Gift membership ideas for History Lovers


Give the history lover in your life a gift membership or experience which enables them to indulge their passion and enjoy wondeful days out exploring historic places.  Many are in absolutely gorgeous surroundings, with beautiful gardens, giving them the opportunity to escape back into the past inside the house.

There's lots of exploring to do with an English Heritage Gift Membership

English Heritage Memberships 
This would be perfect for anyone who cares about Britain's past and preserving it for future generations.  There are some 400 places to visit in England  - storybook castles, historic houses, gardens, abbeys, priories, chapels and Roman sites.  The benefits of English Heritage membership include a FREE members handbook, an exclusive members magazine, free or reduced price entry to events, unlimited access to over 400 historic places and free parking when the car park is owned by English Heritage! Click here to buy a Membership to English Heritage

There's 15% off Gift & Annual Memberships from 20 January 2024 to 31 December 2024 with the code EHAFF2024 - you can use it on new membership purchases only and annual direct debit only.  Join here.

Give a gift membership to the National Trust
© National Trust
The National Trust protects over 350 historic houses and gardens, and rather more... forests, fens, beaches, farmland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and villages. Become a member today or give a gift membership and your subscription will go towards the care of our precious heritage and countryside For Ever For Everyone. With National Trust membership you can currently enjoy:
  • Free entry to outdoor places near you (pre-booking required)
  • Free parking at most car parks near you (pre-booking required for a small number of car parks)
  • Members' handbook, full of information about our places
  • National Trust Magazine three times a year, packed with inspiration, interviews and news
 Click here to join the National Trust
Click here to join Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

Give a gift that stays special all year round! We all want to give gifts that are fun, different but also great value for money! Membership to Historic Royal Palaces is the perfect gift; it allows the lucky recipient free and unlimited entry to all six Historic Royal Palaces for an entire year!! Prices start from just £65Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Palace, and it helps everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. Give a gift membership here.

Give them the chance to delve back in history with historic newspapers online!

Give a subscription to The British Newspaper Archive and give your loved one a door into historic newspapers!

This could be an interesting one for anyone who loves delving into the past.  The British Newspaper Archieve is partnered with the British Library and the The British Library's collection of historical newspapers has papers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers and over 300,000 reels of microfilm.  That's quite a collection!  It now has over 71 million pages to view and explore online! You can treat someone to a subscription or subscribe yourself and there are different types of sub available.  This is a great resource for any history lover who loves delving into the past.  Subscribe here

Visit to Bletchley Park and Afternoon Tea For Two

Visit Bletchley Park and Afternoon Tea for Two, 

Bletchley Park is located in Buckinghamshire.  This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into a place that was once top secret - the home of the World War Two Codebreakers.  It's here that the incredible minds of people like Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman and Bill Tutte helped turn the tide of war and to find out about the role everyone that worked at Bletchley Park played in the war.  For history lovers, this is a great chance to explore Bletchley Park.  There are experiences involving just a visit for two, or a visit with afternoon tea, or a family visit.  £110.00 from Virgin Experience Days.

What about a membership to the Tools and Trades History Society? What about a membership to the Tools and Trades History Society?

This is an amazing educational charity, and it aims "to further the knowledge and understanding of hand tools and the trades in which they were used."   It would make a great gift idea for anyone who loves tools and is interested in trades and history as well.  There are regional groups who organise local events of interest to members, and membesr receive a four monthly magazine Tools and Trades on a variety of subjects.  They have international/overseas memberships as well :-)  Find out how to join here. 
Give a gift membership to the National Churches Trust

Give a gift membership to the National Churches Trust

This is a wonderful gift for anyone who loves and wants to help preserve heritage.  Churches, chapels and meeting houses have a rich history, and provide a focal point for many.  But time takes its toll on them all and they need loving care to protect them and preserve them.  This is where the National Churches Trust come in.  Do take a look at the Fifty things you can do in a church - they extend well beyond going there for prayer, peace, reflection and being social!  It just shows how important churches are for communities around them.   Give a gift membership here

Give a gift membership to the Weald and Downland Museum

Give a gift membership to the Weald and Downland Museum

Nestled in the South East of England near Chichester, it gives you the chance to see what life was really like for people living in the past.   There are lots of different events going on, and there are also some really interesting courses in Historic Building Conservation and Traditional Rural Trades and Crafts.  You could give a gift membership or give a gift voucher for a course, which could be a great way to start a new interest or even a new career!  Visit their website here and give a gift membership here
Image ©Weald and Downland Museum

Castle Hotel Escape for Two Have a Castle Hotel Break

Red Letter Days has a number of breaks in castle hotels with locations to choose from in England, Wales and up to the Scottish Highlands.  One or two don't involve stays in a castle but involve a visit to a castle.  There are a couple of spa breaks as well.Get 10% off at Red Letter Days with the code AHW2024RLD – it’s valid until 31/12/2024 and is site wide! although some products are excluded.  
 Click here for more details from Red Letter Days.
Flight Simulator Experiences Flight Simulator Experiences

Gift experience company Into the Blue have lots of Flight Simulator Experiences.   You can get a feel for what it was like to fly a Spitfire, a Lancaster Bomber, a Vulcan Bomber - or something such as a 737, an F3 Tornado, or an F16 Fighter Pilot Experience or a Fighter Pilot Experience!  From £39.00  Click here to go to Into the Blue. 
For the motor enthusiast, how about a Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour and Afternoon Tea for Two?

For the motor enthusiast, how about a Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour and Afternoon Tea?.  The Motor Morgan Company has over a hundred years of family history and this is a great chance to see how a Morgan Sports Car is made from start to finish and then explore the museum.  Afterwards, head to the Morgan café for afternoon tea.  Visit Virgin Experience Days for more information

 English Heritage have this Kings & Queens Bone China Mug

Mugs from English Heritage

If you're looking for a gift for a history lover, you could treat them to a mug with a historical theme from English Heritage.   Their mugs and ceramics kick off at £2.00 for a tea bag holder and after that they have a range of mugs, many celebrating the properties in their care, such as Stongehenge, Pendennis Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Osborne House and more.  The mugs also cover periods of history and there are some fun nature ones as well. They include this one pictured left depicting the kings and queens of England.  Click here to see the range of mugs and cereamics from English Heritage