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

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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Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Discover what life would have really been like in 17th Century England.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

 
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

 
Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

 
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

 
Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Your little ones can take the wheel of a boat before being steered through Lymington’s history of smugglers and sailors at the St. Barbe Museum.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

 
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.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 
Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Be prepared for the horrors of the deep, as you discover what life on board wartime submarines at the Submarine Museum.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

 
Discover ghostly goings-on at Languard Fort

Discover ghostly goings-on at Languard Fort

Mix ghost hunting with bird watching along an unspoilt stretch of Suffolk’s coastline.

Location: Felixstowe, Suffolk

 
Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Get togged up in a toga at Bath’s ancient Roman baths

Get togged up in a toga at Bath’s ancient Roman baths

Treat your little ones to a day out in Bath’s perfectly preserved thermal baths for the chance to dress like a Roman and handle real Roman objects.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Meet the Romans at Wroxeter Roman City

Meet the Romans at Wroxeter Roman City

See the city that the Romans built for us - once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.

Location: Wroxeter, Shropshire

 
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

 
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.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

 
Explore the last of Winchester's medieval gates at Westgate Museum

Explore the last of Winchester's medieval gates at Westgate Museum

Winchester’s Tudor and Stuart era is revealed in this beautifully refurbished listed monument, the last of the main medieval gates into the city.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story tells Titanic’s story from unique Liverpool perspectives, including Captain Smith and the 120 crew with Merseyside links.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
Discover more than 800 Years of Magna Carta

Discover more than 800 Years of Magna Carta

View one of only four surviving 1215 Magna Carta documents in Lincoln, and discover the Charter’s impact on global freedom, liberty and justice.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Get chilled at the Cold War Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

Get chilled at the Cold War Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

The National Cold War Exhibition is the only place in the UK where you can see Britain’s V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

 
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

 
Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

From archaeology to earrings – discover a rich and colourful history in the heart of Skipton.

Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire

 
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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