Inspire Me

Spring is a beautiful time to visit our historic places and make the most of the great outdoors. We have gathered some of our favourite features, events and things to do to inspire your next visit.

Discover our historic gardens, travel guides, historic walks, Victorian recipes and fun activities for all the family. All the inspiration you need is right here.

Top 5 things to do this April

This April, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you to step into history. Get outside with the family and go on an egg-cellent Easter adventure, discover what fascinating insights Members' Week has in store for you this year and celebrate St George's Day at one of our historic sites.

Discover our round up of fascinating people, must-see places and captivating videos to inspire your next visit this Spring.

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Prior's Lodge at Mount Grace Priory. An attractive period cottage sits alongside the remains of the priory church.

Plan a historic holiday

Why not start planning a spring or summer holiday and have a look at our beautiful selection of Holiday Cottages nestled amongst our historic sites. We have a great selection of properties to suit everyone from romantic escapes, dog friendly cottages, stays by the sea, family friendly cottages, and castle stays.

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Florence Nightingale Richards: Tintagel's Keeper of the Keys

The eccentric Florence Nightingale Richards was custodian and keeper of the keys at Tintagel Castle for most of her life. To travel writers of the time she became known as 'The Famous Miss Richards.'

Here, Lynda Aldridge, former Historic Property Steward at Tintagel Castle for 23 years, now a Visitor Volunteer at the same site, tells Florence's remarkable story.

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Celtic culture in England: History and legacy

Understanding what is meant by the term ‘Celtic’, particularly in an English context, is not easy.

Historian Thomas Williams explores the history behind Celtic culture and its legacy in the present day.

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7 sites linked to England's queer history

Uncover the complex and fascinating relationships of the people associated with some of our most popular sites, and plan your visit to the places that are inextricably linked to England's LGBTQIA+ history.

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How to Make Furmenty - The Victorian Way

Mrs Crocombe is back in the kitchen, preparing a warming spiced dish for Easter.

Furmenty is similar in some ways to porridge, comprising grain, milk or cream, currants and spices. It’s thought to date back to Medieval times and was eaten by rich and poor alike.

Relax your mind with videos from our sites

Put on your headphones and relax to the ambient sights and sounds from a selection of our historic sites across the country.




History for Kids

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Are you ready to go back - way back - in time to learn all about England’s history? Read our magazines and discover our online pages where you can explore each of the key periods, from the Stone Age right through to the Second World War.
Find out what life was like at the time through fun facts, illustrated stories, games and more. 

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