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British Heritage
2 BH Podcast: Dana on Richard III

“The story begins on the battle of Bosworth field in August of 1485, when Richard became the last king to die in battle-the last medieval king in what was the last great battle of the middle ages, the end of the War of the Roses and the end of the Plantagenet dynasty.”

English Cathedrals
0 Stoned in Gloucester

If you have strong hands and a penchant for gargoyles, consider becoming a stonemason at Gloucester Cathedral! If not, you can still marvel at the artistry on display, and a craft as intricate today as it was in the Middle Ages.


Ironmasters of Wales

“The side of the mountain had dissolved into a single fire; a maze of individual furnaces that blended their flames into an orbit, and along the flaming rim of the cauldron the stone cottages of the workers withered and shrank into strange shapes.”

Abbotsford Revisited

“A journey into Sir Walter Scott’s imagination.” That is how Jason Dyer, chief executive of the Abbotsford Trust, describes a visit to Scott’s home near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Scott himself described Abbotsford as “Conundrum Castle” and it has rather unfairly been described as his “finest historical novel.”

Mists Over Glastonbury

Have more spiritual claims and legends attached to Glastonbury than any other place in England?

Lizzie Bennet Tours the Peaks

THERE ARE two famous shots in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. One involves the then unknown Colin Firth, a wet chemise, breeches and riding boots. The other is far more evocative, when Jennifer Ehle, as Elizabeth Bennet, stands on the great rocks of what is now the Peak District National Park, contemplating the prospect of an awkward visit the next day.

Expedition to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands

IT’S A TRANQUIL SCENE—clear blue sky, lush green grass, waves gently breaking on the shore in the sheltered bay. We’re told that England’s first monks liked to form monastic communities away from other settlements to aid their quiet contemplation, but surely they were also attracted by the beautiful landscape around them on Lindisfarne.

Haltwhistle: Still the Center of Britain

In the heart of Roman Wall Country, the Northumbrian market town bristles with pride

Home Port: Where English Maritime History Berths Up for Fun

For many visitors Portsmouth has got it all. Best of all, whether for a day trip or overnight excursion from London, the small city is easily accessible by train from London. Drive down in a couple of hours, or catch a train from Victoria Station hourly for the 90-minute ride through Hampshire to Portsmouth Harbour.

Marches Market Town: Where Food Is King

Morsels of Spanish tapas tempt among many ethnic and national cuisines in Ludlow.

Chepstow and the Little Church in the Vale

“QUEEN SELLS CHURCH FOR £1” is one of the more curious newspaper headlines of recent times. All the more so because the chapel in question is just a short jaunt from two of South Wales’ most charismatic medieval attractions, Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.

The Weird Suffolk Coast

Things are a bit weird on the Suffolk coast. Consider pretty Thorpeness for example. A few years ago, Bizarre magazine, whose name tells you all need to know about that publication, voted this the Weirdest Village in England.