Christmas through the ages for all ages


Many of our sites will be open this festive season, so why not spend Christmas or New Year with us?

With woodland walks, carols and falconry displays, there are plenty of special days out for the whole family to enjoy.

The places listed below are all open between 27 - 31 December 2018, with some also open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day. You'll find full details of their opening times, and more useful information for planning your visit, by clicking on each individual place. 

Spend the festive season with us at sites in...

London and the South East

  • Eltham Palace

    Explore one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture and design surviving in Britain today. 

    Open 27 - 31 December 

  • Down House

    The family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin is a must-see in Kent. 

    Open 27 - 31 December

  • Dover Castle

    The most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Osborne

    Take a glimpse into the private life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Walmer Castle

    Open the door to this charming Tudor castle by the sea, home to the original Wellington boots, and its eight acres of magnificent grounds.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Framlingham Castle

    A magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Orford Castle

    Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk.

    Open 27 - 31 December

  • Audley End

    Visit one of England's finest country houses, wander the tranquil gardens, and enjoy stunning views.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

Midlands and the South West

  • Bolsover Castle

    Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle and delight in the spectacular views from the wall walk.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Kenilworth Castle

    Walk in the beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden and scale the heights of the tower built to woo the Queen.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Witley Court

    Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Stokesay Castle

    Step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, plus enjoy stunning views.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Goodrich Castle

    Standing in open countryside, Goodrich Castle is one of the best preserved of all English medieval castles.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Stonehenge

    One of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

    Open Boxing Day - 1 January

  • Old Sarum

    Site of the original Salisbury, this mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood.

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • Pendennis Castle

    The most impressive of Henry VIII's coastal artillery forts, high on a headland above the town of Falmouth. 

    Open 27 December - 1 January

  • St Mawes Castle

    The most elaborately-decorated of England's Tudor artillery fortresses, St Mawes guarded the Carrick Roads along with neighbouring Pendennis Castle. 

    Open 27 December - 1 January

Yorkshire and North of England

  • Belsay Hall and Castle Gardens

    Explore the medieval castle, the Grecian inspired Hall and acres of impressive gardens.

    Open 27 - 31 December

  • Chesters Roman Fort

    The most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain and a key part of Hadrian's Wall. 

    Open 27 - 31 December 

  • Beeston Castle

    Crowning a rocky crag, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England.

    Open 27 December - 1 January


  • Rievaulx Abbey

    Discover the beautiful ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries and its informative new visitor centre. 

    Open 27 - 31 December

  • Scarborough Castle

    Former medieval fortress on a rocky headland, offering spectacular views of the North Sea and the seaside town of Scarborough. 

    Open 27 - 31 December 

  • Birdoswald Roman Fort

    Extensive remains of a Roman fort situated on the longest continuous preserved stretch of Hadrian's Wall. 

    Open 27 - 31 December

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