Does your kid start yawning in the middle of their history lessons, or do they love everything antiquated? Whether or not your children are enthusiastic about the past, these exciting, historical attractions are great for all the family.
Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874. It was initially given to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1704 by Queen Anne who was thankful for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim. Enjoy a walk in Blenheim’s gorgeous formal gardens and take part in jousting tournaments, mazes, and themed family tours.
A luxury house passed down through the Cavendish family since 1549, Chatsworth is set in extensive parkland and has a unique collection of artwork. Situated in the heart of the Lake District, you can make a weekend of it!
The 105 acre garden and 17th century formal waterworks are a marvel. Get hands-on in the Chatsworth farmyard, which offers animal-handling and agricultural demonstrations which are child-friendly. Finish off with the adventure playground to let off some steam.
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court has the accolade of being the oldest Tudor palace in England. Considered haunted, there have been some exceptionally eerie occurrences over the years. Not only has there been a ghost caught on CCTV, but screams have been heard in the gallery and people have reported feeling inexplicably uneasy in the area. One day, two women fainted in exactly the same spot, roughly half an hour apart. This is where Catherine Howard was dragged screaming back to her rooms, when she was accused of adultery by King Henry VIII.
Many historically important figures have been associated with Hampton Court Palace. There’s even antique tennis courts and Tudor kitchens to explore. Dress up in Tudor garb and explore the renowned maze for yourself.
100 years in the making, Castle Howard is a work of love. And it just goes to show, you can’t rush a good thing. The Howard family are still in residence, but the house is open to the public. You can take a boat tour of the lake or explore the stunning grounds.
Castle Howard has been named as one of the world’s top ten greatest mansions and is part of Lonely Planet’s 1,000 ultimate sights, so when you’re planning your days out for the family, stop off at Castle Howard for an unforgettable experience.
Crathes Castle is one of the most fairytale-like castles in the UK. Built by Burnetts of Leys in the 16th century, this beautiful building has stayed in the family for almost 400 years. Plan ahead and go on a day when the castle is running children’s events to keep the kids happy.
The Royal Observatory
For a family of star-gazers, this is the ideal trip out. The Royal Observatory is the birthplace of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian. It also boasts London’s only planetarium and the largest refracting telescope in the entire country. Best of all, it’s absolutely free to visit. Combining learning and fun, The Royal Observatory promises an exciting day out for the whole gang.
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