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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.
Emmeline Pankhurst, portrait of the leader of the British suffragette movement, May 1912. Greatest women in British history

10 greatest women in British history

It was only 30 years ago that Britain acquired its first female prime minister but women have nevertheless made their mark throughout British history. Here are 10 of the most notable.

Shrove Tuesday: the history of Pancake Day

Initially a feast to celebrate the arrival of spring, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is still one of the most indulgent days of the year   As with most European Christian traditions, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, started...
Edinburgh Castle and Gardens. Credit: Visit Britain

How Edinburgh inspired great literature

Scotland's capital was the world's first UNESCO City of Literature. Read about the locations that inspired Britain's literary greats Words: Lee Karen Stow Arriving by train into Waverley Station, the end of a journey from the...
Blenheim Palace

25 of Britain’s best stately homes

We’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most magnificent manor houses and stately homes - each with their own story to tell.

The rise of Queen Elizabeth I

The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was known as the ‘Virgin Queen’ for her failure to marry but she reigned over an exciting period of English accomplishment. From the moment of her...

Mary, Queen of Scots: martyr or murderess?

There have been few monarchs in British history quite as tragic or beautiful as Mary, Queen of Scots. We sift the fact from the fiction On 8 February 1587, Mary Stuart came to a sticky end....
Katharine of Aragon, tudor, history

Is there more to Katharine of Aragon’s story?

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores King Henry VIII’s first love, Katharine of Aragon.

6 ruined castles reconstructed

Wandering through ancient ruins can inspire tales of adventure, historical insight, and wonder for the way we used to live. But there is one drawback with exploring a half-destroyed fortress: you only get half...
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...

6 amazing castles you can stay in

From mighty medieval fortresses that have stood sentinel since the Norman invasion to baronial stately homes built to impress, Britain is peppered with fantastical castles. Here are 6 incredible castles that have been converted into...

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