Family Days Out
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Family Days Out

Looking for somewhere where you and the family can get out in the fresh air together and create memories? Our special historic places offer extraordinarily good value and are full of heart-warming adventures for parents and children alike.

Experience the beauty of spring at breathtaking castles, abbeys and stately homes, or stretch little legs and fire up imaginations with our family events and activities.

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


Spring Garden Highlights

With longer, brighter days and the warmth gradually returning, it's time to get out and start exploring. Experience spring in all its glory with a visit to one of our expertly cared for historic gardens in England.

Enjoy delicate snowdrops, spring daffodils and vibrant blossoms as our gardens burst into colour. Here's our pick of some of the best spring gardens to visit this season.

Find a garden

Rainy Days Out

The weather can be unpredictable in spring, but don't let that put you off exploring. We have plenty of weather friendly places where families can hide, discover and play.

Check out our rainy day info, see our map of rain-proof historic sites and enjoy a great day out whatever the weather may have in store. 

Don't let rain stop play!

Playhenge at Stonehenge

Let your imagination run wild as we construct an amazing adventure playground at Stonehenge with Woodland Tribe.

In this exciting event, hammers, saws and nails will be handed over to children and their adults to build the play structure of their dreams using natural materials. What will you create?

Taking place from Friday 17 May to Tuesday 4 June 2024 (excluding Thursdays)

Find out more here
Photo of two children on a climbing frame at Eltham Palace in London


We know how important it is to keep the kids entertained, and a play area is always a helpful place to run off some steam. We asked our Members which sites have the best children's play areas and why. 

Find a play area near you
Photo of two children walking through Audley End House in Essex


Happy kids equals happy parents! We asked our Members which sites are their children’s favourites. Did your favourite make it onto the list?

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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.

More to Explore

  • Top 5 things to do in May

    This May, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help inspire your visits. Discover prehistoric monuments, enjoy a memorable May half-term and learn about pioneering nurses.

  • 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.

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    Help to keep the story of England's history alive for future generations. Join today and enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic places, for yourself and up to six children.

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