Christmas through the ages for all ages


This Christmas we’ve got lots of festive treats for you to unwrap. 

Browse our range of Christmas events, get hands-on with craft ideas and traditional Victorian recipes, and discover all the historic places you can explore over the season.

Christmas 2018

Join us for the festive season

  • Christmas Events 2018

    Explore our programme of historical events throughout the Christmas period, from carol singing to Christmas on the home front, and even meeting Father Christmas himself. 

  • Make a Victorian Christmas cracker

    Can you remember a Christmas lunch without popping a cracker, wearing a silly hat and sharing an even sillier joke? We have the Victorians to thank. 

  • Christmas crafts and recipes

    Join our Victorian cook Mrs Crocombe to try some of her recipes from the 1880s, or learn how to make a Tudor 'kissing bough' wreath. 

  • Christmas Opening Times

    Looking to get out and about between Christmas and New Year? Many of our historic places will remain open between Boxing Day and New Year. 

  • Scenic motorway stops

    Travelling to visit friends or family this Christmas? Why stop at a dull motorway service station when you can stop off for a walk or day out in history?

  • Gift of membership

    Give the gift of unlimited access to over 400 historic places this Christmas, with English Heritage membership. 


2018 has been another big year for us.

As the New Year approaches, we'll be looking back in celebration, and inviting you to join us for another exciting year of history in 2019.

Here are just some of the ways to get involved with English Heritage over the Christmas period and in the year ahead.

Become a member

Festive Treats for Christmas

  • Christmas Events

    Step back in time this Christmas with our range of festive events. There's even a chance to meet Father Christmas himself.

  • Christmas shop

    Get stocked up now with some Christmas essentials or buy the foodie in your family some mouth-watering treats. Browse our shop for a feast of festive inspiration.

  • Gift of Membership

    Wrap up 6,000 years of history for friends or family with the Gift of Membership this Christmas and enjoy days out together.

  • Traditional Recipes

    Join our Victorian cook Mrs Crocombe in the historic kitchens at Audley End House as she makes everything you need for a traditional festive feast.

Holiday Cottages

Immerse yourself in England's colourful past by staying in one of our unique and historical properties. From cosy cottages to gatehouse towers to beachside retreats, book your stay today and make this festive season a memorable one.

As other visitors leave, you can explore the historic site all by yourself. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the sun setting on hundreds of years of history and, come morning, see it light up some of the most iconic sights in the country.

See our Holiday Cottages
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