Family Days Out

Family Days Out this Summer

We are excited to welcome you and your family back to our historic places, with six sites now open. 

Prepare for battle with our family-friendly crafts and meet some of the most colourful characters in our history with our 'What Was Life Like' YouTube series.

Learn to cook the Victorian way with Mrs Crocombe at Audley End, dress-up in costumes and download some family games inspired by history.



Six of our historic places are now open, with further sites opening in early July. All visitors will need to book in advance and we have introduced limits on numbers to help keep everyone safe. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. 

  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

    For a memorable family day out in Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. An enjoyable way to discover more about the most famous date in English history.

  • Beeston Castle and Woodland

    If you’re planning a family day out in Cheshire, then a visit to Beeston Castle in Tarporley fits the bill perfectly. This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views.

  • Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

    Time really does stand still at Brodsworth Hall, one of the most unusual visitor attractions in South Yorkshire.

  • Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

    Once home to Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Today you can walk in the beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden and marvel at the mighty Norman keep.

  • Old Sarum

    Site of the original Salisbury, this mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark during 5000 years of history.

  • Wrest Park

    Explore the evolution of the English garden and take a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park.

Get creative

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.

Kids Rule! History made fun

Learn about England’s history and discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories, downloadable dress-ups and games. From the neolithic people at Stonehenge to the kings and queens who lives in some of our favourite castles, you'll be surprised what life was like hundreds of years ago.

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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?

Cook with Mrs Crocombe

Learn how to cook pancakes the Victorian way with Mrs Crocombe. Mrs Crocombe worked for Lord and Lady Braybrooke at Audley End during the 1880s. This episode is made from an authentic recipe as outlined in her Victorian recipe book.

To make this recipe at home, you will need: 3 tablespoons of flour, a quarter pint of milk, 3 eggs and butter for the pan, plus sugar, jam and lemon to flavour.

Members do more

Visit our historical places as many times as you like with our family membership packages starting from a monthly £5 per family (family with one adult and up to 6 kids). Walk where kings and queens have walked before you, scale majestic castle ruins and let off steam among some of the country's most picturesque grounds. 

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