Christmas

Christmas with English Heritage in 2017

Christmas through the ages for all ages

This Christmas we’ve got lots of festive treats for you to unwrap. 

Browse our range of Christmas events, get hands-on with craft ideas and traditional Victorian recipes, and discover all the historic places you can explore over the season.

Christmas Calendar

Things to do this Christmas

To help with your Christmas planning, we've created a calendar of festive events, stories from history and traditional recipes and crafts. Get hands-on with crafts, learn how to cook a Victorian feast and immerse yourself in traditional Christmas celebrations.

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  • Children meeting Father Christmas

    Christmas Events

    Step back in time this Christmas with our range of festive events. There's even a chance to meet Father Christmas himself.

  • Christmas Shop

    Get stocked up now with some Christmas essentials or buy the foodie in your family some mouth-watering treats. Browse our shop for a feast of festive inspiration.

  • English Heritage Gift of Membership

    Gift of Membership

    Wrap up 6,000 years of history for friends or family with the Gift of Membership this Christmas and enjoy days out together.

  • See which English Heritage sites are opening this festive season and plan a visit between Christmas and New Year

    Festive Opening Times

    See which historic places are open over the holidays and spend the festive season exploring England's story.

Enchanted Events

These unique experiences will lead you along an enchanting garden trail into a magical wonderland as our historic places are bathed in dramatic illumination. Strings of lanterns laced through the boughs of trees, fairy lights twinkling behind leaves and special surprises will transport you into a dream-like version of the past.

Find an Enchanted Event
  • What's your historical Christmas style?

    Quiz: What's your Christmas era?

    Another year, another Christmas. We think it’s time to shake things up by looking back to the past.

  • Stokesay Castle in Winter

    Christmas at the Castle

    What better way to spend the festive season than by experiencing the magic of one of our historic castles?

  • Real mincemeat pies | Image Sam Bilton

    Traditional Recipes

    Join our Victorian cook Mrs Crocombe in the historic kitchens at Audley End House as she makes everything you need for a traditional festive feast.

  • A misty morning at Stonehenge

    The History of Christmas

    Discover the history of Christmas through the ages, starting around 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic.

Inside an English Heritage Holiday Cottage.

Holiday Cottages

Immerse yourself in England's colourful past by staying in one of our unique and historical properties. From cosy cottages to gatehouse towers to beachside retreats, book your stay today and make this festive season a memorable one.

As other visitors leave, you can explore the historic site all by yourself. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the sun setting on hundreds of years of history and, come morning, see it light up some of the most iconic sights in the country.

See Our Holiday Cottages
  • Winter at Brodsworth © English Heritage. Credit: Derek St Romaine

    Winter Gardens

    Wrap up and blow away the festive cobwebs with a refreshing walk through one of our gardens.

  • The Iron Bridge lit up in the darkness

    Winter Walks

    Use our walking guide and burn off those Christmas calories as you hike through history.

  • Motorway scene

    Motorway Stops

    Escape the rush of traffic and stretch your legs - stop off to explore England's story.

  • Making a Tudor wreath

    Christmas Crafts

    If you're looking for creative things to do this Christmas, discover our range of craft ideas to make your festive season even more special.

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