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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.
King Charles I (1600-1649) on Horseback by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Who was Charles I? Why was he beheaded?

King Charles I’s belief that he could rule without parliament led to the outbreak of the English Civil War. he reigned from 1625 to 1649

Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567 

Cherry Garden, Ham House, Richmond, London’s stately homes

London’s stately homes: Kenwood, Chiswick and Ham House

Better known for its royal palaces, London also boasts some great houses that provide a glimpse into the city’s aristocratic past. Here are some of the most magnificent of London’s stately homes

A statue of Robert the Bruce outside Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Stirling, Scotland

Who was Robert the Bruce? Who did he murder?

Robert I of Scotland murdered his rival, attacked English occupiers and eventually negotiated peace talks. He ruled from 1306 to 1329

Queen Victoria’s bedroom, Arundel castle, West Sussex, British castles, castle interiors, Victorians

Exclusive: Stunning photos of Arundel Castle

Take a look at these beautiful photos of Arundel Castle, which show the true majesty of the West Sussex castle in its 950th year

Tudor John Knox | Scottish reformer, minister, preacher and writer

Tudor John Knox: Scottish minister, writer and leader of the Reformation

This month Melita Thomas of Tudor Times explores the life and times of Tudor John Knox, a Scottish firebrand who lived through during the reigns of King Henry VIII, Edward VI, Bloody Mary and Queen…

The Clover room at Hever Castle’s B&B. Win a luxurious stay at Hever Castle’s B&B | Castles you can stay in

WIN a luxurious night at Hever Castle’s B&B

Did you know you can stay at Hever Castle? Enter our competition for your chance to win an overnight stay for two, plus tickets to the castle and gardens. We’ve teamed up with Hever Castle…

Queen Victoria's Garden terrace Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria’s secret garden terrace opens to the public

A garden terrace where Queen Victoria sat and painted watercolours at her Isle of Wight home, Osborne House, is opening to the public

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Castles you can stay in: book a room in a British castle

From dungeons and haunted turrets to four-poster beds and glorious spas, a stay in one of Britain’s castles is a magical and mysterious experience.

Longleat, stately homes | Britain’s best stately homes

25 of Britain’s best stately homes

We’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most magnificent manor houses and stately homes – each with their own story to tell.

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