Though it seems like a perfectly quaint English town, Rye’s surprising criminal past will provide an added layer of intrigue to your visit.
All aboard! Use this great rail itinerary as your guide to the sights and seascapes of Devon and Cornwall — from Penzance to Plymouth!
WEB ORIGINAL: A detailed tour of the world’s only (as far as we know) moated medieval royal palace with an art deco twist. Stephen and Virginia Courtauld’s entertaining estate combines the best of the 13th century and the 1930s.
This shabby-chic “un-stately stately home” exemplifies the decline of those once-great county mansions — and the “heart-tugging progress from luxury to faded glory” that overtook so many of them.
Whether you’re visiting the capital city and the castles or exploring the ruins and riding the rails, the beauty of Scotland demands your attention.
First in The Great British River Series: Running nearly 100 miles, from Naseby to Tewkesbury, Shakespeare’s Avon (or Warwickshire) winds its way through history while offering beauty and reflection.
The man who advocates for authenticity in today’s best period dramas on making fact and fiction work together and how the officers on The Crimson Field really should be wearing hats.
Vroom, Vroom! Artifacts and innovations of the auto industry—from the golden age of British driving to today’s era of high-speed racing—for the car enthusiast in all of us. Plus, sweet rides from TV and films, including not one but two Batmobiles!
Ironmasters of Wales
“At Blaenavon Ironworks, the world’s most advanced ironworks when it opened in 1789, hulking remains of furnaces, chimneys and cast house confront you with the gigantic scale of operations, all glowered over by the monstrous-magnificent balance tower.”
“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
Jane Austen knew the Peak District. Pemberley might be fictitious, but you can still follow in Lizzie’s footsteps.
Expedition to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands
We’re told that England’s first monks formed monastic communities for quiet, but they were surely also attracted by the beautiful landscape 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
Home of the Royal Navy, seat of the Empire’s maritime power, and beautiful Hampshire cathedral city--Portsmouth has got it all.
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
St. James’ church stands roofless in splendid isolation, eerie traces of the abandoned medieval hamlet that it once served discernible only as bumps in the riverside fields.
The Weird Suffolk Coast
Things are a bit weird on the Suffolk coast.
Somerset’s Thankful Villages
A place where all who served in the Great war returned home safely. Somerset county has nine thankful villages, more than any other county.
Join Pilgrims on the Mayflower Trail
They left everything behind for faith and liberty. Learn the little-known early history of these courageous explorers.
There is no surer way of absorbing yourself in Scottish culture than having a dram or two.