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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.

City Spires: London’s churches

Kings and queens lie in their grounds, they tell the story of the capital’s history, they’re immortalised in art and literature, and they create a skyline like no other

History of Syon House

Less than 10 miles from central London lies Syon House – a beacon of tranquillity and one of Britain’s best preserved stately homes.

20th century Britain timeline

Tracing the history of Britain from 1901-2012…

Suffragettes, London. Credit: GL Archive/Alamy

Remarkable British women: 6 top facts

Read our 6 facts about the women who changed British history, by fighting for the vote and dedicating their lives to a noble yet dangerous cause

20th century Britain

The 20th century encompasses some of the most momentous events in British history.

Parham House The Long Gallery

Behind the scenes at Parham House in West Sussex

Lady Emma Barnard, the chatelaine of Parham House and Gardens, takes time to show us around her stunning stately home in the heart of Sussex

Highclere Castle

The Real Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle

The Earl of Carnarvon has welcomed cameras back into his home, Highclere Castle, for a further series

10 facts about Britain’s heroes and heroines

BRITAIN brings you the weird and wonderful details about Britain’s heroes and heroines

How to decorate your house like a stately home

From cabinets to couches, masterpieces created by Britain’s greatest designers adorn the finest homes worldwide. But where did it all start? 

Charles Rosher

On this day in history… 16 May

Who? What? Where? When? We present a few token dates for your historical diary, as we look back at the events of 16 May throughout the centuries

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