Heritage

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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Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle

Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle on a romantic break in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 

Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey and follow in the footsteps of Cadfael, the monastic sleuth, where the books and TV series were set.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

Witness Northumberland’s violent history at its coastal castles

The Northumberland coastline is strewn with castles and time-ravaged ruins, providing great insight into the county's turbulent past.

Location: Craster and Warkworth, Northumberland

 

Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Stay at Hesleyside Hall, ancestral home of the Charlton family since 1346, and experience 800 years of Northumbrian history in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Bellingham, Northumberland

 

Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Viking raiders used Northey Island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991. Today it’s a lot more tranquil...

Location: Northey Island, Essex

 

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Discover more about the creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Take part in a 900-year-old tradition

Walk along Winchester’s water meadows to a beautiful medieval almshouse and you are following in the footsteps of weary travellers through the ages.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

 

Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Float in the open air rooftop pool at Britain’s only natural mineral-rich thermal spa and soak up the spectacular views over Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore underground history at Ramsgate Tunnels

Take a step back in time to discover what life was like in this network of underground tunnels, home to thousands of people during the Second World War.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

 

Go ghost hunting in ‘Europe's most haunted city’

York claims to be the world’s first city to run ghost walks – you’ll soon see why, with tales of murder, mayhem and gore at every corner.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Find a “miniature Britain” in St Albans

Spend a city break in the cathedral city of St Albans and you’ll discover what made the Major of London, Boris Johnson, call it “a miniature Britain”.

Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire

 

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

 

Full steam ahead on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Bring out your inner Casey Jones by stepping onto the footplate and heading out across the stunning Kent countryside.

Location: Tenterden, Kent

 

Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the places in the English Riviera and South Devon that inspired Agatha Christie’s well-known books, following the trail to her favourite spots.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 

Find over 230 ancient monuments and sites on the Isles of Scilly

The tiny landmass of the Isles of Scilly is home to 239 ancient monuments and archaeological sites, the UK’s greatest density of historic sites.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

Experience two world-famous gardens just 6 minutes’ walk from each other - the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor and historic Kiftsgate Court.

Location: Gloucestershire

 

Stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with one foot in the east and one in the west and feel on top of the world at this historic observatory.

Location: Greenwich, London

 

Tread the Suffolk Thread Trails

Explore the Suffolk ‘Wool Towns’ and experience their beauty first-hand following the specially created Suffolk Threads Trails.

Location: Suffolk

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