Family Days Out

A family play a game of quoits at Osborne with Queen Victoria's bathing machine in the background


The weather is warm 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 family days out for under £20.

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A girl plays on the beach holding a sandcastle bucket


August is one of the busiest months for events with plenty of historical fun around the country. Meet Roman soldiers, experience the thrill of the joust  and continue to help us celebrate castles with 66 in our care.

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A family prepare to build a sandcastle on the beach

Can you build a winning sandcastle?

We're on the lookout for England's best sandcastle builders this summer! Think you've got what it takes? Download our #LoveCastles flag, fly it on your sandy stronghold and share a photo with us for your chance to win a holiday at one of our historic places.

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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. 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 summer.

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