Planning your Visit
Over 60 historic sites are now open for you to explore this spring.
We'll be opening more of our sites in phases over the coming months.
Visits must be booked in advance. If any dates change, bookings will be automatically cancelled and refunded – there's no need to contact us.
We look forward to seeing you!
Sites Now Open
Over 60 sites are now open. All these sites have plenty of outdoor space, and Covid-secure measures are in place to keep everyone safe. Takeaway catering is available and our shops are open. Our holiday cottages are also now open for stays away from home. Indoor areas of the sites are still closed.
You’ll need to book your visit in advance, as numbers are limited. And please bear in mind the government’s latest advice to minimise travel.Find a site near you
From 17 May we'll open an additional 23 sites, along with our interior spaces and cafés.
From 21 June we’ll launch our full summer events programme - with all the old favourites - inviting you step in to England's story at the places where history happened.
Visits must be booked in advance. If any dates change, bookings will be automatically cancelled and refunded – there's no need to contact us.Find a site near you
Keeping everyone safe
We want to reassure everyone that our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers.
We have additional Covid-secure safety measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.
We are enormously grateful for the support our Members and visitors have given us throughout this difficult year.
What to expect from your visit
We’ve introduced new measures for everyone’s safety. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history happened, and you’ll still be given a warm welcome by our friendly staff and volunteers.
- By law, there are restrictions on who you can visit with. Please check the government guidance or our frequently asked questions.
- Face coverings are mandatory in all our indoor public spaces, including takeaway cafés and tearooms. We won’t be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared.
- Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing, and we’ve made sure they have the necessary PPE.
- Some sites will be using one way systems and markers on the ground to help visitors keep a safe distance.
- You’ll find new welcome information and site-specific signposts to guide you on your visit.
- We’re carrying out more frequent cleaning.
- Protective screens have been put up at some desks and tills.
- We’ve made hand sanitiser available for you to use.
- There are new social distancing barriers, particularly around toilets and admission areas.
- To support NHS Test and Trace, we're now legally required to record your contact details and the date of your visit, including the use of our cafés and tearooms. Find out more.
At some sites there may be different routes to follow, and certain parts of sites might not be open. We’ve detailed key changes on the individual site pages of our website, so do please check before you visit.
Preparing for your visit
Once you choose your arrival slot online, you’ll receive your booking confirmation by email. Just bring this with you, either on your mobile device or as a print out. The email will contain a barcode that our team will scan when you arrive.
Without a valid booking confirmation, we won’t be able to let you in. If you're a Member, remember to bring your Membership Card. Please see our FAQs for more information.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy our sites safely, so please:
- Don’t visit if you or anyone in our household/support or childcare bubble are self-isolating or displaying symptoms of Covid-19
- Bear in mind the government’s latest advice to minimise travel.
- Follow government and site guidelines on social distancing and hygiene
- Queue alone if you can
- Keep an eye on children
- Remember to bring a face covering with you. You won’t be able to enter any of our indoor public spaces, including free-to-enter sites, if you don’t have a face covering. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out. We have a range of English Heritage face coverings which can be purchased via our online shop.
Still have questions?
Take a look at our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about booking your visit, paying for your visit, and the on-site experience you can expect when you arrive for your visit.Read our FAQs