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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Explore England’s industrial past on a Manchester city break

Explore England’s industrial past on a Manchester city break

Discover Greater Manchester’s historic canals, the world’s first railway station and picturesque countryside on a city break.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Travel back 2,000 years at Revealing York Minster

Travel back 2,000 years at Revealing York Minster

See, touch and hear two millennia of history at this big new interactive attraction in the grand Gothic cathedral’s Undercroft.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Spooky Salisbury ghost walks

Spooky Salisbury ghost walks

Join Salisbury City Guides as they search for Salisbury’s secretive ghosts.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Discover King Arthur and Guinevere’s romantic homeland

Discover King Arthur and Guinevere’s romantic homeland

King Arthur, (the real one), was born, lived and died in Shropshire. His Queen Guinevere was also a Shropshire lass too.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to Lanhydrock for a splendid woodland picnic

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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Discover the true spirit of Ironbridge

Discover the true spirit of Ironbridge

At Jackfield Tile Museum and the Enginuity centre unleash the design engineer in you and let your creative juices flow!

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award winning day out where one ticket grants access to many of the village’s attractions.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

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Learn prehistoric skills with Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’

Learn prehistoric skills with Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’

Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’ Will Lord will teach you the long-forgotten skills of fashioning tools out of flints and even how to make deerskin clothes.

Location: Thetford, Norfolk

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Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Experience medieval crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled, as she walks you through Nottingham’s caves and scenes of gruesome torture.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Explore an island of discovery

Explore an island of discovery

Explore Portland’s rugged landscape and breathtaking views and discover its history, heritage and natural assets.

Location: Portland, Dorset

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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Enjoy a stay at this historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds, which has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Sit in Harry Potter's classroom at Durham Cathedral

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to life via a number of locations across the UK, one of which was the awe-inspiring Durham Cathedral.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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Pay your respects at the birthplace of rugby

Pay your respects at the birthplace of rugby

Visit Rugby School where it all began, tour The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum and explore the historic market town of Rugby.

Location: Rugby, Warwickshire

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Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Wrap up warm and enjoy walks amongst a leafy Durham City this autumn, and discover the timeless magic of Crook Hall for a wonderfully English experience.

Location: Durham City, Durham

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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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Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

This grandiose Georgian museum is filled with curiosities from an eye-popping Viking treasure hoard to dinosaur fossils and a working observatory.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Delve deep inside the Hellfire Caves

Delve deep inside the Hellfire Caves

Venture into the Buckinghamshire chalk caves that held the notorious Hellfire Club, founded by Sir Francis Dashwood in the 18th century.

Location: West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Nottinghamshire was once the heart of the world’s lace making industry, and it has a proud industrial heritage still strong today.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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