As winter comes to a close and we welcome in the spring, many of our sites across England are opening up for the 2018 season. March is a great time to explore our beautiful historic gardens, which will begin coming to life with colour and fragrance towards the end of the month. We’ll also be building up to the Easter weekend with a series of Adventure Quests, where the whole family can take part in hunting for legendary dragons’ eggs at our historic places.
March is Women’s History Month too, so join us in celebrating the heroines of history who shaped the modern world. From doctors and scientists to politicians and activists, try our walking guide to find blue plaques commemorating pioneering women who lived and worked in London.
Did you know?
- Queen Elizabeth I died on 24 March 1603. She granted Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted the castle into a lavish Elizabethan palace. Discover the truth about their relationship in our recent blog post.
- On 29 March 1945, the final V1 flying bomb fell on English soil. The location of the first, launched on London on 13 June 1944, is marked by a London blue plaque.
- Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho premiered on 16 March 1960. The film played a major part in defining the psychological horror genre, and its director is commemorated with a blue plaque at his home at 153 Cromwell Road in London.
- The first International Women’s Day occurred on 19 March 1911 and was especially celebrated in Austria and Germany. In 1913, the date was moved to 8 March. Rallies were held across Europe on 8 March 1914, including in London where Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.
Try your hand at raising a stone at Stonehenge
Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world and the most famous prehistoric monument in Europe, but also a feat of ancient engineering. Join our experts at Stonehenge this month to have a go at moving and raising a 4-tonne limestone block. You’ll use the same rope and pulley techniques that may have been used by the people who built Stonehenge around 4,500 years ago.
Hunt for dragon eggs and claim your Easter prize
The Easter weekend falls between Friday 30 March and Monday 2 April. Seek out clues in the dramatic landscapes of historic castles, abbeys and houses this Easter. Scale high towers and mighty ramparts in your hunt for dragon eggs with characters from the past, then claim your chocolate reward. The kids will love exploring our exciting historic places in search of hidden treasures.
Walk in the footsteps of the women who made history
From women’s rights campaigners and wartime nurses, to the first female parliamentarian and the world’s first computer programmer, many pioneering women from history spent time in London.
To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, we’ve put together this blue plaques walking guide. See for yourself the buildings where 9 of history’s pioneering women lived and worked in the capital.
Treat mum to days out and unique gifts
Mother’s Day is on Sunday 11 March in the UK. We’ve got all the inspiration you need to make a memorable day for mum this year. Whether beautiful abbey ruins or lavish stately homes are her thing, see our pick of the top places to take mum. Or for something really special, treat mum to a whole year of family days out when you give her the gift of English Heritage membership. From just £46 a year, she’ll enjoy unlimited access to more than 400 historic places, reduced entry to our exciting events programme and our exclusive quarterly members’ magazine.
Somewhere to visit this month
Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent
Open 5 days a week throughout March (See prices and opening times)
Originally a Tudor Fortress, Walmer Castle has evolved into a homely residence for holders of the title Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, including the Duke of Wellington and the Queen Mother. Inside you can explore Wellington’s career, the story of his life and death and even see the original Wellington Boots. Outside, discover the majestic sea view and eight acres of magnificent gardens and woodland.
Find more inspiration for days out, events and things to do on our website.