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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.

Cliffe Castle Restoration

Cliffe Castle in Keighley, West Yorkshire sees a restoration of its Great Drawing Room to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a museum. BRITAIN talks to Daru Rooke, director.

Sir Richard Branson joins with RAF Museum London to honour Battle of Britain hero

IN THE YEAR of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Sir Richard Branson narrates the podcast on Battle of Britain ace Douglas Bader, on the centenary of the pilot’s birthday.   ON THE…

Thornbury Castle

Royal Retreats: Places to stay

From castles and estates to hotels and inns, Britain has a wonderful selection of holiday accommodation with a royal flavour.

Metropolitan Police: 180 years of policing the capital

THIS YEAR is the 180th birthday of the Metropolitan Police Service. Founded in 1829 by Robert Peel, Home Secretary, the Met has now opened a new museum looking back at police history in London UNTIL…

portsmouth historic dockyards

Tudor warship to get new home in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

This year, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the Mary Rose, the only Tudor warship on display in the world, is celebrating her 500th birthday.   As a birthday present, she is going to be getting a…

Angel Gabriel Salisbury

Face of the angels at Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral has recently welcomed back the Angel Gabriel, one of eight beautiful angel heads sculpted by Emily Young and enjoyed by many thousands of visitors to Salisbury Cathedral last winter.

Tribute to ‘the last Tommy’

WELLS CATHEDRAL in Somerset was the location of the funeral this week of Private Harry Patch, the last veteran of the First World War. Private Patch, who dies recently aged 111, was known as “the…

Restoring Britain’s Living Landmarks

For over 40 years The Landmark Trust has been rescuing and restoring unique and remarkable historic buildings, breathing new life into them and then letting them for inspiring holidays.

Langley Castle Hotel

Langley Castle Hotel is a genuine 14th-century castle set in a 12-acre woodland estate, nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the River South Tyne. It’s the perfect getaway to be pampered in

Capability Brown – Shaping 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.

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