Summer Holidays

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Summer 2017: your complete guide

Screenshot of the summer events calendar 2017

Summer Events 2017

Are you looking for ideas to make the most of this summer? We've picked out something to do every day in July and August 2017.

Check the national events calendar

Day trips and things to do

  • Signpost for the England Coast Path

    Walking guides

    Plan a walk around or between one of our historic properties and really step into England's story! Short strolls and challenging day hikes are both covered.

  • Gardener at Witley Court

    Historic Gardens

    Discover our favourite historic gardens to visit over the summer months - whether you're a keen gardener or just enjoy a lovely landscape.

  • A family in the sea at Osborne

    Beach Escapes

    Many of our historic places are located near beaches and beautiful coastlines, the perfect settings for when the sun is shining.

  • A bus at the Stonehenge visitor centre

    Days out without a car

    Planning a day trip this summer doesn’t have to mean getting in the car. Many of our historic places can be visited by public transport, by bike, on foot - or a mixture.

What if it rains?

Weekends and short breaks

  • Dunstanburgh Castle

    Travel Guides: plan a weekend with history

    Plan a weekend away or a short break in England with our regional travel guides. They're packed with ideas of historic sites to visit, things to see and do, plus places to stay and practical advice for getting around.

  • Binoculars on a window sill


    As most visitors head home, watch the sunset over your own kingdom by staying in one of our holiday cottages. These five, in the grounds of castles around England, will make you feel like royalty as you enjoy privileged access and modern conveniences.

  • Motorway scene

    Scenic stops for a roadtrip in England

    You're on the road, off on an adventure. Why not make a day of it? These sites are all handy for major roads and motorways, with all the facilities you need. Give yourself a break and stop off to explore England's story.

Walmer Castle and the Greenhouse Apartment

Holidays in England

When you stay at one of our holiday cottages, you won't just step into England's story for the day - you'll immerse yourself. Discover a new side to our historic places, after other visitors leave. Our cottages all over England can accommodate everyone from couples to larger groups. And by staying with us, you're helping to keep the story of England alive. Your support means future generations can explore the places where history happened on their holidays too.

Stay in our Holiday cottages

Visiting from overseas?

Discover our Top 8 Things To Do in England, and details of how to buy an overseas visitor pass to help you make the most of your visit.

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  • Jousting knight

    Discover What's On at our historic places

    Whether you're looking for a family event or an adults-only behind the scenes tour, we've got an event for every taste. Stand in the places where history happened - and see the past come to life! Search all our events and find something to do this summer.

  • Couple in the gardens at Osborne, wandering along a path with flowers each side

    Make the most of your summer - become an English Heritage Member

    It's not just your summer holidays you'll get sorted - it's all your weekends, Christmas, and next spring's holidays too. Enjoy a whole year of unlimited access to over 400 historic places, and free or reduced entry to our events.

  • Garden furniture which you can get from the English Heritage shop, and plants which you can get from our shops at selected sites.

    Get everything you need for the summer

    From car journey essentials to traditional Victorian games, or even special chutney for a barbecue, our shop has everything you need. And every pound you spend helps us keep the story of England alive for future generations. Thank you.

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