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Four Fun And Fascinating Heritage Family Easter Trips Out

Matt Crisp March 14, 2023

Easter is the perfect time of year to have a family trip out and also to enjoy some of the amazing cultural heritage of the UK. Here are a few suggestions for a family day out at one of the many historical castles around the country. 

Dover Castle

The magnificent mediaeval Dover Castle has stood on the White Cliffs since the 11th century and has played a key role in the historical defence of the country. It is one of the largest castles in England, and it was extensively rebuilt during the 18th century. The picturesque castle has been the setting for numerous film TV productions over the decades.

This Easter from 7 to 10 April, there are four days of family activities, including games, races, storytelling sessions, and a special Easter Adventure Quest. You can also visit the Port War Signalling Station and learn some Morse Code, and learn about the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Not to mention the 80 acres of grounds to enjoy at your leisure!

Whitby Abbey

The dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey overlooking the cliffs above Whitby are an iconic sight on the North Yorkshire coast. A monastery has stood at the site since 657 AD and it was rebuilt under Benedictine rule in the 1220s, when it became an important centre for religious study and learning.  

The Abbey was confiscated during the Dissolution of the Monasteries between 1536 and 1545, but wasn’t completely destroyed as many others were during this era. The Grade I listed structure is marinated in myths and legends, most notably featuring in Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel Dracula

This Easter, English Heritage are running a series of family games and storytelling sessions over four days, plus a special Easter Adventure Quest.

Carisbrooke Castle 

This mediaeval castle stands near Newport on the Isle of Wight. It is thought that a defensive structure has occupied the site since Roman times and it was the key point of defence on the island. There is even the chance to stay overnight in a holiday let inside the castle. 

This spring, the kids can enjoy an Easter egg race and attend a special sword school. There is also the chance to watch the Carisbrooke donkeys carrying out traditional tasks such as raising water from the well, and to hear some traditional troubadours. 

Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle stands on sandstone escarpment on the Mid Cheshire Plain and was built by the 6th Earl of Chester in the 1220s. It passed into the ownership of Henry III and was used for military purposes until the mid 17th century. It was partially demolished after the English Civil War, but some of the walls and tower remain largely intact.

This Easter, English Heritage have a new exhibition in the roundhouse and have opened up the deep well for careful viewers! There are also several woodland trails to walk as well as traditional organised Easter games for the kids to take part in. 

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