Family Days Out
Image: Family at Wrest Park

Family Days Out

Planning your next family day out? Our special historic places are full of options for mums, dads and children alike. Get inspired together at breathtaking castles, abbeys and stately homes, or stretch little legs and fire up imaginations with our family events and half term activities.

Read on for tips, suggestions and to find out what’s on. Find a site near you and book your tickets today.

Summer Days Out

Switch up your summer and enjoy the best days out in history! Hear thundering hooves at the Legendary Jousts, the clashing of swords at the Knights’ Tournaments, battle cries of the Roman conquerors and cannon fire from the Pirates. Action-packed and great value days out for the whole family. 

Plus from 23 July, set off on a fun family adventure at one of many historic places across the country with our Summer Explorer Quests.

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Family Guides

Inspiration and top tips for visiting

It can be tricky to plan a day out with the little ones. To give you peace of mind for your visit, we've prepared helpful guides packed with useful info. Browse the guides, find out what you can look forward to, and get the answers to questions about our facilities at some of our favourite historic places.

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  • Pendennis Castle

    Discover the wartime tunnels and climb to the top of the mighty Tudor keep at Pendennis Castle. The recreated gun deck brings the noise and drama of a castle under attack to life.

  • Warkworth Castle

    With imposing stone walls, huge fireplaces where kitchen staff worked over roasting spits, and restored furnished rooms, step into medieval life at Warkworth Castle.

  • Down House: Home of Charles Darwin

    Step back into Victorian family life at Charles Darwin's family home. Explore the garden where Darwin conducted his most famous experiments and learn about his greatest discoveries.

  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

    With a family exhibition and play area, as well as a new viewing platform on the rooftop of the gatehouse, explore the battlefield of a major turning point in England's story.

Colour your own Victorian railway scene

Colour your own Victorian railway travel poster. Download the colouring sheet, and bring the scene to life with pencils, pens or paints!

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Colour your own Stonehenge scene

Download this Stonehenge colouring sheet, and get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints!

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Colour your own Roman Town

Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our Roman history timeline poster! Read through our introduction to Roman England, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints. 

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Colour your own Anglo-Saxon settlement

Download this Anglo-Saxon Settlement colouring sheet to create your own version of our history timeline poster! Read through our introduction to life in Anglo-Saxon England, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints.

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