Best of British: historic attractions

Published: July 17, 2018

Best of British: historic attractions

For those interested in ancient history, you're in luck when it comes to heritage sites in the UK. You don't have to go hunting in the depths of the wilderness to learn more about history, with so many sites lovingly preserved, there's plenty that are readily accessible and open to all. Spread throughout the counties you'll find castles, bridges and even natural scenery that has attracted visitors from across the globe. We've picked some of our favourite historic attractions to share with you.

 

Roman Baths

Somerset

Closest parks: Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, Old Oaks Touring Park

Ticket prices: adult - £17.50, child (6-16) - £10.25

A city brimming with history and culture, Bath is home to the world-famous Roman Baths. A great day out for the family, the baths are open between 9am and 9pm and you can even explore them by torchlight at night. Learn more about the baths from costumed characters and for families there's the brand-new activity trail that helps you learn more about the innovative romans. Included in your entry ticket is an audio guide especially for the little ones, and you can even take a trip to the Pump Room which serves delicious food and drink.

 

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Stonehenge

Wiltshire

Closest parks: Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, Old Oaks Touring Park

Ticket prices: adults - £17.50, children (5-17) - £10.50

As well as the infamous stone circle itself, there's plenty to see at Stonehenge. See what life was like 4,500 years ago as you potter through the Neolithic houses and discover more about the stones at the visitor centre – there's a fantastic audio-visual 360-degree view to interact with and an exhibition featuring over 250 archaeological objects and forgotten treasures.

 

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Hadrian's Wall

Cumbria

Closest park: Ord House Country Park

Ticket prices: charges may apply for sites along the wall

Stretching 80 miles coast to coast, Hadrian's Wall sits on a background of rolling hills, wild countryside and remarkable scenery. Taking six years and a team of over 15,000, it's a true wonder of ancient engineering. Along the wall you'll find barracks, forts, bath houses, turrets, shrines and milecastles, so you'll definitely be able to get your fill of historical facts

 

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Warwick Castle

Warwickshire

Closest parks: Lincoln Farm Park, Eye Kettleby Lakes

Ticket prices: from £14.55pp online

If you're looking for an opportunity to really immerse yourself in history then Warwick Castle is the day out for you. As well as the magnificent castle itself, with the turrets, towers and stunning interiors, there's also the gloomy dungeon – the 50-minute spine tingling walk through history features live actors, shows and special effects. Kids will love the Horrible Histories Maze, and with birds of prey displays and shows every day, you'll be able to create a vast array of cherished memories.

 

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York Minster

North Yorkshire

Closest park: Riverside Caravan Park

Ticket prices: adults from £10 (advance online), children (under 16) - free

Whether you're taking part in the free guided tour or heading underneath the minster to see the undercroft museum, York Minster feels nothing but grand. With impressive architecture and a trip up the tower, you'll be able to soak up the gothic architecture and witness the beauty of the medieval stonework. For those that really want to get stuck in, take the hidden minster tour. This takes you into hidden spaces that are usually closed off to the public and how they were built.

 

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Victoria Tunnel

Newcastle upon Tyne

Closest parks: Riverside Caravan Park, Ord House Country Park

Ticket prices: adults £7, children (7-15) £4

Head underground and make your way through Victoria Tunnel. A preserved 19th century waggonway that stretches from the Tyne to the Town Moore, it was originally used to transport coal before being adapted to act as an air raid shelter during World War 2. There's tours throughout the day, and you might even catch a glimpse of the ghost that roams the tunnel.


Sherborne Abbey

Dorset

Closest parks: Wareham Forest Tourist Park, South Lytchett Manor, East Fleet Touring Park

Ticket price: free

Sherborne Abbey has been a place of worship for over 13 centuries and even has two Saxon kings buried in its grounds. Still used today, the abbey has acted as a sanctuary for all kinds of people, including Sir Walter Raleigh and Thomas Wyatt, the Tudor courtier and poet, who is also buried there. When visiting be sure to take in all the details, from the sculptural doorway of the Sepulchre Chapel, the organ and the stained-glass windows.

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