Looking to combine some historical education with a fun day out for all the family? Then you have come to the right place, as below you will find some of the very best historical spots in the whole of the UK that your kids will adore. Read on to find out where they are.
Warwick Castle, Warwick
Warwick Castle is an ideal destination for kids of all ages! With a range of interactive activities, such as siege machines and sword training sessions, kids can let their imaginations run wild as they explore the castle’s ancient defenses. Kids can even get a taste of historic life by donning period costumes for the day, as well as seeing birds of prey shows, ziplining in Zog’s playground, and even staying the night as a family in the castle grounds at the Knights village! (Complete with cabins or medieval-style tents).
Warwick Castle runs plenty of special events that are suitable for the whole family throughout the year as well, including concerts with stars such as UB40, Gwen Stefani, and the Kaiser Chiefs!
Belvoir Castle, Leicester
Another great UK historic destination to visit is Belvoir Castle in Leicester. Although don’t be fooled, as Belvoir is a faux historic castle in the Gothic Revival style. Not that that affects how much fun you and the kids can have there though, as there are all sorts of delights to experience from the nautical-themed adventure playground designed to allow parents and grandparents to play alongside their kids to the beautiful gardens and stately ornate rooms!
Belvoir events are plentiful throughout the year too. Don’t miss the Belvoir Castle Easter Trail running from 1st April – 10th April, and the Steampunk Fairytale weekend from 13th May – 14th May. They even have a dog fest where you can bring the whole family including your four-legged fur babies!
The Jorvik Viking Centre, York
If your kids are delighted by anything gross or a little smelly then The Jorvik Viking Centre – York is the ideal historic place to take them in the UK. It’s packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating historical displays that let your kids learn by doing and exploring a reconstruction of a real-life Viking village! There is even a ride where you get to see hear and smell all the sights, sounds, and well smells of the Viking period. Those with a weak stomach should probably sit this one out though!
Don’t forget the gift shop where you can treat the kids to an authentic Viking key, chess set, or drinking horn! The Jorvik Viking Centre – York also hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Currency, they are advertising for a Viking jewelry exhibition, although they host a very popular Viking festival annually too!
Hampton Court Palace, London
Our last option is the beautiful pink brick Hampton Court Palace located in London. Dating from the Tudor times and steeped in history, this former residence of King Henry VIII is a must-visit location. The kids will be entertained and engaged by costumed experts and interactive exhibits inside the palace too. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Hampton Court Place maze which is known to be truly tricky to solve!