England’s Best Buildings

English Towns’ tentative and unofficial Grade I* List!



Audley End House, Saffron Walden, Essex

Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (Roman fort)

Colchester Castle, Colchester, Essex

The Wheat Barn, Cressing Temple, Essex

Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk

Hedingham Castle, nr Halstead, Essex

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Melford, nr Sudbury, Suffolk

Norwich Castle, Norwich, Norfolk

Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk

Orford Castle, nr Ipswich, Suffolk

Oxburgh Hall, nr Downham Market Norfolk

Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Church of St Peter, Walpole St Peter, King’s Lynn, Norfolk (nr Wisbech, Cambridgeshire)

Wrest Park House, nr Ampthill, Bedfordshire


East Midlands

Bolsover Castle, Bolsover, Derbyshire

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Church of St Botolph, Boston, Lincolnshire

Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire

All Saints Church, Brixworth, Northants

Derwent Valley Mills, Derwent Valley, Derbyshire (nr Matlock, Belper, Derby)

Church of All Saints, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire

Church of St Wulfram, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall, Bolsover,   Derbyshire (nr Sutton-in Ashfield, Chesterfield)

Kirby Hall, nr Corby, Northamptonshire

Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Nine Ladies stone circle, nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Peveril Castle, nr Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire (also nr Sheffield)

Bass Maltings, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Wollaton House, Nottinghamshire



All Saints Church, Margaret St

Apsley House and Wellington Arch

Battersea Power Station

Bedford Park

Boundary Estate, Bethnal Green

British Museum

Buckingham Palace

Chiswick House

Forty Hall, Enfield

Eltham Palace

Gower Street

Hampton Court Palace

Kensington Palace

Kenwood House

Kings Bench Walk, Temple

Natural History Museum

Oxford Street, including Selfridge’s

Paddington Station

Piccadilly Circus and Regent St

Southwark Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Syon House

Tower of London

Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church



North East

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Barnard Castle, Co Durham

Belsay Hall, Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

Durham Castle, Durham, County Durham

Durham Cathedral, Durham, County Durham

Hadrian’s Wall

Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland

Newcastle upon Tyne City Centre, including railway station

Norham Castle, Northumberland

Raby Castle, Co Durham

Tynemouth Priory & Castle

Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow


North West

A&G Murray Mills, Ancoats, Manchester

Beeston Castle, Cheshire

Brough Castle, Cumbria

Carlisle Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria

Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, Cumbria

Castlerigg stone circle, Cumbria

Chester Cathedral

Chester Rows

Hadrian’s Wall

Jodrell Bank (nr Macclesfield, Knutsford, Congleton) (observatory)

Lancaster Castle

John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City, Merseyside including the Albert Dock

St George’s Hall, Liverpool

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester: Liverpool Road Railway Station…

Speke Hall, Lancashire

Swinside stone circle, Cumbria

Tynemouth Castle and Priory


South East

Arundel Castle, West Sussex

Battle Abbey, Battle, East Sussex

Bignor Roman Villa, West Sussex

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (house)

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Brighton Pavilion, East Sussex

Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

Burford church, Oxfordshire

Canterbury Cathedral and Abbey, Kent

Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Chatham Dockyard

Chichester Cathedral, Chichester, West Sussex

Crofton Roman Villa, Kent

Dover Castle, Kent

Downe House

Farnham Castle, Surrey

Fishbourne Roman Palace, nr Chichester, West Sussex

Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

Hever Castle, Kent

Knole, Kent (house)

The Great Western Railway (parts)

Leeds Castle, nr Maidstone, Kent

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent

Osborne, Isle of Wight

Oxford City Centre, including Oxford Cathedral and the Radcliffe Camera

Oxford University, including the Peckwater Quadrangle, Christ Church & Divinity School & Canterbury Quad, St John’s

Parham House, Sussex

Pevensey Castle, East Sussex

Portchester Castle, Hampshire

Richborough Roman Fort, Kent

Rochester Castle, Rochester, Kent

Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, Kent

Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre, Hampshire (nr Reading, Basingstoke)

Uffington White Horse and Castle, Oxfordshire

Walmer Castle, Kent

Winchester Cathedral

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire (castle)


South West

Avebury, Wiltshire (nr Calne, Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon)(ancient monument)

Bath Abbey

Bath Roman Baths

Bath World Heritage City, including The Circus and The Crescent

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe church

Bristol GWR (see London)

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon

Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire

Christchurch, Dorset

Cirencester church, Gloucestershire

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Exeter Cathedral

Fairford Church, Gloucestershire

Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset

Gloucester Cathedral

The Great Western Railway: Bristol, Swindon

Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Launceston Castle, Cornwall

Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire

Nunney Castle, Somerset

Old Sarum, Wiltshire

Ottery St Mary church

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

Restormel Castle, Cornwall

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Salisbury Cathedral

Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne Church, Dorset

St Michael’s Mount Castle, Cornwall

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire (nr Salisbury)

Swindon GWR (see London)

Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

Wansdyke, Wiltshire

Wells Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace

Wilton House, Wiltshire


West Midlands

Cheadle church, Staffordshire

Ditherington Flax Mill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire

Hereford Cathedral

Ironbridge Gorge, Ironbridge, Shropshire

Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Lichfield Cathedral

Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire

Ludlow church, Ludlow, Shropshire

Offa’s Dyke

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Warwick church

Worcester Cathedral

Wroxeter Roman City



Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire

Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire

Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire

Burton Agnes Hall

Conisbrough Castle, South Yorkshire

Castle Howard

Clifford’s Tower, York

Harewood House

Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire

Patrington church

Pickering Castle, North Yorkshire

Ramsdale stone circle, North Yorkshire

Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire

Saltaire, City of Bradford, West Yorkshire

Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire

Selby church, North Yorkshire

Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire

Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Wheeldale Roman Road, North Yorkshire

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

York Minster, North Yorkshire