We have two of English Heritage's Top 10 on our doorstep in Buckinghamshire. Who knew?

Did you know that 2 of the top 10 English Heritage family days out are near us in Buckinghamshire? Kenilworth Castle is ranked as number 2. It’s largely a ruin BUT there’s still lots for you to explore, and you can go onto the upper floors of much of the castle. Everywhere you turn there’s a new it of the castle to explore. They often have events in the holidays too. If you have time once you’ve finished looking around the castle, there’s a beautiful wider estate to explore too. It’s dog friendly as well. When we visited we gave it 4/5. It’s approx 75 minutes from Aylesbury. Family ticket £33.90 for non-members.

Top 10 English Heritage family days out | Buckinghamshire | Free Time with the Kids

Wrest Park in Beds is at number 8. I’ve only managed to do the gardens so far but they were lovely. There’s loads to explore and a really nice adventure playground. I have to go back and have a look around the house and explore the rest of the gardens. Until I do, have a look at the photos I have so far on the review. We also gave it 4 / 5. It’s approx 45 minutes from Aylesbury. Family ticket £33 for non-members.

The rest of the top 10 English Heritage sites are a little bit further away from Buckinghamshire but I think you could still do some of them in one (quite long day). The full top 10 are:

  • Dover Castle, Kent
  • Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
  • Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings sites, Sussex
  • Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
  • Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
  • Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
  • Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
  • Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
  • Audley End House and Gardens, Essex (this is only 90 minutes away though!)

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Members get free entry for them and up to 6 children to all 400+ locations around the UK. Family membership for two adults is normally £105 per year, but with the discount code it’s just £89.25. Visit just two or three of the top 10 English Heritage properties and the rest of your year’s visits are effectively FREE!

Top 10 English Heritage family days out | Buckinghamshire | Free Time with the Kids

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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our 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 contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook

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