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.
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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I’m Vicky and I am a mum of three living in Aylesbury. I set up Free Time with the Kids to review free and cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, mainly because I kept forgetting all the fabulous places that were recommended to me!! I love getting out and about with the kids (and hubby of course) and we have adventures all over the place. My reviews tell you all the things you need to know about the family days out and activites we’ve done such as how much it costs, if there’s parking, toilets and if there’s a cafe or if picnics are allowed. 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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