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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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Love Sherlock Holmes? These are the best places to visit

Our pick of the best Sherlock Holmes attractions. Magnifying glass and deerstalker at the ready

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

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

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 Doyle,…

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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

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?

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Guide to East Sussex: 1066 Country

1066 country, the corner of East Sussex where a battle famously reshaped the nation, boasts a classically beautiful English landscape infused with an epic sense of history When you are surrounded by countryside and coastal…

You say: Jane Austen should be immortalised in a statue

Following the unveiling of a major new sculpture of Thomas Wolsey, we asked who you would like to see immortalised in stone. Your opinions were variedfrom Beatrix Potter to Billy Connolly. But there was one…

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HMS Victory undergoes restoration

The first restoration work of the mast and rigging began on HMS Victory on 12 July 2011 ready for an exhibition next year. The work will see 26 miles of associated rigging and 768 wooden clocks…

SS Robin returns to its London birthplace

SS Robin, the world’s last remaining steam coaster ship, built in 1890, returned to London’s Royal Albert Docks. The iconic ship of British maritime heritage will open as an attraction in 2012 in the run…