Family Days Out

Family Days Out this Summer

Almost all of our historic sites are now open, and we're delighted to welcome you and your family back.

Get exploring with our Summer Adventure Quests, or step back in time with live interpretation experiences at Dover Castle and Audley End House and Gardens. Prepare to storm a castle with our family-friendly crafts, and meet some of the most colourful characters in our history with our 'What Was Life Like' YouTube series.

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To help keep everyone safe, we’ve introduced bookable arrival time slots and reduced visitor capacity by about a third. Demand for tickets is high, so please only book if you’re sure you can make the date and time of your visit.

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What to Expect

We've introduced new measures so that everyone can safely enjoy exploring the places where history happened. Remember to bring a face covering - they’re now mandatory in all our indoor public spaces.

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Eat Out to Help Out

We’re participating in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Visit on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August and you’ll get a 50% discount up to the value of £10 per person on your food and soft drinks when you eat in our cafés, restaurants and tearooms.

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Summer Explorer Quests

This summer, take on a fun adventure with a historical twist.

Follow the trail around some of our historic sites to claim an adventurer's certificate. Have you got what it takes to crack the clues?

Discover castle life, recreate legendary tales of brave heroes as you stand where history happened, or simply enjoy a picnic in beautiful surroundings.

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Get creative

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.

Kids Rule! History made fun

Learn about England’s history and discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories, downloadable dress-ups and games. From the neolithic people at Stonehenge to the kings and queens who lives in some of our favourite castles, you'll be surprised what life was like hundreds of years ago.

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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?

Cook with Mrs Crocombe

Learn how to cook pancakes the Victorian way with Mrs Crocombe. Mrs Crocombe worked for Lord and Lady Braybrooke at Audley End during the 1880s. This episode is made from an authentic recipe as outlined in her Victorian recipe book.

To make this recipe at home, you will need: 3 tablespoons of flour, a quarter pint of milk, 3 eggs and butter for the pan, plus sugar, jam and lemon to flavour.

Members do more

Visit our historical places as many times as you like with our family membership packages starting from a monthly £5.25 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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