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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.
Bodiam Castle

Britain’s greatest castles in pictures

Think of Britain and you will think of its magnificent castles, all unique and standing proud across the entire stretch of the country

Victorian London Featured Image

Victorian London photo gallery

A wonderful section of images of historic London, taken towards the end of the 19th century during Queen Victorian’s reign

Canterbury Cathedral

Britain’s greatest cathedrals

You don’t have to be religious to believe that Britain’s cathedrals are the country’s greatest buildings, from the great medieval cathedrals to the Baroque brilliance of St Paul’s

Interview with a Town Crier

Town Criers were an essential source of information when most people could not read or write.

The UK’s Mightiest Mansions

POWER HOUSES are redolent of the ambition and achievements of their creators. Some of the most luxurious and imposing are now cared for by the National Trust. Siân Evans chooses some of her favourite grand houses.

St Paul’s Cathedral

With its famous great dome, Sir Christopher Wren’s Baroque masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral, has reinvented itself time after time and now stands as a true icon of the London skyline

Historic Dublin photos from the 19th Century

A selection of photos of historic Dublin, taken at the end of the 19th century

Charles Dickens Quiz

Test your knowledge of one of the world’s favourite authors in our quick quiz – What the Dickens?!

London’s Blue Plaques

Scattered across London in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life, connecting people and places and providing an emotional engagement with the city’s rich history.

Brighton Pavillion

Royal Pavilion, Brighton – a Prince’s fantasy palace

Step inside the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, for a riot of style and colour – from the awe-inspiring Banqueting Room to the ornate Saloon – designed by John Nash for the Prince Regent. Prince Regent ©…