08/30/2012 07:26 am ET

London Travel: Visiting The Beautiful Houses Of Historic Figures (PHOTOS)

Visiting the homes of artists, writers, politicians and royalty is a rewarding way of gaining an insight into their private lives.

Southeast England, near London, boasts many historic houses that have been preserved as they were when their illustrious occupants were alive. All these houses, from large mansions such as Lord Mountbatten’s Broadlands to the more modest dwellings like Jane Austen’s house, contain exhibits relating to the life of the famous people who lived there.

Hat tip to our friends at DK Publishing for compiling this list of gorgeous houses below. For even more to see, check out "Top 10 London."

Still up for more sightseeing? Go royal watching at London's top royal spots, follow the trail of London's blue plaques, or knock back a pint in one ofLondon's best pubs.

U.K Homes of Historical Figures