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Follow our historic properties to find ideas for things to do each season, read our latest blog posts and news stories, plus keep up with us on social media for weekend inspiration. Go in depth and discover a range of topics such as historic gardens, travel guides and food and drink.

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Our picks for February

Girl looking at plant in the conservatiory at the Home of Charles DArwin - Down House.

It might be the shortest month of the year, but February is packed with things to do and places to visit. Whether you're looking for ideas for half term or a romantic day out for Valentine's Day, we've got plenty of ideas.

To make it easy, we've rounded up the key dates for your diary and a few February facts and longer-reads to impress your friends with. There's also a round up of 'On This Day' in history events for February and instagram inspiration.

26 inspiring ideas for February
  • A castle break by Pendennis Castle.


    Don't settle for a hotel when you can stay on a historic site with a castle in your own backyard. Here are our top picks to help you time travel to some of England's most historic sites in 21st century style and comfort.

  • Discover some enchanting winter gardens to visit

    9 enchanting winter gardens

    There's still plenty to admire in our gardens through the winter months - if you know where to look. Here's our pick of the best gardens to visit this winter, with their seasonal highlights.

  • The white cliffs of Dover

    Places to go for a walk

    We have two brand new guides for walks between Dover Castle and Deal, and Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale. Plus inspiring blogs for walks around Stonehenge and near Bath.

Interactive Animation: the Story of 1066

1066 was the year that changed England's story forever. Navigate your way through our interactive graphic novel animation, looking out for 10 hidden items to collect as you go.

Once you've scrolled through the story of 1066, there's one final test... Will you be an Saxon Farmer? Or perhaps a Chronicler? Or will you conquer all as William, Duke of Normandy himself?

Go to the animation

Stories from our blog

Housesteads Roman Fort in the snow


The Hadrian’s Wall landscape around Housesteads Roman Fort is relatively unchanged since Roman occupation. It’s easy to imagine the winter conditions endured by the Romans 1,800 years ago – because our visitors and staff face them today!

Luckily, the Romans had a number of ways to ensure they kept warm. Find out more about how they managed and find out what our site team love about Hadrian's Wall in winter.

Winter on Hadrian's Wall
Mah-jongg the lemur at Eltham Palace

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