Be Present in the Past
Discover England’s amazing past in all its autumnal glory. Explore castles and abbeys nestled in golden woodland, see country houses swathed in morning mist and wander through historic gardens ablaze with spectacular seasonal colour.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had at half-term with Halloween events taking place up and down the country.
With hundreds of sites across the country waiting to be discovered, autumn is the perfect time to make the most of our past.
Immerse yourself in History
This autumn, we're introducing an 'hour of contemplation' at monasteries across England. For the final hour of opening at each place, we encourage you to silence your mobile phones, finish up conversations and enjoy England's abbeys and priories in contemplative quiet. Together with other visitors, take the opportunity to experience these monastic buildings as their earliest residents did.
The following sites will be taking part...
Saint Aelred at Rievaulx Abbey
with Stephen Fry
Aelred was abbot of the spectacular Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire from 1147–67 and wrote about life at the Abbey. We asked Stephen Fry to read some of Aelred's words, capturing the unique peace and tranquility of the monastic life.
How Silent Were Medieval Monasteries?
When we visit the ruins of monasteries or abbeys, we think of them as having been peaceful, contemplative places.
But just how quiet was day-to-day monastic life?
Our historian Michael Carter explores this question.Read More
From London to Northumberland, Yorkshire and Derbyshire to the Isle of Wight, our comprehensive travel guides have everything you need to plan a getaway: where to stay, getting around and — most importantly — things to see and do.
Whether you're a novice or bike enthusiast, our cycling guides offer a fun way to take in multiple historic places. Wheel your way across the Isle of Wight, find serenity in North Yorkshire, or tour across the Wiltshire countryside and its 5000 years of history.
Enjoy the great outdoors. Combine an invigorating seaside stroll with an inspiring visit to one of our historic sites, following these glorious routes along England's most beautiful coastlines.
Dog Friendly Days Out
Our special historic places are popular with dog walkers and those who want to share an adventure with their four-legged-friends. If you're looking for a day out but don't want to leave your dog at home, then you're in luck. We've gathered our favourite dog friendly days out here for you to enjoy. Your pets will love exploring new sights, sounds and smells at castles, abbeys and historic gardens all across England, and you'll have a great time too.Find out More
With kids back to school and the summer holidays over, late summer is the perfect time to enjoy some well deserved time off for yourselves. There's no better way to relax than with a hot drink or delicious snack at a tea room amid historic surroundings. To help you find the perfect place to get off your feet, here's our list of top tearooms from historic places around the country.Discover our top tearooms
Cumbria Walking Guide: Stott Park Bobbin Mill to High Dam
The Lake District is renowned for walking - but if you don't fancy tackling a fell, this circular walk around Stott Park Bobbin Mill at the southern end of Windermere is a perfect choice.
Derbyshire walking guide: Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Hall
Facing each other across a valley, Bolsover Castle and the ruin of Sutton Scarsdale Hall seem very different. Discover the landscape which connects them on the 7 mile countryside walk.
Kent coastal walking guide: Dover, Walmer and Deal
This 10 mile walk offers panoramic views of the English Channel. Three mighty coastal forts stand on the route, from the medieval "Key to England" at Dover to Henry VIII's defences of Walmer and Deal.
Walks near Hadrian's Wall
There are some fantastic walks to be enjoyed along Hadrian's Wall. Find out a bit more about the trails near Housesteads, Chesters, Corbridge and Birdoswald.
The Great Stones Way: Avebury, Stonehenge and Old Sarum
Running through the Wiltshire countryside from near Swindon to Stonehenge, the Great Stones Way is one of England’s newer hiking trails. Travel writer Sarah Baxter set off in the footsteps of our ancestors.
Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn to Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Take a delightful walk, passing through some idyllic English countryside to Farleigh Hungerford Castle – an impressive 14th century castle not far from Bath with hidden treasures and a sinister past.
English Heritage Gardens in Autumn
As summer turns to autumn, our historic gardens enter one of their most beautiful seasons. Leaves turn from greens to vibrant reds and golds, and delicate fungi begin to emerge among the undergrowth. Our gardeners are hard at work sowing bulbs, and at our kitchen gardens the harvest season is in full swing.
Discover our picks for the most impressive gardens at this time of year.Find out More