England

England became a unified state in AD 927 and, since the 15th century, has had a significant impact on the wider world, developing the English language, the Anglican Church, and English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world. Its beautiful and varied countryside is interspersed with quaint villages and cosmopolitan cities including the capital, London.
Tower Bridge, London

Roman London

London is one of the great cities of the modern world, but it is built on ancient foundations. Here, we go in search of its origins There is a school of thought that considers the…

Highclere Castle. Creative Commons

Britain’s most spectacular stately homes

As these photos show, we have some gorgeous grand houses in Britain, from giants such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle to lesser-known gems From Downton fantasies to dreams of Mr Darcy, nothing captures…

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Credit: Philip Sharp / Alamy

Northumberland Castles

Northumberland is home to more castles than any other English county. We travel to England’s northernmost region to hear tales of theft, murder and spooky apparitions Its location close to the Scottish border has meant…

Worcester College

Your essential guide to Oxford

The university city in southeast England is easy to explore on foot and is a hub of museums, galleries and historic buildings 

St Michael's Mount

St Michael’s Mount: the myths and the magic

It’s only a few minutes from mainland Cornwall, but the tiny island of St Michael’s Mount seems like a world away

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Big ben’s chimes sound for last time in four years

When was Big Ben built? The history of London’s biggest icon

It is a symbol of London the world over, but do you know the origins of Big Ben? If you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘when was Big Ben built?’ then read on for a potted history…

St Paul’s Cathedra,l London. London atractions 2018. London landmarks. London icons

Top things to do in London in 2018

Make the most of your time in the capital this year. Try to squeeze as many of these top things to do in London into your visit as possible

The Goring, Belgravia, London. Hotels in central London

Hotels in central London: the best in five-star luxury

Make your next trip to London your most luxurious yet with a stay in one of these quintessentially English five-star London hotels

7 best places for afternoon tea in the Cotswolds

From the best cucumber sandwiches to the daintiest cakes, we’ve picked some of the most charming spots in the Cotswolds for the most British of pastimes

Tudor Farmhouse stay | Review of the Tudor Farmhouse in Clearwell, the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Tudor Farmhouse stay: tranquil Forest of Dean bolthole

It’s all about woodland walks, steam trains and real-ale pubs in this picturesque part of the Wye Valley