Avebury Manor

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

This 16th-century manor house had the mother of all heritage makeovers as part of the BBC TV series The Manor Reborn . It used original techniques and materials to recreate interiors spanning five periods, so now you can sit on beds, play billiards and listen to the grammar phone in rooms that range from Tudor, through Georgian to the 1930s. In the garden, the topiary and box hedges create a series of rooms that inspired Vita Sackville-West, creator of Sissinghurst gardens in Kent. Visits are by timed tickets only; arrive early to bag a slot.