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Westminster Abbey

New additions and old traditions blend in this royal peculiar Neither a cathedral nor a true abbey, Westminster is in fact a 'royal peculiar' -...

The Tower of London

London's castle is home to priceless gems and ghostly happenings Did you know that the Tower of London was once home to polar bears and...

Willow Road

This Bond villain's lair is a pre-WWII time capsule of modernist design Number 2 is the central of three houses built by the Hungarian-born architect...

Penshurst Place. Credit: Peter Smith Jigsaw

England’s historic gardens

More than just horticultural wonders, England’s historic gardens reveal our changing fashions and interests, as Diana Wright discovers The Prince of Wales has said “a...

Wilde in the city

London provided a stage for Oscar Wilde’s greatest plays and a backdrop for his dramatic downfall. Biographer Matthew Sturgis shines a spotlight on the...

Shakespeare’s Globe

The Bard-approved theatre that stages proper period dramas All the world's a stage, according to William Shakespeare, but very few of them received investment from...

Kew Gardens

Discover a world of rare plants in this glorious 300-acre green space Opened 260 years ago, Kew – or rather the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew...

Blackpool Tower: an insider’s guide

Discover facts, figures and stories about the English seaside icon inspired by the Eiffel Tower Blackpool’s reputation as a resort developed in the 18th century...

Strawberry Hill House

Horace Walpole's gothic vision is preserved in this fanciful folly Let us take you down, to paraphrase the Beatles, to Strawberry Hill, where nothing is...

Jane Austen on location

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” wrote Jane Austen in Emma. But the truth is: one of Britain’s most loved novelists was...

 

Portmeirion: an insider’s guide

Facts, figures and stories about the picture-perfect Welsh tourist village Portmeirion is a reminder to always dream big. Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis had long fantasised about...

The British Museum

The UK's most popular institution houses eight million historic artefacts Bloomsbury is as romantic a part of the capital as you could ever wish to...

Shakespeare’s Globe

The Bard-approved theatre that stages proper period dramas All the world's a stage, according to William Shakespeare, but very few of them received investment from...

Kew Gardens

Discover a world of rare plants in this glorious 300-acre green space Opened 260 years ago, Kew – or rather the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew...

The Camping and Caravanning Club’s top 5 places to visit in the UK

Whether you know Britain’s hills and heritage like the back of your hand, or you’re visiting for the very first time, there’s always a...

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace chocolate kitchens

Since the humble cocoa bean arrived on our shores in the 17th century, Britain has been a nation of chocolate lovers. From the bustling...

Isabella Beeton and the art of household management

Who was Isabella Beeton? Born in London on 12 March 1836 the daughter of a linen merchant, Isabella Beeton (née Mayson) was a Victorian wife, mother...

Somerset House

A cultural venue once shaped by the royalty living there These days, when someone mentions Somerset House, you might think of the ice-skating rink laid...

Natural History Museum: an insider’s guide

Facts, figures and stories from London’s grand palace of bones and fossils In many ways, a biologist’s job is often to create order from chaos....

Castle Ward – a house divided

A popular destination for Game of Thrones fans, Northern Ireland's Castle Ward is also symbolic of the marital struggle of an aristocratic couple, as...

Cutty Sark – the world’s only surviving tea clipper ship

Climb aboard an historic, 150-year-old tea clipper The world’s only surviving tea clipper ship, Cutty Sark can be found on the banks of the River...

24 hours in Belfast

Discover gin palaces, Titanic stories and tropical ravines in the Northern Irish capital That Belfast is now so keen to lay claim to building the RMS...

Daffodil walks

It’s a sure sign that spring is on its way when the dark green shoots of daffodils start to break through the frost-covered ground. Here are some great walks to enjoy the views.

Christ Church

Lewis Carroll’s Oxford

All in the golden afternoon Full leisurely we glide; For both our oars, with little skill, By little arms are plied, While little hands make vain pretence Our wanderings...

Little Venice

The canals of Little Venice provide a calming sanctuary just minutes from Paddington station. Martha Alexander explores the history and heritage of one of...

Great mothers and daughters from history

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ve gone in search of some great mothers from British history who have passed on their extraordinary talent, drive and ambitions to their equally famous daughters.

Get up close to the beautiful Painted Hall, also known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel

Described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’, the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London is undergoing major transformation over the next two years, including the conservation of the amazing Sir James Thornhill’s painted ceiling.

Burghley House

Residents for more than 430 years, the Cecil family has enriched Burghley House with world-class art, royal intrigue and Oscar-winning stories When it comes to...

Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Discover Cornwall’s magnificent Minack Theatre

Nestled in a remote rock cluster in the caverns of Porthcurno, the Minack proves a theatrical experience akin to no other: a horizon-bending view...

County guide: Derbyshire Dales

The Derbyshire Dales are the lush, green heart of the Midlands. Steve Pill explores a landscape rich in industrial heritage, literary inspiration and glorious views The...

Erdigg – Wales’s answer to Downton Abbey

As Downton Abbey proved so wonderfully, the “upstairs, downstairs” tension in a stately home makes for a fascinating dynamic. Yet while the exploits of...

Beautiful spring gardens

It will soon be time to experience nature waking up from its winter slumber and a stroll in a National Trust garden is sure to dazzle and amaze.

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Britain’s best romantic literary escapes

Explore the best of Britain with these romantic escapes inspired by the poetry, love stories and lives of some of our most-loved literary heroes EMILY BRONTE'S...

The wonkiest pub in the world

Step carefully inside Dudley's answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa – the Crooked House The British are rather fond of a traditional pub. While...

10 facts about St Patrick

St Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland – is steeped in mythology. Here are 10 things we think we know about the man, known as the "Apostle of Ireland".

My Britain: Tom Stuart on playing Edward II and life in London

We speak to actor and playwright Tom Stuart about his new play After Edward and living in the Big Smoke   I’ve been waiting my whole...

Channel Islands: Explore wild Britain

The Channel Islands might be small, but it is still possible to escape the crowds to find their wilder side. Here are five of...

Britain’s best railway hotels

Alight here for five of Britain’s top railway stays 1.St Pancras Renaissance London The name is very fitting here. This monumental redbrick building first opened as the...

24 hours in Bristol

Explore maritime history and a thriving art scene in south-west England The largest city in the south-west of England is also one of the country’s...

Screen breaks

Roll out the red carpet at five hotels used as movie sets 1.The Crown Inn Buckinghamshire The sleepy market town of Amersham is popular with commuters, as...

Kilchurn, Scotland, romantic

Britain’s most romantic ruins

It may now be a ruin, but we can still feel the love in the air at Kenilworth Castle where Robert Dudley went to spectacular lengths...

Hill Top Farm

The Tale of Beatrix Potter

Nancy Alsop looks back on how Beatrix Potter's “little books” were shaped by the landscape of the Lake District, which redeemed her life after...

Darwin, Shrewsbury

Explore Charles Darwin’s home town of Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury in Shropshire has a little something for everyone, as Tania O’Donnell discovers… You couldn’t do much better, if you wanted to immerse yourself in...

Ruskin’s Cumbria

John Ruskin's bicentenary offers a chance to celebrate the legacy of one of Victorian Britain’s most forward-thinking talents. David Atkinson visits the Lake District...

Escape to…The Bower House

Zara Gaspar checks in to The Bower House Restaurant & Rooms in Shipston-on-Stour to discover an eclectic modern gem in the heart of a...

Escape to… The Howard Arms

Built during Shakespeare's time, The Howard Arms' warm period charm and lively pub would be sure to tempt the bard himself as Zara Gaspar...

Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

5 wonderful winter walks

With the indulgences of Christmas and new year behind us, there’s no better way to blow away the cobwebs than a walk in wonderful National Trust property.

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, hotel

10 romantic castles you can stay in

If you’re looking for a special place to stay that’s fit for a king and queen, why not try one of Britain’s romantic castle hotels, perfect for a weekend away.

Virginia Woolfe, c.1912 by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), at Monk's House, Rodmell. Credit: National Trust Images/Roy Fox

Who was Virginia Woolf?

Virginia Stephen, later to become Virginia Woolf, was born on the 25 January 1882, in Kensington, London. Emily Pringle looks at her life as...

Wray Castle on the shore of Lake Windermere

5 highlights of Lake District, Cumbria

Part of Cumbria, the modern county founded in 1974 from Cumberland, Westmorland and parts of neighbouring Yorkshire and Lancashire, the Lake District has long...

Grenadier Guards march outside Buckingham Palace after Changing the Guard

WIN a luxury holiday to Britain for two including free international flights

Enter our competition for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two, including free flights What would your dream holiday to Britain include? A...

Discover Britain’s coastal jewels

From blue lagoons and sea stacks to outdoor theatres and historic lighthouses, Steve Pill charts a course around 7 gems found on the British...

Full Steam Ahead: The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Having previously explored Keighley and the Worth Valley by steam rail, Natalie Merchant now climbs aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway The North Yorkshire Moors Railway...

Full Steam Ahead: The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Natalie Merchant climbs aboard the first of two of Yorkshire's heritage railways for a unique insight into "God's Own County" There is something delightful about...

Ely Cathedral silhouetted at sunset. Credit: VisitBritain

Exercise plan for the New Year? Climb Ely Cathedral’s tower

Many are surprised to find a vast, architectural wonder in such an unassuming place as Ely, but are soon to discover that the cathedral’s...

Finding locations for Series 3 of The Crown

Later this year, Netflix  is due to release the third series of its popular historical drama, The Crown. Supervising Location Manager, Pat Karam, tells us about...

What locations were used for the filming of Mary Queen of Scots?

Mary Queen of Scots, the new historical drama starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, is out in UK cinemas on 18 January. Location Manager, Pat...

Win a Mary Poppins-inspired break

Enter our competition for the chance to enjoy an overnight stay in London that is practically perfect in every way! To celebrate our ‘Britain on...

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Scotland: 10 unmissable places

From buzzing cities to Britain’s northern extremities, Scotland is a country that demands to be explored. Here, we roundup 10 of places any visitor should not miss.

5 delectable detours

Plan a perfect getaway at one of these five gourmet guesthouses 1.Eckington Manor Worcestershire Set on the edge of The Cotswolds within 260-acre grounds that include an...

24 hours in Dundee: the creative city

The new V&A is the ideal reason to visit Scotland’s UNESCO design capital In 2014, UNESCO officially named Dundee as one of its “Creative Cities...

What's on in Britain - December - Dickensian Christmas

What’s on in Britain: December 2018

Stuck for ideas to keep the family entertained this month? Here are our top tips for things to see and do in the Christmassy...

Charles Dickens Museum

Relive Christmases Past at the Charles Dickens Museum

How better to experience the rich traditions of a Victorian Christmas than in the home of the author of A Christmas Carol? Discover Britain looks...

Angel of the North – the story of an icon in Tyne and Wear

Our insider guide to the steel sculpture that lights up a journey along the A1 road The story of the Angel of the North is...

5 Ideas for Adventures Around the World

There are times when jogging around a block or a park isn’t just enough to give you the exalted euphoria. You, probably, have gotten...

Unusual Holiday Ideas for an Unforgettable Holiday

Are you going on holiday soon but are bored with the usual holiday spots and activities? Are you thirsty for an adventure and ready...

The unicorn – Scotland’s unlikely national animal

Scotland has only one mythical national animal – and it’s not the Loch Ness monster, as Emily Pringle reveals The Loch Ness Monster is not...

8 of the best foodie towns

Florence Sheward visits eight of the best foodie towns where local specialities, award-winning restaurants and bustling markets offer a true flavour of the nation Harrogate...

10 facts about Sir Francis Drake

Here are some fascinating facts about the man whose life embodies the prevalent values of the Tudor age.

Prince Charles. Credit: Creative Commons

Prince Charles: The life of the Prince of Wales

Today Prince Charles celebrates his 70th birthday. He was born at Buckingham Palace on 14 November 1948, at 9.14pm. His title, The Prince of Wales. He...

24 hours in Liverpool

Discover Pop Art ferries, boho studios and ornate toilets in The Beatles' hometown Liverpool was granted a Royal Charter in 1207, yet it was another...

Robin Hood: myth or legend?

With a new Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Robin Hood film in cinemas worldwide, it's time to ask where this legend springs from? Hollywood’s tendency to cast Robin...

Stourhead

5 spectacular autumn walks

From bracing hikes over windswept moorlands to gentle woodland walks, the National Trust has trails to suit all tastes. Here are some of our most colourful walks to inspire you to get out and about this autumn.

‘Obscene’ books go on display at Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Libraries will be displaying ‘obscene’ and ‘improper’ books from the Libraries’ restricted ‘Phi’ category for the first time ever Story of Phi: Restricted...

Burnished beauties: our top spots for autumnal colour

The temperatures may be dropping, but that’s no reason to stay indoors: all over Britain, country parks and estates are now dressed in their...

What does the poppy stand for?

As the centenary of the First World War armistice approaches, Florence Sheward pays tribute to this potent symbol of remembrance The First World War ended...

Poppies Weeping Window installation at St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney

Armistice Day: five years of poppy photos

On 17 July 2014, artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper marked the centenary of Britain entering the First World War by opening the art...

Win a luxury afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor

Enter this month's competition for the chance to enjoy afternoon tea on the Rothschild's estate Built in the 1880s as the Rothschild family’s retreat...

The birth of a monster

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein while she was still a teenager. Two centuries on, Nicola Rayner explores the troubled gestation of this landmark British novel When Mary...

What's On in Britain - November - The Lord Mayor's Show, London, England

What’s on in Britain: November 2018

Stuck for ideas to keep the family entertained this month? Here are our top tips for things to see and do in the wintry...

Tour the UK Parliament from your armchair

If you’ve ever wanted to take a tour of the Houses of Parliament but have been unable to make the trip to London, we’ve...

Top five haunted houses

Looking for a suitably spooky place to visit or even stay? Check out our top five haunted houses across Britain... Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland  Perhaps the...

Beautiful Remote Locations Around the World to Get Away from It All

When the stresses of life are getting you down, a holiday can be the perfect tonic. Somewhere far away, where your problems will seem...

Ideas For Giving The Gift Of Travel This Christmas

Christmas may well be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time too. There is so...

What’s on in Britain: October 2018

Stuck for ideas to keep the family entertained this month? Here are our top tips for things to see and do in the month...

Mackintosh’s lost masterpiece unveiled

First look at Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room, recreated at the brand new V&A Dundee museum Charles Rennie Mackintosh's iconic Oak Room will go on...

8 amazing facts you never knew about the Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Take a look at some interesting facts about her life from the...

Win a foodie holiday in Yorkshire

For our food & drink special, we have a tasty competition prize courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire To celebrate our food-and-drink themed issue, Discover Britain...

Autumn reads: The best new books about Britain

Get cosy with one of these six great new books, chosen especially for you by the Discover Britain team... 1. Darling Winston by David Lough Winston...

5 historic inns you should stay in

Weary traveller, rest your head at one of these five historic lodgings 1. Sign of the Angel Wiltshire, England There is an unrefined charm to this early...

The London Eye

What to do during a long weekend in London

A long weekend in London is just enough time to immerse yourself in this buzzing, creative metropolis, home to arguably the world’s finest cityscape....

Cirencester

Here are the most beautifully historic towns in Europe

For picturesque beauty and fascinating history, look no further than these European towns. More manageable than the sprawl of a city, but still with...

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