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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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Hampton Court Palace’s 500th birthday

Make sure you pay Hampton Court a visit during its 500th anniversary year, to enjoy an unprecedented number of displays, special events, and exciting activities for all the family

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Philip Mould & Co unveil unprecedented John Smart collection

A new exhibition on prolific Georgian miniaturist John Smart to open at Philip Mould & Co art dealer

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TOP 5 ways to celebrate Trafalgar Day 2014

The Battle of Trafalgar of 1805 was a historic and crucial victory for Britain. Here are some of the best events taking place this year to mark it…

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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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Hever Castle wins ‘Garden of the Year’ award

The gorgeous gardens of Hever Castle in Kent have been voted ‘Garden of the Year’ by Britain in Bloom…

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Castles you can spend the night in

From dungeons and haunted turrets, to four-poster beds and glorious spas, a stay in a British castle is a magical and mysterious experience

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Magna Carta: 800 years of history

Next year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, the charter that set the foundations for civil liberties across the world.

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The Kings and Queens of Great Britain

Queen Anne became first monarch of Great Britain in 1707 but how is your knowledge on each of the kings and queens since?

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10 facts you didn't know about Shakespeare

10 greatest men in British history

We asked historian Dan Snow to tell us about his top 10 men in British history and here’s who made the grade.

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History of the Chelsea Flower Show

Each May the Chelsea Flower Show delights visitors with its colourful displays. We take a look at the history of the show.

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