Family Days Out

Two girls scale the ruins of one of our historic properties


The weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining, it's time to explore the great outdoors with a day out in history.

Take a look at the nation's top 10 castles as chosen by our Facebook fans, or a selection of days out for under £20.

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Children raise a toy sword at one of our summer events


It’s a great time of year for our historic gardens, which are blooming with vibrant colours. Wander through them with your family and enjoy some fresh air and seasonal scents. Plus, our season of real-life medieval jousts gets underway with two thrilling contests at Eltham Palace and Kenilworth Castle.

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A knight ready to joust at Kenilworth Castle

Ready, set, joust...

Our 2018 knights and joust events are almost upon us. Get ready to cheer on your hero and witness some of the toughest knights in England. We're bringing live tournaments to life complete with the colour and character of the past.

Plus learn about what it takes to joust, then have a go for yourself at our events.

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A group of children dressed up in historic costumes.

Hands on History

Get hands on with history when you enjoy great days out and exciting events throughout the May half term. Meet Victorian toymakers to learn about their craft, brave a haunted castle to uncover the tales of days gone by, and join pirates for musket drills and smugglers' quests.

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Your Favourite Castles

Castles make for exciting days out for all ages, and we asked our Facebook followers to name their favourites. Here are your top picks.

A family beside the steps at Osborne

Get more with family membership from £56

Enjoy unlimited days out as a family for a whole year, plus free or discounted entry to exciting events.

From just £56, an English Heritage membership is your family ticket to an amazing spring.

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