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.

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

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 ©…

10 things you didn’t know about the Royals

Not every British monarch has exhibited the same royal reserve as Her Majesty The Queen. In fact, over the years, there have been some extremely colourful characters ruling the land. BRITAIN brings you some little-known…

Freemasons Hall Sherlock Holmes

Love Sherlock Holmes? These are the best places to visit

Our pick of the best Sherlock Holmes attractions. Magnifying glass and deerstalker at the ready

Visit London€™s’ blue plaque properties

Scattered across London, in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life, connecting people with places

The history of London’s Olympics

From unlikely origins in sleepy Shropshire, the history of the Olympic Games has been characterised by stories of triumph over adversity and a very British sense of fair play

Portsmouth Insider’s Guide: Warships & Waterfronts

The south-east city of Portsmouth has seen its fair share of history. With a famous residents roll call that includes Henry VIII, Horatio Lord Nelson and literary heroes such as Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle,…