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Valentine's Day Ideas

Fall in love with history with your Valentine's date by your side. Spend a day exploring leafy woodlands, enchanting ruins and iconic castles and see where some of history's most interesting characters have lived and loved before.

We've also pulled together some of the most romantic backdrops to set the mood so you can enjoy Valentine's Day in a beautiful historical setting.

Valentine's Day Ideas

  • Our five most romantic places

    Nothing says 'I love you' like a date at one of England's most romantic sites. Romance, intrigue and scandal are at the heart of these properties - who can resist a good love story?

  • Top Tips for Writing a Valentine's Love Letter

    Don't worry if you've never written a love letter before, we've taken tips from Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin and Elizabeth I to help you write the perfect note to your sweetheart.

  • Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

    Show someone you're thinking of them with a gift from our online shop. From soaps and jewellery, to homewares and wine, there's something to celebrate every relationship.

  • Valentine's Day at Our Holiday Cottages

    Why not organise a surprise weekend getaway at one of our holiday cottages? From gatehouse towers to beachside retreats, a holiday with us is an unforgettable experience.

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Our Guide to the Language of Flowers

Explore the meaning of flowers and discover what your Valentine's Day bouquet might reveal about your relationship. We teamed up with our gardening team to present our guide to the historic language of flowers.

Find out more

Podcast: Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley

The story of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley has fascinated people for more than 450 years. Join head properties curator Dr Jeremy Ashbee as he explores their supposed romance and Dudley’s now legendary attempt to woo England’s ‘Virgin Queen’ over 19 days in 1575 at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire.

Listen on Soundcloud

Romantic Days Out

Step into history with your loved ones this Valentine's Day. Explore spectacular sites like Stonehenge, Tintagel CastleEltham Palace and Hadrian's Wall or venture through some of the most impressive historic gardens in the country. Get out of your home, town or city and spend some quality time in the places where history happened.

Please check our property opening times before you visit.

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Something Sweet

They say the way to somebody's heart is through their stomach! Impress your loved ones with a home-made sweet treat based on a real Victorian recipe from the cookbook of Mrs Crocombe, head cook at Audley End House and Gardens in the 1880s.

Places to Propose

More to Explore

  • Weddings

    From 16th century castles to royal retreats, our historical sites can offer that unique setting for the wedding ceremony of your dreams.

  • The English Heritage Podcast

    Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews across over 100 episodes.

  • Days Out with Dogs

    There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for you to enjoy alongside your furry friends.

  • Become a Member

    Start a year of adventure. An English Heritage membership offers an unlimited annual pass to over 400 historic sites across the country.

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