Quizzes and Games
Could you survive in the past? Take our challenges to find out if you'd make it, or do our mammoth quiz to find out about all things prehistory. Plus, print and make your own board games based on old favourites to play with all the family - who will win at Snakes & Abbots, and conquer all in Tudor Battleships?
Games: challenge your family and friends!
Featured Game: Roundheads vs Cavaliers
It’s 1643 and the Civil War between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers is raging, but who will get the upper hand? Choose your side and embark on a race to the finish by becoming the first to beseige and claim all 12 English Heritage castles across the country! The fate of England is in your hands, but have you got what it takes to claim victory?
Play the game!
Play a real Viking board game! Hnefatafl (pronounced ‘neva tapl’), means ‘The King’s Table’ in Old Norse and is a game of tactics and skill! We’ve got everything you need to make and play it at home…
Game: Race to Chesters
Who will be the first to deliver a message from the port of Richborough in Kent all the way to Chesters Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall? Challenge your family and friends to this race across Roman Britain.
Snakes and Abbots
Can you win this monastery themed version of snakes and ladders? If you land on a ladder, follow it up to the space above. But if you land on a snake, follow it down. Download a game board, spinner and 3D players to play.
Do battle with these downloadable boards. Decide who will be England and who will be Spain, then secretly position your ships on your board and be the first to sink the other player’s fleet by guessing their location!
Game: Race for Maiden Castle
A rival Iron Age tribe is poised to launch an attack on Maiden Castle, a hillfort in Dorset. Ask a friend to play with you and decide who will defend and who will attack. Have you got what it takes to survive or succeed?
2000 years of games
Ever wondered what games people played in the past? Find out more about the historical games associated with English Heritage sites, then download our example games to try some for yourself.
We've created 21 anagrams that relate to some of the sites that have now opened their gates for you to visit again. Can you use the clues to help unravel these word jumbles?Solve the anagrams
Challenge time: Can you find your way through these historical mazes?
Find the flint hidden deep under the ground at Grimes Graves and help the Centurion find his lost coins in these historical mazes. Download and print the sheets to complete the puzzles.
Maze: Find the flint
Flint is hidden deep underground at Grime’s Graves – a Neolithic mine in Norfolk. Can you find your way through the mine shafts to find the flint, avoiding the bats, spiders, snakes and rockfalls on the way?
Maze: Find the Roman coins
Oh no! The centurion at Birdoswald Roman Fort has lost 11 gold coins from a hole in his purse and he needs your help. Can you make it through the crowds to find every coin without repeating or crossing your route?
More to explore
Kids Rule! Videos
Travel back in time with our videos and have fun with history. Watch as we interview Henry VIII, put your Roman knowledge to the test with Rattus Rattus, go on an animated journey through the story of England and more.
Things to Make and Do
For weekends, rainy days and holidays, we’ve collected our best ideas for you to get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty here to be inspired by.
Historical Timeline Posters
We've created a series of posters showing the history of England, from prehistory through to the World Wars. Print them out to create a mega timeline, or colour your own with our downloadable sheets.
Tasty Historical Makes and Bakes
Serve up a slice of history with these delicious recipes from the past. Whip up a batch of Mrs Crocombe's favourite Queen Drop Biscuits, bake a medieval pie, watch our interview with a Tudor cook and more.