Holidays through history

Historical holidays for family fun

Kind hearts, cruel swords. England’s heritage is a mosaic of extraordinary people and heroic battles; mad kings and gruesome endings. If you’re after ways to keep your little historians occupied during the summer holidays, uncover historical secrets at one of England’s heritage attractions and see the past come alive before your eyes. Be transported back to the civil war with the sounds of Cromwell’s army approaching, plunge into darkness in hidden chambers of the Tower of London, or experience the sights, sounds and smells of Chaucer’s era; let England’s stories feed their imaginations...

Historical holidays for family fun

Holidays through history

Kind hearts, cruel swords. England’s heritage is a mosaic of extraordinary people and heroic battles; mad kings and gruesome endings. If you’re after ways to keep your little historians occupied during the summer holidays, uncover historical secrets at one of England’s heritage attractions and see the past come alive before your eyes. Be transported back to the civil war with the sounds of Cromwell’s army approaching, plunge into darkness in hidden chambers of the Tower of London, or experience the sights, sounds and smells of Chaucer’s era; let England’s stories feed their imaginations...

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Sabotage and subversion in the heart of the New Forest

Sabotage and subversion in the heart of the New Forest

Shhh! Your mission is to head to the Second World War Secret Army ‘finishing school’ in the serene New Forest village of Beaulieu.

New Forest, Hampshire

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Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Explore the spooky towers and frightening dungeons at Warwick Castle, and uncover its gruesome past spanning over 1100 years.

Warwick, Warwickshire

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Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Find out why Admiral Lord Nelson's body was bought back to England in a cask of Brandy, and why the water on the Mary Rose was best avoided.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Unearth the amazing Civil War stories of Basing House

Unearth the amazing Civil War stories of Basing House

Basing House was the largest private house in Tudor England, which suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.

Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Discover spooky tunnels at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Discover spooky tunnels at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

Hear the echoes as you head deep into the dark tunnels of this unique Victorian Fort, poised for attack from a French invasion.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Pack your suitcase for a hair-raising and luxurious stay in Dover Castle’s former prison tower.

Dover, Kent

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Murder in the cathedral

Murder in the cathedral

Visit one of England's most beautiful cities - and the site of one of its most famous murders

Canterbury, Kent

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Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Experience medieval England at The Canterbury Tales

Experience medieval England at The Canterbury Tales

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

Canterbury, Kent

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Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Tullie House Museum

Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Tullie House Museum

Explore the impact of Hadrian’s Wall then and now in this immersive gallery in Cumbria.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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Experience life as a pilgrim at Winchester Cathedral

Experience life as a pilgrim at Winchester Cathedral

How does it feel to crawl on your knees up the big stone steps in Winchester Cathedral, just as the pilgrims did on their way to St Swithun’s Shrine?

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Follow in the footsteps of an Arabian hero in Dorset

Follow in the footsteps of an Arabian hero in Dorset

Visit the tiny Clouds Hill cottage where Lawrence of Arabia retreated to on a rural break in Dorset.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

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Discover the secrets to Worcester's hidden past

Discover the secrets to Worcester's hidden past

Visit one of the most historic and haunted cities in England and learn about the secrets of the city on a historic walking tour.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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Tracing the Titanic in Southampton

Tracing the Titanic in Southampton

Venture back to 1912 and immerse yourself in the story of RMS Titanic at Southampton’s interactive, state-of-the-art SeaCity Museum.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

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Investigate The Most Noble Order of the Garter in Windsor

Investigate The Most Noble Order of the Garter in Windsor

The Knights of the Garter, the most senior and oldest British order of Chivalry, has its colourful and historical base at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Relive Worcester's experiences during the English Civil War

Relive Worcester's experiences during the English Civil War

Visit the historic city of Worcester and discover the underlying heritage that tells the tale of the most supreme war story fought on English soil.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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Join in the adventures of Nottingham’s legendary son, Robin Hood

Join in the adventures of Nottingham’s legendary son, Robin Hood

Discover the tales of Nottinghamshire’s most legendary son and the world's favourite folk hero, Robin Hood.

Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

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Mill your own flour at Winchester City Mill

Mill your own flour at Winchester City Mill

Be thrilled by the sights and sounds of a rare surviving urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen underneath.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

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Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Wonder what life was like during Henry VIII’s reign? Step in to the past in an ancient Southampton home.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

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