|English Heritage asked their Facebook followers what their favourite family days out are, and the votes are in. We’re lucky enough that some of these are in our area as well!!How many of these have you visited?|
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Dover Castle – one of the best castles in the country and there’s over 900 years of history to discover! Over the summer you can take part in the Horrible Histories Rotten Romans Quest or experience the clash of the Romans on the 3rd/4th August. Find out more about Dover Castle here.
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens, Warwickshire – we had soooooo much fun when we visited. It’s more castle than gardens if I’m honest. Even though the castle is in ruins there is still lots to explore. This summer there will be lots of opportunities to get hands-on with history. You can read my full review here.
Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire – It’s action packed over the holidays at Whitby Abbey. It’s Dracula season at the weekends, get hands-on with history during the week, plus there’s a special viking weekend. Find out more about Whitby Abbey here.
1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield – Visit the spot where King Harold died. As well as the atmospheric ruins there’s also a discovery centre for you to explore. Have a go at jousting or take part in a mini battle as part of their summer program of activities. You can read the details here.
Tintagle Castle, Cornwall – The birthplace of Merlin! When we first visited I had promised eldest child a visit to a castle and as we’re walking down towards to castle he pipes up in a very disdainful voice “That’s not a castle, that’s a pile of rocks!” Although not a great day for anyone with a fear of heights, it is an awesome day out. And look at the views!!
Pendennis Castle, Cornwall – another Cornish highlight, this time with decidedly more walls. We were lucky enough to visit during a medieval tournament and it was fantastic. This time their joust is on the 30th and 31st July – make sure you visit if you’re in the area. Find out more about the castle and events here
Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight – There are lots of English Heritage properties on the Isle of Wight, but this one tops the list. As well as the hands-on exhibits the kids can even meet the resident donkeys! They’re also having a hands-on with history summer, including a Knight’s Tournament from the 6th-8th August. Read all about the castle here.
Wrest Park, Bedfordshire – Our closest top 10 property. There’s so much space to enjoy and a brilliant playground area. Read all about our visit in the review here.
|Framlingham Castle, Suffolk – This is where Mary Tudor was declared Queen of England! There are themed trails, an audio tour and a stunning wall walk. Their summer activities are all about castles – take part in a miniature siege and train to be a knight. Their Medieval Joust is on the 27th and 28th July this year. Find out everything on their website. |
and last but not least..
Audley End House and Gardens, Essex – As well as the beautiful gardens there’s also an awesome play area, as well as Victorian service wing and stables. Over the summer there will be the opportunity to bring history to life with costumed characters. You might even get to try some cake! Find out more on the website.
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook
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