Let’s Go visit historical locations this summer

Take a step back in time and spend the day learning about the history of the country. Read below to see our top historical spots to visit this summer. History doesn’t have to feel like a boring school textbook – Take your family to see the history in real life!

Enjoy the interactive activities and bundles of knowledge you’ll learn on these fun family days out…

jorvik viking historical locations this summer

JORVIK Viking Centre in Coppergate, York

Get up close with Vikings this Summer!

Hop aboard a time capsule to 10th Century York and discover the sights, sounds and smells of the Viking Age. Get up close with 1,000-year-old-artefacts whilst chatting to friendly Vikings about life in Coppergate. Experience the Viking Age this Summer at the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre.

Portsmouth History Dockyard in Hampshire

Explore the seas this summer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!
Discover legendary ships, fascinating galleries and unique artefacts. Travel back in time to 16th century England at the Mary Rose or marvel at the sheer scale of HMS Warrior. Put your speed and agility to the test in the interactive Action Stations where you can launch into the Royal Marines Commando Experience.

North East England

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

One of England’s most stunning castles, Bamburgh Castle sits on a nine-acre rocky plateau above the dramatic Northumberland coastline.

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 Kynren Festival in Durham

Plan ahead to attend the ‘Kynren’ Festival in the North East, when two thousand years of history, myth and legend rush by in 90 minutes as you join young Arthur on his epic quest.

North West England

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Living History at Beeston Castle in Cheshire

Legendary Joust – 27th to 29th August – on August bank holiday weekend witness an exciting jousting tournament, a test of strength, skill, and horsemanship.


Yorkshire and The Humber

National Coal Mining Museum in West Yorkshire

Witness more than two hundred years of coal production at the National Coal Mining Museum.


East Midlands

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Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Leicestershire

Step back in time to the days of King Richard III at the annual Medieval Festival at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Leicestershire.


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Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire

Flintknapping is one of the oldest crafts in the world, join this workshop to discover how prehistoric peoples made tools to survive in the Stone Age!


West Midlands

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Roman Weekend at Wroxeter Roman City in Shropshire

The Ermine Street Guard is setting up camp at Wroxeter on the 13th and 14th August.



Warwick Castle Knights Jousting

Wars of the Roses at Warwick Castle

Jousting, sword fighting, stunts and storytelling! This spectacular live show runs daily throughout the summer holidays, from now till 4th September, and is sure to be a highlight of a day out.


East of England

Framlingham Castle in Suffolk

Once a fearsome fortress, families can now explore Framlingham Castle’s towering walls. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.


Greater London

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London

Enjoy the summer sunshine and witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard at Buckingham palace. Exciting and patriotic for the whole family to watch. Check ahead to see event timing.


South East England

Spellbound Summer at Hever Castle in Kent

Dress the part, pick up your broomsticks and look out for the Sorcerers as you learn their tricks of the trade in this fascinating castle dating back to 857!


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Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire

Pick up your Top Secret Mission Packs on arrival and set off to learn about the achievements of codebreakers during World War Two.


South West England

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Roman Baths in Somerset

Discover 2,000 years of history at this fascinating historic site in Bath. Costumed Roman characters, trails, a child-friendly audio guide and programme of activities welcome families to the remains of one of the finest spas of the ancient world and temple ruins.


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St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall

Situated 400 yards off Mount’s Bay, this iconic Cornish landmark is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South West.



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Medieval Festival at Beaumaris Castle in Isle of Anglesey

Explore the medieval encampment, watch knights train, meet the castle executioner and join Knights School over the August Bank Holiday weekend.


girls looking at artefact at egypt centre in swansea

Summer Workshops at the Egypt Centre in Swansea

Learn about Cleopatra and childhood in ancient Egypt. Become an explorer investigating long-lost tombs.


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