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Save our story - wall paintings
For centuries, England's story has been painted on church walls and castle ceilings in every corner of the nation. Restoring these precious wall paintings is like drawing back the curtain on the lives of those who shaped who we are. But sadly, dozens of these irreplaceable treasures are in danger of deteriorating so much that they could disappear forever.
Discover the full collection and be part of our mission to protect these relics of our past. Donate today to the appeal.Find out more
Our picks this season
Top 5 things to do in October
The clocks go back in October, making the month an hour longer. Which is just as well, because there’s an awful lot to pack in…
More than 600 warriors will descend on Battle Abbey on the weekend of the 12th–13th for our much-loved Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Plus there’s creepy castles to explore, a full programme of thrilling Halloween events over the half term week, and brand new episodes of our podcast.
Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly brilliant day out at our Halloween events taking place across the country.
Discover somewhere new
We're shining a spotlight on our favourite historic places, helping you to discover a new favourite on your doorstep.
Regional travel guides
Hitting the road for a short break or long weekend away? Our travel guides are a one-stop guide to every corner of England, from Cornwall to Northumberland.
Tales from English Folklore #5
THE TALE OF THE WRONGED LADY OF OKEHAMPTON
A local legend in the Devon village of Okehampton tells of a murderous woman, doomed to pay an eternal penance for her alleged sins. Join two Victorian gentlemen as they are given a guided tour, and hear the spine-chilling tale of Lady Mary Howard...Watch on YouTube
Roman inspired makeup tutorial
Discover how cosmetics from the Roman Empire literally changed the face of Britain in the 3rd century in our latest history inspired makeup tutorial.
How to Make Gingerbread the Victorian Way
Today we're in for a real treat. Mrs Crocombe is making one of her favourite recipes - a cheap and delicious Gingerbread Cake.
Podcast #24: The Story of a Real Downton Abbey at Brodsworth Hall
As the new Downton Abbey film opens, we head over to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in Yorkshire to explore life in a real Victorian country house.
The Myth, Legend and Folklore of England
England’s history is interwoven with the threads of myth, legend and folklore. These stories shape our understanding of our past and our present.
Join us as we tell tales from England’s past and uncover the history behind them, from St George to sea-monsters, medieval ghosts and buried treasure.
Tales from English Folklore #2: The Petrified Dancers of Stanton Drew
The second of our videos retelling England's folk tales focuses on the bizarre legend of how Stanton Drew Stone Circles came to be. They say it began with a wedding long, long ago...
The Map of Myth
Illustrated by artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins and brought to life by Gravitywell, our interactive map lets you explore the myths, legends and folktales of England in your web browser.
Explore Telling Tales
Discover more about England's historic myth, legend and folklore on our main Telling Tales page.
Members' and visitors' handbook 2019
Each year we publish our Members' and Visitors' handbook to guide you through more than 400 historic places within our care.
The cover of this year’s handbook is a specially commissioned piece by David Mankin, a Cornwall-based artist who paints abstract landscapes. Called Passage, the painting is David's response to the iconic Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.
Discover the story behind our cover and discover the site that inspired his creation.
The handbook is free for members or £10.95 through our online shop.
Blog: Interview with Cover Artist David Mankin
We caught up with David to discuss his art, his inspiration, and what it means to have his work on the cover of the handbook.
Become a member
Not yet a member? Join us today and enjoy unlimited access to over 400 historic places for a whole year from £4 a month.
Buy the handbook online
With a detailed listing of each site, split into regions for easy use, find opening times, transport links, facilities and the overall site history.
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The English Heritage Podcast
Step into England’s story with our new weekly podcast.
Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews.Listen or download