Your January/February 2021 issue is here!

From England’s castle country to its medieval wool towns, in this issue we celebrate Britain’s diversity and hope for a year of more adventures

As we bid a firm farewell to 2020, we look forward to rediscovering some of our favourite haunts. In our two big features we celebrate parts of the country that couldn’t be more different. First, the wildly beautiful county of Northumberland, known for its mighty fortifications – over 70 castle sites, as well as the ancient Hadrian’s Wall. Suitably fortified, we head down south to admire the cosy domestic architecture of Suffolk’s medieval wool towns, whose cottages list and lean into each other at charmingly crooked angles.

Elsewhere in the issue, we visit a certain London townhouse with a very famous black door and immerse ourselves in Scotland’s weird and wonderful customs, from Hogmanay to haggis-hurling. We hope you enjoy the issue!

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Read extracts from the issue:

Shear Delight

St. Mary the Virgin’s Church and the pink cottages in Cavendish. Credit: Alan Copson/Robert Harding

Travel back in time with a visit to Suffolk’s pretty-as-a-picture wool towns, thriving centres of the wool trade in the Middle Ages.

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National Trust on screen

Ross and Demelza Poldark are played by Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson

The National Trust’s Location Managers revisit some iconic film and TV moments in which their historic properties have starred.

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The mystery of Christie

Agatha Christie’s Georgian holiday home, Greenway, near Brixham in Devon. Credit: National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

The famous crime novelist was the protagonist of her own real-life mystery, which has never been solved.

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Win a luxury stay at Suffolk’s historic Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel at Lavenham, a medieval wool town in Suffolk

Win a two-night spa visit to the historic Swan Hotel & Spa in the beautiful medieval wool town of Lavenham. At the heart of sleepy Suffolk, here you will be able to truly rest and recuperate among layers of history and soothingly tranquil scenery.

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Also inside the issue:

  • A concise history of Britain’s Prime Ministers
  • Our pick of the best places to stay near London
  • How to spend a weekend in Cirencester, the Capital of the Cotswolds
  • A city guide to Liverpool, a thriving cultural centre in the north of England
  • The secrets of Somerleyton Hall, a Victorian estate with a pioneering new conservation project

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