1. Dover Castle, Kent
The ‘Key to England’ for more than 900 years, Dover Castle boasts a long and immensely eventful history – meaning there’s nearly a millennium’s worth of secrets, scandals, intrigue and mystery to discover on your next visit. Climb the Great Tower to meet medieval royalty or head underground in the Wartime Tunnels.
2. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire
One of the most spectacular castle ruins in the country, Kenilworth is the perfect spot for feeding imaginations and banishing boredom. Follow in the footsteps of royalty, discover secret nooks and crannies amongst the ruins and get hands-on with action-packed events and activities.
3. Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
Boasting an awe-inspiring location, fascinating history and top notch visitor centre, it’s not hard to see why Whitby Abbey is popular family day. It is a beautiful and magical place, steeped in history it makes the whole family feel part of something bigger – amazing memories to be made.
4. 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
This incredible spot inspires, and it’s not hard to understand why. Spend the day exploring the atmospheric ruins, learning in our interactive Discovery Centre and of course, visiting the very spot where King Harold is said to have fallen in 1066. It truly is a magical and amazing place to visit. The grounds and abbey are a place where the whole family can enjoy this unique site.
5. Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
With its spectacular location on one of Britain’s most dramatic coastlines, Tintagel is an atmospheric spot; a place of mystery and legend that offers endless opportunities for discovery, exploration and imagination. Steeped in Arthurian legend and with glorious coastline views, there is much exploring to do.
6. Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Whether it’s the adrenaline-pumping action of a medieval joust, the sights and sounds of a Tudor gun battle, or the excitement that comes from descending the castle’s historic tunnels, this spectacular coastal fortress is a standout favourite among adventure-seeking families everywhere.
7. Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
This great hilltop crowning fortress offers all of the ingredients required for a fabulous day out. As well as the stunning panoramic views from the keep, you can get hands-on with the interactive exhibits, transform into a character from history with our dressing up box, and meet Carisbrooke’s most beloved residents, the donkeys.
8. Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
Clearly one of Wrest Park’s most appealing attributes is the sheer amount of space it affords for running around, exploring, discovering and just simply having a bit of fun in. With more than 90 acres of historic landscape surrounding the mansion, you could spend days here and never get bored.
9. Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
This magnificent 12th century fortress has a long and colourful history – just one of the many attributes that makes this a top family destination. Take a step into the past using the castle’s themed trails and lively audio tour, and burn off some energy up on the incredible wall walk.
10. Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
It’s clear the reason for Audley End’s popularity is the sheer variety it can offer on a day out. It boasts beautiful grounds including a specially themed play area, fully restored historic stables and the Victorian Service Wing which all make for a lively visit, whatever the weather.
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