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Explore history with a twist

11th Sep 2020

Stuck for something to do this weekend? Why not make use of your free access and visit one of English Heritage’s stunning castles, palaces and gardens?

With hundreds of historic and culturally significant properties all around the country, they have something to suit every taste.

Dover Castle

During weekends in September, Dover Castle will be home to live, open air interpretations of life in the 1940s and the part it played in the evacuation of Dunkirk. With fascinating retelling of stories from the men and women who experienced these dangerous times.

Audley End

Until 20 September the story of Audley End House and Service Wing is vividly brought to life. Meet the servants, cooks, grooms, gardeners and housekeepers as they share their best kept secrets of life working for the Lord and Lady.

Battle Abbey

On the 10th and 11th of October you can explore the famous battle of Hastings with fun, family-friendly activities.

Bring history to life and learn what it was like 1,000 years ago, with theatrical performances and trails across the battlefield. Meet falconers as you get up close and personal to majestic birds of prey and listen to tales of powerful monarchs, travelling monks and royal servants. Try your hand at archery and explore the incredible views from the gatehouse rooftop.


On Sundays from 6 - 27 September, enjoy your very own theme tune to your day out this summer as your afternoon is accompanied by a musical treat each week. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a summertime stroll, on selected Sundays you can enjoy music in these stunning locations around the UK.

Book in advance

However you decide to explore history. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance, through our website and take your digital membership card with you and activate before you travel.

We always recommend checking the English Heritage website before you go, to find out about their parking, access and safety procedures.

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