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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.

75th anniversary of D-Day Landings: special stamps from Royal Mail released

A set of 11 Special Stamps will be issued today, 6 June, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history Royal Mail today revealed the 11 Special Stamps being issued...

Remembering D-Day

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the most significant victory of the Allies in the Second World War On 6 June 1944, almost 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of...
View over the historic Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England. The house sits in parkland laid out by Capability Brown. Credit: VisitEngland/Rich J Jones

Capability Brown: Designing England’s Gardens

CAPABILITY BROWN was the first celebrity garden designer who left an extensive legacy as he swathed his way through more than 150 gardens of the aristocracy in the mid-18th century.
The water maze at Hever Castle in Kent

Get lost in Britain’s best mazes at stately homes

From mystical labyrinths to planted puzzles of twists, turns and dead ends in stately home gardens, Lawrence Alexander gets lost in Britain's best mazes  There's a scene in Jerome K. Jerome’s classic Three Men in...
shakespeare's globe, bankside, london

Explore Shakespeare’s Britain

To mark 400 years since his death, Chris Fautley explores Shakespeare’s Britain – the places mentioned in his plays – and separates fact from fiction.
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.
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....

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