Christmas 2019
Father Christmas holds up a gift

Christmas 2019

Celebrate the festive season with family and friends at our historic places. Find an event near you and learn about the history of some of your favourite Christmas traditions.

Meet Father Christmas at one of our historical properties, sing carols in stunning surroundings and experience the spirit of a Victorian Christmas at Osborne and Audley End House.

Plan a refreshing winter walk in England's historic landscapes with our walking guides, or take a short break in the places where history happened.

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Christmas treats for everyone

  • Make a Victorian Christmas cracker

    Can you remember a Christmas lunch without popping a cracker, wearing a silly hat and sharing an even sillier joke? We have the Victorians to thank. 

  • Christmas crafts and recipes

    Join our Victorian cook Mrs Crocombe to try some of her recipes from the 1880s, or learn how to make a Tudor 'kissing bough' wreath. 

  • Gift of membership

    Give the gift of unlimited access to over 400 historic places this Christmas, with English Heritage membership. 

  • Unique Christmas gifts

    Discover our range of historically inspired Christmas gifts for the whole family. 

From our blog: Christmas traditions

Take a festive break

Immerse yourself in England's colourful past by staying in one of our unique and historical properties. From cosy cottages to gatehouse towers to beachside retreats, book your stay today and make this festive season a memorable one.

As other visitors leave, you can explore the historic site all by yourself. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the sun setting on hundreds of years of history and, come morning, see it light up some of the most iconic sights in the country.

See our Holiday Cottages

More to explore

  • Winter Gardens

    Our historic places are enchanting in the colder seasons so make the most of rewarding garden walks and sparkling wintry views.

  • Winter Walks

    Enjoy walks that take in some of our most atmospheric properties and read about the best places to escape the crowds.

  • Scenic Motorway Stops

    Escape the rush of traffic, stretch your legs, avoid the queues for the loos - stop off to explore England's story instead.

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