Family Days Out

Days out for under £20

Looking for a family experience that won't break the bank?

From mighty Norman castles to atmospheric abbeys, we've listed our top picks for English Heritage family days out on a budget.

Old Sarum

Wiltshire, Family ticket £19 (Book in advance for 2 adults and up to 3 children)

Climb the mighty ramparts of this Iron Age hillfort for views over the Wiltshire plains. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral and conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte. Find out how the Romans, Normans and Saxons all left their mark on this impressive landscape.

Pack a picnic, and enjoy the 29 acres of rare grass chalk land. Look out for butterflies and kestrels, which are often seen hovering over the outer bailey. In the summer, you can play is croquet or giant jenga on the lawn.

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DUNSTANBURGH CASTLE

Northumberland, Family ticket £19 (Book in advance for 2 adults and up to 3 children)

Enjoy a 1.3 mile walk along the rugged Northumberland Coast to reach the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, a medieval ruin with a once-great, twin-towered keep.  

The paths around the perimeter of Dunstanburgh give adults and kids alike excellent opportunities to see large varieties of birds, flowers and mammals at close range, particularly nesting seabirds and birds of prey.

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Image: Wellington Arch

WELLINGTON ARCH

London, Family ticket £19 (Book in advance for 2 adults and up to 3 children)

There aren't many London attractions where the whole family can visit for less than £20, but Wellington Arch is still one of them!

Wellington Arch was originally built as an entrance to Buckingham Palace, but later became a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. Look out for the huge bronze statue of the Angel of Peace at the top. 

Time your visit right, and you can watch the Household Cavalry passing through the arch on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard. The traffic will stop as the soldiers mounted on horseback pass beneath you: it's an unforgettable sight.  

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Image: Pickering Castle  (copyright Historic England)

PICKERING CASTLE

North Yorkshire, Family ticket £19 (Book in advance for 2 adults and up to 3 children)

Pickering Castle has a colourful history, having been used as a royal hunting lodge, holiday home and a stud farm by a succession of medieval kings. This splendid 13th-century castle is now set in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Don't miss the spectacular views from the top of the keep, the wildflower meadows and unique wildlife to discover alongside the castle's centuries-old story.

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RESTORMEL CASTLE

Cornwall, Family ticket £19 (Book in advance for 2 adults and up to 3 children)

Climb up the stone staircase from the courtyard at Restormel Castle, one of the  most remarkable castles in England, and you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding Cornish countryside.  

Enjoy the wall walk around the inside of the inner ward before exploring the grounds. Visit in spring, and you'll be treated to daffodils and primroses; summer visitors can enjoy rhododendrons; if you stop by in autumn, look out for the black pheasant who lives in the surrounding woodland.  

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A father and child explore historic ruins.

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