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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

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5 fantastic facts about Stonehenge

To mark today’s summer solstice – the longest day of the year in the UK – we take a look at Stonehenge, a prehistoric wonder intrinsically linked to the day.

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Explore Jane Austen Regency Week 2016

Bag a bonnet and pull on that Empire line dress – Jane Austen Regency Week kicks off in Hampshire this Saturday.

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All aboard for Britain’s historic railway hotels

Britain’s beautiful and historic railway station hotels provide a chance to relax amid the grandeur of a bygone era. Take a look at the loveliest.

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Timeline of HM The Queen’s life and reign

To mark her 90th year, we chart Queen Elizabeth II’s journey from young princess who was third in line to the throne to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

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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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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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