A man sits on a bench in parkland with dinosaur sculptures in front and behind him.
Lower Lake, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, Bromley, London. Dinosaur sculptures created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, a sculptor and natural history artist © Historic England DP262690
Lower Lake, Crystal Palace Park, Penge, Bromley, London. Dinosaur sculptures created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, a sculptor and natural history artist © Historic England DP262690

Heritage is Open

Enjoying the historic environment within COVID-19 restrictions.

National restrictions mean that many businesses are open with special measures in place to ensure social distancing while some remain closed for the time being. Always check before you visit and expect to have to book and queue at times because of limited capacity. 

We know that heritage and visiting historic places enhances our wellbeing and quality of life. Enjoy the historic environment whilst staying safe and taking care not to leave any trace of your visit. Check out some suggestions for summer adventures steeped in history below.

Please make sure you follow the national restrictions in the latest government guidance.

Historic houses and gardens

The grounds and gardens of some historic sites are able to remain open for local visitors with special measures in place including pre-booking and limited visitor numbers. Follow the links below to find sites near you and book.

Your local heritage

Heritage is more than just grand historic houses. The historic environment is all around you, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. Find out about special historic places near you.

Virtual visits

There are lots of collections, exhibitions and historic places you can visit and learn about from home. Here’s some of our favourite virtual content and experiences.

Supporting heritage

Are you a museum, gallery or heritage organisation affected by Coronavirus? Find out how we’re supporting the sector.

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