Family Days Out

Family Days Out this Autumn

Grab your coat and pull on your wellies, it's time to explore history this autumn. The weather may be crisp but our castles, abbeys and stately homes are looking gorgeous this season. Enjoy the autumnal colour palette of copper, amber and green in our gardens, then cosy up inside the places where history happened.

Check out the nation's top 10 castles as chosen by our Facebook fans and explore our selection of family days out for under £20. 

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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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Outdoor Play areas at our Historic Places

Once you've finished exploring a castle, or wandering through the grounds of a stately home, head to the play area so your little adventurers can burn off their extra energy. We've picked out our favourite outdoor play areas for you and your family to discover.

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Family Property Guides

Make the most of your day out with our free family property guides. We'll show you interesting things to look out for, the best places for your kids to play and provide all the practical information you need to have the perfect family day out.

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What was life like?

English Heritage members travel back in time to meet characters from the past in our YouTube series, What Was Life Like?

Get creative at home

Get ready for a family day out at one of our historic places by learning how to make your own cardboard shield, sword and dragon.


Castles make exciting summer days out for all ages, and earlier this year we asked our Facebook followers to name their favourites. Here are your top picks.

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