History at Home

You might not be able to get out and visit our historic sites, but we’re still here to help you discover the best stories from England’s past.

On this page we’ve gathered all of our stay-at-home favourites, from videos and podcasts to old-fashioned recipes and historical how-tos.

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Family Fun and Games

Explore history with our crafts, videos and activities

Looking for inspiration?

There are plenty of ways to keep the family engaged with history from home, whether it's dressing up as a Roman, making a sword and shield, cooking a tasty treat or playing games from the past.

THINGS TO MAKE AND DO
  • SNAKES AND ABBOTS

    Print out and create your own copy of our history-themed twist on a classic board game. Can you survive the snakes and be chosen as abbot?

  • DRESS UP LIKE A ROMAN

    Reinvent yourself as a Roman god or goddess! Be Jupiter, god of the sky, or Diana, goddess of the hunt. Plus, there's a handy guide to tying the perfect toga.

  • TASTY BITES AND BAKES

    Serve up a slice of history at home. Head to the kitchen, put on your apron and try making these delicious recipes from the past.

  • TUDOR BATTLESHIPS

    Take on the Spanish Armada or the English Navy in our version of Battleships, and try to sink your enemy's ships. Simply print out to play.

Videos to Watch

  • ANIMATED HISTORY

    Did King Arthur really exist? How was Stonehenge created? Bring history to life with our animated highlights of the story of England.

  • WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE?

    Join young English Heritage Members as they meet characters from the past to discover what life was like through the ages.

  • HISTORICAL HOW-TOs

    The ultimate 'How to...' guide through history, from making your own sword or Roman mosaic, to how you would defend or conquer a medieval castle.

  • HOMES THROUGH HISTORY

    Travel back in time and discover what homes looked like across different periods of history.

THE ENGLISH HERITAGE PODCAST

Step into England’s story with our weekly podcast.

Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews across 50+ episodes.

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History From Above

See our sites from the skies

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic sites across England, each with their own story to tell. From Castles to Abbeys, monuments to gardens, these sites are even more remarkable when viewed from the air.

Join us as we take to the skies to explore these places from the past from a whole new perspective.

WATCH PLAYLIST
  • CARLISLE CASTLE, CUMBRIA

    Carlisle Castle is a dominating presence - a fortress with a long and sometimes grim history, standing proud in the city it has watched over for nine centuries.

  • DOVER CASTLE, KENT

    One of the most iconic of all English castles, Dover was known as 'the key to England' in medieval times and played a vital role during the Second World War.

  • FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE, SUFFOLK

    Once a fearsome fortress, muster your courage and explore Framlingham Castle's towering walls. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.

  • GOODRICH CASTLE, HEREFORDSHIRE

    Surrounded by open countryside, Goodrich Castle in Herefordshire is perhaps one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles.

  • OSBORNE, ISLE OF WIGHT

    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's family home. Take a glimpse into the private life of the royal family and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.

  • RIEVAULX ABBEY, YORKSHIRE

    ‘Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity’ - that's how Rievaulx Abbey's most famous abbot, Aelred, described this beautiful place.

  • STONEHENGE, WILTSHIRE

    Float in the footsteps of Neolithic people at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

  • WREST PARK, BEDFORDSHIRE

    Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses - 90 acres of idyllic, award-winning gardens that reflect England's love affair with landscape.

THE ENGLISH HERITAGE BLOG

Our blog has been running for over six years now, and it’s packed with brilliant history articles on everything from medieval medicine to the history of artificial light.

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History In Focus

Our Learn section is brimming with brilliant history articles.

Explore site histories authored by top historians, or listen to Speaking with Shadows, a podcast which listens to the people that history forgot. Explore themes in history like medieval castles, women in history and LGBTQ history. Or go in-depth and discover fascinating stories associated with our sites - from misbehaving monks at Hailes Abbey to the shelling of Scarborough in 1914.

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  • Why do we have easter eggs?

    How did the egg come to represent Easter? Discover some of the theories, explore the traditions that have come and gone over the centuries, and find out how to make your own traditional Easter Egg.

  • SAXON EASTER CUSTOMS AND WHERE THEY SURVIVED

    Easter gives us an insight into the customs of ordinary Saxons, before the Norman Conquest changed the culture of England. Rowena Willard-Wright, Senior Curator of Collections and Interiors, explains how.

  • Below Stairs at Audley End

    What were Victorian servants’ lives really like? Discover the stories of the men, women and children who worked at Audley End House, Essex, in the 1880s.

  • Where do myths, legends and folktales come from?

    Myths and legends are woven into the fabric of our culture, but where did they come from? Carolyne Larrington, Professor of medieval European literature at the University of Oxford, investigates.

Behind the Scenes

Caring for over 400 historic places covers everything from essential building repair works and restoring paintings, to planting historic gardens and keeping them blooming throughout the year.

Join us as we go behind the scenes to find out more about what it takes to protect England's past.

WATCH PLAYLIST
  • KITCHEN GARDEN: POT TO PLATE

    Go behind-the-scenes at Walmer Castle’s kitchen garden and discover how an expert team of gardeners, volunteers and kitchen staff grow and prepare delicious seasonal produce all year round for visitors to enjoy.

  • The Making of Tintagel Bridge

    Join James Strawbridge as he shares his fascination with the medieval castle and shows the journey of the making of the bridge, which has reunited the separated halves of Tintagel for the first time in over 500 years.

  • Wall Painting Conservation

    Find out the history behind the wall paintings at Longthorpe Tower in Cambridgeshire, and how conservationists from the Courtauld Institute of Art are currently restoring them using original techniques.

  • HOW ARE BLUE PLAQUES MADE?

    Frank and Sue Ashworth have been making London's blue plaques for English Heritage since 1984. We visited them at home in Cornwall to find out more about the process and their role in the scheme.

Voices of England

What actually makes a nation?

Is it the stories that we tell about ourselves, the landscape, the weather? Or is it something more personal, something that is felt; a sense of belonging?

Throughout 2020 and beyond, join us to explore the nation's stories and to find your own place within them. Discover with us how England has been shaped by its geography, climate and the coming together of different peoples and cultures over time. 

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