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Top 5 Historic Buildings for Families to Visit
If you fancy a lovely day out with the family this summer, you can’t go wrong with a period property and gardens. Take a look at our pick of family-friendly properties run by English Heritage for inspiration. You can imagine you’re Lord or Lady of the manor!
1. Home of Charles Darwin – Down House, Kent
Children will have a blast learning the history of science and evolution at Down House, home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin. Stand in Darwin’s study while a multimedia tour takes your children on a journey of scientific discovery around his theories.
2. Stokesay Castle, Shropshire
Described by English Heritage as the “best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England”, the great hall has been unchanged for over 700 years. The castle also boasts a fantastic programme of historical themed activities for children to get involved in.
3. Witley Court and Gardens, Worcestershire
The dramatic ruins surrounded by elaborate gardens include a unique adventure play area inspired by the surrounding wilderness. Children will find a tree-house shaped like a seed pod and outdoor musical instruments, perfect for little explorers.
4. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens which offers Grecian architecture and medieval ruins, as well as formal terraces and a jungle-esque quarry. No wonder it’s described by English Heritage as one of the best value family days out in north-east England!
5. Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Audley End, a Jacobean mansion, offers opportunities for adults to take a stroll around tranquil gardens. Youngsters can also see horses in a Victorian stable yard before enjoying the children’s play area.
For more English Heritage properties to visit check out the website www.english-heritage.org.uk.