And through the stained glass window…

Did you know that York Minster is half the size of a football pitch, or that Gloucester Cathedral doubled as Hogwarts in a couple of Harry Potter films? How well do you know England’s amazing cathedrals?

Hereford Cathedral, 15-minute from Holme Lacy House Hotel

Hereford Cathedral

15-min drive from Holme Lacy, HR1 2NG
The magnificent cathedral is the pulse of the city, as it has been for more than 1,300 years. It’s Grade I listed with architecture that dates back as far as Norman times, but is perhaps most famous for housing the Mappi Mundi – the only complete medieval world map of its kind in existence.

Gloucester Cathedral, 55-minute drive from Holme Lacy House Hotel

Gloucester Cathedral

55-min drive from Holme Lacy, GL1 2LX
This masterpiece is among the country’s top cathedrals. It originally dates from Norman times, but is also rich with Gothic details. The architecture and stained glass are some of the best examples of their kind in the country, while the cloister is believed to possess the earliest surviving fan vaults in England. The building has featured as a set in several Harry Potter films, and scenes from Wolf Hall and BBC’s Sherlock have been shot here, too.

Holme Lacy House Hotel

A Georgian manor house enjoying listed gardens and views of the Wye Valley

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York Minster, 55-minute drive from Nidd Hall Hotel

York Minster Cathedral

55-min drive from Nidd Hall, YO1 7HH
York Minster is one of the country’s best-preserved cathedrals and a true giant. It’s the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe (after Cologne) and half the size of a football pitch. Here too is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.

Nidd Hall Hotel

One of North Yorkshire's grandest houses with a stand-out setting

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Chester Cathedral, 50-minute drive from Alvaston Hall Hotel

Chester Cathedral

50-min drive from Alvaston Hall, CH1 2DY
The red sandstone abbey is one of the city’s architectural treasures and has Grade I listed status. Despite it looking more Victorian than medieval, it boasts plenty of ancient details such as stiff-necked gargoyles and an intricate frieze and carvings. The bell tower is a 20th century addition.

Alvaston Hall Hotel

A half-timbered country house in the middle of Cheshire, just five minutes from the riverside town of Nantwich. This wonderful hotel delivers a memorable experience with its well-kept gardens and impressive historical features.

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Chichester Cathedral, 30-minute drive from Sinah Warren Coastal Hotel and Lakeside Coastal Village

Chichester Cathedral

30-min drive from Sinah Warren and Lakeside, PO19 1PX
Now 900 years old, the building combines Norman and Gothic styles and has a towering spire that dominates the horizon. Inside, there’s a blend of the old and the new with rare stone carvings from medieval times side by side with contemporary works of art and tapestries.

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