This summer, take your family on a fun adventure with a historical twist. Discover castle life, imagine and recreate legendary tales of brave heroes as you stand where history happened, or simply enjoy a picnic in beautiful surroundings. The whole family can embark on an outdoor Summer Explorer Quest at sites across the country, and if you’re in the area, don’t miss the immersive Summer weekends at Dover Castle and Audley End House and Gardens.
You’ll need to book your ticket in advance and arrive within your allocated time slot. If you're a Member, you’ll still need to pre-book your free ticket and show your membership card on arrival.
Summer Explorer Quests
See if you’ve got what it takes to crack the clues and follow the trail around the grounds of our historic sites to claim your adventurer's certificate.
Join us throughout the summer holidays, from Sat 18 July – Mon 31 August. Standard admission applies (free to Members).
Use our map below to find a quest near you.
On weekends throughout the summer holidays, step back in time at Dover Castle and Audley End House and Gardens with live interpretations in the open air. Step back in time to 1940 at Dover Castle, and witness the castle’s Second World War past being brought to life. At Audley End House and Gardens you can go further back to the Victorian period, to meet the head cook, Mrs Crocombe, and her fellow Victorian servants who kept the house running.
Members Recommend: Picnic Hotspots
We recently asked our Members which of our historic sites were their favourite places to enjoy a picnic. Now is a great time to get planning a perfect summer day out at one of our top five picnic spots. Sit amongst the stunning views just like Queen Victoria would have at Osborne or watch the seabirds at Dunstanburgh Castle.Find out more
THE HISTORY OF OUR HISTORIC GARDENS
To commemorate the anniversary of Elizabeth I’s historic 19-day visit to Kenilworth Castle in the summer of 1575, we’re looking at the history of our historic gardens. Learn more about gardens through the ages from Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland down to Walmer Castle in Kent. You can even see the Elizabethan garden which has been recreated at Kenilworth.DISCOVER MORE
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