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


On this day: Lady Jane Grey stands trial

On the anniversary of the day she stood trial for treason, we uncover the poignant story of the queen who ruled for nine days before being deposed and beheaded.

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Bradley House was the historic home of the Seymours after they moved from Wolf Hall

Hire your own private historic stately home

Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a castle or a stately home? Some 22,000 people in Britain list their homes on Airbnb but did you know that it’s possible to stay in a range of historic houses for a very reasonable price?

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Guy Fawkes and the other plotters. Credit: iStock

Guy Fawkes: the man behind the guy

The effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned throughout Britain at this time of year, but how much do we really know of the famous Gunpowder Plot conspirator?

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Pride and Prejudice at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2013. Credit: David Jensen

Britain’s acting icons before they were famous

The launch of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s new Heritage Project allows unprecedented access to its digital archives and fascinating snapshots of Britain’s acting icons before they became household names.

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Carved turnips at Dover Castle. Credit: English Heritage

Remember your ‘roots’ this Halloween

Amid fears of a pumpkin shortage after an unusually wet August, English Heritage is calling on Brits to return to the ‘roots’ of Halloween and rediscover the humble turnip.

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Blenheim Palace

Top 25 Halloween happenings in Britain 2015

Halloween has more of a British heritage than you might think. Here, we round up some of Britain’s best Halloween events for 2015…

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Nelson, Navy and Nation

On Trafalgar Day, and throughout the year, in a fascinating permanent gallery the National Maritime Museum tells the story of the Royal Navy and its staggering effect on the British people of the 19th century.


The Fall of Nelson, Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, Dighton, Denis, circa 1825 © National Maritime Museum

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Margaret Douglas. Credit: Chronicle/Alamy

Tudor of the Month: Lady Margaret Douglas

Together with Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas tackles Lady Margaret Douglas, who features in the latest issue of BRITAIN. Read More »

Bayeux Tapestry. Credit: Robert Harding Picture Library/Alamy

10 facts about the Battle of Hastings

In 1066 William the Conqueror set sail from Normandy to take part in one of the fiercest battles on British soil and one that changed the course of history forever…

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Beautiful Brompton: support suffragette’s cemetery

This week, with the release of the film Suffragette, Brompton Cemetery in west London, the final resting place of Emmeline Pankhurst, makes an urgent request for public support for its restoration.

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