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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.

Minack Theatre. Credit: Marshall Ikonography/Alamy

Shakespeare in the sun: Britain’s best outdoor theatres

Summer is here, so why not book tickets for one of our nation’s brilliant outdoor theatres and enjoy some culture al fresco? A peculiar British tradition, each year we wrap up warm and pack a...
Paston Treasure

The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World

Objects already in a museum’s collection are often overlooked for exhibitions, rejected for tantalising new arrivals or glamorous loans. The Paston Treasure at the Norwich Castle Museum is a classic example, languishing in museum...
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. Credit: Visit Britain

Explore the mystical Tintagel Castle

The jagged Cornish coast is full of surprises, but none as captivating as Tintagel Castle, which has long been associated with the legend of King Arthur For those who like the stuff of legends, this...
Bridge of Sighs, St John's College, Cambridge. Credit: Visit Britain

Cambridge University Guide

Cambridge is inextricably linked with its academic status and is a calm and attractive place. As the city celebrates the 800th birthday of its university, there's never been a better time to visit this centre of learning, where great minds and historic attractions meet.
Haddon Hall

10 beautiful British picnic spots

As the glorious weather continues, we’re packing our hamper and heading to some of the loveliest places in Britain for lunch with a view Brancaster Beach, Norfolk Norfolk isn’t short of stunning beaches, but this is...
Anenurin Bevan Minister of Health, on the first day of the_National Health Service, 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester

History of the National Health Service

The National Health Service was founded on 5 July 1948 and marked its 70th anniversary in 2018. Emily Pringle looks back through the history of our nation's treasured NHS Our historical tour of the National...
The Triforium, Westminster Abbey

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries open at Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, set some 52 feet above the Abbey’s floor in the 13th-century triforium, has opened to the public for the first time in 700 years The triforium, tucked beneath the vaults,...
History of Royal Ascot

History of Royal Ascot

The 300-year story of racing at Ascot begins in 1711, when Queen Anne put the idea into motion to pursue her love of horse racing The 300-year story of racing at Ascot begins in 1711, when...
Newby Hall. Credit: Andrew Harrison

Top 5 places to see Thomas Chippendale furniture

Thomas Chippendale is the most famous craftsman in British furniture-making history. Born in Yorkshire in 1718, Chippendale trained in York before transforming the rooms of countless of our favourite stately homes. To celebrate his...
Goodwood House in West Sussex, England

History of Goodwood House

Now famous for its annual horse racing and motorsport events, this great estate in West Sussex has been home to the Duke of Richmond for over 80 years. Rob Widdows talks to the Duke...

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