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Best Value Days Out

With household costs remaining high, we're all looking for unmissable value - and English Heritage is here to help. We've pulled together our best value days out so you can create unforgettable memories without breaking the bank.

Enjoy a stress-free day among majestic castles, peaceful gardens and spectacular historical settings and let your imagination run riot.

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Unmissable Clifford's Tower

Immerse yourself in centuries of history at one of York's most iconic sites and experience stunning views over the ancient city. Built to subdue the rebellious north by William the Conqueror, Clifford’s Tower has been a royal mint, a medieval stronghold and a Civil War garrison. It was also the site of one of the worst antisemitic massacres of the Middle Ages.

Today, a new roof deck gives unrivalled views over York's historic skyline, with its medieval buildings and famous Minster. Inside, new walkways and staircases have opened up parts of the tower that have been off-limits for centuries.

An unmissable visit from just £11.70 for a family ticket.

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Unforgettable Eltham Palace

Once a favoured medieval palace and then a Tudor royal residence, in the 1930s Eltham Palace was transformed by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. Get a taste of the Courtaulds’ extravagant lifestyle as you explore their unusual home, try on a range of period costumes, follow the family trail and admire the magnificent medieval great hall.

There’s a quirky mix of medieval and modern in the gardens too. Admire stunning herbaceous borders, walk through formal rose gardens and relax in the Rock Garden. Cross London's oldest working bridge and go on an adventure in the playground inspired by the Courtaulds’ love of travel.

A great value day out from just £23.10 for a family.

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Fascinating Framlingham Castle

Surrounded by parkland and a picturesque lake, Framlingham Castle was once a stronghold of the powerful earls and dukes of Norfolk.

Muster your courage to conquer the spectacular wall walk to admire stunning views over the town and countryside, and uncover stories of ambitious barons, a Tudor queen and Georgian poorhouse children as you explore centuries of history in the interactive exhibition. Spot the tall Tudor chimneys, try on historical hats and take the audio tour to learn more about the castle's past and its people.

A great value family day out from just £18.10.

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Mighty Hadrian's Wall

Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Discover the remains of the forts, towers, turrets and towns that once kept watch over the Wall, see rare Roman artefacts, get hands-on in museums and take in spectacular views of the rugged landscape to find out what life was like for the men, women and children on the edge of Roman Britain.

Today you can explore the Wall’s rich history and its dramatic landscape at over twenty fascinating sites, including Housesteads Roman Fort, Chesters Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town and Birdoswald Roman Fort.

Great value family days out from just £13.60.

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Epic Kenilworth Castle

Discover stories of epic sieges and royal scandals at mighty Kenilworth Castle.

Once one of the country’s most formidable medieval fortresses, the castle was later transformed into a spectacular Elizabethan palace by Robert Dudley in an effort to impress his queen.

Today you can explore the mighty medieval keep, climb up Tudor towers, wander through a unique Elizabethan garden and get hands on with history in the family-friendly exhibition. Take in views from Elizabeth I's private rooms and uncover the true story of the royal romance between the queen and her favourite.

A great-value family day out from just £20.40.

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Magnificent Osborne

A visit to Osborne offers something for everyone to enjoy. Inside the house, get an intimate glimpse into royal life as you explore private apartments and grand reception rooms lined with furnishings and artworks from the Royal Collection.

Outside, wander among flower-filled gardens, discover the quirky museum in the Swiss Cottage and relax on the beach where the royal children learnt to swim. With family trails and two play areas, there’s so much to see and do at Osborne, it's no wonder it's is one of the Isle of Wight's most loved attractions.

Great value family day out from just £29.40.

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Iconic Stonehenge

Uncover the incredible story of one of the world’s most famous places. This must-see monument is a powerful testament to human ingenuity, imagination and creativity, and a visit today offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Experience the unforgettable atmosphere of the Stone Circle and follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric people who lived here 4000 years ago as you walk among the Neolithic houses. Dig deeper in the world-class exhibition, and take time to explore the monuments and mysteries of the wider Stonehenge landscape.

An unmissable family day out from £36.30.

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Legendary Tintagel Castle

Immerse yourself in history, myth and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle on Cornwall's rugged north coast.

Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists, and even the brother of a king. Now it's your turn to be inspired.

Marvel at the spectacular award-winning footbridge, explore Merlin's Cave and take in dramatic coastal views at one of Cornwall’s must-see attractions.

A legendary family day out from £23.10.

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Impressive Walmer Castle

Explore over eight acres of award-winning gardens in the grounds of a Tudor fortress turned country house. Built on the orders of Henry VIII to defend England’s southern shores, Walmer Castle later became a home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports – among them the Duke of Wellington and the Queen Mother.

Inside the castle, discover stories and secrets from the castle’s past and see some remarkable objects, including a pair of original Wellington Boots. There’s also plenty to see in the glorious gardens and kids will love the brilliant play trail through the woods.

A great value family day out from just £20.40.

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Awe-inspiring Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey has been inspiring visitors for nearly 1500 years – now it’s your turn. Uncover tales of Viking raids and saintly Saxons in the museum and find out how Whitby inspired one of the greatest characters in literature, Bram Stoker's Dracula. Wander through spectacular ruins and take in the beautiful views of coastal Yorkshire.

There’s more to see and do at the abbey than ever before. With fantastic views over the coast, a revamped museum and wide open grounds to roam, it’s a great value day out for everyone.

An awe-inspring family day out from just £15.90.

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    Get inspired together at breathtaking castles, abbeys and stately homes, or stretch little legs and fire up imaginations with our family events and half-term activities.

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