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Six English Heritage venues are set to sparkle 15th – 23rd December as these wonderful locations open a winter fairy-tale of colourful lights, festive food and seasonal fun for all the family.

What could be more magical than strings of lanterns, toasted marshmallows and traditional fairground rides in beautiful historic gardens.

Audley End House and Gardens in Essex

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Discover the magic of Audley End House gardens after dark and follow the spectacular trail of colourful lights. More> 

Osborne House on Isle of Wight

English Heritage site in purple light
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Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children as you follow the enchanting trail and discover hidden areas of the grounds of Osborne House. More > 

Kenilworth House in Warwickshire 

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Follow an illuminated trail through the winter gardens of Kenilwrth Castle and evoke the spirit of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. More> 



Eltham Palace in London

Trees lit at night

Follow the illuminated trail in the grounds of Eltham Palace after dark and discover the medieval history of Henry VIII’s childhood home.  More>

Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire

Brodsworth Hall lights
Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth Hall after dark is definitely worth exploring just in case you catch a glimpse of the friendly fairies who have made their home here as a colourful trail of light guides you around the gardens. More>

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens in Northumberland

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Follow the illuminated trail through the quarry gardens of Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens on this enchanting walk. More> 

English Heritage manages over 400 buildings, monuments and sites across the nation that cover an impressive 5,000 years of history. With so many wonderful properties in the English Heritage portfolio there is bound to be a castle, monument or building near to you where you can introduce your children to a slice of amazing English history.

Selected for us by English Heritage here are 20 of the best English Heritage sites for family days out in the carousel below.

For a complete list of English Heritage locations and more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk