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English Heritage places to visit by train

With hundreds of years of history to discover at English Heritage sites across the country, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of tales to tell. From medieval royal palaces to coastal castles and fortresses, wherever you are in the country there’s a historic day out you can easily reach by train. Here are some of our top 12 picks.

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex

South East

Nearest Station: Battle (0.5 Miles)

Relive England’s most famous conflict on the very site where it happened, and explore a fine medieval abbey and hidden Victorian garden.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, Kent
Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, Kent

Dover Castle and the Secret Wartime Tunnels, Kent

South East

Nearest Station: Dover Priory (1.5 Miles)

From a Roman lighthouse and a 12th-century royal palace, to the tunnels where the 1960 ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ was planned, England’s biggest and strongest medieval fortress offers something for everyone.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

South West

Nearest Station: Falmouth Docks (0.5 Miles)

Discover the history of this picturesque Cornish fortress. Explore its Tudor origins and the important role it played in two World Wars – now highlighted in a fascinating 1914-18 centenary exhibition.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Apsley House
Apsley House

Apsley House

London

Nearest Station: London Victoria (0.5 Miles)

Revel in the dazzling Regency interiors and fabulous art collections of the Duke of Wellington’s Apsley House - the last survivor of central London’s great aristocratic mansions.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Eltham Palace
Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace

London

Nearest Station: Eltham (0.5 Miles)

Step inside this 1930s Art Deco mansion, with beautiful gardens and a medieval and Tudor royal palace.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Audley End House and Gardens, Essex

Audley End House and Gardens, Essex

East of England

Nearest Station: Audley End (1.25 Miles)

Whether you’re exploring the state rooms, stables or servants’ quarters, Audley End reveals how a great Jacobean mansion worked, both for servants and their masters.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

East Midlands

Nearest Station: Chesterfield (6 Miles)

Discover the glories of this fairy-tale Stuart mansion, which includes the hilltop pleasure palace of William Cavendish - a horse-mad Cavalier playboy.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire
Stokesay Castle, Shropshire

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire

West Midlands

Nearest Station: Craven Arms (1 Mile)

Step into the finest and best-preserved medieval fortified manor house in England. Discover the great timbers of its hall almost exactly as the carpenters left them in 1291 and its charming 17th-century gatehouse.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Yorkshire and the Humber

Nearest Station: Whitby (0.5 Miles)

High above the picturesque fishing port of Whitby, the hauntingly dramatic ruins of the abbey stand on a headland rich in over thirteen centuries of history.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Clifford’s Tower York, York City
Clifford’s Tower York, York City

Clifford’s Tower York, York City

Yorkshire and the Humber

Nearest Station: York (1 Mile)

This imposing tower is almost all that remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror, and has served as a prison and a royal mint in its time.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Carlisle Castle, Cumbria
Carlisle Castle, Cumbria

Carlisle Castle, Cumbria

North West

Nearest Station: Carlisle (0.5 Miles)

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle remained a working fortress until well within living memory. Discover the castle's turbulent past in a fascinating family-friendly exhibition.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

Housesteads Roman Fort, Northumberland
Housesteads Roman Fort, Northumberland

Housesteads Roman Fort, Northumberland

North East

Nearest Station: Bardon Mill (4 Miles)

This famous wall fort is dramatically set high on a wild hilltop. Discover the stories of the fort and its people in the museum, as well as a fascinating interacting exhibition.

Visit English Heritage here to find out more

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