A woman and little girl peer around the corner at Warkworth Castle

Family Property Guides

We've highlighted some of the best hidden stories, children's activity trails and things to look out for, as well as all the practical information you need, to help the whole family get the most out of a visit to our historic places around England.

Pendennis Castle from across the water.

Pendennis Castle

Discover the wartime tunnels and climb to the top of the mighty Tudor keep at Pendennis Castle.

The recreated gun deck brings the noise and drama of a castle under attack to life and you can put yourself to the test to see how many of the 37 long-range guns you can spot in the castle grounds.

Discover Pendennis Castle
Visitors at Tintagel Castle with the sea in the background.

Tintagel Castle

With a sheltered beach, beautiful rockpools and Merlin's cave, discover where history meets the legend of King Arthur.

A new exhibition centre and glorious sea views, as well as plenty of space to play, makes Tintagel a great choice for a family day out.

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Three boys playing in the gardens at Down House.

Down House: Home of Charles Darwin

Step back into Victorian family life at Down House, where Charles Darwin lived for over 40 years.

You can dress up in the Victorian closet, explore the garden where Charles conducted some of his most famous experiments and see a special observation beehive to learn about how they work.

Explore Down House
Families and reenactors dancing at Warkworth Castle.

Warkworth Castle

Let Percy the lion guide you around Warkworth Castle in Northumberland.

With activity sheets for kids to complete, smelly cubes to give you a sense of what life was like, and lots of family events this summer, step back in time and explore the history of Warkworth.

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A wooden statue of a soldier astride his horse on the battlefield.


With a new family exhibition and play area, as well as a new viewing platform on the rooftop of the gatehouse, there's never been a better time to explore the battlefield where England's future was decided and the abbey built by William the Conqueror to commeorate the battle. 

There are centuries of history to uncover - and plenty of space for the little ones to play and explore.

Discover Battle Abbey

Family Days Out

Discover more great places to visit across the country with the kids this season, from mighty Norman castles to atmospheric abbeys.

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