take a walk in Norfolk or a trip to Northern Ireland, there are lots of suggestions for historic places to enjoy. Also this year there is an exclusive interview with National Trust Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh and details of Jonathan Ruffer’s extraordinary plan for the rescue of Auckland Castle.  

Award winning sites

The guide features the winners of 2016’s Hudson’s Heritage Awards and the shortlist for this year’s 2017 winners is now out.  The awards are independently judged and celebrate the best visitor experiences each year. The winners and highly commended will be announced on 14 March in 10 categories:  Best Family Day Out,  Best Places to Eat, Best Places to Shop, Best Loos, the Hunters Award for Best New Discovery; the Savills Award for Best Innovation; Best Wedding Venue; Best Event or Exhibition and Best Hidden Gem.  Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist and fingers crossed!

Hitching a ride at Newby Hall - last year's winner of Best Family Day Out.

About Sarah Greenwood

Sarah Greenwood is publisher of Hudson’s.  She has worked with historic houses and heritage sites all her career in publishing, visitor services, marketing, management and consultancy, mostly in the private sector but also with English Heritage and the National Trust.