English Heritage look after 400 properties in England so for anyone who loves history, this is a great chance to really delve into the past, and discover lots of nooks and crannies, picks up bits of interesting information, and really imagine what life would have been like back in the past.
The organisation cares for castles, buildings and monuments such as Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Osborne, Hadrian’s Wall and Dover Castle. It helps conserve and protect these wonderful places for future generations to enjoy.
But let's not forget the amazing gardens English Heritage look after - many of these are historic gardens themselves, such as
Wrest Park which is a magnificent showcase of 300 years of gardening.
Stroll through the gardens of Kenilworth Castle, just as Queen Elizabeth I did - they were created for her by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
Visit the gardens where Charles Darwin lived, at Down House in Kent, and where he came up with so many of his revolutionary ideas on evolution and natural selection.
Wander through Audley End House and Gardens, whose parkland was designed by Capability Brown, with its amazing Organic Garden. It has a variety of fruit and vegetables, including 120 apple trees and 40 to 50 pear and plum varieties, plus herbs, flowers and grasses in keeping with those grown and used in the house around 1880. A great way to be inspired to grow your own!
Eltham Palace and Gardens, a fine example of a 1930s Arts and Crafts garden, with an intriguing mix of medieval features as well, with its beautiful Sunken Rose Garden
English Heritage members enjoy a range of benefits, including unlimited access to over 400 historic properties across the country, a whole year’s worth of fun days out, with free entry for up to six accompanying children per adult member. But there's also free or reduced-price entry to exclusive members’ events giving you access to experts and a glimpse behind the scenes and an exclusive Members' Magazine four times a year, giving members all the news about the organisations' properties and work. There's also a free handbook to help plan your days out, and special offers, discounts and competitions! Of course you also get the English Heritage car sticker.