History

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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Kings and Queens of Britain: FREE guide

Want to know more about the reign of King Henry VIII or the first Stuart King of England, James I? Then grab a cup of tea and sit down with your FREE 32-page Kings and…

Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire

Hidden Tudor castles and palaces

Discover the little-known castles and manors in the Heart of England that were visited and specially granted by the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII

Portait of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland at Knole

Tudor of the month: John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

How did a traitor’s son rise to become the most powerful man in Tudor England? Melita Thomas of Tudor Times investigates…

Queen, Malta

Amazing mothers from British history

To celebrate Mothers’ Day in the UK we’ve picked out 10 great mothers whose actions and offspring have had a lasting impact on the country…

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

The gardening book that inspired King Henry VIII

We take a look at Henry VIII’s gardening manual, said to have inspired the Great Garden at Whitehall Palace that was destroyed by fire in 1698

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King John and the sealing of Magna Carta

Over 800 years after the sealing of Magna Carta, we examine the significance of the charter, which lay down the foundations for civil liberties across the world.

Engraving of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots: the six-day-old queen

Executed for treason by Queen Elizabeth I, we uncover the key life events of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned for 19 years.

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How Castle Howard became the star of Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire was designed by an architectural novice, but has since had starring roles in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Victoria 

Hill Top, Cumbria, Beatrix Potter

5 places to celebrate Britain’s literary heroes

From the Brontë sisters to Beatrix Potter, a visit to Britain is a great opportunity to explore the home life of the brilliant authors we all love.