English Heritage – Where To Visit First

English Heritage – Where To Visit First

Recently we have decided to become English Heritage Members. The time I get to spend with the children is so very precious as I am so busy with work. I don’t want to waste it so we love to use the time to explore new places. We have been National Trust members for several years and the kids come alive finding out about history and exploring. So now we want some new places to visit in our region. We are now trying to decide where to go first, so I thought I would share with you all.


  • Farleigh Hungerford Castle – This is our closest English Heritage site. The castle was built in 1377 and is situated on the Wiltshire and Somerset border. You can sit in the grounds and have a picnic after you have explored the Castle and found out more about the Hungerford family.
  • Stonehenge – Stonehenge is definitely one of the most iconic English Heritage site known and visited by thousands of people yearly. We regularly drive past the stones when heading back to Hampshire where we used to live. The children especially Jolie are always asking to visit, so we will be stopping by very soon. As well as the stone circle they have Neolithic houses where you can see demonstrations of many ancient skills such as rope making.
  • Cleeve Abbey – Is a little bit further for us to travel, it is situated in North Somerset so we would probably tie our visit in with a beach trip too. From the website, the Abbey looks very picturesque. The site includes a monks dormitory, cloisters as well as the Abbey ruins. There are also story bags, for the kids to explore to keep them engaged throughout the visit.
  • Woodhenge – Is very close to Stonehenge and we would probably visit on the same day. This site has free entry so anyone can visit. Built in 2300BC
  • Goodrich Castle – This castle is set in open countryside above the River Wye and looks like you can see for miles on a clear day. Faryl loves castles so he will become an imaginary knight for the day when we visit I’m sure. Goodrich Castle also runs other events including outdoor theatre and children’s workshops.
  • Portland Castle – The Dorset coastline is pretty impressive itself, but I am sure it will look even more fantastic from the castle’s gun platforms. The castle has free audio tours, plus you can see the replica Tudor kitchen. Also, the kids can get into character and dress up as Tudor Soldiers in armour.
  • Witley Court and Gardens – It is a bit of a trek for us but looks amazing so we will plan to visit soon. The site has a kids adventure playground and the ruins look amazing with the colourful flowers surrounding them. The gardens have loads of beautiful flowers plus fountains too. There are woodland walks and then you can have a cuppa and cake in the cafe.

We can’t wait to start exploring, if you have any English Heritage places you love to visit please share with us.

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