History for kids

Time travel is possible for budding historians. All they need is a place steeped in history and a sprinkling of imagination. Children can play at soldiers at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire, explore a secret wartime airbase at Croome, Worcestershire, or witness the machines of the Industrial Revolution in action at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire. Whether your kids are studying the Tudors, Victorians or the World Wars, these are places with the power to bring the past to life. Some of our places are closed over winter, so check our opening times to avoid disappointment.

Children in Roman dress at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Want to dress up like a Roman? National Trust / Paul Harris

Explore places with Roman history 

Children can dress up, discover a fort or explore a gold mine at National Trust places, having fun and learning about Roman history at the same time.

Volunteer helping a child to dress up in historic costume at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
Try out the costumes National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Explore places with Tudor history 

Visit one of these places with your family and watch as Tudor history comes alive. Kids can have fun trying crafts and dressing up in costumes.

Costumed interpreter meets children, dressed in Victorian-style clothes
Find out more about the Victorians and how they lived National Trust Images / Paul Harris

Explore places with Victorian history 

Children can have some hands-on fun at some of the places we look after with Victorian stories. They can try writing on slate, dressing up in costumes and crafts from the time.

Visitors on the roof of the 'bomb ballistics' building at Orford Ness, Suffolk
Discover some of our places with connections to the First World War National Trust Images / John Millar

Explore places with First World War history 

Learn about life in and out of the trenches of the First World War by visiting one of the places we look after. Here is our pick of the best places to take the children to experience the past.

A couple walking on the clifftop at the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
Explore places with second World War links National Trust Images / Solent News and Photography Agency

Explore places with Second World War history 

What was life like during the Second World War? Have a family day out to one of these places and discover bunkers, airbases and shelters.