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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Take tea in a crypt below Trafalgar Square in London

Take tea in a crypt below Trafalgar Square in London

Take a stroll through London's Trafalgar Square, then stop off at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church for a spot afternoon tea in the crypt.

Location: London

 
Watch the changing of the Guards in London

Watch the changing of the Guards in London

For sheer pomp and ceremony, you can’t beat the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Discover why artists and chefs alike love Hastings’ fishing fleet

Discover why artists and chefs alike love Hastings’ fishing fleet

Explore East Sussex’s maritime heritage on Hastings Stade, home to fishermen for over 1000 years, inspiration to J. M. W. Turner and Rick Stein.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

 
Sample over 800 years of Surrey’s history

Sample over 800 years of Surrey’s history

Come and discover Surrey’s history, including the open meadows of from the internationally-know Runnymede and Hampton Court Palace.

Location: London, Greater London

 
Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Walk through history and admire world-class art at this fascinating castle, then stroll through spectacular floral displays at The Alnwick Garden.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Explore the Forge Valley

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

 
How did the leopard get his spots? Visit Rudyard Kipling’s home

How did the leopard get his spots? Visit Rudyard Kipling’s home

Explore Bateman's, the 17th century home of the Jungle Book and The Just So Stories author, nestled in the leafy Sussex Weald.

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

 
Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Visit the historic house and filming locations of classic TV adaptations of Jane Austen and Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and step into the romance.

Location: Hartland, North Devon

 
Uncover the charms of the historic city of Wells

Uncover the charms of the historic city of Wells

Wells is a great place to base yourself for a short break to explore the city along with nearby attractions, such as Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury with its Abbey and famous Tor.

Location: Wells, Somerset

 
Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

 
Explore King’s Lynn’s rich history on foot

Explore King’s Lynn’s rich history on foot

Explore 900 years of history found in historic King's Lynn, where medieval churches, secret courtyards and hidden alleys await your discovery.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

 
Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

 
Walk alongside donkeys in Clovelly Village

Walk alongside donkeys in Clovelly Village

Take a peek back in time as you wander the historical fishing village of Clovelly in North Devon.

Location: Clovelly, Devon

 
Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Hop on board and enjoy a ride on England's oldest electric railway.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
Learn about the bravery of England’s World War II heroes

Learn about the bravery of England’s World War II heroes

A story of daring exploits and courageous acts, as commemorated along Hayling Island’s WWII heritage trail.

Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

 
Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Take a tour of Gloucester Cathedral's Gothic Tower

Ancient, spectacular and a beautifully serene place to visit, the Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic buildings in the world.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
Experience 1000 years of history in Coventry

Experience 1000 years of history in Coventry

Explore the ruins of Coventry’s medieval cathedral and the contemporary cathedral with its unique 1950s and 1960s artworks.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

 
Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Visit the Dornier Do 17 display at the RAF Museum Cosford

Visit the Dornier Do 17 display at the RAF Museum Cosford

See for yourself conservation work being undertaken on the world’s only surviving Dornier Do 17.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

 
Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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