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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.
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How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens

Don’t be a Scrooge! Celebrate the spirit and former haunts of Charles Dickens, the Victorian author who shaped our vision of the modern festive season

6 amazing castles you can stay in

From mighty medieval fortresses that have stood sentinel since the Norman invasion to baronial stately homes built to impress, Britain is peppered with fantastical castles. Here are 6 incredible castles that have been converted into sumptuous…

Nelson’s Column – the story of an icon

Guarded by lions and towering above Trafalgar Square, this lofty monument is one of London’s most iconic On 12 November 1918, London saw wild celebrations as an armistice declared the end of the First World War….

Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?

In the centenary year of women first gaining the vote, we celebrate the northern roots of one of the leading suffragettes Given Manchester’s reputation as a hotbed of social and political revolution, it’s somewhat surprising that…

Remember your ‘roots’ this Halloween

Why not return to your ‘roots’ this Halloween and rediscover the humble turnip?

John Rylands Library, Manchester

Hidden British Libraries

We take a tour of some of the most historic and beautiful British libraries to find reading rooms worthy of our literary greats

Glamis Castle Angus Most haunted Places in Britain

10 ghostly places in Britain

Whether it’s Halloween hokum or supernatural manifestations, we find Britain’s scariest spots

Blenheim Palace

25 of Britain’s best stately homes

We’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most magnificent manor houses and stately homes – each with their own story to tell.

Grasmere in Cumbria

On the trail of William Wordsworth

Following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, Lawrence Alexander explores the poet’s beloved Grasmere and other Lake District haunts

The water maze at Hever Castle in Kent

Get lost in Britain’s best mazes at stately homes

From mystical labyrinths to planted puzzles of twists, turns and dead ends in stately home gardens, Lawrence Alexander gets lost in Britain’s best mazes