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.

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...

London’s Blue Plaques

Scattered across London in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life, connecting people and places and providing an emotional engagement with the city’s rich history. On a quiet Chelsea...
Brighton Pavillion

Royal Pavilion, Brighton – a Prince’s fantasy palace

Step inside the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, for a riot of style and colour – from the awe-inspiring Banqueting Room to the ornate Saloon – designed by John Nash for the Prince Regent. Prince Regent ©...

10 things you didn’t know about the Royals

Not every British monarch has exhibited the same royal reserve as Her Majesty The Queen. In fact, over the years, there have been some extremely colourful characters ruling the land. BRITAIN brings you some little-known...

Visit London€™s’ blue plaque properties

Scattered across London, in stately prominence and secret corners, the blue plaques scheme brings buildings to life, connecting people with places From grand residences to quirky and hard-to-find boltholes in unlikely locations, there are around...

The history of London’s Olympics

From unlikely origins in sleepy Shropshire, the history of the Olympic Games has been characterised by stories of triumph over adversity and a very British sense of fair play London will make history when it...

Portsmouth Insider’s Guide: Warships & Waterfronts

The south-east city of Portsmouth has seen its fair share of history. With a famous residents roll call that includes Henry VIII, Horatio Lord Nelson and literary heroes such as Dickens and Arthur Conan...
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Gloucester Cathedral

Boasting a wealth of ancient buildings and monuments that have borne witness to defining moments in British history, Gloucester is truly a great English cathedral British 'Caer Glow', Roman 'Glevum' or Saxon 'Gloweceastra'; Gloucester has...

Where do these everyday expressions come from?

Have you ever wonderedwhere we get everyday expressions such as 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' or 'how are the mighty fallen' from? The answer is these expressions are all found...
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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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