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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.

Spectacular photos of North Wales

The castles, mountains, beaches, lighthouses and waterfalls of North Wales, including its five UNESCO World Heritage sites, have been captured by photographer Simon Kitchin in his book, Photographing North Wales.

Gunpowder, treason and plot at Auckland Castle

A new exhibition, opening at County Durham’s Auckland Castle on October 16, reunites embroidered vestments for the first time in over 340 years and offers fresh insight into the era of the Gunpowder Plot.

William Cecil Lord Burghley. Credit: Walker Art Library/Alamy

Queen Elizabeth I’s right-hand man

Melita Thomas of Tudor Times tells the story of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, the man who implored the Virgin Queen to marry and who finally rid her of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Suffragette Season at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament celebrate the UK release of Suffragette with a special programme of events, tours and talks throughout October.

Early birthday present for Britain’s oldest theatre

The Bristol Old Vic, Britain’s oldest theatre, has received a boost of Lottery funding in the run-up to its 250th anniversary, plus we look back at some of our other historic playhouses.

Robert the Bruce’s throne arrives at Scone Palace

A replica of King Robert the Bruce’s Great Throne returns to Scone Palace where the first king of Scotland was crowned.

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.

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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.