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 Bayeaux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Conquest

The story of the Battle of Hastings: What is the Bayeux Tapestry?

We tell the story of the Battle of Hastings – William the Conqueror’s decisive battle, beautifully depicted in the embroidered artwork William the Conqueror's arrival on the shores of southern England changed the course of...
Bayeux Tapestry. Credit: Robert Harding Picture Library/Alamy

10 facts about the Battle of Hastings

In 1066 William the Conqueror set sail from Normandy to take part in one of the fiercest battles on British soil and one that changed the course of history forever... Here are 10 facts about...

How to celebrate a very British Halloween

Stuck for how to celebrate Halloween in Britain? We bring you a handful of the spookiest ways to celebrate a very British Halloween Observed annually on 31 October, All Hallows' Eve – a Scottish term...
King Charles III

King Charles III’s coronation: Buckingham Palace announce date

King Charles III’s coronation will be held on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace have confirmed. Here’s what we know so far… After rumours swirling continuously since the death of his mother, Queen...

Abandoned houses: Britain’s lost property

The sight of abandoned houses - whether a palatial mansion or once-idyllic village - cannot fail to stir the imagination. And each has its own human story to tell... Abandoned houses: Witley Court Procol Harum’s 1967...
Regency London

Regency London: Where did the Ton spend their time?

Where did the Ton, the high-living aristocrats of the late Regency period, spend their time? Discover the addresses of Regency London that still tell thrilling tales of this exuberant era When it came to recreating...
the queen at balmoral

The Queen at Balmoral: Her Highland haven

On 8 September, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle, her beloved holiday home in the Highlands... Words: Sally Coffey When the Queen’s coffin left Balmoral, it passed slowly through the villages...
blenheim palace gardens

Experience autumn at Blenheim Palace gardens

There is no better place to experience the changing of the seasons than at Blenheim Palace gardens in Oxfordshire... Autumn is spreading its long arms over the UK and bringing with it a stunning kaleidoscope...

Five ways to follow in the footsteps of King Richard III

New film The Lost King shines a light on the incredible story of King Richard III who lay forgotten in a car park for 500 years Promotional feature in association with Visit Leicester Ten years ago,...
Princes in the Tower

The life of King Richard III of England

2022 marks the 10 year anniversary since the uncovering of the remains of King Richard III of England. We look back at his life and the discovery of his body... Words: Millie Sykes The life of...
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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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