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.

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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Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Now only the earthworks and the conical motte remain of Fotheringhay Castle, standing above the peaceful River Nene.

Location: Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire

 
Discover a music venue set amidst 13th century sandstone caves

Discover a music venue set amidst 13th century sandstone caves

Head to Nottingham to catch a performance at one of England’s oldest theatres, then find 13th century caves beneath a former Victorian music hall.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
See how Fine Bone China is made at Royal Crown Derby

See how Fine Bone China is made at Royal Crown Derby

Royal Crown Derby is the oldest surviving manufacturer of fine bone china, see how they work their magic.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 
Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Discover how the world's first underwater tunnel was built on a visit to the Brunel Museum.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Discover Bristol’s myths and legends

Discover Bristol’s myths and legends

Delve into ancient folklore and uncover Bristol’s iconic landmarks on a family city break

Location: Bristol

 
Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Step into the treacherous world of Wolf Hall to trace the turbulent life of Arbella Stuart, niece of Mary Queen of Scots, in Derbyshire.

Location: Near Chesterfield, Derbyshire

 
Drink up in the heavenly Bettys Tea Rooms

Drink up in the heavenly Bettys Tea Rooms

It’s time for tea in one of England’s most iconic teashops. Bettys has been serving high-class brews and dainty treats to the gentry ever since 1919.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 
May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

May events: Feel inspired at The Bath Festival

Enjoy music and literature from around the world with an incredible programme of arts and events.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Pay a visit to the stately home in Buckinghamshire where John Profumo met Christine Keeler.

Location: Taplow, Buckinghamshire

 
New living history courtroom tours at Norwich Castle

New living history courtroom tours at Norwich Castle

A quarter of a century since the last sentence was passed, visitors, not miscreants, now enter the Shirehall Courtroom at Norwich Castle.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
Follow in the footsteps of Poldark

Follow in the footsteps of Poldark

Explore the Wiltshire town that became Truro in series one of Poldark.

Location: Corsham, Wiltshire

 
Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

 
Tales of intrigue, love and war at Ripley Castle

Tales of intrigue, love and war at Ripley Castle

Discover over 700 years of English history through one of the country’s oldest families, and the fascinating castle that they call home.

Location: Ripley Village, North Yorkshire

 
Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take your seat and enjoy a ride on the country’s oldest electric railway.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
Explore the colourful history of Newcastle Castle

Explore the colourful history of Newcastle Castle

Step back in time to discover life through the ages, from the Norman invasion to Victorian slums, at the city’s recently revamped attraction.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 
Beckford's Tower

Beckford's Tower

Climb the 154-step spiral staircase within the walls of this gild-topped tower.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Visit the SAS Memorial at Hereford Cathedral

Visit the SAS Memorial at Hereford Cathedral

This spectacular memorial to the SAS regiment at Hereford Cathedral welcomes those seeking reflection, pilgrimage and worship.

Location: Hereford, Herefordshire

 
Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

The Palladian Bridge, nestled in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Prior Park, offers a memorable spot for a proposal.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Rainy Day Activities: Be inspired at the Royal West of England Academy

Rainy Day Activities: Be inspired at the Royal West of England Academy

The RWA is the only Royal Academy outside of London, hosting a varied exhibition programme celebrating outstanding artists.

Location: Bristol

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