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.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, during her Diamond Jubilee tour, in 2012 Credit: Shaun Jeffers / Shutterstock.com

HM The Queen: 10 of our favourite anecdotes

To celebrate the monarch’s milestone, we reveal these royal titbits to shed light on Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary character.

Royal Mint celebrates longest reign: our top 10 facts

The Royal Mint celebrates Her Majesty The Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch with the unveiling of new coins

Chocolate afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel

Time for tea? London’s afternoon tea trail

Tempt your taste buds on a tea trail around London with the help of a new website launched by Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Chatsworth, Georgians

The Georgians: things you may not know

The Georgian era is known for its lavish fashions and sumptuous food. Here are some weird and wonderful facts about the times.

New Battle of Britain exhibit opens at IWM Duxford

New exhibition at IWM Duxford tells the human story of the battle for Britain’s skies with personal tales and momentos from seven people who served at the pivotal fighter station.

Jane Austen, portrait

BRITAIN’s top 10 Jane Austen quotes

Here, we gather her greatest pearls of romantic wisdom from one of Britain’s best-loved writers. Here are our favourite Jane Austen quotes.

Richard II, globe

10 facts about King Richard II’s reign

King Richard II surrendered power to his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who went on to reign as King Henry IV. We know him best as Shakespeare’s tragically vain ruler. But where does fact meet fiction?

Elizabeth II's Coronation

Palace exhibitions mark HM The Queen’s long reign

Beautiful photos of the monarch in public and private are now on display at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Princes in the Tower

The story of the Princes in the Tower remains shrouded in mystery. Did Richard III have them killed after he seized the throne? We take a look at the facts behind the stories.

Top 10 August bank holiday days out

Summer bank holidays can go either way – glorious sun or endless showers – but with these wonderful events, you’re sure to have great time whatever the weather.