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.

You say: Jane Austen should be immortalised in a statue

Following the unveiling of a major new sculpture of Thomas Wolsey, we asked who you would like to see immortalised in stone. Your opinions were variedfrom Beatrix Potter to Billy Connolly. But there was one…

HMS Victory

HMS Victory undergoes restoration

The first restoration work of the mast and rigging began on HMS Victory on 12 July 2011 ready for an exhibition next year. The work will see 26 miles of associated rigging and 768 wooden clocks…

SS Robin returns to its London birthplace

SS Robin, the world’s last remaining steam coaster ship, built in 1890, returned to London’s Royal Albert Docks. The iconic ship of British maritime heritage will open as an attraction in 2012 in the run…

portsmouth historic dockyards

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer

With 800 years of naval history, visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this summer and take advantage of the Big Ticket offer. Receive entry to all attractions, including the world’s most famous historic ships and The National Museum…

History of British Golf

King James II famously banned the game of golf in  1457. Fortunately this law was overturned and Britain  now boasts some of the finest golf in the world.

Tower Bridge is restored to former glory

Finally, after three yearsof paint analysis, scaffolding, polythene and engineers, the most famous bridge in the world has been restored to all its former glory – Tower Bridge is back. Finally, after three years of…

Dreaming up inspiration at Chenies Manor Gardens

“Beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle,” said architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner, of Chenies Manor House.

Should we save Britain’€™s oldest Bowling Green?

Elizabethan sea captain Sir Francis Drake first received news of the Spanish Armada while playing at the Plymouth Hoe bowling green. He famously kept his cool, insisting on finishing his game before taking to the…

Queen Victoria

Famous Royal Visits to Spa Towns

Spa towns have always enjoyed a close relationship with royalty. Whether as distinguished visitors, trendsetters or patrons, royal guests played a large part in bringing Britain’s spa towns into popularity.

Windsor Castle

Conquer the Tower at Windsor Castle

For over 800 years, Windsor Castle’s world-famous Round Tower has dominated the surrounding landscape.