Family Days Out

Family Days Out this Winter

The weather may be crisp but our castles, abbeys and stately homes are looking gorgeous this season. Take your family to one of our historic places and discover what life was like in England's past.

Check out the nation's top 10 castles as chosen by our Facebook fans and explore our selection of family days out for under £20. 

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February half term is Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February 2020 in England.

This February half term, get hands on with history and take part in fun-filled family events.

Discover castle life, hear legendary stories of brave heroes and formidable foes, brush up on sword skills or discover life upstairs and downstairs.

There are plenty of nearby activities for you and your little ones.

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Outdoor Play areas at our Historic Places

Once you've finished exploring a castle, or wandering through the grounds of a stately home, head to the play area so your little adventurers can burn off their extra energy.

We've picked out our favourite outdoor play areas for you and your family to discover.

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Family Property Guides

Make the most of your day out with our free family property guides. We'll show you interesting things to look out for, the best places for your kids to play and provide all the practical information you need to have the perfect family day out.

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What was life like?

English Heritage members travel back in time to meet characters from the past in our YouTube series, What Was Life Like?

Get creative at home

Get ready for a family day out at one of our historic places by learning how to make your own cardboard shield, sword and dragon.

Members do more

Visit our historical places as many times as you like with our family membership packages starting from a monthly £5 per family (family with one adult and up to 6 kids). Walk where kings and queens have walked before you, scale majestic castle ruins and let off steam among some of the country's most picturesque grounds. 

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Castles make exciting summer days out for all ages, and earlier this year we asked our Facebook followers to name their favourites. Here are your top picks.

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