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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.
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...
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...
Tapestries line the walls of the hall at Cliveden

Grand stately homes of Buckinghamshire

The beautiful county of Buckinghamshire offers country estates and glorious gardens, and has intriguing wartime connections Bordering Greater London to the southeast, Buckinghamshire’s proximity to the capital made it a prime spot for the building...
Cotehele

Four of the best Tudor houses

We tour four Tudor houses impeccably preserved by the National Trust and full of fascinating historical detail An age of ease and prosperity, the Tudor period saw a frenzy of competitive building: lavish, even ostentatious,...
Sunrise at Stonehenge

Explore our best ancient sites from Stonehenge to Sutton Hoo

We look at some of our most mysterious landmarks cared for by the National Trust Stonehenge, the stone circle that has dominated Salisbury Plain for close to 5,000 years, is one of England’s most famous...
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...

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