For this edition of Destination Inspiration, we’re choosing to shine the spotlight on some of our favourite Heritage sites across the country that are not to be missed.
With staycations on the rise, why not check out one of these heritage sites that are full of history and fun for all of the family?
Osborne House – Isle of Wight
Ever wondered what it would be like to holiday like a Royal? Our first Destination Inspiration resides on the beautiful Isle of Wight and was once holiday home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Osborne House was opened to the public in 1954 and gives visitors access to private rooms such as the Queen’s dressing and sitting rooms.
Stroll along Queen Victoria’s beach, dine in the grande terrace restaurant or embark on a garden adventure trail with the kids. There’s fun for everyone at Osborne House.
Dover Castle – Dover
Nicknamed the ‘Key to England’, Dover Castle is poised atop the English Channel and has served as a line of defence during various wars and battles. It is often argued that Dover Castle is the largest castle in England and has played a part in both the first and second World Wars.
The castle dons an ancient Roman lighthouse and an Ango-Saxon fort, evidencing its prominence throughout time. If you aren’t afraid of heights and are feeling on top of the world, its famous Great Tower is open for all to climb and gives a stunning 360 view of the English Channel.
Bayard’s Cove Fort – Devon
Built in the early 16th century, Bayard’s Cove Fort was strategically positioned at the southern point of the town to protect the people of Dartmouth, Devon from potential attacks.
In 1940, the fort was briefly utilised as a machine-gun post but later became unused as its structure was unable to withstand newer forms of machinery rendering it ineffective in naval assault. Nevertheless, it is a site of English Heritage situated in the gorgeous parish of Devon that was once a brimming base for the Wine and Cloth Trade.
Bayard’s Cove Fort can be spotted along the harbour and is nestled amongst the gorgeous Dartmouth estuary.