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.
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.

Abbey in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: Visit Britain

History of Suffolk Architecture

The architecture of the county of Suffolk is a mix of colour and character, with timber-frame and flint, pargetting and thatched roofs, moats and chimney stacks By Jenny Woolf Scattered around the flinty-grey churches of…

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…