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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.

Curating the Crown: Tracy Borman’s insider’s guide to London

Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman shares the highlights of the job and reveals her favourite haunts Author of biographies on Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Thomas Cromwell, as well as the...
Couture chocolate. Credit: Jose Lasheras

London’s chocolate heritage

Once dens of debauchery and political plotting, the capital’s chocolate shops have a rich history. Today they are an altogether sweeter affair, writes Oonagh Turner Wander down St James’s clubland and you’ll be greeted with...

Sutton Hoo: the story behind Netflix’s new film The Dig

In a sleepy corner of Suffolk, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time took place WORDS: Richard Ginger A major new film from Netflix shines the spotlight on one of the greatest archaeological discoveries...

Portals to the past: The history of London’s blue plaques

Scattered across London in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life Words: Jessica Tooze On a quiet Chelsea street between the River Thames and the bustling King’s Road, the odd passer-by...

Remember your ‘roots’ this Halloween

Why not return to your ‘roots’ this Halloween and rediscover the humble turnip? Long before the pumpkin became the Halloween decoration of choice, people across the British Isles carved scary faces into turnips and placed...
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...
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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.

If you enjoy finding out more about our country’s rich history, then you’ll love BRITAIN magazine – the official magazine for VisitBritain.
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