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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.
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 When Queen Victoria wanted somewhere to escape to, it was to Royal Deeside in...
Early evening over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. Edinburgh Castle history

Edinburgh Castle history: 900 years protecting Scotland’s capital

Scotland’s biggest attraction still stands proud above its capital city 900 years after its inception It’s estimated there were once around 3,000 castles in Scotland but one stands head and shoulders above the rest: Edinburgh Castle's...

Fact or fiction: Famous literary homes in Britain

75 years since the publication of Brideshead Revisited, we tour the ‘real’ Brideshead, and stop off at other locations thought to have inspired the most famous homes in literature Words: Eleanor Doughty The tale of Brideshead...

Baroque Britain

From Blenheim to St Paul’s, the British Baroque movement gave us some of our most eye-catching buildings and interiors. We explore the legacy of this exciting era No visitor to Blenheim Palace in the Oxfordshire...
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Walk in the footsteps of Charlotte Brontë

To mark the bicentenary of birth of Charlotte Brontë, we bring you some of the cosy Yorkshire places she would have known and where you can now stay.

Britain’s top 20 stately homes

Whatever your idea of the perfect historic house – imposing architecture, beautiful interiors or glorious gardens – you'll find it here. We peek through the (gilded) keyhole at 20 of the county's finest manors,...
Graeme Peacock. Courtesy of The Auckland Project

The Auckland Project

Bishop Auckland, a small Northeast town with big ambitions, is fast becoming a cultural hub Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was once the playground of the second most powerful man in England. Powerful men don’t usually...
Abbey in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: Visit Britain

History of Suffolk county’s architecture

The architecture of the county of Suffolk is a mix of colour and character, with timber-frame and flint, pargetting and thatched roofs, moats and chimney stacks By Jenny Woolf Scattered around the flinty-grey churches of Suffolk,...
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The story of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland

We bring you the story of the man behind the myth of St Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, who is celebrated each St Patrick’s Day St Patrick was a 5th century missionary who arrived in Ireland...

Who was David Livingstone?

We follow in the footsteps of the Scottish missionary, explorer and all-round Victorian hero, who fought to end the slave trade  There aren’t many ten-year-olds working in a cotton mill who would spend their first...

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