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.

Victorian Edinburgh photos

A selection of photos of historic Edinburgh, taken at the end of the 19th century All the images are courtesy of Francis Frith and available to buy as prints by clicking the image.

Historic Belfast photos from the 19th century

A selection of photos of historic Belfast, taken at the end of the 19th century All the images are courtesy of Francis Frith and available to buy as prints by clicking the image.        

Queen Victoria Quiz

How much do you know about Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Victoria? For example, did you know that she was fluent in four languages – German, English, French and Hindustani? Try your hand at our Queen...
Bodiam Castle

Britain’s greatest castles in pictures

Think of Britain and you will think of its magnificent castles, all unique and standing proud across the entire stretch of the country, from the towering peaks of Scotland to the southern most point...
Victorian London Featured Image

Victorian London photo gallery

A wonderful section of images of historic London, taken towards the end of the 19th century during Queen Victorian's reign All the images are courtesy of Francis Frith and available to buy as prints by...
Canterbury Cathedral

Britain’s greatest cathedrals

You don’t have to be religious to believe that Britain’s cathedrals are the country’s greatest buildings, from the great medieval cathedrals to the Baroque brilliance of St Paul’s A cathedral is a bishop’s church, where the bishop’s throne...

Interview with a Town Crier

Town Criers were an essential source of information when most people could not read or write. Chester's current town crier, David Mitchell, tells Victoria Robinson how "town criers were the original local newspapers". "We can...

The UK’s Mightiest Mansions

POWER HOUSES are redolent of the ambition and achievements of their creators. Some of the most luxurious and imposing are now cared for by the National Trust. Siân Evans chooses some of her favourite grand houses.

St Paul’s Cathedral

With its famous great dome, Sir Christopher Wren’s Baroque masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral, has reinvented itself time after time and now stands as a true icon of the London skyline If Big Ben is Britain’s most instantly identifiable building, St Paul’s Cathedral...

Historic Dublin photos from the 19th Century

A selection of photos of historic Dublin, taken at the end of the 19th century All the images are courtesy of Francis Frith and available to buy as prints by clicking the image. Photo of...
The Britain Magazine Cover

If you enjoy finding out more about our country’s rich history, then you’ll love BRITAIN – The Official Magazine.

Every issue is packed with our inspirational photography, fascinating features, shopping and travel advice.

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