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.
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.View the calendar
Step back in time this Christmas with our range of festive events. There's even a chance to meet Father Christmas himself.
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.
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.
Festive Opening Times
See which historic places are open over the holidays and spend the festive season exploring England's story.
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.
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.
Christmas at the Castle
What better way to spend the festive season than by experiencing the magic of one of our historic castles?
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.
The History of Christmas
Discover the history of Christmas through the ages, starting around 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic.
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
Wrap up and blow away the festive cobwebs with a refreshing walk through one of our gardens.
Use our walking guide and burn off those Christmas calories as you hike through history.
Escape the rush of traffic and stretch your legs - stop off to explore England's story.
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.