• Countryside Alliance Team

Sit back, relax and virtually tour these four magnificent stately homes

As many stately homes and parklands close due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to give you the opportunity to explore the historic homes and castles of the UK and Ireland, all from your very own home.

We have compiled a list of our top stately home virtual tours, all available to watch from the comfort of your easy/garden chair. You will be in awe of the interior masterpieces and architectural features of these spectacular buildings, and this is a great opportunity to take a peek into all of those stately homes and castles you’ve been meaning to visit but just haven’t got to yet.


As many of us are in self-isolation and practising social distancing, the virtual tours below are a lovely way to enjoy time at home and are equally entertaining for both adults and children alike. Learn together about the history of some of the UK and Ireland's most beautiful buildings and soak up the secrets from within their four walls.


So, let’s all sit back, relax and take in the splendour of these magnificent homes.


Blenheim Palace

Take a look inside Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top UK places to visit. Blenheim Palace is the current home of the Duke of Marlborough and closely connected with Winston Churchill.


Longleat House

Explore Longleat, an English stately home and the seat of the Marquesses of Bath. It is adjacent to the village of Horningsham and near the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset. It is noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze, landscaped parkland and safari park.


Glin Castle with Dominic West

Dominic West takes you on a tour of Glin Castle, the Irish ancestral home of his wife Catherine FitzGerald's family. From the 10,000 year old Irish elk skull and antlers to the resident spirits and ghosts, Dominic and Catherine show us everything.


Highclere Castle - The Real Life Downton Abbey

Spend the day at Hichclere Castle, the set of Downton Abbey, exploring the castle and the grounds with Countess Carnarvon and some of her seven dogs.


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