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.

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Visit The Mayflower Steps & Museum

Stand with your own feet on the Mayflower Steps, which mark the approximate location from which the Pilgrim Fathers embarked upon The Mayflower for the final time, in the year 1620.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Unlock Kent's Magna Carta secrets

Celebrate historic England and mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by exploring Kent’s weird and wonderful connections to the great charter.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 
Warwick Castle

16 days out in England

Pack up a picnic, hop in the car and swap the city for some of these beautiful English sights - all an hour or less from a major city.

 

Castles, keeps and country retreats

Explore the keep and ramparts of a 12th century castle, and the ornate interiors and gardens of Houghton Hall and Sandringham House.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

 

Be enchanted on a tour of Witley Court & Gardens

Enjoy a great day out in Worcestershire at Witley Court and Gardens with its interesting history and landscaped gardens.

Location: Great Witley, Worcestershire

 

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

 

Experience medieval England at The Canterbury Tales

Ever wanted to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England?

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

 

Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Once Britain’s best kept secret, this major visitor attraction was also the filming location for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Location: Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 

Uncover hidden treasures in the historic Jewellery Quarter

Explore this creative industrial hub in Birmingham and admire Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Look through England's smallest window at the George Hotel

Enjoy five cask ales and a menu of pub classics whilst soaking up the traditional Georgian décor of this former gatehouse in Hull.

Location: Hull, Yorkshire

 

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Walk and picnic amongst the prehistoric landscape at Avebury

Step into the largest stone circle in the world, standing for over 4500 years, and the site of a host of archaeological excavations.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

 

Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

 

Explore the tranquil gardens at Tatton Park

Spread across the grounds of a historic estate in Cheshire, Tatton Park have been carefully expanded and cultivated since Edwardian times.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

 

Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Visit the eerie place that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write Hound of the Baskervilles.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

 

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 naval history at the Royal William Yard

Hop aboard the ferry and enjoy the stunning Plymouth coastline from the water to reach this cultural hotspot.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 

Honour the war dead at the Cambridge American Cemetery

Visit the final resting place of 3812 men and women at the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only American WWII cemetery in the United Kingdom.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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