Heritage

Heritage attractions in England

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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Woo your loved one on the Lord Byron trail

Woo your loved one on the Lord Byron trail

Discover the romantic escapes of poet Lord Byron, England's most notorious romantic poet, on a visit to his ancestral heartland in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Free days out at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Free days out at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Discover a collection of historical artifacts that celebrate the maritime history of the UK’s first seaside resort at the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Experience the sights, sounds and the smell of traditional train travel on The Dean Forest Railway, a rural branch railway offering rides on steam trains and some heritage diesel services.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

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Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time and visit the country’s only museum that tells the story of army aviation.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Discover the history of Wadworth brewing in Devizes

Discover the history of Wadworth brewing in Devizes

Enjoy a tour of the Wadworth brewery, where you will discover its history and heritage, and also sample its delicious beers.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

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Experience 19th Century living at Waddesdon Manor

Experience 19th Century living at Waddesdon Manor

Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, this impressive 19th century estate combines one man’s grand vision of architecture, art and gardens.

Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

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Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.

Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

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Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Escape to Croome and explore its Palladian Bath stone mansion house set in extensive parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

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Enjoy a romantic escape to Broughton Castle

Enjoy a romantic escape to Broughton Castle

Stroll hand in hand through the beautiful gardens and grand Elizabethan manor of Broughton Castle on a romantic break in Oxford.

Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire

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Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Take the kids camping on a child friendly holiday at Castle Howard, near York, where a thousand breath-taking acres await for you to explore.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Step back in time and experience life as it was at this moated, 14th-century castle.

Location: Nunney, Somerset

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Romans, racing and the famous Rows in Chester

Romans, racing and the famous Rows in Chester

Discover Roman walls, medieval shopping galleries and England’s oldest racecourse in the historic city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Get on board at the National Railway Museum

Get on board at the National Railway Museum

The world's largest railway museum is home to a staggering collection of restored locomotives, including the fastest steam engine of all time.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Shop in style in the beautiful Victoria Quarter

Shop in style in the beautiful Victoria Quarter

Marvel at this collection of beautifully restored Victorian shopping arcades in Leeds and browse the luxury shops within them.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Discover St Andrew’s Minister Church

Discover St Andrew’s Minister Church

Take a walk around St Andrew’s Minister Church, the largest parish church in Devon and a place of worship for 1,200 years

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Balloon ride over Bath

Balloon ride over Bath

For a unique perspective on Bath's Georgian architecture, take a hot air balloon trip over the city.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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A Georgian Mansion full of extraordinary stories and objects

A Georgian Mansion full of extraordinary stories and objects

Delve into a historic gem in Peterborough where you can explore a lost prehistoric world populated by sea monsters …

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Wander around one of England’s oldest medieval houses

Wander around one of England’s oldest medieval houses

Dating back to 1420, timber-framed Shibden Hall lets you peek into the fascinating lives of its past residents including diarist Anne Lister.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Sudeley Castle’s magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn and the grounds are the final resting place of Katherine Parr.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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