Things to Do

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

Spring is now well under way, and we’re delighted to be able to welcome you to our sites as we open for the season ahead.

Whether you’re planning a visit to one of our 60 sites now open, or staying at home, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you step into history this April.

The month in history

  • Sir Robert Walpole became the first British Prime Minister on 3 April 1721. You can visit the London address he lived at on Arlington Street, St James's, which is today commemorated with a blue plaque.
  • Rosalind Franklin, a pioneer in the study of molecular structures including DNA, died on 16 April 1958. Franklin was recognised with a blue plaque at the Chelsea home she lived in between 1951 and 1958.
  • Writer Bram Stoker, who authored the literary classic Count Dracula, died at his London home at the age of 65 on 20 April 1912. Count Dracula was inspired by Stoker's 1890 visit to the harbour town of Whitby, where you'll find the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey.
  • At 17-years-old, a teenage Henry VIII succeeded his father, Henry VII, as King of England on 21 April 1509. Henry VIII spent much of his childhood at Eltham Palace, and was the last monarch to spend substantial amounts of money or time there.

1. Plan your Spring Visit

With the new season officially open, we're also delighted to welcome you back to Stonehenge and Boscobel House and the Royal Oak from 12 April. This is in addition to the 60 sites already open since 29 March. The doors to our on-site shops will once again open from 12 April, but in the meantime you can shop online for guidebooks and history-inspired toys, games and books.

You can find out which properties are open, but please check the individual property pages for the latest opening details, and remember to follow the government’s latest advice on travel.

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2. Celebrate a historic Easter

Our historic grounds and gardens are perfect family-friendly spaces, and between 29 March – 18 April 24 sites are hosting outdoor Easter Adventure Quests. Explore the outdoor trails, crack the clues and search for dragon eggs to win your chocolate reward.

Our sites are all Covid-secure, and there are extra measures in place to help keep everyone safe. When you’re planning your Easter adventure, please bear in mind the government’s advice to minimise travel.

Visit our Easter page to find an event and discover kids' activities, Victorian cooking recipes and articles that explore the history of Easter in England.

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Built from the reclaimed stone this picturesque holiday cottage sits at the entrance to one of Yorkshire's most impressive religious sites, Rievaulx Abbey.

3. Book a holiday in history

If you're itching for a getaway, step back in history with a stay at one of our historic holiday cottages. In line with the Government roadmap, we will be opening our holiday cottages for stays from the 12 April.

Between 12 April and the 17 May only people from the same household (including anyone who are in a support bubble) are able to stay in our self-catered accommodation. From the 17 May this changes to people from two households, or a maximum of six people from up to six households.

Stay in your choice of a Victorian gatehouse on the grounds of Audley End House and Gardens or a coastguard's cottage by Lindisfarne Priory. Or wake up in the grounds of a Tudor Castle at St Mawes in Cornwall, or on the private estate of a Victorian Queen – complete with private beach – at Osborne on the Isle of Wight. All guests receive a welcome hamper on arrival, free entry to English Heritage properties and discount in our shops and cafes.

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4. Enjoy History at Home

You don't need to leave your home to discover more about history. We've pulled together some great ideas to entertain your whole family this April from the comfort of your own home.

Enjoy fun historical quizzes for your little ones, view our sites from the skies with our video postcard series and watch our popular YouTube series History at Home Live! with Ben Shires. Dig deeper with the English Heritage podcast and our online articles, where we explore obscure medieval laws, fashions through time and even the history of board games.

Kids will also love our crafts, historical make and bakes and colouring-in downloads - perfect activities for the Easter break.

Discover History at Home

5. St George and the Dragon at Wrest Park

Take your family on a journey back in time this April and re-live the story of George and the Dragon at Wrest Park.

Let your little ones test out their skills with our fun activities including have-a-go-archery and keep your eyes peeled for our cheeky jester as he makes his way through the grounds.

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  • Become a Member

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