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Inspire me

Find ideas for things to do this season, read our latest blog posts and news stories, plus keep up with us on social media for weekend inspiration. Go in depth and discover our historic gardens, travel guides, historic walks, Victorian recipes and more. All the inspiration you need is right here.

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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.

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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

The top 5 things to do this month…

  • Halloween Events

    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.

Recent Episodes

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... 

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  • 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.

Telling Tales

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. 

DAYS OUT INSPIRATION DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX

Get tips and ideas for historic days out straight to your inbox when you subscribe to our monthly days out newsletter.

Featuring places to go, walks and holidays away, plus all the latest events, it has everything you need to plan ahead and explore the past each month.  

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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.

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Plan a holiday in history

From coast to countryside, our holiday cottages give you the chance to enjoy a break in the heart of some of England’s most iconic historic locations. 

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