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.
Bridge of Sighs, St John's College, Cambridge. Credit: Visit Britain

Cambridge University Guide

Cambridge is inextricably linked with its academic status and is a calm and attractive place. As the city celebrates the 800th birthday of its university, there’s never been a better time to visit this centre of learning, where great minds and historic attractions meet.

Haddon Hall

10 beautiful British picnic spots

As the glorious weather continues, we’re packing our hamper and heading to some of the loveliest places in Britain for lunch with a view Brancaster Beach, Norfolk Norfolk isn’t short of stunning beaches, but this…

Anenurin Bevan Minister of Health, on the first day of the_National Health Service, 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester

History of the National Health Service

The National Health Service was founded on 5 July 1948 and marked its 70th anniversary in 2018. Emily Pringle looks back through the history of our nation’s treasured NHS Our historical tour of the National…

The Triforium, Westminster Abbey

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, set some 52 feet above the Abbey’s floor in the 13th-century triforium, has opened to the public for the first time in 700 years The triforium, tucked beneath the vaults,…

History of Royal Ascot

History of Royal Ascot

The 300-year story of racing at Ascot begins in 1711, when Queen Anne put the idea into motion to pursue her love of horse racing The 300-year story of racing at Ascot begins in 1711, when…

Newby Hall. Credit: Andrew Harrison

Top 5 places to see Thomas Chippendale furniture

Thomas Chippendale is the most famous craftsman in British furniture-making history. Born in Yorkshire in 1718, Chippendale trained in York before transforming the rooms of countless of our favourite stately homes. To celebrate his 300th…

Goodwood House in West Sussex, England

History of Goodwood House

Now famous for its annual horse racing and motorsport events, this great estate in West Sussex has been home to the Duke of Richmond for over 80 years. Rob Widdows talks to the Duke about…

Roch Castle, Wales. Credit: Marcus Oleniuk

WIN a stay in a spectacular castle in stunning Pembrokeshire

We’re offering one lucky winner and their guest the chance to win a two-night stay at the spectacular Roch Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The winner and their guest will also be treated to a three-course…

Sir Robert Peel. Credit: Creative Commons

History of the Metropolitan Police

In 1829 the Home Secretary, Robert Peel, founded the the Metropolitan Police in London Before the passing of the Metropolitan Police Act, law enforcement among the general population was carried out by volunteer constables and ‘watchmen’….

Fred Perry in action at Wimbledon in 1936. The history of Wimbledon tennis: where it all began

The history of Wimbledon Tennis

We look back at the history of the tennis championships, which bring Wimbledon to a standstill every year.