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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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.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Fly high at RAF Museum Cosford

Fly high at RAF Museum Cosford

Here you can experience aviation life in wartime including the chance to see the world's oldest Spitfire.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

 
Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

 
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

 
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.

Location: Dover, Kent

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
See the Wall’s most excavated fort at Segedunum Roman Fort

See the Wall’s most excavated fort at Segedunum Roman Fort

Roman history comes to life at this interactive museum, which has been designed for families looking for a fun and educational day out.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Discover the story of Winchester at City Museum

Discover the story of Winchester at City Museum

Located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle

Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle

Wine and dine beside the lit-up ruins of Newark Castle on a romantic break in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

One of the oldest civic buildings in the country, Leicester’s Guildhall stands beside Leicester Cathedral and has many gruesome stories to tell.

Location: Leicester

Price: Free

 
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

 
A unique and thought-provoking experience

A unique and thought-provoking experience

The International Slavery Museum explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring impact.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 
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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