Your virtual guide to three amazing Elizabethan days out with A Girl for All Time. Learn, discover and enjoy safely, with your family from home!
Here at A Girl for All Time we love exploring! However, with the current safety issues posed by COVID-19 this has become a little more complicated. Education and play come hand in hand with Your Historical Girl™, fostering a lifelong intrigue and passion for learning. With the help of Elinor, we have listed our top three favourite Elizabethan days out, which you can experience from the comfort of your sofa. We hope you enjoy exploring history with your family and Elinor, Your Elizabethan Girl™, all from the safety of your home.
Hardwick Hall (Derbyshire)
One of the only great Elizabethan houses built by a woman, Hardwick Hall is a stunning architectural masterpiece with a fun and interesting history. Not only did the infamous Bess of Hardwick survive three husbands, she was also a shrewd and independent businesswoman an inspiration for girls like Elinor! The gardens are currently open to visitors, including family challengesi in the formal gardens, woodland and bustling stable yard to keep the kids occupied. You can also enjoy the history and character of the house online through their series of articles or get a sense of its size and beauty with this 360 aerial footage.
Hampton Court Palace (London)
A lavish home to Elizabeth I and her court, Hampton Court Palace even had a wine fountain to entertain guests in the welcoming courtyard! Nowadays you can explore the magnificent Tudor and Baroque buildings, have a picnic overlooking the Thames or wander the immaculate garden on the family trail. Experience the palace from home with this online tour or learn about the tales of Hampton court through their historical blog.
Longleat House (Somerset)
An example of ‘prodigy house’ Elizabethan architecture, Longleat is one of the most visited Elizabethan houses in the UK. Elizabeth I visited herself in 1547, followed four hundred years later by a visit by Elizabeth II in 1980. Although the stunning house is closed for now, the gardens remain open for a stroll or a picnic. However, the main attraction of the grounds is the iconic safari park where you can drive through the ‘monkey mechanics’ (watch out for car part theft) or the ‘tiger territory’ (catch a glimpse of the cubs). Experience the park from home with their extremely popular online virtual tour.
If you loved this blog then have a look at Tudor Days Out with Matilda, Your Tudor Girl™, or learn more about Elinor’s Elizabethan journey in her diary entries. Elinor, Your Elizabethan Girl™, is available for pre-order now!