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

Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

Who killed Lord Darnley? BRITAIN investigates

Lord Darnley, the spouse of Mary, Queen of Scots, was not a good husband, so when he and his manservant were found dead at Kirk o’Field in 1567, suspicion fell on his famous wife, but the Royal Society of Edinburgh recently re-opened the case…

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Carriages on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle. Credit: 4Corners Images

Don’t miss the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine

For this issue we’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most spectacular stately homes, as well as historic Cotswold inns to snuggle up in this winter, the story of the Lost Tudor Princess and an exploration of beautiful Royal Berkshire.

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Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Credit: Blenheim Palace

Photos of our 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.

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Ludlow Castle in Shropshire was Edward's childhood home. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

Edward IV: the first Yorkist king

Jeffrey James, author of new book Edward IV: Glorious Son of York, introduces the charismatic older brother of King Richard III, a key figure in the Wars of the Roses.
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Highclere Castle , the 'real' Downton Abbey. Credit: Zen Whisk/Creative Commons

Flight of fancy to Downton Abbey

From Westminster Abbey to Downton Abbey: fans can see the set of their favourite period drama in a whole new light in luxury helicopter tour.

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Highclere Castle. Credit: Tony Harris/PA Pics

Life inside the real Downton Abbey

Listen to audio extracts from our exclusive chat with Lady Carnarvon, mistress of Highclere Castle – setting of everyone’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey

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Colourful autumn landscape around Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall. Credit: Simon Kitchin

Spectacular photos of North Wales

The castles, mountains, beaches, lighthouses and waterfalls of North Wales, including its five UNESCO World Heritage sites, have been captured by photographer Simon Kitchin in his new book.

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Auckland Castle in County Durham. Credit: Auckland Castle

Gunpowder, treason and plot at Auckland Castle

A new exhibition, opening at County Durham’s Auckland Castle on October 16, reunites embroidered vestments for the first time in over 340 years and offers fresh insight into the era of the Gunpowder Plot.
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William Cecil Lord Burghley. Credit: Walker Art Library/Alamy

Queen Elizabeth I’s right-hand man

Melita Thomas of Tudor Times tells the story of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, the man who implored the Virgin Queen to marry and who finally rid her of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Filming Suffragette at the Houses of Parliament. Credit:L UKParliament/Stefan Hill

Suffragette Season at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament celebrate the UK release of Suffragette with a special programme of events, tours and talks throughout October.

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