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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.
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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.

King Canute trying to turn back the tide. Credit: The Print Collector/Alamy

Kings and Queens: Canute the Great 1016-1035

King Canute invited and conquered much of England – and didn’t really believe he could control the tides

Hamo Thornycroft's statue of King Alfred the Great in Winchester, Hampshire, England UK. Kings and Queens of England and Britain

Kings and Queens: Alfred the Great 871-899

The Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great fought off the Vikings

Fred Perry in action at Wimbledon in 1936. The history of Wimbledon tennis: where it all began

The history of Wimbledon Tennis

We look back at the history of the tennis championships, which bring Wimbledon to a standstill every year.

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

Amazing aerial view 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.

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Kings and Queens of Britain: FREE guide

Want to know more about the reign of King Henry VIII or the first Stuart King of England, James I? Then grab a cup of tea and sit down with your FREE 32-page Kings and…

Packwood House, Warwickshire

Hidden Tudor castles and palaces

Discover the little-known castles and manors in the Heart of England that were visited and specially granted by the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII

Helmingham Hall, Suffolk. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Helmingham Hall wins Garden of the Year Award

Suffolk’s beautiful moated manor Helmingham Hall has won the 2017 Historic Houses Association (HHA) Garden of the Year Award, sponsored by Christie’s.

Portait of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland at Knole

Tudor of the month: John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

How did a traitor’s son rise to become the most powerful man in Tudor England? Melita Thomas of Tudor Times investigates…

Queen, Malta

Amazing mothers from British history

To celebrate Mothers’ Day in the UK we’ve picked out 10 great mothers whose actions and offspring have had a lasting impact on the country…

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