Explore English Heritage

English Heritage manages over 400 buildings, monuments and sites across the nation that cover an impressive 5,000 years of history.

These range from Stonehenge to Hadrian’s Wall, Dover castle to Tintagel Castle and also include London’s blue plaque buildings that link historical figures with buildings where they lived or worked.

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.

Below are some ideas selected for us by English Heritage as great locations for a family day out. Make sure you check out the pick of 20 of the best English Heritage sites on the carousel below.

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

stonehenge silhouette

Stonehenge in Wiltshire

Stonehenge is arguably one of the most iconic sites in the world, and is a fabulous place to take the children for dramatic scenery and a great source of historical interest and wonder. If you are visiting during the summer months, expect to spend some time admiring from afar as the drive past Stonehenge is know for its queuing. More…

Dover Castle Kent Kid and knight

Dover Castle in Kent

Dover Castle is an enormous site with a huge selection of medieval to WWII interiors and exteriors for the children to explore. From miles of underground tunnels to stunning coastal panoramic views, Dover Castle is packed with possibilities. More…


Mansion house in front of lake

Wrest Park in Bedfordshire

Set in 92 acres of land including landscaped lawns, bowling pavilion, roman style bath house with winding river stretching out from the French inspired 19th Century mansion, Wrest Park is an amazing family day out. More…

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Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire

Fairy-tale Bolsover Castle is the perfect castle to explore with knights on horseback in mind. Housing one of the best indoor riding schools in the country, here you can see cavalier horsemanship displays and costumed dressage displays performed to baroque music. More…

Eltham Palace outside of building

Eltham Palace and Gardens is a beautiful blend of stunning art deco and medieval interiors and a unique site in London and a great place for kids to let off steam. More…