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Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square

What is Trafalgar Day? And why do we celebrate it?

Nelson’s Column is one of the most iconic statues in London, with the vice admiral towering over Trafalgar Square. Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. But what really happened at the...
Anthony van Dyck, Charles I, 1635-6

Charles I’s art collection reunited for first time since Civil War at London’s Royal...

King Charles I had a huge art collection. After his execution, it was split up and sold off across Europe. Now, for the first time since the 17th-century, more than 100 paintings and sculptures...
Mechanism of Wells Cathedral Clock

Big Ben has fallen silent. But another clock is chiming on – 600 years...

Wells Cathedral Clock has one of the oldest clock mechanisms in the world. As it finds a new home in a more prominent area of the Science Museum, we cast a look at its...
Windsor Castle

Six medieval castles near London

You don’t have to leave the capital far behind to immerse yourself in history. Pay a visit to one of these medieval castles near London for an unforgettable day trip... Windsor Castle, Berkshire Windsor (above) is...
London landmark, Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament | Big Ben’s Bongs

Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent during restoration work

The iconic sound of Big Ben’s bongs will not be heard in London until 2021 as essential restoration work is carried out to Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower They are recognised the world over as a symbol...
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: five things you might not know

Scotland's military tattoo is welcoming 1,200 performers from across the globe, including more than 250 piers and drummers, five UK military bands and a performance team from Japan  Every year the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth...
Anne Hathaway's cottage

Shakespeare’s gardens: in pictures

There's more to Shakespeare's home county of Warwickshire than Stratford-upon-Avon. Here we take a tour of some of its most splendid gardens, from the grounds of Compton Verney to Anne Hathaway's cottage Compton Verney This stately...
Houses of Parliament c1900. Credit: Parliamentary Archives

London History Day launches

On Wednesday 31 May (the date Big Ben first started keeping time) England’s capital will celebrate the first ever London History Day, recognising the extraordinary history and heritage of this great city London History Day, an initiative by...

BRITAIN’s top 5 London outdoor attractions

Get the best out of summer in the city by heading to these great spots where your entertainment is served up with a dose of sunshine.
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Britain’s top attractions revealed

Britain’s top attractions in 2015 have been revealed with visitor numbers across the UK rising by 3.2%

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