Dig into the history of England with English Heritage
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world-famous prehistoric sites like Stonehenge and Old Sarum to grand medieval castles and Roman forts along Hadrian’s Wall.
Zoe from English Heritage told YAC about some of her favourite sites for young archaeologists to discover hidden treasures and fantastic finds.
Remember to keep an eye on the English Heritage website for the latest Awesome Archaeology and Hands-on History events too!
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Northumberland
Unearth some of Northumberland’s hidden secrets at Chesters Roman Fort.
Come and see what life was like at one the Roman Empire's most northern outposts. Wander around the well-preserved baths and steam room, and the officers' quarters. Discover an amazing collection of Roman objects, found at the fort and along Hadrian's Wall, in our museum.
Don't miss our new family trail, 'Chesters Fort Takeover' and keep an eye on our website for the school holiday archaeology events.
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel, a place linked with the legend of King Arthur. Imagine what life was like at Tintagel as you walk through the remains of houses built between the 5th and 7th centuries AD on this remote and beautiful rocky headland.
Outdoor interpretation takes you on a journey of discovery. Explore the history of the castle and the role that legends have played in shaping the site. A stone compass points to places connected with the tales of King Arthur – can you find Merlin's face hidden in the rocks on the beach?
See artefacts discovered at the site, on display for the first time, at the exhibition ‘Where History Meets Legend’ and a 3D-model of the headland provides a fascinating demonstration of how the site has developed through time. We look forward to welcoming young archaeologists to one of our archaeology events. Please see our website for our full events programme.
Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
See 153,000 historical artefacts spanning over 2,000 years of England’s history in the Archaeology Stores at Wrest Park. Journey through history discovering collections as varied as prehistoric antlers and Roman bridges, to 16th century weapons, cannon balls and arrowheads.
Archaeology Store Tours take place every month, and Wrest Park is also the home of Saturday Archaeology Club, part of the YAC network of hands-on clubs! Awesome Archaeology events take place at Wrest Park throughout the year too. All the latest dates and details can be found on our website.
Old Sarum, Wiltshire
Cross Old Sarum's wooden bridge and step into the heart of a once bustling medieval castle. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral, conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte, and discover the awe-inspiring Iron Age hill fort where it all began. Climb the mighty ramparts for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine the once thriving town of Old Sarum.
Unearth over 2,000 years of history and find out how the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark on this impressive landscape. See our website for the latest archaeology adventure events.
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face-to-face with a 5,500-year-old man.
Use your YAC Pass Card
Remember, members of local YAC clubs can get free entry at the majority of English Heritage sites, properties and monuments using their YAC Pass card (some exclusions apply, including Stonehenge).
Please visit the Places to go section of the YAC website to find participating English Heritage sites.
Blog by Zoe Burns, English Heritage