When was the last time you visited a historical site? If the answer is when I was at school then maybe it's time to find out what's available near you.
New research by English Heritage has found two thirds of school children have never visited a Roman or a prehistoric site, and since most of us admit that we get our historical knowledge from TV documentaries, these findings are perhaps unsurprising, if no less shocking.
We all want the best for our children and while schools may struggle with the administration of organising school trips nowadays, there is no reason why you cannot experience the vast history of England together as a family.
Learning doesn't stop at the end of the school day. Parents can have an enormous influence on their child's learning, and what better way to fill the weekend than with some fun and educational visits?
From medieval castles to Roman villas, England is filled to the brim with history and there are English Heritage sites within easy commuting distance.
Many sites now offer family trails, interactive experiences and the opportunity for your child to develop new skills, solve problems and be creative. There are also exciting events for families and children over holiday periods. In term time schools can opt to take groups on English Heritage Discovery Visits where children can dress up in a historical costumes, pretend to be monks, knights, servants or soldiers, practice marching or dancing, handle artefacts and much more.
Plan a visit today, who knows, you could even have a budding 'King of the Castle' in the family.