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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.
Edinburgh Castle and Gardens. Credit: Visit Britain

How Edinburgh inspired great literature

Scotland’s capital is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. Read about the locations that inspired Britain’s literary greats Words: Lee Karen Stow Arriving by train into Waverley Station, the end of a journey from…

View over the historic Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England. The house sits in parkland laid out by Capability Brown. Credit: VisitEngland/Rich J Jones

Capability Brown: Designing England’s Gardens

CAPABILITY BROWN was the first celebrity garden designer who left an extensive legacy as he swathed his way through more than 150 gardens of the aristocracy in the mid-18th century.

Britain’s Finest Whisky Distilleries

Join us in raising a glass and wishing ‘good health’ to whisky as we take a tour of some of the finest distilleries around Britain.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle: The largest inhabited castle in the world

How much do you know about the history of the largest inhabited castle in the world? Though the origins of Windsor Castle go all the way back to 1070 when William the Conqueror ordered the construction…

George V

Who was George V? Why did he change the Royal Family’s name? 

King George V promoted the reach of the British Empire and encouraged the idea of a coalition between the three major political parties. He ruled from 1910-1936 As a descendant of Prince Albert and the…

An excerpt from the memoirs of Sir James Melville. Credit: Creative Commons

The life of Sir James Melville

Diplomat, councillor and possible spy Sir James Melville was a fascinating Tudor Words: Melita Thomas Sir James Melville came from a Protestant family in Fife, Scotland. His father was executed for treason – for revealing the…

London’s historic pubs

For a true measure of London life, pay a visit to one of the capital’s best historic pubs WORDS George Dailey Cittie of Yorke In 1951, Dylan Thomas, one of the finest Welsh poets ever to…

Battle Abbey, East Sussex, England. Credit: Visit Britain

Britain’s 5 major turning points in history

As Britain takes the historic decision to exit the European Union, we take a look at five other major turning point in the history of the UK which have helped to make it the fascinating country it is today.

WQueen Victoria and Prince Albert in a painting by Edwin Landseer depecting the couple at Windsor Castle

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: a royal love story

From their early courtship to Albert’s untimely death, the love affair between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert showed a warmer side to the Queen

Tower Bridge, London

Roman London

London is one of the great cities of the modern world, but it is built on ancient foundations. Here, we go in search of its origins There is a school of thought that considers the…