Opening up a world of learning and unlimited access to over 400 places of great historic value, English Heritage membership could be the best investment your family makes this year. Venues include world famous pre-historic sites like Stonehenge, royal castles such as Kenilworth, beautiful historic gardens such as Audley End, and important educational and historic sites like the 1066 Battle of Hasting, Abbey and battlefield in East Sussex. Where would you go?
|Audley End is stunning, the gardens glorious, but don't miss the brilliant play area too!|
Watch the stormy waves crash in from Queen Victoria's private beach at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, or just enjoy an ice cream on a sunny day. Marvel at the intricate bathing machine, or explore the grounds and house itself.
Kenilworth Castle is one of the most spectacular ruins in the country, just the kind of castle to spark the imagination and inspire some great storytelling. Evocative of a bygone age, kids can follow in the steps of royalty, discover secret nooks and crannies, and get hands on with an action-packed programme of events and activities. Take a detour to the lovely timber-framed stables tea room to enjoy delicious tea and cake before exploring the stunning Elizabethan garden.
Get up close and personal with the most famous date in England's history: 1066. With a fun audio tour made just for kids and touch screen displays, Battle Abbey's indoor discovery centre if perfect for keeping children entertained whatever the weather. Find out about Saxon and Norman life indoors, or head out to explore the battlefield itself, and don't miss the tranquil Walled Garden.
In Suffolk, magnificent Framlingham Castle is a 12th century fortress that has a long and colourful history. The perfect day out for families, you can step into the past on one of the castle's themed trails with lively audio tour, or burn off some energy up on the incredible wall walk with stunning views. With ramparts, towers, bridges and all things castle, this is a magical place to learn about the past and really make history come alive.
For hair-raising walks, you cannot beat Tintagel castle in Cornwall. Raising dramatically from the craggy cliffs, this place is full of mystery and legend and offers endless possibilities for exploration, discovery and imagination. You might just spot King Arthur himself!
No image of England is more iconic than Dover's glorious white cliffs. Commanding those cliffs is Dover castle, the 'Key to England' for over 900 years. Boasting a long and eventful history, the castle contains nearly a millennium's worth of secrets, scandals, intrigue and mystery ready for you to discover. Climb the Great Tower to meet medieval royalty, or head down into the cliff to venture through Wartime Tunnels. With plenty of space to explore, history to discover, and stunning Channel views, there will be smiles all round on this day out.
Perched high on a cliff, the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. In an awe-inspiring location, this Gothic wonder towers over the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby and has stunning views out to sea. But the architecture itself is the draw: beautiful, magical and steeped in history.
At Stonehenge uncover secrets in the new state of the art visitor centre, which includes an exhibition of artefacts, brought together for the first time, and interactive displays. Explore the ancient site outdoors and in, using the virtual 360-degree experience, which lets you 'stand in the stones' and transports you back in time through the millennia.
Join English Heritage and get access to all these brilliant days out, plus hundreds more, all for the price of a magazine or a couple of cups of coffee a month. History, learning, family fun, and fantastic memories are yours for the taking!
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