British Literature

elizabethan london

Elizabethan London: Royals and rogues

From taverns and playhouses to markets and slums, what was London really like in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I? Words by Neil Jones Elizabethan London A French visitor to England in 1578 waxed lyrical that “rumour...
ashdown forest

Ashdown Forest: In Winnie-the-Pooh’s footsteps

Magical Ashdown Forest was the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books. A century on, it is as enchanting as ever... Words by Natasha Foges Who wrote Winnie-the-Pooh? The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh, the bumbling “Bear of Very Little...

The Cary Arms Hotel and Spa: Review

In a picturesque spot on the English Riviera, the Cary Arms Hotel and Spa is nothing less than idyllic, and its tranquil spa, beach hut suites and proximity to bustling Torquay, are just the...
shakespeare's first folio

Shakespeare’s first folio

400 years after the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, we look back on the Bard’s remarkable legacy Words by Neil Jones What is Shakespeare's First Folio? Four hundred years ago, in 1623, a book appeared under the...
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...
British book settings

British book settings you can visit

We visit British book settings that inspired iconic scenes in the works of some of our favourite authors Come with us as we visit some famous British book settings that have inspired iconic scenes in...

Visit No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath

Visit the only dressed Georgian house, No. 1 Royal Crescent, in the historic city of Bath Sponsored post No. 1 Royal Crescent is a magnificently restored townhouse museum where you can explore fashionable life in 18th-century...
devonshire arms, bronte, yorkshire

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.
Christmas Charles Dickens plates

How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens

Don’t be a Scrooge! Celebrate the spirit and former haunts of Charles Dickens, the Victorian author who shaped our vision of the modern festive season On the evening of October 5 1843, Charles Dickens took his...
John Rylands Library, Manchester

Hidden British libraries

We take a tour of some of the most historic and beautiful British libraries to find reading rooms worthy of our literary greats Oxford Oxford’s university libraries are among the oldest and most celebrated in the world....
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If you enjoy finding out more about our country’s rich history, then you’ll love BRITAIN – The Official Magazine.

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