Things to do in winter
A selection of free-to-enter and staffed sites remain open for local visits, so wrap up warm and enjoy getting outdoors at the sites near you this winter.
Due to changing tier restrictions, please follow the latest government guidance and check the individual property pages of the sites you'd like to visit for the most up-to-date information.
If you can’t get outside, you can also learn something new from the comfort of your own home. We've got feature articles, videos and quizzes to keep you entertained in the colder months ahead.
Plan a winter day out
Make the most out of winter
There's plenty to do in England this winter. Read about the best places to escape the crowds and be inspired by English Heritage Members’ recommendations.
Spotlight on the places we love
Take a closer look at some of our favourite historic places. Discover what we love about them, then plan your own adventure in the places where history happened.
Dog friendly days out
We love dogs as much as you do, so there's no reason to leave your furry friend at home. We've got lots of options for dog friendly days out at our castles, abbeys and historic gardens.
Curl up with a good read
HOW DID ROMANS COPE WITH SNOW ON HADRIAN’S WALL
Housesteads Roman Fort commands incredible views – but especially in the winter, that means it’s exposed to all the elements.
HISTORICAL MAKEUP LOOKS TO TRY AT HOME
You can watch the full series on YouTube, but here we’ve summarised five key looks from some of our favourite periods of history.
The origins of English Place Names
Have you ever driven through a town and wondered what's really in a name? There's a story behind every name, and we'll help you figure out what it is.
How to Make Soup for the Poor – The Victorian Way
As it is Winter, and very cold, Lady Braybrooke has asked Mrs Crocombe to make a simple soup for distributing to the poor of the parish.
It needs to be tasty as well as filling - after all, "just because one is poor, there is no reason that food should be bad"...Watch on YouTube
Watch our behind the scenes videos
Find out what our collections care team get up to at Osborne during the winter and discover how an expert team of gardeners, volunteers and kitchen staff grow and prepare delicious seasonal produce at Walmer Castle.
Behind the Scenes at Osborne
Walmer Castle kitchen garden: from plot to plate
Winter opening and tier restrictions
Many of our historic sites are open for local visitors and Members.
Local tier restrictions mean that some parts of your visit might be a little different, and some sites may be closed. You can find out the latest visit information and tier guidance on the webpages of each historic site.
Your wellbeing remains our priority, so all our COVID-secure safety measures are still in place. Visitor numbers are limited, and you need to book your visit in advance. You should also check the local tier guidance before you travel for your visit.Find out more