Gifts in Wills


Whether your passion is for a specific site or for all the historic places in our care, remembering English Heritage in your will enables us to look after the heritage that matters to you long into the future.

Find out how you could make a difference to future generations' enjoyment of history by leaving a gift to English Heritage in your will. All gifts in wills directly support work that cares for and enhances our historic sites.

To help you give our history a future we offer a free will writing service, you can find out more on this below. 


We inherited our incredible story from those who came before us, now it falls to us to protect it. By leaving a gift in your will you can ensure that story can be told forever.
To help you make a difference, we’re offering a free will writing service with It’s a straightforward process, and each will is checked by a fully qualified solicitor.


Caring for the Nation's Heritage

We look after over 400 places that span 6 millennia and bring the story of England to life. Conserving and maintaining this collection for all to enjoy is the cornerstone of everything we do. It enables us to make history accessible to all and create memorable experiences to inspire visitors of all ages.

Watch our video to find out more and see how leaving a gift to English Heritage in your will can help.

Your FREE Will guide

We hope that this booklet provides everything you need to help you include a gift to English Heritage in your will. Our dedicated Legacy Officer can answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with them by email -


Your Support Makes a Difference

Your enthusiasm may be for the restoration of historic artefacts, the conservation of great ruins or engaging the thousands of school children who visit each year. Supporting English Heritage with a gift in your will, however large or small, helps ensure that generations to come can enjoy our collection of historic places just as much you do today.

How to leave gifts in wills

Our Promises To You

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your will to English Heritage. Gifts in wills ensure that the story of England survives to educate, involve and inspire future generations.

  • When You Leave a Gift to English Heritage in your will
    • We will treat your information with the strictest confidence and will only contact you if you have given us permission to do so.
    • We understand that your pledge is in no way legally binding and that your wishes may change over time.
    • We understand that your loved ones come first. Even a gift as little as 1% will enable us to look after the heritage that matters to you long into the future.
    • We will never ask you about the size or type of gift you are thinking of leaving us, as every gift will make a lasting and valued contribution to the work that we do.
    • We are grateful for every gift, large or small, and will ensure they are used where they will have the greatest impact on our work.
    • If you would like your gift to support a specific area of our work or property, we will always try to meet your wishes. We are happy to talk to you before you write or amend your will to ensure your wishes can be met.
    • You can choose how much you want to hear from us about how gifts like yours are being used to care for England’s historic places. We won’t intrude on your privacy.
    • We will treat your family and executors with integrity and kindness.

Gifts in Action

A legacy gift enabled the creation of the beautiful Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. The tranquil oasis was designed in the distinctive Edwardian garden style for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

We want our long-standing membership to have on-going depth, and to know that when we are no longer able to enjoy visiting properties and gardens that have become almost personal friends over the years, our gift will help the vitally important conservation work undertaken by English Heritage to continue.

Lin and Martyn

Members of English Heritage

On my frequent visits to Witley Court over many years, I have watched the monumental recovery of the building and its extensive surroundings and decided to include a bequest to English Heritage specifically to support its preservation.


Member of English Heritage

English Heritage looks after the buildings, landscapes and artefacts that tell us the story of our past, our history, our legacy. From the times of our ancestors and forebears directly to us. It is vital this process continues so that our descendants can know of and cherish their past.

Rob and Mira

Members of English Heritage

Guidance for Executors

If you are an executor or a solicitor, and you are administering a will that includes a gift to English Heritage, please get in touch with our dedicated Legacy Officer who will be happy to help in any way they can. 

Information for executors

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