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Things to do in winter

Find plenty of things to do during the colder months at our historic sites. From winter walks and Enchanted events to family friendly adventure quests, there is something to keep everyone entertained this festive season.

We also have lots of activities for you to do from the comfort of your own home. We've got feature articles, videos and quizzes to keep you entertained in the colder months ahead.


Plan a winter day out

  • Make the most out of winter

    There's plenty to do in England this winter. Read about the best places to escape the crowds and be inspired by English Heritage Members’ recommendations.

  • Spotlight on the places we love

    Take a closer look at some of our favourite historic places. Discover what we love about them, then plan your own adventure in the places where history happened.

  • Dog friendly days out

    We love dogs as much as you do, so there's no reason to leave your furry friend at home. We've got lots of options for dog friendly days out at our castles, abbeys and historic gardens.

  • 8 Iconic Trees

    Get some inspiration for your winter walks by discovering 8 of the most iconic trees from historic gardens around the country. 

Curl up with a good read


    Housesteads Roman Fort commands incredible views – but especially in the winter, that means it’s exposed to all the elements.


    You can watch the full series on YouTube, but here we’ve summarised five key looks from some of our favourite periods of history.

  • The origins of English Place Names

    Have you ever driven through a town and wondered what's really in a name? There's a story behind every name, and we'll help you figure out what it is.

How to Make Soup for the Poor – The Victorian Way

As it is Winter, and very cold, Lady Braybrooke has asked Mrs Crocombe to make a simple soup for distributing to the poor of the parish.

It needs to be tasty as well as filling - after all, "just because one is poor, there is no reason that food should be bad"...

Watch on YouTube

Watch our behind the scenes videos

Find out what our collections care team get up to at Osborne during the winter and discover how an expert team of gardeners, volunteers and kitchen staff grow and prepare delicious seasonal produce at Walmer Castle.

  • Behind the Scenes at Osborne

  • Walmer Castle kitchen garden: from plot to plate

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