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.
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The best castles in the UK

The country’s abundance of mighty fortresses – some ruined, some palatial, some still lived in today – are an enduring  reminder of our turbulent past. Read on for the best castles in the UK that…

Happy 74th birthday to King Charles III

King Charles III turns 74 today.

Britain remembers the fallen on Armistice Day

Two-minute silences take place each year in Britain on 11 November as the country remembers fallen soldiers of the First World War on the date the armistice was signed.

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Victorian Christmas traditions: The origins of some of our favourite festivities

Why do we send cards, eat turkey and decorate a tree at Christmas? Here’s our run down of how and why we celebrate the festive season the way we do.

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The best stately homes at Christmas

There’s nowhere better to soak up the atmosphere of Yuletides than in a stately home decorated for Christmas…   Here are Britain’s best stately homes at Christmas…   Stately homes at Christmas: in the past…

Big Ben: The time machine

Big Ben, the world’s most famous clock has been under wraps for four years, its iconic bell silenced. This year, restored to its former glory, Big Ben once again shows its face Words by Rose…

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Remember remember the 5th of November: The (almost) explosive story of Guy Fawkes

Remember remember, the fifth of November, so the poem goes, but what was the true story behind the Gunpowder Plot – and was its protagonist Guy Fawkes really a freedom fighter or a fool? So…

Bonfire Night facts

Bonfire Night facts: 8 fascinating things you probably didn’t know

We all ‘remember, remember the 5th of November’ but what exactly are we celebrating? Here, we track down 8 fascinating facts about Bonfire Night.

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Most haunted places in Britain: 10 spooky spots

Whether it’s Halloween hokum or supernatural manifestations, we find 10 of the most haunted places in Britain, with headless horsemen, screaming woods and a lady in white rising from the walls of a centuries-old castle……

Autumn in Britain: the 10 best places to see stunning autumn colours

Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a visit to these beautiful places where the season’s beautiful browns and blazing reds, vibrant oranges and golden yellows create an incredible landscape of colour.