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Immerse yourself in England’s colourful past by staying in one of English Heritage’s 19 historical self-catering holiday cottages, located from Cornwall to Kent, and Hampshire to Northumberland. Exploring the gardens and grounds once the day-trippers have left at the end of the day is a real treat.
Each cottages has stunning contemporary interiors and is just a stone’s throw away from an imposing historic castle, country house or abbey. Most cottages are family-friendly, with highchairs and cots provided. There is a stock of English Heritage games in each cottage, as well as activity boxes for dressing-up and keeping the whole crew entertained if a rainy day strikes.
You can do more than just see where history happened; you’ll be invited in. You can try stuff on, investigate things, sense the atmosphere, climb the ramparts, get your hands dirty, or simply watch, learn and enjoy.
Whether you stay at Battle Abbey, where the kings fought for the right to rule England 950 years ago, Audley End House, with its tranquil ‘Capability’ Brown-designed gardens, or Pendennis Castle, towering over Falmouth, the inspiration for the Tale of Little Pig Robinson, you’ll be holidaying at the site of a key moment in English History.
Why families love it
English Heritage's programme of family events throughout the year lets you brandish a pirate cutlass, have a go at archery, enjoy victorian family fun and games, or join historical characters in a medieval court. Whether you're holidaying in the grounds of a coastal castle or a ruined abbey, there's always a host of events to keep all ages entertained.
Cool stuff nearby
If you stay in an English Heritage holiday cottage, you'll get complimentary entry to as many English Heritage sites as you can visit whilst on holiday. Explore England's coast or head inland and roam through the dales, moors and border counties. Plus, you can take your four legged friend with you to many of English Heritage's cottages.