Christmas 2020

Things to do in winter

Wrap up and make the most of the great outdoors this winter. There's plenty to see and do at our historic places as the temperature drops, from majestic castles and stately homes to picturesque abbeys and atmospheric ruins. 

Enjoy frosty garden walks, cosy indoor activities and explore a range of family events across the country. We've got all the tips you need to enjoy the colder months ahead.

Be inspired

Winter opening times map

Find a historic home, castle or abbey near you, or plan a getaway as you prepare to ring in the new year.

Click on a property in our interactive map to discover how you can plan a day out near you.

Opening times vary throughout the winter season, and some places may be impacted by adverse weather, so please check specific property opening times before you visit.

Visit our map

Plan a winter day out

  • Make the most out of winter

    There's plenty to do in England this winter. Read about the best places to escape the crowds and be inspired by English Heritage Members’ recommendations.

  • Travel guides

    Plan a weekend away or take a short break with our regional travel guides. Our guides are packed with ideas of things to see and do, plus practical advice for getting around.

  • Spotlight on the places we love

    Take a closer look at some of our favourite historic places. Discover what we love about them, then plan your own adventure in the places where history happened.

  • Dog friendly days out

    We love dogs as much as you do, so there's no reason to leave your furry friend at home. We've got lots of options for dog friendly days out at our castles, abbeys and historic gardens.

Curl up with a good read


There's nothing like a fresh winter walk through a beautiful historic garden. Our castles, halls and stately homes are enchanting in the colder seasons, and now is the perfect time to make the most of rewarding garden walks and sparkling wintry views.

Find a winter garden


Travelling to visit family, friends or just to get away from it all? Some of our historic places near main roads and motorways make an excellent alternative to motorway service stations.

Escape the rush of traffic, stretch your legs, avoid the queues for the loos - stop off to explore England's story instead.

Please check our winter opening times before you visit.

Find a place to stop

Watch our behind the scenes videos

Find out what our collections care team get up to at Osborne during the winter and discover how an expert team of gardeners, volunteers and kitchen staff grow and prepare delicious seasonal produce at Walmer Castle.

  • Behind the Scenes at Osborne

  • Walmer Castle kitchen garden: from plot to plate

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