Family Days Out

Mother's Day 2024

Enjoy a day out with mum at a grand royal home, a majestic coastal fortress or tranquil formal gardens. Treat your family to an overnight stay at one of our historic holiday cottages, or find the perfect history-inspired present in our online shop.

For a gift that keeps on giving beyond the day itself, why not treat mum to a year full of historical adventures?

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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. 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.

Photo of a family enjoying afternoon tea at Osborne with historical intepreters playing Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with them


Celebrate Mother's Day with a stylish afternoon tea at the Terrace Restaurant at Osborne on the Isle of Wight.

Enjoy finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, clotted cream and a variety of pastries and cakes crafted by our talented chefs. Choose from a selection of fine teas or add a touch of sparkle with bubbly.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

  • Shop for Mother's Day Gifts

    Give your mum 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.

Photo of a conical ceramic bottle, thought to have been used by the Romans to wean children

Motherhood in 10 objects

While the definition of 'mum' varies between families and households, history makes clear that motherhood has always played a cherished role in society.

We take a look at 10 objects from our collections that provide insights into the way mothers have lived and loved throughout history.

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Remarkable Women

Women have played an integral role in shaping the course of English history.

Click below to find out more about their stories, who left their mark on society, and how they shaped our way of life – from the first computer programmer, to fearless monarchs and pioneering scientists.

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Family Days Out

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    We know that cafés and tearooms are an important part of your visit. Here are some of our favourites from around the country.

  • Days Out with Dogs

    Enjoy a great day out with your dog. There are plenty of dog-friendly English Heritage sites across the country for your furry friends to enjoy.

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