A year ago we went along to a local priory for a quick look around and ended up signing up for an English Heritage annual family membership.
The decision to join English Heritage was definitely a spur of the moment decision but it’s turned out to be a good one as we’ve had so much fun with it and as far as value for money is concerned, the membership ended up paying for itself within about three weeks if I remember rightly!
Our favourite property by far is Whitby Abbey and we’ve visited there about five times over the course of the year using our membership. We even went on Halloween night last year for some spooky fun and we’ll no doubt be back there again over the next month or so. Whitby isn’t too far from us so we’ve always been regular visitors to the town itself but these days we pop up to the Abbey to eat our picnic or give the kids some space to run off some energy.
This was a photo I shared on Instagram last Halloween of the kids just about to tackle the 99 steps that lead down into the town from Whitby Abbey.
We’ve discovered an English Heritage site not far from us that has so many opportunities for fun – from tree climbing to splashing through streams and from playing football to climbing walls – that we often go there instead of the park these days and I reckon we’ve been there about six times over the last year too.
We’ve visited castles in the rain….
Priory’s in the sunshine….
Been blown away in the wind….
We’ve been to a Nuclear War Bunker….
And even stopped for a wee and a quick wander round when we saw a sign on the M1 for an English Heritage property just before we were planning to pull off at a service station….
And it’s not just fun we’ve been having, we’ve learned a lot about history and our country in the last year. We’ve discovered new facts and explored how people used to live – all without the kids realising that they were actually learning!
If all that isn’t enough to make you want to join English Heritage then maybe the fact that we’ve done all that (and an awful lot more) for around £8 a month will be enough to persuade you. 😉 It genuinely has been great value for money and we’ve visited places that we probably wouldn’t have been if we’d had to pay £15-£20 a time for.
If you want to join English Heritage, you can find out more here.
The current cost if £92.00 if you pay in full for the annual family membership (2 adults and up to 12 children) but we chose to pay monthly which works out at about £8 a month.