Unearthing the past

Digging deep into history is one of the most fascinating ways to understand our past. If you fancy getting your hands dirty, you can get some hands-on-trowel action at participatory digs in prehistory, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon archaeological sites. Unearth a Viking bone spoon, discover Ice Age rock art or take in the ambience of a hill fort encampment dig at one of the many Roman sites in England. For a more relaxed take on history, dip into the contemporary spa amenities available at sumptuously restored Roman baths. History is part of the present in England!

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Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Go back in time and discover the original Roman City walls

Follow in the footsteps of Romans as you explore the history of the walls that protected the original City of London.

Location: London, Greater London

Archaeological sites
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Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Follow in the footsteps of an Emperor along the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

World heritage sites
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Chedworth Roman Villa

Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience the longest medieval town walls in England

Experience the longest medieval town walls in England

One of the best ways to enjoy York and experience the long history of York is to walk around the city walls.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Experience life as a monk at historic Whitby Abbey

Experience life as a monk at historic Whitby Abbey

Discover how over 2,000 years of history made Whitby Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Relive York's Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre

Relive York's Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre

Join the Vikings and see York's rich Viking tradition at this unique attraction and annual festival.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Travel back 3,500 years to discover a prehistoric causeway at one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in Northern Europe, discovered 1982.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Archaeological sites
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Hangers Way

Hangers Way

Walking route for history buffs along the steep, densely wooded East Hampshire Hangers.

Location: Alton, Hampshire

Archaeological sites
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Find out what lies beneath Exeter's Underground Passages

Find out what lies beneath Exeter's Underground Passages

Explore a subterranean world beneath the city streets in Exeter's mysterious underground passages.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Going underground
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Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Explore the landscape of Cranborne Chase which inspired the father of modern archaeology, William Fox Pitt.

Location: Cranborne, Dorset

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Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire

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Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Arbeia Roman Fort

Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Arbeia Roman Fort

Explore stunning Roman reconstructions of military life across all the ranks.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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South Downs Way

South Downs Way

Historic and scenic 100 mile-long route from Winchester to Eastbourne.

Location: Winchester to Eastbourne

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Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

See live archaeological excavations before your eyes at the ancient fort of Vindolanda.

Location: Vindolanda, Northumberland

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All that glitters is gold at the Staffordshire Hoard

All that glitters is gold at the Staffordshire Hoard

Discover the story behind the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest and most valuable Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

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Visit the Diamond Isle

Visit the Diamond Isle

Enjoy a 10 min trip on the Needles Park Chairlift and go dinosaur hunting.

Location: Isle of Wight

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Discover Danebury mysterious Iron Age world

Discover Danebury mysterious Iron Age world

Danebury is perhaps the most extensively studied Iron Age hillfort in Europe. Its intriguing finds can be found at Andover’s Museum of the Iron Age.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Be a Roman soldier for a day

Be a Roman soldier for a day

Walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers at Arbeia Roman Fort, part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy picturesque views of the wall at Walltown Crags

Enjoy picturesque views of the wall at Walltown Crags

See the dramatic designs of the wall, and discover why the Romans chose to build Hadrian's Wall here.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

Archaeological sites

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