In 1511 the third Duke of Buckingham began constructing a fortified manor just outside Bath. Although his vision wasn't exactly fulfilled (he was sentenced to death for treason in 1521), remnants of the original structure are at the center of this rambling, stone Tudor-style castle, along with formal gardens, rolling parklands, and original walled vineyards. Inside, medieval tapestries, stone floors, and carved ceilings evoke the structure's history. The 500-year-old castle once hosted an illustrious array of royals, including Queen Mary I, Henry VII, and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and today it opens its ornate oak doors to us commoners—though some guests swear they can still feel the presence of a few of those former visitors.
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