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 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 is worth £10.95.  Memberships start at £39 a year.  

 Click here to buy a Gift of Membership to English Heritage

And - use the code EH2018 and you can get 15% off Gift and Annual Memberships!  This code expires 30 November 2018.   Buy your gift membership to English Heritage here.

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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. 

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 Bletchley Park,  Britain’s once top-secret WWII Codebreaking HQ

Visit Bletchley Park,  Britain’s once top-secret WWII Codebreaking HQ

Virgin Experience Days has just introduced a number of gift experiences at Bletchley Park 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.  From £35.50 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
 Kings and Queens at Emma Bridgewater Kings and Queens at Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater has a number of mugs relating to various Kings and Queens of England, such as Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I, William the Conqueror.   There are a couple of tea towels as well.   From £10.00.  Visit Emma Bridgewater's website here. 
Flight simulator experiences from Virgin Experience Days

Flight simulator experiences from Virgin Experience Days

Here's are history gifts with a bit of a difference.  Virgin Experience Days have a number of flight simulator gift experiences, ranging from the 737 and 747 aircraft to the more historic Battle of Britain Dogfight Simulator for Two, Spitfire or Messerschmitt Flight Simulator and a F16 Fighter Pilot Simulator Experience.  From £25.00.  Fly off to Virgin Experience Days to find out more!

Into the Blue also have a number of flight simulator experiences you could look at including a Vulcan Bomber, a Lynx Helicopter, a flighter pilot and a Cessna Skyhawk, amongst other!  Find out more here


 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 (you can also enjoy a 15% discount as a visitor from this website).  Click here to see these experiences

Have a Castle Break Have a Castle 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.
Into the Blue have lots of Spitfire Experiences Spitfire Experiences

Gift experience company Into the Blue have lots of Spitfire Experiences, including a couple where you stay on the ground such as Sit in a Spit or a VIP Spitfire Tour, both in Kent.  There's also a couple of Spitfire Simulator experiences and of course a range of them in the air.   The Spitfire is an aircraft that seems to capture the imagination of most people, so this is a great chance to get close up and find out more.  Prices start at £49. Click here to go to Into the Blue. 
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.

Dambusters Helicopter Tour

Dambusters Helicopter Tour

Head to South Yorkshire and enjoy a bit of aviation history and enjoy views of outstanding natural beauty.  Available from Buy a Gift for £179 More info

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?.  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 Morgan Motor Company experiences.

 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