English Heritage Christmas and New Year property opening times 2016

Christmas and New Year opening times 2017

Many of our sites will be open this festive season, so why not spend Christmas or New Year with us?

With woodland walks, carols and falconry displays, there's plenty of special events for the whole family to enjoy.

The places listed below are all open between 27 - 31 December 2017. You'll find full details of their opening times, and more useful information for planning your visit, on the individual site pages.


London and the South East

  • Eltham Palace at Christmas

    Eltham Palace

    Explore one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture and design surviving in Britain today.

  • Down House at Christmas

    Down House

    The family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin is a must-see in Kent.

  • Dover Castle at Christmas

    Dover Castle

    The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries.

  • Osborne at Christmas


    Take a glimpse into the private life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.

  • Cannon pointing out to sea at Walmer Castle

    Walmer Castle

    Open the door to this charming Tudor castle by the sea, home to the original Wellington boots, and its eight acres of magnificent grounds.

  • Framlingham at Christmas

    Framlingham Castle

    A magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk.

  • Orford Castle

    Orford Castle

    Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk.

  • Audley End at Christmas

    Audley End

    Visit one of England's finest country houses, wander the tranquil gardens, and enjoy stunning views.

Midlands and South West

  • Bolsover at Christmas

    Bolsover Castle

    Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle and delight in the spectacular views from the wall walk.

  • Kenilworth at Christmas

    Kenilworth Castle

    Walk in the beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden and scale the heights of the tower built to woo the Queen.

  • Whitley at Christmas

    Witley Court

    Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties.

  • Stokesay at Christmas

    Stokesay Castle

    Step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, plus enjoy stunning views.

  • Goodrich at Christmas

    Goodrich Castle

    Standing in open countryside, Goodrich Castle is one of the best preserved of all English medieval castles.

  • Old Sarum at Christmas

    Old Sarum

    Site of the original Salisbury, this mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood.

  • Stonehenge at Christmas


    One of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

  • Tintagel at Christmas

    Tintagel Castle

    Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, Tintagel offers dramatic views, fascinating ruins and a stunning café.

Yorkshire and the North

  • Belsay at Christmas

    Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

    Explore the medieval castle, Grecian inspired Hall, acres of impressive gardens and wonderful views.

  • Homesteads at Christmas

    Housesteads Roman Fort

    The most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set where Hadrian's Wall climbs to the top of a dramatic escarpment.

  • Beeston at Christmas

    Beeston Castle

    Crowning a rocky crag, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England.

  • Whitby Abbey at Christmas

    Whitby Abbey

    The inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Whitby Abbey sits overlooking the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town.

  • Rivaulx at Christmas

    Rievaulx Abbey

    The perfect choice for a peaceful day out, with its extensive ruins and fascinating museum.

  • Scarborough castle in Yorkshire

    Scarborough Castle

    With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, the castle will be the pinnacle of your visit to Scarborough.

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