Winter is waning and spring is on the way. As the days get longer and the weather warms, it’s a great time to visit England’s historic places for memorable days out, historical events and exciting adventures.
To get you started, here’s our top five things to do this month…
Did you know? 🤔
- The Scottish-born inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, was born on 3 March 1847. Bell invented the telephone, which he demonstrated to Queen Victoria at her island holiday home, Osborne on the Isle of Wight, in January 1878. Bell made the world’s first long-distance calls from the house to Cowes, Southampton and London. The Queen immediately asked to purchase two of the devices to keep at Osborne.
- The Spitfire fighter plane made its first test flight on 5 March 1936 from Eastleigh near Southampton. Known for the ferocious roar of its Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Spitfire went on to become a symbol of the British war effort. Join us as we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year.
- Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho premiered on 16 March 1960. The film is considered definitive of the psychological horror genre, and the director is commemorated with a blue plaque at his home at 153 Cromwell Road in London.
1. Celebrate Women’s History Month 👩🔬
March is Women’s History Month, an international month of recognition and celebration for the vital role of women in history.
From an Abbess who was the head of one of the most important religious centres in the Anglo-Saxon world, to the mathematician known as the world’s first computer programmer, women have played groundbreaking—but often overlooked—roles in England’s story.
2. Treat the family to a Mother’s Day adventure 👩👩👧👦
Whatever their perfect day out, treat Mum, Gran, the kids or the whole family to a time-travelling adventure at one of our 400+ historic places this month.
Our range of unique Mother’s Day gifts are also sure to make her smile.
3. Conquer an Iron Age hill fort 🏰
The lost city of Old Sarum crowns a ridge with sweeping views towards modern Salisbury. Iron Age people raised its mighty prehistoric earthworks in about 500 BC, and the ruins of later walls are still clearly visible today.
Climb the mighty ramparts for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine life in this once thriving town. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury’s original cathedral, conquer the ruined royal castle which once stood high on the motte, and discover the awe-inspiring hill fort where it all began. See for yourself how the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark on this impressive landscape.
4. Step into the pages of the past 📚
Many stories from English literature are set in—or have been inspired by—real historic places.
Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire famously inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Tintagel Castle in Cornwall plays an important role in the legend of King Arthur and other medieval stories. And did you know that George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones was based partly on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall in 1981?
5. Enjoy a full year of days out in history 🎟️
When you join English Heritage, you’re helping to keep the story of England alive for future generations. But you’ll also get unlimited access to over 400 majestic castles, historic houses, awesome abbeys and glorious gardens for a whole year.
March is the perfect month to become a member, as our shiny new Members’ Handbook is revealed this month. It’s packed to the brim with all the information you need to plan a trip to any of the 400+ historic places in our care.
History through your lens 📸
We always love to see your photos from visits to historic sites across the length and breadth of England. This month, our pick of the pics comes from a furry visitor. Thanks to Bud and Tybalt (@bud_lordofthefloofs) on Instagram for this snap from a sunny visit to Haughmond Abbey.
The extensive remains of this Augustinian (or should we say, Paw-gustinian?) abbey in Shropshire include its abbots’ quarters, refectory and cloister. “We had such fun exploring the Abbey Ruins,” said Bud. 🐱
Don’t forget to share your pictures from days out in history using hashtag #EnglishHeritage.
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