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.
Tower Bridge, London

Roman London

London is one of the great cities of the modern world, but it is built on ancient foundations. Here, we go in search of its origins There is a school of thought that considers the…

William Wallace

Who was William Wallace?

Who was the legendary warrior and why is he still celebrated as a Scottish hero centuries on? Words Joan McFadden For many people, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart summed up William Wallace: a hero fighting for his…

Highclere Castle. Creative Commons

Britain’s most spectacular stately homes

As these photos show, we have some gorgeous grand houses in Britain, from giants such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle to lesser-known gems From Downton fantasies to dreams of Mr Darcy, nothing captures…

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Credit: Philip Sharp / Alamy

Northumberland Castles

Northumberland is home to more castles than any other English county. We travel to England’s northernmost region to hear tales of theft, murder and spooky apparitions Its location close to the Scottish border has meant…

Britains Theatres

History of Britain’s Theatres

This year London’s Old Vic celebrates its 200th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we bring you some of Britain’s oldest playhouses still delighting audiences This year marks 200 years of London’s Old Vic, but the…

Mysteries of ancient Britain

The mysteries of Ancient Britain

In the first of this three-part series focusing on the incredible heritage destinations of the National Trust, we take a look at some of our most mysterious landmarks Words Diana Woolf Stonehenge, the stone circle…

Video of Hever Castle & Gardens. Credit: Hever Castle & Gardens

Spectacular aerial footage of Hever Castle

Hever Castle in Kent is a beautiful Tudor castle that is perhaps best known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn – watch incredible aerial footage of the castle and grounds here    

Balmoral Castle

Royal Deeside: Scotland’s Victorian Heritage Trail

Janice Hopper follows the Victorian Heritage Trail in Royal Deeside, Scotland, to discover the land that Queen Victoria fell hopelessly in love with

The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, Chelsea, London, London, England. Additional Credit: VisitBritain / Michael Walter

History of Chelsea Flower Show

Each May the Chelsea Flower Show delights visitors with its colourful displays. We look back at the history of the show.

The history of Saint Patrick’s Day

For Saint Patrick’s Day, we offer a brief history of this huge global celebration, as well as a few rather surprising facts about Saint Patrick…