We round up five English Heritage properties that groups will want to have on their radars this summer.
1. Tintagel Castle
At Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, a new footbridge is being unveiled by English Heritage this spring to improve access. This latest improvement will make a significant difference for visitors, especially those who find the current steps challenging.
At a height of roughly 55 metres above sea level, the dramatic footbridge will give visitors a sense of transition between the present and the past, as they walk between the mainland and island and step into the mysterious history that makes Tintagel so special.
2. Whitby Abbey
At Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire, a £1.6 million investment project opening in spring will provide a newly-designed museum, improved landscaping and the addition of trees, plants and seating to the visitor centre’s courtyard, with more in the pipeline.
Pictured: Whitby Abbey.
2019 sees the 200th anniversary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and English Heritage is marking the bicentenary with a new display and trail opening in late spring at the couple’s seaside home of Osborne on the Isle of Wight.
The new bicentenary display will take inspiration from the gifts Victoria and Albert received and exchanged. The collection at Osborne includes over 70 birthday gifts given between Victoria and Albert throughout their life and marriage, highlighting their varied collecting tastes and interests. A new trail will guide visitors through this unique collection – around the house and out into the garden and estate.
4. Stokesay Castle
A garden upgrade opening in spring 2019 at Stokesay Castle in Shropshire, will be in glorious full bloom for visitors to enjoy when summer arrives. This latest development complements a new interpretation project, which offers visitors a better insight into the fortified manor house.
5. Mount Grace Priory
At Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens in North Yorkshire, recently-planted garden terraces will be blooming beautifully by summer. As well as the gardens, which reflect the Arts and Crafts interiors of the mansion on the site, visitors will also be able to enjoy improved woodland areas, a restored wildflower meadow.
Group information with English Heritage
Groups receive a discount at all English Heritage properties. One tour leader and one coach driver are admitted free with each group (and do not count towards group numbers).
Free familiarisation visits can be arranged for the Travel Trade. Special themed tours are available for pre-booked groups at many properties.
To discuss opportunities for group visits, GTOs can call 01179 75349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Lead image: Tintagel.