The rich tapestry of Britain’s history is full of fascinating characters, imposing castles and literary heroes. From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Britain, the Tudor period to the Victorian era, Shakespeare to Dickens, Britain has a unique heritage like no other. Much of this historical treasure trove has been preserved to inspire us today.

The Battle of Hastings lasted one day. It was one of the longest battles in the medieval world, so a break for lunch was taken

Credit: National Museum of the Royal Navy

Major exhibition marks Battle of Jutland centenary

A major new exhibition opens to mark the centenary of the defining naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland.

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It’s time to discover the other Dickens

A new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum in London looks at the life of the novelist’s unfairly maligned wife.

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Get a tour of the West End from Sir Ian McKellan

Get an intimate tour of London’s West End with one of Britain’s greatest actors, Sir Ian McKellan, as he turns guide with the help of a new app.

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May: Tudor of the Month – Katharine of Aragon

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores King Henry VIII’s first love, Katharine of Aragon.

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BRITAIN’s top 10 Roman sites

Fancy a Roman holiday? Explore the legacy of that mighty empire in Britain with a visit to these amazing locations.

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1616: Shakespeare and the year of his death

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is being marked around the world this April. We explore why there is no record of his death being marked in London in 1616.

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BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare 400 events in 2016

We’ve picked out 10 of the biggest and best Shakespeare 400 events in the UK and around the world so you can celebrate the Bard wherever you are.

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April: Tudor of the Month – William Shakespeare

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores one of the most famous of them all, the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.

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Walk in the footsteps of Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21, 1816, in Yorkshire. To mark her bicentenary, we explore some of the cosy places she would have known and where you can now stay.

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Explore Shakespeare’s Britain

To mark 400 years since his death, Chris Fautley explores Shakespeare’s Britain – the places mentioned in his plays – and separates fact from fiction.

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