Family Days Out

Mother's Day Ideas

Mother's Day is on Sunday 11 March 2018 in the UK.

Treat her to a day out to remember at a grand royal home, majestic coastal fortress or tranquil formal gardens this Mother's Day weekend. 

We also have a range of gift ideas, and holiday cottages to stay in if you are planning a special weekend away.

Places to Visit with Mum

  • Osborne

    A family home at its heart, this beauty spot is a perfect place to celebrate with your own family this Mother's Day. After exploring the lavish interior, explore the gardens and grounds - and perhaps paddle on Queen Victoria's private beach.

  • Dover Castle

    The 'Key to England' for over nine centuries, the mighty fortress of Dover Castle has plenty to fill a family outing this Mother's Day. From the Great Tower to the secret wartime tunnels, there's something for every history lover.

  • Beeston Castle

    Boasting spectacular views from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains, Beeston Castle and Woodland Park is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing walk. We love the path around the base of the crag leading to Beeston's great sandstone caves.

  • Audley End House and Gardens

    Enjoy a stroll around the Service Wing and find out about life 'below stairs' during the 1880s. After a visit to see our horses in the Stables, explore the gardens which were designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and Robert Adam.

  • Bolsover Castle

    Perched on a hilltop in the Derbyshire countryside, this 17th century mansion was once intended solely for pleasure and extravagant display. Explore the cavalier Riding School, Little Castle and wall walk - and treat yourself to cake in the cafe.

  • Witley Court and Gardens

    Reduced to a rambling ruin after a fire in 1937, Witley Court is now surrounded by glorious landscaped gardens. The spectacular lake, French Parterre and impressive Perseus and Andromeda fountain are just a few of Witley's highlights.

  • Rievaulx Abbey

    If peace and tranquillity are what you're looking for this Mother's Day, then head to Rievaulx Abbey. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, explore the fascinating new exhibition before strolling through the abbey's soaring ruins.

  • Walmer Castle and Gardens

    This coastal castle's beautiful (and extensive) gardens were created for the Queen Mother's 95th birthday, after she held the post of Lord Warden. Inside, you'll find a surprisingly home-y atmosphere and the original Wellington Boots.

A gift of membership

Treat mum to a full year of historical days out this Mother's Day. An English Heritage membership is her unlimited pass to over 400 historic places across the country. You can even personalise your Gift of Membership with your own message.

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Mothers' Day Gift Ideas

  • Shop for Mother's Day Gifts

    Give your mother the royal treatment with one of English Heritage's unique Mother's Day gifts. From pretty jewellery to delicious preserves, if you're looking to show your love there's plenty to help you say it with style.

  • Book a Stay in a Holiday Cottage

    Immerse yourself in England's colourful past by staying in one of our unique and historical properties. From cosy cottages to gatehouse towers to beachside retreats, make your next holiday a memorable one.

  • The meaning of flowers

    Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a bunch of flowers. But during the 19th century, a bunch of flowers could do much more than that – it could profess undying commitment, a refusal, or even act as an accusation of infidelity.

Women who made history

Women have played an integral role in shaping the course of English history. Visit our hub to find out more about some of the women who left their mark on society and shaped our way of life – from the first computer programmer to fearless monarchs and pioneering scientists.

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