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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.

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…

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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.

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Conquer the Tower at Windsor Castle

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

Historic Treasure under threat

A rare silver 18th century wine cistern commissioned by Thomas Wentworth (1672 – 1739), who built Stainborough Castle, and who was the ambassador to the King of Prussia at Berlin, is under threat of leaving…

Early opening for some of Britain’s beautiful buildings

A lot of our favourite places to visit close their doors during the quieter winter months, using the time to clean and carry out vital restoration work, before welcoming visitors again in the spring. But…

Help save the Frome Hoard of ancient coins

An appeal has been launched by The Art Fund to help save the Frome Hoard – one of the most important collections of Roman coins in Britain – and keep it in Somerset where it…

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Royal support to save Tudor Panels at Chichester Cathedral

Prince Charles is the patron of the new appeal launched to save magnificent Tudor Panel Paintings by local artist Lambert Barnard, in Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex.

Royal Ballet Exhibitions

Discover the history of The Royal Ballet, home of such famous names as Dame Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Markova, and Darcey Bussell.   Principal Ballerina Mara Galeazzi BALLET FANS HAVE two treats to enjoy starting this…

The Royal Society celebrates 350 years

A critical moment in the history of modern science is captured in a new display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, as the Royal Society marks its 350th anniversary. To mark the 350th anniversary…