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Get Hands On with History

Discover castle life, hear legendary stories of brave heroes and formidable foes, brush up on sword skills or discover life upstairs and downstairs.

Maddie Moate Gets Hands-On at Battle Abbey

Our Hands On History events are taking place across the length and breadth of England this February Half Term. 

We sent Maddie Moate to the 1066 Battle of Hastings event at Battle Abbey, to brush up on her sword skills and have a go at jousting!


Find everything you need to know before you visit one of our historic places, with our in-depth family guides. Plan your worry-free day out at the mighty Tudor keep of Pendennis Castle, the home of Charles Darwin at Down House or the iconic ancient monument of Stonehenge.

Our family guides cover things for all ages to see and do, as well as practical advice on food and drink, parking, toilets and access.

Browse our family guides


Looking for a great visit that won't break the bank?

From castles and monastic ruins to Iron Age hillforts, here are our top picks for family days out on a budget.

Whether you conquer a Norman castle or get a glimpse of monastic life at a Benedictine monastery, a family day out in history needn't be expensive.

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