Family Days Out

Family Days Out

Almost all of our historic sites are open again, and we're delighted to welcome you and your family back.

Hit the trail, get exploring and make the most of these late summer days. Get inspired with Member recommendations and our handy guides designed to give you the information you need to plan your ideal trip.

Young adventurers can prepare for a day out in history with our family-friendly crafts and activities, and meet some of the most colourful characters in history with our 'What Was Life Like' YouTube series.

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We've introduced a range of measures including bookable arrival time slots and reduced visitor capacity so that you and your family can safely enjoy exploring the places where history happened.

Demand for tickets is high, so please only book if you're sure you can make the date and time of your visit. And remember to bring a face covering - they're now mandatory in all of our indoor places.

For more details, take a look at our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the booking process and on-site experience.

Get Inspired

Plan your ideal day out with our themed guides

  • Days Out with Dogs

    There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for you to enjoy alongside your furry friends.

  • Spacious Places

    Here are some of the places where it's easiest to explore history in the open air away from the crowds.

  • Rainy Days Out

    Whatever the weather this season, we have plenty of historic places to hide, play and enjoy the elements.

  • Top 10 Castles

    Want to be a king or queen for the day? We asked our Facebook fans to name their favourite English castle.

Members Recommend...

DISCOVER THE BEST PLACES FOR A DAY OUT, AS VOTED FOR BY OUR MEMBERS

  • Best Gardens

    Looking for a day out in nature? Discover which of our historic sites have the best gardens according to our Members.

  • Best Picnic Spots

    At which sites do our Members most enjoy munching their lunch? Hint: one of them lets you eat while 'watching the sea birds and the waves’.

  • Best places for kids

    Find out which sites are most popular with our younger Members, including ones where you can go many times and still not 'see everything'.

  • Best Walks

    From coastal walks to 'sweeping views over the surrounding countryside', discover the sites our Members most love taking a stroll around.

Members do more

Experience unlimited days out at hundreds of majestic castles, historic houses, awesome abbeys and glorious gardens, and help us to preserve the story of England for future generations.

Our annual family membership packages start from £5.25/month (for one adult and up to 6 kids).

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ACTIVITIES, QUIZZES AND VIDEOS TO INSPIRE YOUNG ADVENTURERS AHEAD OF YOUR VISIT

  • Things to make and do

    We’ve collected our best ideas for you to get hands-on and crafty with history. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and follow the instructions to make your own sword, shield and more.

  • Tasty Makes and Bakes

    Serve up a slice of history at home. Learn all about the origins of some of our food favourites, then download our instruction cards and try making these delicious recipes from the past.

  • Quizzes

    Test your history know-how with our quizzes. Whether just challenging yourself or hosting a virtual quiz with family and friends, we've got your history rounds covered.

  • COLOURING SCENES

    From Prehistoric people to Norman knights, take a trip through history and get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints to create your own versions of our history timeline posters.

Kids Rule! Explore history the fun way

Visit the Kids area of our website to discover more about England’s history and learn about our properties through fun facts, games, illustrated stories, downloadable dress-ups, and more.

Explore our kids area

What was life like?

Watch English Heritage members travel back in time to meet historical characters

MORE TO EXPLORE

  • Family Property Guides

    Our family guides cover things for all ages to see and do, as well as practical advice on food and drink, parking, toilets and access.

  • HOME LEARNING TIPS

    Read our tips on how to create the best learning environment for children, including how to approach teaching the same topic to different ages and abilities.

  • TEACHING RESOURCES

    Our free learning resources are packed with everything you need to give your learners a deep insight into the history of our places. Browse by theme, key stage and region.

  • Shop Toys and Games

    Have fun with our collection of traditional toys and games, from family-favourite board games and dressing up costumes, to lawn games and more.

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