Virtual time travel

Lift history off the pages and explore historic England. With hundreds of award-winning heritage attractions, interactive museums and visitor centres, commemorative memorials and nearly 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites all crammed into one small country, you’ll trip over history at every turn. It’s virtually impossible to ignore this country's mythical and fabled characters, horrible histories, legendary monarchs and influential leaders as you discover Neolithic mounds and Roman ruins, thatched Tudor houses and spacious Victorian squares, prehistoric remains, spooky medieval gaols and historic towns in England. Hire a Blue Badge guide for an in-depth tour of your area of interest.

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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Take your seat at one of the oak reading desks and lose yourself in an ancient manuscript dating from the 15th century.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s secret island

Discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s secret island

Spend a day exploring the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

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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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See the Wall’s most excavated fort at Segedunum Roman Fort

See the Wall’s most excavated fort at Segedunum Roman Fort

Roman history comes to life at this interactive museum, which has been designed for families looking for a fun and educational day out.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

Military history
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Tour the tower of Lincoln Cathedral

Tour the tower of Lincoln Cathedral

For 300 years Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world. Take a tour of the iconic building for an unforgettable experience.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Visit the remains of the grandest house on the Isle of Wight

Take a trip round Appuldurcombe House which was bombed during the Second World War.

Location: Wroxall, Isle of Wight

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Museums, galleries and libraries
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A dog-friendly beach break

A dog-friendly beach break

Dramatic views and dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Climb the steep stone steps, open the creaky door into the former debtor’s prison and read the graffiti etched in the wall by incarcerated miscreants.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Drink a beer at The Bear Inn – Oxford’s oldest pub

Sit by a roaring coal fire, sampling the cask ales and pub grub at Oxford’s oldest drinking hole.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Heritage
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Climb higher than the peregrines at Derby Cathedral

Climb higher than the peregrines at Derby Cathedral

Put your best foot forward and upward and head for the dizzy heights of Derby Cathedral tower.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Experience the world of aerial warfare at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Military history
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Discover Newark’s Civil War heritage

Discover Newark’s Civil War heritage

Embark on the Civil Walk Trail around Newark, and be transported back in time.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

Military history
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Take a trip to York Minster

Take a trip to York Minster

A visit to the York Minster is a must especially after the largest restoration in the UK.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a trip to the impressive Old Royal Naval College

Take a trip to the impressive Old Royal Naval College

Follow in the footsteps of royalty and movie stars when you visit the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Location: Greenwich, London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Walk the historic Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail

Walk the historic Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail

Enjoy a cultural day out in the country walking the trail from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys' Church in Sleaford.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Travel back to Roman times with a tour of Leyland

Travel back to Roman times with a tour of Leyland

Uncover the history of Leyland and the surrounding area by joining a guided walk.

Location: Leyland & surrounding areas, Lancashire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

Price: From £16

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Uncover myth, legend and history at Glastonbury Abbey

Uncover myth, legend and history at Glastonbury Abbey

Come and see the 14th century medieval Abbot’s Kitchen, recently re-opened after major conservation.

Location: Glastonbury, Somerset

Price: From £6

Myths, Legends and Tales

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