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Harlech Castle, Snowdonia, north Wales. Snowdonia National Park

Stunning photos of Snowdonia

Discover Snowdonia, the ancient heart of Wales – a land rich in myths and legends The Snowdonia National Park takes its name from the tallest mountain in Britain outside Scotland – Snowdon. Formed by volcanoes and...
St David’s Cathedral, StDavids, Pembrokeshire, Wales. St David‘s Day

Patron Saint of Wales: The story of St David’s Day

The first day of March is known as St David’s Day, a celebration of the Patron Saint of Wales, who is believed to have died on this date in 589AD St David’s Day is celebrated...
Lord Robert Dudley

Tudor of the month: Lord Robert Dudley

Lord Robert Dudley had a passionate affair with Elizabeth I. Melita Thomas of Tudor Times explores why the queen didn't marry him and what happened to their relationship Lord Robert Dudley was the love of...
The Punchbowl Mayfair – one of London’s oldest pubs

The Punchbowl Mayfair: dine in one of London’s oldest pubs

It may be imbued with history but there is nothing outdated about this classy gastropub, hidden in well-heeled Mayfair The Punchbowl Mayfair is not the most conspicuous of places – you’re hardly likely to stumble...

Shrove Tuesday: the history of Pancake Day

Initially a feast to celebrate the arrival of spring, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is still one of the most indulgent days of the year As with most European Christian traditions, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, started...
WQueen Victoria and Prince Albert in a painting by Edwin Landseer depecting the couple at Windsor Castle

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: a royal love story

From their early courtship to Albert’s untimely death, the love affair between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert showed a warmer side to the Queen Though their affection for each other has been well documented –...
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...
Hever Castle, Kent, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Castles in England

10 of the most romantic castles in England

From the haunting beauty of isolated ruins to the majesty of some of Britain’s most ostentatious buildings, here are some of the most picturesque castles in England Hever Castle, Kent This 13th-century double-moated castle is a...
Henry VIII, Tudors

The Tudors who shaped modern Britain

The Tudor age was a tumultuous period of history that did much to shape modern Britain as we know it. Here Melita Thomas, of the Tudor Times, selects the 10 most influential men and woman of that era.
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 Whisper sweet nothings in St Paul’s...

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