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This summer, we've got it all: mighty castles, colourful gardens and family fun that just doesn't stop.

Enjoy great value days out all summer long and a packed schedule of legendary events including brand-new Summer Quests for our littlest adventurers.

Get your feel-good summer started now. Become a member today and save 20% off by annual Direct Debit using code SUMMER24

This summer is going to be special. We can just feel it.

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Feel good all year round with English Heritage membership. Enjoy unlimited access to over 400 historic sites for you and up to six children, free parking, and free or reduced-price entry to events. Plus this summer, you’ll also get free lunch for up to two kids when you spend £10 or more in our cafes. 20% off applies to annual direct debit only.



Feel great this summer at our unmissable historic events taking place across the country.

Witness live-action clashes of brave Roman soldiers, gallant medieval knights, jousters and swashbuckling pirates. Marvel at awe-inspiring falconry and hawking displays, go on an explorer quest with your little adventurers, or just spend some time relaxing in beautiful grounds with live music Sundays.

Plan your summer adventure
  • Romans

    Head to the Roman encampment to see the fort brought back to life and hear first-hand what life was like for Roman people.

  • Pirates

    Witness some of history's most famous pirates fight it out at close quarters, and listen to them tell their tales of life on the high seas.

  • Knights' tournaments

    Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at our Knights’ Tournaments.

  • Legendary jousts

    Experience the exhilarating spectacle of speed and skill as four legendary knights compete for honour and glory in the Grand Medieval Joust.

Where's my shadow? Summer Quests

Oh no! Noble, our trusty guard dog, has lost his shadow. He needs your little adventurers' help to find it… or he could lose his imagination forever!

The quests are available at 29 sites across the country until 1 Sep. There are four different quests too, so there’s lots to keep little detectives busy time and again!

Find a quest near me
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Family Fun Planners

Plan a historic summer with our downloadable summer planners. Filled with top tips and key dates for your diary, our planners cover events and activities across the country this July and August.

From our summer quests trying to help Noble find his lost shadow to knights' tournaments across the country, there's something for everyone!


Feeding the kids can often feel like putting on a royal banquet when you're out but feasting at our sites this summer means great value for the whole family. 

Members spending £10 or more in our cafés this summer, receive up to two free children's lunch bags. 

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Brilliant family 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.

Days out on a budget

Car-free days out

Many of our historic places, such as Hadrian's Wall, can be visited by public transport. Whether you're looking to visit one of our sites by bike, bus or on foot, here's a selection of the most easily accessible ones. 

We're working with Good Journey to encourage car-free adventures where possible. Travel by train, bus or bicycle to receive a 20% discount off walk-up admission prices at selected sites.

Find car-free days out
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Get involved with our feel-good summer reel

Share your videos of 'feel-good summer' days out for the chance to feature on our social channels and win exciting prizes from our shop.

To enter, simply upload a 5- to 10-second clip of your days out at our historic places, either in the comments section of our weekly #EHSummer Facebook competition posts (@EnglishHeritage) or as an Instagram post by tagging @EnglishHeritage and using #EHSummer.

We'll be picking our favourites to share each week and giving out prizes to a selection of winners, so make sure to share your best clips for a chance to win! T&Cs apply.


Were you born in the wrong era? 

We're all enjoying the exciting summer of 2024, but inside, do you really feel you are Roman, Tudor, Victorian or Medieval? Would you happily swap your life in the 2020s for another era?

Take this fun quiz to find out, and discover your perfect place in England's heritage.

Find your era