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.
the crown jewels

Crown Jewels of England: The etiquette of what to wear

Royal crowns, robes and ceremonial regalia have been kept at the Tower of London for more than 600 years. Do you know what items of the Crown Jewels of England should be used when? In...
king's coronation

The King’s coronation 2023: Everything you need to know

With the excitement building and the countdown beginning for the King's Coronation, we're bringing you everything you need to know before the big day. We'll be updating this page with information about the King's coronation...

The Eastbury Hotel and Spa, Dorset: review

We visit The Eastbury Hotel and Spa in Dorset, an idyllically placed Georgian Townhouse hotel with a dreamy secret garden, in the picture-perfect town of Sherborne The countryside as you drive through Dorset and towards...

Famous houses in literature in Britain

We tour the ‘real’ Brideshead, and stop off at other locations thought to have inspired the most famous houses in literature in Britain Words: Eleanor Doughty Famous houses in literature: Castle Howard The tale of Brideshead Revisited,...
snowdonia national park

Snowdonia National Park: Here be dragons

The wild and magical landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales are steeped in myth and legend. Here, we explore more... Wales has a strong storytelling tradition, and every schoolchild knows by heart the...
sir christopher wren

Sir Christopher Wren: Life and legacy

Christopher Wren – astronomer, mathematician, physicist and inventor – is best known as the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, one of Britain’s most iconic buildings  Words: Neil Jones Sir Christopher Wren's legacy One evening in 1723 a...
Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte: Ahead of her time

Queen Charlotte is set to feature in a new Netflix series this spring, and she is really having her time in the limelight – but what was Britain’s longest-serving Queen Consort really like? Words: Felicity...
Hever Castle, Kent, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Castles in England

The most romantic castles in England

From the haunting beauty of isolated ruins to the majesty of some of Britain’s most ostentatious buildings, here are some of the most romantic castles in England Hever Castle, Kent This 13th-century double-moated castle is a...
King Charles I

King 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. Here, we take a closer look at why he was beheaded... King Charles I made a...
jane austen's hampshire

Jane Austen’s Hampshire

Jane Austen's timeless charm lives on even in 2023, with fans all over the globe. We visited the novelist’s home village and discovered her much-loved local haunts By Monica Woods A lofty lime tree marks the spot...
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If you enjoy finding out more about our country’s rich history, then you’ll love BRITAIN magazine – the official magazine for VisitBritain.

Every issue is packed with our inspirational photography, fascinating features, shopping and travel advice.

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