Family Days Out
Looking for somewhere where you and the family can get out in the fresh air together and create memories? Our special historic places offer extraordinarily good value and are full of heart-warming adventures for parents and children alike.
Experience the beauty of winter at breathtaking castles, abbeys and stately homes, or stretch little legs and fire up imaginations with our family events and activities.
Read on for tips and suggestions and to find out what’s on. Find a site near you and book your tickets today.
Gather your friends and family this winter and experience the past in a spectacular new light. Celebrate Christmas with brand new, interactive light trails at some of our most popular properties. Brought to you by our event partner Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage, get ready for colour, lights and play this December.
Marvel at the historic buildings being bathed in light as you warm up with a glass of mulled wine and toast a marshmallow under the night sky. You can also stock up on Christmas gifts and tasty treats in our shop.
Christmas at Kenwood
Delight in a dazzling light display within the grounds of Kenwood House and celebrate Christmas at one of the most iconic houses in London.
Christmas at Eltham Palace
Experience Eltham Palace with all the spectacle that Henry VIII might have with a host of light installations designed to fit in with the surroundings.
Christmas at Wrest Park
Explore Wrest Park's renowned garden and grounds in a new light and be captivated as you enjoy an enchanted Christmas with family.
Christmas at Walmer Castle
Enjoy historic grounds bathed in festive light at this Tudor fortress as you explore an immersive experience guaranteed to thrill the senses.
Festive Stories with Father Christmas
Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy festive schedule to tell some of his favourite seasonal stories around the Christmas tree, in our group storytelling sessions. Then, you and your children will get the chance to meet the man himself, take photographs and make memories to treasure, as children receive a traditional present to unwrap.
MEMBERS RECOMMEND: BEST PLAY AREAS
We know how important it is to keep the kids entertained, and a play area is always a helpful place to run off some steam. We asked our Members which sites have the best children's play areas and why.Find a play area near you
MEMBERS RECOMMEND: BEST SITES FOR KIDS
Happy kids equals happy parents! We asked our Members which sites are their children’s favourites. Did your favourite make it onto the list?Find a site near you
Inspiration and top tips for visiting
It can be tricky to plan a day out with the little ones. To give you peace of mind for your visit, we've prepared helpful guides packed with useful info. Browse the guides, find out what you can look forward to, and get the answers to questions about our facilities at some of our favourite historic places.Browse all family guides
Discover the wartime tunnels and climb to the top of the mighty Tudor keep at Pendennis Castle. The recreated gun deck brings the noise and drama of a castle under attack to life.
With imposing stone walls, huge fireplaces where kitchen staff worked over roasting spits, and restored furnished rooms, step into medieval life at Warkworth Castle.
Down House: Home of Charles Darwin
Step back into Victorian family life at Charles Darwin's family home. Explore the garden where Darwin conducted his most famous experiments and learn about his greatest discoveries.
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
With a family exhibition and play area, as well as a new viewing platform on the rooftop of the gatehouse, explore the battlefield of a major turning point in England's story.
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Top 5 things to do in December
This December, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you step into history. Discover Christmas through the ages, try a traditional Victorian craft, and join us for a month full of festive events.
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.
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