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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.
Windsor Castle

Six medieval castles near London

You don’t have to leave the capital far behind to immerse yourself in history. Pay a visit to one of these medieval castles near London for an unforgettable day trip…

King James I (James VI of Scotland)

Who was James VI? How did he escape the Gunpowder Plot?

King James oversaw a relatively peaceful reign, despite Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was King of Scotland as James VI from 1567 and King of England Ireland as James…

Queen Elizabeth I at prayer, after the frontispiece to Christian Prayers, 1569

Who was Elizabeth I? What was her part in the Spanish Armada?

Queen Elizabeth I presided over an age of discovery that saw the establishment of the English Protestant church, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the flourishing of the arts. She reigned from 1558-1603 

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) by the studio of Hans Holbein the younger

Who was Henry VIII? What did he think of his six wives?

King Henry VIII staged six royal weddings, became Ireland’s first English monarch and sowed the seeds for a multicultural Britain. He reigned from 1509-1547

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: five things you might not know

Scotland’s military tattoo is welcoming 1,200 performers from across the globe, including more than 250 piers and drummers, five UK military bands and a performance team from Japan 

The Meeting of Edward V (1470-1483) and his Brother Richard, Duke of York (1473-1483) contemplated by King Richard III by James Northcote

Who was Richard III? Where was his body found?

Richard III was caricatured by Shakespeare and accused of killing his nephews, while his remains were found under a car park in Leicester. He reigned from 1483-1485

Anne Hathaway's cottage

Shakespeare’s gardens: in pictures

There’s more to Shakespeare’s home county of Warwickshire than Stratford-upon-Avon. Here we take a tour of some of its most splendid gardens, from the grounds of Compton Verney to Anne Hathaway’s cottage

A portrait of Henry V of England

Who was Henry V? What was his role in Agincourt?

Henry V secured victory at the Battle of Agincourt and helped cement English as Britain’s national language. He reigned from 1413-1422

Edward I

Who was Edward I? Was he really a heartless leader?

King Edward I took an aggressive approach to Wales and Scotland – although he was rather fond of his wife. He reigned from 1272-1307

Llansteffan Castle in Wales

Who was Llywelyn the Great? Which Welsh castles did he conquer?

Llywelyn ap Iorwerth was the greatest Welsh statesman of the Middle Ages. He ruled from 1195-1240

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