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Historic sites in England

Wherever you travel within England, you’re never far away from an historic hotspot. Its myths and legends can be found in all corners of the country from far off country side to right in the heart of the city, and nearly 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found on this small country. Historic England is definitely not one to be missed. Follow the journey taken by the Pendle Witches in Lancashire, see where King Edward II met his grizzly end at Berkeley Castle - the oldest castle in England, and take afternoon tea in the historic house the Brontës knew and loved.

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Immerse yourself in a spectacular open-air night show in Durham

Immerse yourself in a spectacular open-air night show in Durham

Experience an epic storytelling journey through time at this spectacular live-action night show set in the shadow of Auckland Castle.

Location: Bishop Auckland, Durham

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Visit England’s highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel

Visit England’s highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel

All aboard! Take a seat on the glass topped boat and take a journey into the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in the country.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

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See where Richard III's remains were discovered

See where Richard III's remains were discovered

The ‘Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King’ exhibition is a must-see for history fans and provides an opportunity to learn more about the King’s life and death.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

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Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard this summer and you'll find a new addition to its amazing maritime collection.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Catch some sun on a royal beach

Catch some sun on a royal beach

Queen Victoria chose the Isle of Wight as her favourite holiday destination, and now you can see why with a trip to her private beach.

Location: East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Enjoy a summer of salvation and scientific discoveries

Enjoy a summer of salvation and scientific discoveries

Step back in time to unearth lesser-known facts about the birth of the Salvation Army, Boots the Chemist and a maths genius admired by Einstein.

Location: Nottingham and Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

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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

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Delightful hidden gardens at Parcevall Hall

Delightful hidden gardens at Parcevall Hall

These beautiful gardens are a pleasure to visit from spring through to autumn nestling in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

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Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

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Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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See rare birds at Londesborough

See rare birds at Londesborough

Londesborough Park offers the ideal setting to spot Red Kites flying gracefully above the Yorkshire Wolds.

Location: Londesborough, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Uncover Ramsgate’s fascinating history during WWII

Come on a friendly invasion to Ramsgate? It’s the furthest south-east you can go, almost touching mainland Europe, with many wartime tales to tell.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

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See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past 'in steam' at the Crofton Beam Engines.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

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Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome.

Location: Purleigh, Essex

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Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

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Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122 Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

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Have yourself a Famous Five adventure

Have yourself a Famous Five adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five with some castle capers and a seaside adventure by steam railway.

Location: Corfe Castle, Dorset

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