History Days Out

Discover British food on these historic days out. Get to know Britain’s best known writers, bon viveurs, historical figures and food producers by stepping into their kitchens, homes and gardens. Explore historic houses, abbeys, stately homes and the many quirky places that make up the cultural map of Foodie Britain.

Attingham Park One of Britain's Historic Houses

Discover British Food Traditions on These History Days Out

Windsor Castle Berkshire

Tour the Oldest Working Kitchen in Britain at Windsor Castle

Windsor, Berkshire

Take the Windsor Castle Kitchen Tour and you’ll be stepping into the oldest working kitchen in Britain. The castle’s Great Kitchen has been in constant use for over 750 years.


The Great Kitchen at Kew Palace

Discover Georgian Culinary Life in the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace

Kew, London

The Royal Kitchens at Kew were left undisturbed for years. Now you can go back in time to find out what life was like for the servants who worked in them and the dishes they prepared for the Royal family.

Christmas Past The Geffrye Museum London

Glimpse at London’s Christmas Past at The Geffrye Museum

Hoxton, London

Located in a former almshouse, the Geffrye Museum has eleven period living rooms. They are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery to give visitors a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years.

Royal Yacht Britannia Edinburgh

Take Afternoon Tea on the Deck of The Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith

Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland 

Treat yourself to a royal Afternoon Tea on her majesty’s yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. The ship’s a grand old lady now, having sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world.

Greenway Agatha Christie's Holiday Home Devon

Have Lunch in The Kitchen at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s Holiday Home

Dartmouth, Devon 

Step into the 1950s and the land of Devonshire cream teas at Greenway, the much-loved holiday home of Agatha Christie, the nation’s favourite crime writer.

A La Ronde National Trust House Devon

Take Afternoon Tea With a Grand View at A La Ronde

Exmouth, Devon

Take yourself back to the 18th Century when ladies took the Grand Tour of Europe and opened their eyes to another world. This unique circular house, now run by the National Trust, offers ‘A Room with a View’ of the Exe estuary.

Buckfast Abbey Lavender Garden Devon

Have a Drop of ‘Buckie’, Buckfast Abbey’s Famous Tonic Wine

Buckfastleigh, Devon

The monks at Buckfast Abbey are known for their beekeeping skills and tonic wine. Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, the Abbey attracts almost half a million visitors a year.

Chartwell Kent Winston Churchill National Trust

Discover Winston Churchill’s Love of Champagne and Cigars at Chartwell 

Westerham, Kent

Winston Churchill once said, “A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted”. It’s not hard to see why. Stepping across its threshold and wandering through its intimate rooms feels like an enormous privilege. Visit this wonderful National Trust property and discover Churchill’s passions including Champagne and cigars.

Chatsworth House and Gardens Derbyshire

Sip a Gardener’s Ale After Visiting Chatsworth House Gardens 

Bakewell, Peak District, Derbyshire 

Chatsworth, the 35,000 acre Derbyshire estate that is the ancestral home of the Duke of Devonshire, offers a splendid day out. For Foodie Gardeners, there’s lots of inspiration to be found walking around Chatsworth House gardens.

Ampleforth Abbey Apple Orchard Yorkshire

Tour Ampleforth Abbey’s Apple Orchard & Taste Award-Winning Cider and Beers

Ampleforth, Yorkshire 

Ampleforth Abbey is an impressive Grade II listed Benedictine monastery and school. Situated in one of North Yorkshire’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it has an equally outstanding reputation for cider and beer making.

Plas yn Rhiw North Wales, National Trust Property

Enjoy a Welsh Cream Tea at Plas Yn Rhiw House

Llyn Peninsula, North Wales 

Acquired by the National Trust in the 1940s,  Plas yn Rhiw is an unassuming but truly charming 16th Century Manor House and Garden with tea rooms. Tucked away off the beaten track on the Llyn Peninsula, this house nestles in the hills above Hell’s Mouth beach and affords spectacular views across Cardigan Bay.

Portmeirion Village North Wales

Enjoy a Taste of The Italian Riviera at Portmeirion Village

Llyn Peninsula, North Wales 

Portmeirion is where North Wales meets the Italian Riviera. Perched between the majestic mountains of Snowdonia and overlooking the picturesque Dwyryd Estuary, this iconic fantasy Italianate village is a must for any Foodie Traveller.

Quarr Abbey Farm Shop & Cafe Isle of Wight

Take Afternoon Tea in Quarr Abbey’s Heavenly Garden

Ryde, Isle of Wight 

Situated within 200 acres of pasture, woodlands, coastline and formal gardens, Quarr abbey is a place of peace, tranquillity and worship. In true monastic tradition, it’s also a hive of activity as the monks grow their own produce and keep pigs and hens.

Charleston House Sussex Garden

Dine With the Bloomsbury Set at Charleston Farmhouse

Firle, East Sussex

Cultural foodies will love visiting Charleston Farmhouse, the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, the pioneers of early 20th century British art.

Attingham Park Walled Kitchen Garden Shropshire

Step Back in Time into a 1920s Garden at Attingham Hall

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Attingham Hall, an 18th Century mansion set in 500 acres of parkland, is a delight for history buffs and foodie gardeners. Whether you want to take your dog for a brisk walk in the magnificent deer park or you’d prefer to linger in the historic house and walled gardens, Attingham Hall is a National Trust property to savour.