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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.

Nelson’s Column – the story of an icon

Guarded by lions and towering above Trafalgar Square, this lofty monument is one of London’s most iconic On 12 November 1918, London saw wild celebrations as an armistice declared the end of the First World War. Nowhere...

Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?

In the centenary year of women first gaining the vote, we celebrate the northern roots of one of the leading suffragettes Given Manchester’s reputation as a hotbed of social and political revolution, it’s somewhat surprising that...

Remember your ‘roots’ this Halloween

Why not return to your ‘roots’ this Halloween and rediscover the humble turnip? Long before the pumpkin became the Halloween decoration of choice, people across the British Isles carved scary faces into turnips and placed...
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’s university libraries are among the oldest and most celebrated in the world....
Glamis Castle Angus Most haunted Places in Britain

10 ghostly places in Britain

Whether it’s Halloween hokum or supernatural manifestations, we find Britain’s scariest spots, with headless horsemen, screaming woods and a lady in white rising from the walls of a centuries-old castle. 1. Lest we forget London is reputedly...
Grasmere in Cumbria

On the trail of William Wordsworth

Following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, Lawrence Alexander explores the poet’s beloved Grasmere and other Lake District haunts On the evening of 15 April 1802, Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of the poet William, wrote her journal as...
Thornbury Castle

Stay at a royal retreat

From castles and estates to hotels and inns, Britain has a wonderful selection of places to stay with a royal flavour “Queen Elizabeth I slept here” is the sort of claim that is often heard when...

Our Chief of Men: Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell was quick to seize control after the shocking death of Charles I, but was he hero or villain? On January 30, 1649 48-year-old King Charles I said goodbye to his children at St...
Mary Tudor with Charles Brandon

Tudor of the month: Mary, the queen who married for love

Mary Tudor, a beautiful English Princess, defied her brother, Henry VIII, and married for love The youngest surviving child of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, born in 1496, Mary was a beautiful English princess...
Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, West Sussex

Top 10 things to do in the British summer holidays

School's out – great for your little ones but not so great for you once they start climbing the walls. Here's our guide to some great British days out to make the summer holidays...

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