Gift membership ideas for History Lovers


Give the history lover in your life a gift membership or experience which enables them to indulge their passion and enjoy wondeful days out exploring historic places.  Many are in absolutely gorgeous surroundings, with beautiful gardens, giving them the opportunity to escape back into the past inside the house.

Give someone special a Gift Membership to English Heritage

English Heritage Gift of Membership 
This would be perfect for anyone who cares about Britain's past and preserving it for future generations.  There are some 400 places to visit in England  - s
torybook castles, historic houses, gardens, abbeys, priories, chapels and Roman sites.  The Gift of Membership includes an Exclusive Gift of Membership pack which can be personalised with your own message;  free unlimited entry to over 400 historic properties; Free or reduced-price entry to events for members and an exclusive members' magazine and handbook - the handbook itself is worth £10.95.  

 Click here to buy a Gift of Membership to English Heritage

(Use the code EH2019 and you can get 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships to English Heritage.  The code is valid until 30/09/2019.)

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© National Trust
The National Trust protects over 350 historic houses and gardens, and rather more... forests, fens, beaches, farmland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and villages. Become a member today or give a gift membership and your subscription will go towards the care of our precious heritage and countryside For Ever For Everyone.  A Gift Membership includes free entry and parking at over 300 historic houses and gardens and free parking at our countryside and coastline locations;  the Members' Handbook - with full details of all the places they can visit; newsletters packed with details of special events at locations nearby and 3 editions of our beautifully illustrated magazine exclusively for members.  And you can enjoy days out for less!,  Click here to join the National Trust
Click here to join Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

Give a gift that stays special all year round! We all want to give gifts that are fun, different but also great value for money! Membership to Historic Royal Palaces is the perfect gift; it allows the lucky recipient free and unlimited entry to all six Historic Royal Palaces for an entire year!! Prices start from just £52Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Palace, and it helps everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. 

Gift membership to the British Museum The British Museum

The British Museum is based in London. It is dedicated to human history, art, and culture, and its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.  Members receive free entry, unlimited access to exhibitions, exclusive Members' events, access to the Members' Room with views over the Great Court and more!  There are several different types of membership available, such as Individual, Joint, Gift Young Friends and Under 26.  Gift Young Friends is for 8-15 year olds - their membership benefits are slightly different.  Find out more from the British Museum here.
 Culzean Castle in Scotland

National Trust for Scotland
The Trust protects and shares some of Scotland's most precious historic places and natural landscapes. It cares for ancient houses, battlefields, castles, mills, gardens, coastlines, islands, mountain ranges and all the communities, plants and animals which depend upon them.   There are different types of gift memberships, for individuals (including a young person), couples and families so there's plenty of choice.   Find out more here

Find out more about The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive

This could be an interesting one for anyone who loves delving into the past.  The British Newspaper Archieve is partnered with the British Library to digitise over 40 million newspaper pages from its collection over a 10 year period.  The British Library's collection of historical newspapers has papers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers and over 300,000 reels of microfilm.  That's quite a collection!   10 million pages are available online and the plans are to increase this to 40 million by 2021.  You can treat someone to a subscription or subscribe yourself and there are different types of sub available.  This is a great resource for any history lover who loves delving into the past.  Click here to delve further!

Visit to Bletchley Park and Afternoon Tea For Two

Visit Bletchley Park and Afternoon Tea for Two, 

Bletchley Park is located in Buckinghamshire.  This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into a place that was once top secret - the home of the World War Two Codebreakers.  It's here that the incredible minds of people like Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman and Bill Tutte helped turn the tide of war and to find out about the role everyone that worked at Bletchley Park played in the war.  For history lovers, this is a great chance to explore Bletchley Park.  There are experiences involving just a visit for two, or a visit with afternoon tea, or a family visit.  £76.00 from Virgin Experience Days.

Axe Throwing for Two Axe Throwing for Two

Activity Superstore list Axe Throwing for Two amongst its gift experiences in Yorkshire.  Start off with a full safety briefing with tips to win your way to victory!  You'll be shown how to fully handle and throw the axes at targets, and you'll play a variety of games.  You'll use Tomahawk axes - authentic but great for beginners and serviced regularly so there's no excuse for not hitting that centre target!  Put your knew skills to the test in the finale!  For £59 from Activity Superstore
 The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park 
Why not give them a book about Bletchley Park, where the German secret codes were cracked by Britain's most brilliant mathematical brains?  This is the first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, and an amazing compendium of memories from people now in their eighties.  Available from Foyles for £8.99
 Visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham with Cream Tea for Two

Visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham with Cream Tea for Two

Go back in time at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham in Kent, and discover the nation’s naval history across 10 galleries and three warships.  Then tuck into a lovely cream tea for two with this Visit to The Historic Dockyard Chatham with Cream Tea for Two.   £55.00 from Virgin Experience Days

Experiences on No Man's Fort in the Solent

Experiences on No Man's Fort in the Solent

No Man's Fort is a former Victorian fortress in the Solent (Hampshire) built in the late 1800s, with an imposing lighthouse on a man-made island.  Red Letter Days has a number of experiences on No Man's Fort from £60.  Click here to see these experiences

Castle Hotel Escape for Two Have a Castle Hotel Break

Red Letter Days has a number of Castle Hotel Escapes for Two from £169 (from £143 for visitors from this website), with various locations to choose from in England, Wales and up to the Scottish Highlands. Some locations include dinner, and others don't, but all the properties have restaurants and these experiences give you the chance to enjoy a Castle Break.   Click here for more details from Red Letter Days.
Flight Simulator Experiences Flight Simulator Experiences

Gift experience company Into the Blue have lots of Flight Simulator Experiences.   You can get a feel for what it was like to fly a Spitfire, a Lancaster Bomber, a Vulcan Bomber - or something such as a 737, an F3 Tornado, or an F16 Fighter Pilot Experience or a Fighter Pilot Experience!  From £39.00  Click here to go to Into the Blue. 
Dambusters Helicopter Tour

Dambusters Helicopter Tour

Head to Derbyshire and enjoy a bit of aviation history and enjoy views of outstanding natural beauty.  Operation Chastise was widely known as the Dambuster's Raid and it was the daring sortie to attack the heavily defended Ruhr dams. The helicopter tour will take you through the very routes that those 19 crews used in their training for this incredible mission. 
On special offer for £149 instead of £179  
Available from Buy a Gift 


For the motor enthusiast, how about a Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour and Afternoon Tea for Two?

For the motor enthusiast, how about a Morgan Motor Company Factory Tour and Afternoon Tea?.  The Motor Morgan Company has over a hundred years of family history and this is a great chance to see how a Morgan Sports Car is made from start to finish and then explore the museum.  Afterwards, head to the Morgan café for afternoon tea.  Visit Virgin Experience Days for more information.

 Mugs from English Heritage

Mugs from English Heritage

If you're looking for a gift for a history lover, you could treat them to a mug with a historical theme from English Heritage.   Their mugs and ceramics kick off at £2.00 for a tea bag holder and after that they have a range of mugs, many celebrating the properties in their care, such as Stongehenge, Pendennis Castle, Hadrian's Wall, Osborne House and more.  The mugs also cover periods of history and there are some fun nature ones as well.  Click here to see the range of mugs and cereamics from English Heritage