Sandringham House and Estate, in Norfolk.

Where do the Royal Family go on vacation in the United Kingdom?

From the Scottish highlands to the Norfolks coast, travel like the Royal family, as we explore where Queen Elizabeth and co spend their holidays.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth's message to Joe Biden

Queen Elizabeth has reached out to Joe Biden ahead of him stepping into the White House.

Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the bishop of Durham Lord Michael Ramsay (L) and the bishop of Bath and Wells Lord Harold Bradfield, receives homage and allegiance from her subjects during her coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey.

How the world's largest diamond was cut for the Crown Jewels

Documents explaining how the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, the largest ever found, was cut for the crown jewels were auctioned in 2019.

Plymouth, in south west England.

Plymouth: Britain’s Ocean City

Explore The Barbican and play bowls on The Hoe with Drake.

The Singing Ringing Tree rises deep in the moors near Burnley.

Views from Lancashire’s Panopticons

Public art in the Pennines - The panopticons perched above East Lancashire’s valley-towns are building-sized sculptures set in the midst of stunning views.

Aberdeenshire: Scotland's Enchanted Northeast Kingdom

Aberdeenshire has something for everyone.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour.

Joe Wright on his Winston Churchill biopic, Darkest Hour

Joe Wright orchestrated the wonderful Churchill biopic. Have you read our interview with the director?

The Royal Family

The best British sayings

How many of these British sayings do you know?

Southampton Port.

Exploring the countryside, towns and villages of East Hampshire and Southampton

East Hampshire is often overlooked but the coast and countryside, towns, and villages around Southampton are worth exploring too.

Francis Walsingham (1532-1590) on engraving from 1829.

What you need to know about Francis Walsingham, Elizabethan spymaster

Meet the man who ordered the execution of Mary Queen of Scots while working as a spymaster for Queen Elizabeth I - Francis Walsingham

Hie Thee to Hull!

Have you been to Hull?

The South Transept, at Westminster Abbey, also known as Poet\'s Corner.

John Andre: Westminster's unknown poet

Devoteés of great literature pass by John Andre's monument at Westminster Abbey's Poet's Corner in puzzlement. Yet his death, more than two centuries ago, caused a sensation both in England and the United States.

The huge tapered yews of Hampton Court Palace shaped the view from the front windows for King Henry VIII and his court.

Topiary gardens of Britain - on the cutting edge

The ancient history of clipped bushes and hedges and where to see topiary gardens at their best in Britain.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth makes changes to the Royal Ascot schedule

Queen Elizabeth has made some changes to the Royal Ascot 2021 schedule.

Prince Edward and Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex.

Happy Birthday to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son, is the patron of over 70 charities and an active working member of the Royal family. 

Durham city, on the River Wear.

A day well spent in the picturesque cathedral city of Durham

From the moment you catch the dramatic skyline view of the cathedral on its rocky bluff towering over the River Wear you will likely fall under a spell.

How three enlightened German princesses helped to shape Britain

Caroline, Charlotte, and Augusta, who had never visited Britain before taking the on Royal duties, played a major role in developing royal palaces, and gardens hugely promoted their own personal interests.

The Victoria Cross medal.

"For valour" - A history of Britain's Victoria Cross medal

A medal awarded to those who 'perform acts of conspicuous courage and bravery' here is just a short history of some of the heroes who earned it.

Many Hot Air Balloons drift towards Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol at sunrise. The bridge spans the River Avon gorge.

A day well spent In the historic seaside city of Bristol

This exciting former seaport melds a wealth of arts and history. A day in Bristol is a day well spent.

Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Does Prince William want to be King?

Does Prince William really want to be king?

John Keat\'s house.

North London’s small museums - hidden gems that you wont want to miss

John Keat's house, Fenton House, Forty Hall and, Myddleton House just some of the wonderful small museums in north greater London.

A young Edward VIII, when he was the Prince of Wales.

Edward VIII's racist past unveiled in 'The Crown an Us' documentary

A new ABC documentary looks at racist letters written by Edward VIII during a royal visit to Australia

A crowd of female protestors in Britain, bearing a placard which reads \'Help Our Prisoners in Germany\', circa 1914. They are protesting the internment of thousands of British civilians at Ruhleben (now a district of Berlin) at the start of World War I. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The British community inside the Ruhleben Prison Camp

British citizens in Germany at the onset of WWI soon found themselves in the Ruhleben prison camp.

The Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo was one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. Today, visit a reconstruction at the site.

Journey into Anglo-Saxon England

Take a trip through English history, from the 5th to the 11th centuries from the end of Roman Britain until the Norman conquest in 1066.

Whitby, North Yorkshire.

Off Britain’s beaten track - an insider's guide to sites most tourists don't see

Get off the main roads and discover some wonderful British sits that most holidaymakers won't make it to

A missing monarch! A statue of Henry I at Canterbury Cathedral.

Missing royals - British monarchs and their possible resting places

Since the rediscovery of King Richard III under a Leicester car park, in 2012, attention has shifted to Britain’s other missing monarchs.

Taking a leisurely cruise on the Norfolk Broads.

Taking a holiday cruise on the Norfolk Broads

Take in the breathtaking countryside, fascinating history, and wonderful activities along the rivers and lakes of Norfolk.

Queen Elizabeth II photographed with her grandson Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Where do the Royal Family actually live?

Which members of the royal family live in which castles? We take a look at the homes of Queen Elizabeth and her family 

Captain Robert Scott, \"Scott of the Antarctic\".

Everything you need to know about Robert Falcon Scott

Captain Robert Flacon Scott, Royal Navy officer, and the explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions. Today we celebrate his life and incredible adventures.

Queen Elizabeth I.

The truth behind the reign of Queen Elizabeth I

On this day, Jan 15, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth took place, but was this monarch's reign fraught with lies?

John Knox statue at Haddington.

John Knox - the Scottish religious reformer

Martin Luther is synonymous with Protestantism in Germany. In France, John Calvin led the reform movement. Scotland, too, had its giant of ecclesiastical reform in John Knox.

Tintagel Castle perched precariously in the mists of history on the Cornish clifftop.

Exploring Devon and Cornwall

Are you planning a visit to the UK and wondering what to do in Devon and Cornwall? Let us help plan your visit

Butlering with the best - beyond the green baize door

“The art of the butler is seen by many people as being old-fashioned, but nothing could be further from the truth,” says Grant Harrold— and he should know.

The nave and chancel of St Botolph\'s church in Boston Lincolnshire.The church is commonly known as Boston Stump

The history of St. Botolph's & John Cotton

How a church in Lincolnshire inspired the city of Boston and the story of John Cotton

The Bismarck.

The hunt for World War II's Bismarck

Germans abandoning their mission to attack British shipping were intercepted, and a showdown began between the British Home Fleet and Bismarck, the German navy's most powerful warship.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

How Kate Middleton Became Britain’s Queen of Style

Kate Middleton has always drawn admirers due to her stylish fashion sense. How did she become Britain's Queen of style?

The Royals and the Kennedys

How the Royal Family and the Kennedy's lives were intertwined

The Royal Family and the Kennedys are more similar than you think!

Statue of king Robert the Bruce in front of Marischal College, Aberdeen.

The Declaration of Arbroath and Scotland's claim to independence

The Declaration of Arbroath is of huge importance to Scottish history and at the time was called "the most eloquent case for a nation’s claim to freedom produced anywhere in medieval Europe”. Forbes Inglis takes a look.

The Royal Family captured by British Pathe at Windsor.

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at Windsor?

Have you seen this footage of the Royal family at Windsor?

Sir Edmund Halley.

Sir Edmund Halley, a British scientific giant

English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist, Sir Edmund Halley is best known for his discoveries surrounding Halley's Comet. How much do you know about this scientific giant?

The Great Gate at Hampton Court Palace.

The ghosts of the Tudors at the Palace of Hampton Court

The Palace of Hampton Court is so splendid that two of its 16th-century residents have seemingly refused to leave, for it is said that their ghosts walk its halls to this day.

It’s a hard-knock life in Victorian workhouses

Victorian workhouses were a common institution throughout Britain's history. How much do you know about the controversial buildings?

William and Kate

Should William and Kate have travelled to Scotland?

Do you think William and Kate should have travelled to Scotland?

Liverpool Pier Head, from Albert Dock, in Liverpool city.

Ten overlooked British cities to explore

Britain’s past and present meet where we pass by, says Dana Huntley, so don’t avoid the lesser-known tourist spots.

Tower bridge and the sky London skyline at night in London, England

Five things you have to do in London

Are you visiting London soon? Here are five of our favorite things to do and see in England's capital.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The one thing The Queen and her heirs always travel with

What do Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Harry always travel with?

A promo shot for the 1995 BBC mini-series based on Jane Austen\'s Pride and Prejudice.

Q&A with Simon Langton, Director of the BBC's Pride and Prejudice

Two decades after the famous 1995 BBC series Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth, British Heritage Travel caught up with Direct Simon Langton to get the inside scoop.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles launches the Terra Carta pledge

Prince Charles has launched the Terra Carta project.

Irish author Oscar Wilde.

The “Queensberry Curse" and how it impacted Oscar Wilde

What is the 'Queensberry Curse', an affliction that has permeated one of Britain's oldest families for generations?

Queen Elizabeth II and the immediate Royal Family.

What is Queen Elizabeth's favourite dessert?

Did you know Queen Elizabeth has a sweet tooth? Here's what she likes best.

Featured in Rob Roy: Loch Katrine is a freshwater loch and scenic attraction in the Trossachs area of the Scottish Highlands.

British landscapes from your favorite books to explore on vacation

Bring British literature to life by visiting the setting of one of your favourite novels, from Jane Austen to D.H. Lawrence we take a look at ten of the best.

A promo shot for the latests reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes, in 1984, by Granada TV.

Follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes in London

A look at Sherlock Holmes London and the life of his creator Arthur Conan Doyle.

Harry and Meghan

Will Harry and Meghan be joining back up with the Royal Family in June?

Reports have emerged stating that Harry and Meghan may be returning to the UK!

Sidmouth, Devon.

Queen Victoria’s first Holiday in Devon

Steve Roberts looks at the long-standing history between Queen Victoria and the south east county, and her earliest brush with death.

Queen Elizabeth II inspects men of the newly-renamed Queen\'s Own Nigeria Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, at Kaduna Airport, Nigeria, during her Commonwealth Tour, 2nd February 1956. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Watch: Queen Elizabeth II's 1961 visit to Ghana

Have you seen this footage of Queen Elizabeth in Ghana?

Edinburgh Skyline, Balmoral Clocktower, Scotland.

Visiting Scotland - ten places you have to see

For a different side of Britain, head up north, to the wonderful Scotland.

Watling Street

From Celts to Roman and modern day - taking a ride on Watling Street

Watling Street is a historical route dating back to Celtic and Roman times. Join our writer as he takes a trip along the road.

Mince and tatties! A sure fire Scottish favorite.

Hearty traditional favourite - mince and tatties recipe

Back in fashion nowadays but with its history dating back hundreds of years, this Scottish homely meal is still a favorite.

Travel through Scotland by train and really see the countryside.

Exploring bonnie Scotland by train

Do Scotland by train and leave the driving. Elegant Edinburgh, the floral city of Aberdeen and west to the Highland capital of Inverness.

Welsh male voice choir in action.

The magic of Welsh male voice choirs

Choirs have always been closely associated with Wales. Join Sian Ellis as she looks into what makes that connection so special.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Documentary makes fascinating claim about Prince Charles and Princess Diana

A documentary set to air on Channel 5 has made a fascinating claim about Prince Charles and Princess Diana's relationship.

The A591 road, in the Lake District.

Our favorite facts about The National Trust - preserving Britain's beauty

Have you heard these facts about the National Trust?

Do you know what haggis is? On your next vacation to Scotland you\'ll have to give it a try.

What is the Scottish dish haggis?

One of the most traditional Scottish dishes, traditionally eating on Burns' Night, made with offal and usually washed down with whiskey, this is a must-try for people visiting Scotland.

Princess Elizabeth photographed in 1947.

The day the Princess of Wales became Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Philip told his wife that her father had died and she was now Queen, his cousin has revealed 

King George VI (1895 - 1952) and Queen Elizabeth (1900 - 2002) survey some of the damage after the bombing of Buckingham Palace, London, during the Second World War.

The day Buckingham Palace was bombed during WWII

Friday 13th, a day that sends shivers down everyone's spine, and is known for bringing bad luck. Even to the Royal Family and never more so than during World War II, in 1940.

Portrait of Rear Admiral William Bligh.

The famed despot behind the mutiny on the Bounty, Lt. William Bligh

Incredible the mutiny of 1789 on the Bounty was only one of three set against Lieutenant William Bligh but was his a victim or a villain.

Like many of the tiny cove beaches along the Penwith coast, the fine sands and azure waters of the beach at Porthcurno give a Mediterranean flavor to southern Cornwall.

The Cliffs of Penwith - Cairns, quoits and kitsch at the tip of Cornwall

Cornwall’s Penwith Peninsula has what may be the finest coast in all of Britain: nearly 40 miles of continuous, unbroken sea cliffs, with fine sand beaches washed into narrow cuts, and water the deep turquoise of the Bahamas.

Horatio Nelson.

Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar

On this day, Jan 8, 1806, Lord Nelson, naval commander, and hero of the Battle of Trafalgar was buried at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

William Penn

William Penn and the Quaker migration to Pennsylvania

William Penn founded the Province of Pennsylvania. Read more to discover the history behind the man.

Explore Suffolk and Constable Country on this six-day trip

Hidden villages and sweeping vistas, windmills and waterfowl, tiny stone churches, and verdant undulating countryside: let's explore Suffolk and Constable country.

Sheringham Beach

WATCH: The British seaside in the 1960s

Take a look at this amazing clip!

Kate Middleton, Duchess Catherine of Cambridge!

Happy Birthday to Kate Middleton, Duchess Catherine of Cambridge

Wishing Duchess Kate, wife of Prince William and mother of George, Charlotte and Louis a very happy birthday! Here are some interesting facts about Kate Middleton.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the opera in 1953.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth Attends The Opera

Have you seen this incredible footage of Queen Elizabeth at the opera?

Former prime minister and 20th-century statesman David Lloyd George reflects here with Frances Stevenson, his longtime secretary, and mistress. It is 1943, the year they were married

My grandmother was Lloyd George's mistress

"Lloyd George... asked her to become his secretary but explained that he could work with her only if he made her his mistress as well."

Glastonbury Abbey.

The Holy Grail, Gothic cathedrals and a town called Cheddar

A five-day drive from London to Wells will take you on a picturesque road trip with a wonderful destination.

The Parlour shares the ground floor of the manor’s oldest wing with the Great Hall.

A visit to Otley Hall - the birthplace of the Virginia Company

Here in the early 16th-century moated manor house, dreams of a permanent English colony in America took shape, and the Virginia Company was born.

Engraving from 1885 featuring Mary Queen of Scots who was the Queen of Scotland. She lived from 1542 until 1587.

The gilded cages of Mary Queen of Scots

Follow in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots by visiting the houses, castles, and areas she stayed in while imprisoned by her cousin Elizabeth I. 

Royal Family

The Royal Family's secret code words

Have you heard any of these code words?

Queen Elizabeth II mingling with the public in 2012.

All Queen Elizabeth II's Royal garden parties cancelled due to new lockdown

Buckingham Palace has announced that there will be no summer garden parties, offering the public a chance to visit with the Queen in 2021

Lady Louise Windsor with some of the rest of the Royal Family on Christmas Day.

Lady Louise Windsor - meet Queen Elizabeth's favourite grandchild

A royal insider recently revealed that the Queen's favourite grandchild is Lady Louise Windsor, eldest child of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie. Here's everything you need to know about Lady Louise.

Sir Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

The incredible life of Sir Thomas Becket and his gruesome murder

Sir Thomas Becket changed from being a 'patron of play-actors and a follower of hounds to being a shepherd of souls.'

The Battle of Shrewsbury.

A bloody field by Shrewsbury and an end to Sir Henry Percy's life

The Battle of Shrewsbury set the stage for the War of the Roses and ended Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy’s quest for England’s crown…and his life.

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom.

Here's 8 things you never knew about Queen Elizabeth

Did you know these facts about Queen Elizabeth?

Prince William and Kate Middleton.

How will the Cambridges be spending the latest lockdown?

Here's how William and Kate may be spending the latest lockdown.

Chartwell House, former home to Winston Churchill.

Wonderful visits to the homes of British prime ministers and soldiers

These amazing houses, the homes of heroes and statesmen, are wonderful tourist attractions to visit on your next vacation in Britain.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the UK\'s engineering giant.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's costly failure the atmospheric railway

From the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the Great Western Railway and then the "Atmospheric Caper". Here's what really happened when Isambard Kingdom Brunel tried out the Atmospheric Railway.

Snowdonia, North Wales

Six places to see on the west coast of Wales

Head west to the far west coast of Wales for a road trip adventure that is far less traveled.

Maggi Hambling\'s Scallop Shell sculpture on the beach north of Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

The weird and wonderful Suffolk Coast

Welcome to the eccentric, exciting, weird and wonderful Suffolk coast.

Jesus greets the Samaritan woman at the well in Elgin’s Biblical Garden.

Elgin and its biblical garden

A gem of a visit on the Grampian Line, in Scotland.

Harry Selfridge

A man with a catchphrase - Mr. Selfridge's most famous places

Let's take a trip to some of the places made famous by Harry Selfridge.

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan's Spotify holiday special

Have you listened to Harry and Meghan's new podcast?

Steps down to St David\'s Cathedral, St David\'s, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pretty Pembrokeshire - the Welsh village with something for everyone

Sunshine or showers, there’s always lots to see and do in Pembrokeshire, on the Welsh coast.

Queen Elizabeth II, giving the 2020 Christmas Day speech.

The heartbreaking reason Queen Elizabeth keeps her Christmas tree up

Do you know why Queen Elizabeth's Christmas tree will stay up until February?

William Wilberforce

Abolitionist William Wilberforce and the British slave trade

The slave trade was abolished across the British Empire in 1833. This piece explores the lead up to this historic event

Castle Howard, in Northern Yorkshire.

From castle to minster - soaking up the history of York

Jim Corbett visits York and discovers more than enough to entertain between Castle Howard and York Minster.

Queen Elizabeth II, photographed in 1977.

The Irish Lord who captured Queen Elizabeth's heart

Queen Elizabeth and Patrick Plunket enjoyed a special relationship. Read more to find out about their close bond.

A view of Big Ben taken from Trafalgar Square.

Visiting London with the family

Taking the family to London is undoubtedly one of the finest trips you will ever take.

Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin.

Scotland's mysterious Rosslyn Chapel

Long the focus of folklore and legend, including Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, what about an email from Mary Magdalene? Why not?!

Josiah Wedgwood the man behind the famous Wedgwood pottery.

Potteries of Staffordshire and Josiah Wedgwood

Staffordshire was the home of the pottery industry and one with a fascinating history and legacy.

Princess Margaret travelling to her wedding in the Royal Coach

The story behind Princess Margaret's wedding tiara

Did you know that Princess Margaret bought her own tiara rather than borrow one from the royal jewels?

\"Hitherto I Have Performed it Myself\": Six Dead Secrets, Topsy-Turvy Tales, by William Heath Robinson.

The art of English cartoonist and illustrator William Heath Robinson

The life, work and death of William Heath Robinson, best known for drawings of whimsically elaborate machines to achieve simple objectives.

The English Civil War comes to Newark

Parliamentarians and Royalists finally have their story told at the National Civil War Centre.

Judi Dench and Stephen Frears on the set of Victoria and Abdul.

Director Stephen Frears on Victoria and Abdul, Judi Dench and more

The elder statesman of British cinema, Stephen Frears invites BHT into his home for a cuppa, a chat, and a few helpful corrections.

Lord Louis Mountbatten's assassination by the IRA

On this day, August 27, in 1979, Mountbatten and three members of his holiday party died after the IRA blew up his boat

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, known as Kate Middleton.

Kate is Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order but what does it mean?

To celebrate the Duchess of Cambridge's 8th wedding anniversary, the Queen made her a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order - the highest honour she can bestow. But what exactly does it mean?

Seen from across the moat, Leeds Castle looks more suited to impressing visitors with its idyllic charm than to repelling invaders intent on destruction.

Leeds: Castle of Queens

When Lady Baillie visited Leeds castle she could see what Hearst could not it was one of the most beautiful places on earth.

A stained-glass window depicting William Wallace.

William Wallace's adventure through time in Mel Gibson's movie

The Academy Award-winning film Braveheart managed to propel Sir William Wallace through nearly seven centuries. Through the magic of Hollywood, the infamous 13th-century Scottish hero has returned to his homeland and has once again created quite a stir.

Haltwhistle is still literally the center of Britain

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

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

Five of the lesser-known British Royals

How much do you know about these lesser known royals?

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

Is Prince Charles planning on scaling down the Royal Family?

Reports have emerged that claim Prince Charles is planning on scaling back the Royal Family. What do you think?

Britain's forgotten railways

Check out this clip!

Queen Elizabeth II.

What to expect when Queen Elizabeth II dies

As the word's longest-reigning monarch, there's an entire generation of people who have never known life without Queen Elizabeth.

23rd June 1948: Lord Louis Mountbatten , the last Governor General from Britain waving a cheery farewell to the crowds in Delhi

Was Lord Mountbatten In an open marriage?

A new biography about Lord Mountbatten details how "devastated" he was with his wife Edwina's affairs.


Portmeirion: A Little Slice of Italy in North Wales

Did you know a little slice of Italy could be found in North-Wales?

Sudely Castle

The Romance Of Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle has quite the backstory.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire mark the festive season at Bath’s Christmas Market

The historic backdrop to the seasonal bazaar, that is Bath's Christmas Market, is stunning.

William Kidd.

Scottish pirate William Kidd's last voyage

"A man neither very good nor very bad, the fool of fortune and the tool of politicians, a pirate in spite of himself."

British Conservative Party politician and Prime Minsiter of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013) at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton, UK, 10th October 1980. (Photo by Colin Davey/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Who is your favorite British Prime Minister?

There have been some fascinating British Prime Ministers over the years. Here's some of the more notable ones.

The English Game lands on Netflix.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes new series The English Game lands on Netflix

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has teamed up with Netflix to create a new six-part drama based around football, called The English Game.

Fancy a brew? How to make the perfect cup of tea.

Here's how to make the perfect cuppa

Simply put, tea is the quintessentially British pastime.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Everything you need to know about Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall has never sought out the limelight, so how much do you really know about Camilla?

A portrait of Lady Jane Grey.

Birthplace of Jane Grey, England's Nine-Day Queen discovered

Following in the footsteps of this tragic young Queen.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day at St George\'s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.

Meghan Markle blames royal dresser for wedding tiara Queen Elizabeth bust up

The new book "Finding Freedom" reveals Queen Elizabeth II refused to allow Meghan Markle to wear the tiara she picked out for her wedding day. 

Princess Alexandra, photographed in 1961.

Happy Birthday to Britain's Princess Alexandra?

On Christmas Day, Dec 25, Princess Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth II's cousin celebrates her birthday but how much do you know about this hard-working Royal. 

York Minster

Five of our favourite things to do in York

York is one of the UK's premier travel destinations. It combines history, culture, and architecture to make it something special.

The facade of York Minster provides a medieval backdrop for a high-tech Christmas light show.

Christmas in the walled northeast city of York in England

In this ancient capital of the north, medieval holiday traditions live on, often blending happily with a dose of something new.

Since 1954 the Christmas lights of Regent Street have brightened London’s holiday.

Christmas on Regent Street, in London

The shiniest, glitziest, most spectacular, Christmassiest place in town.

Chicken Tikka Massala.

Britain's favourite dish - let's go for a curry

How Britain fell in love with Britain and Chicken Tikka Massala become the United Kingdom's official favorite dinner.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, on June 2, 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation: Some interesting lesser-known facts

On June 2 1953 Princess Elizabeth was crowned as Queen Elizabeth II. Here are some top facts about the her coronation 67 years ago.

A view of Winchester Cathedral on a winter\'s evening

Queen Emma of Normandy found buried In Winchester Castle

Are the remains of Queen Emma of Normandy among the 1,300 bones found at Winchester Cathedral?

Ely Castle

A day in Ely, England's second-smallest city

Ely is a gorgeous cathedral town. Join us as we take a trip!

Oxford Street, London, during Christmas 2016.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Twelve days of a London Christmas

Dickens might have written A Christmas Carol, but he did not invent the holiday. Londoners have celebrated Christmas for around 2,000 years.

The success story of the Salvation Army.

Onward Christian soldiers - the story of the Salvation Army

What began as a family mission in East London in 1865 with soup kitchens and “Food for the Millions” shops spread to become a worldwide organization. 

The late beloved Princess of Wales, Princess Diana.

Facts about Princess Diana life

Everything you need to know about the "Queen of Heart's" life.

A portrait of King George V, painted in 1927, by Arthur Stockdale Cope, in 1927.

The first Royal Christmas Message, by King George, in 1932, was written by Rudyard Kipling

Broadcast live from the Royal residence of Sandringham, in 1932, the King broadcast a special message to Britain's Empire on Christmas Day.

Still from the British Pathe video \"8 Monarchies That No Longer Exist\".

Can you name these eight monarchies that no longer exist?

The concept of Monarchy has struggled to survive around the world, but not in the mighty United Kingdom.

Happy Birthday to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Everything you need to know about Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrates his 98th birthday today, June 9.

William and Kate

The Cambridges share their Christmas card

The Cambridges have released their Christmas card!

The royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace September 12, 1937 after the coronation of King George VI. King George VI (R) stands with Princess Elizabeth (C) and Princess Margaret. Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Margaret died peacefully in her sleep at 1:30AM EST at the King Edward VII Hospital February 9, 2002 in London.

WATCH: The Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were crowned on 12 May 1937 following the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Take a virtual tour of Britains top tourist attractions during quarantine

As the coronavirus pandemic is really hampering our British travel plans in 2020 we decided to pull together some ingenious virtual tours of Britain's top attractions.

Queen Elizabeth II at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 press day at Chelsea Flower Show on May 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

How much does the Royal Family cost the British taxpayer?

A report in 2019 revealed that Queen Elizabeth II and her family cost the British people £67 million during the previous year.

Ponden Hall

The house that inspired Wuthering Heights is for sale

Do you want to live in the house that inspired Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? Because Ponden Hall is for sale 

Snow decorates a thatched cottage in Great Tew.[

The magic of Christmas in the picturesque Cotswolds and Gloucestershire

Illustrated wonderfully in literature, quaint, and idyllic, we explore the whimsy and history of Christmas in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire.

The Cherhill White Horse, above the flowering rape field, is a familiar sight along the A4 between Marlborough and Chippenham.

All the white horses - the history of Britain's chalk hillsides

From honoring King George to artistic expression here's everything you need to know about Britain's incredible white chalk horses and walkers or warriors.

The grand lost gardens of England

Visions of a secret paradise only partially found.

The city\'s 14th-century walls enclose a remarkable trove of history and architecture. Monk’s Bar, dead ahead, contains a museum of the infamous King Richard III, who was something of a local hero.

Steeped in Roman and Viking history - the proud city of York

Eboracum to Jorvik to York - Where the streets are called gates, the gates are called bars and the bars are called pubs.

The Cathedral city of Lincoln, a gem of the East Midlands.

Where to stay, eat and visit in the Cathedral city of Lincoln

Once a center of ecclesiastical and political power, the modest modern city lives comfortably with its history.

The Queen’s summer ‘progresses’ throughout her kingdom endeared her to her people, burdened her hosts, and left a legacy of royal lodgings for us to enjoy today

Elizabeth I slept here - a look at the Queen's summer progresses

The Queen’s summer ‘progresses’ throughout her kingdom endeared her to her people, burdened her hosts, and left a legacy of royal lodgings for us to enjoy today.

Q&A with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

An interview with our favorite storyteller, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes published ahead of the launch of Belgravia, and his latest book release.

Tower Bridge, in London.

London - a cherished literary capital of the world

Writers have loved London for as long as London has existed. Here's a look into it's fascinating history.


Is Cornwall the most beautiful place in Britain?

Cornwall is known for it's stunning scenery and beaches. Is it the most beautiful place in Britain?

River Medway at Maidstone, in Kent.

The River Medway: The river of Kent or Kentish river?

There are many rivers in the world that serve as borders. Surprisingly the Medway, in the middle of Kent, is one of them. Man of Kent or Kentish Man — which are you?

White cliffs of Dover viewed from cross channel ferry, Kent, England, United Kingdom

The White Cliffs of Dover - Everything you need to know

The Cliffs of Dover are one of Britain's most iconic attractions. Join us as we take a look into what makes them so special.

Prince Charles holding a cup of tea

The strict rules Prince Charles makes sure his staff follow

Prince Charles is quite particular with his tea...

The Royal Family.

Who should take over after Queen Elizabeth? The public have spoken!

A recent YouGov poll has raised some eyebrows.

Alastair Sim as Scrooge and Francis De Wolff in the 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens\' Christmas Carol.

The best British Christmas films to watch in 2020

This Christmas curl up on the couch, get cosy, and enjoy some British Christmas cheer with these wonderful movies, old and new, that'll leave you grinning ear to ear. 

Virginia’s dynamic governor, Sir William Berkeley, spells out his clear vision to the colonial assembly

The Cavalier flight to Virginia

Through the middle decades of the 17th century, aristocrats and adventurers sought a new life in a new world.

Author of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin.

In search of Charles Darwin

A look at the life and works of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist, geologist, and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

Harry, the Duke of Sussex

Is Harry, the Duke of Sussex, still a prince?

Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle have moved abroad and stepped away from their royal duties. Does this mean that the Duke of Sussex, Harry, is no longer a prince?

Queen Elizabeth

Who will be in Queen Elizabeth's Christmas bubble?

Who will the Queen be spending Christmas with?

Sherborne, in Dorset.

A day well spent... in the market town of Sherborne

Fancy a day perusing grand sights of quaint scenes? Visit Sherborne in Dorset and you can do both.

J.R.R. Tolkien.

Letters from Father Christmas by Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien

While you might know J. R. R. Tolkien as being the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this academic was also a doting father who penned "The Father Christmas Letters" for his children.

Ruined Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire.

The 16th-century dissolution of the monasteries in Britain

From the Black Death to Henry VII and Cromwell's eventual suppression of monastic life and prise in Britain.

The famous London diarist, Samuel Pepys.

The amazing London of Samuel Pepys

For four decades the gadabout diarist reported on the epic events of London city, most notably the Great Fire of London.

King George VI (1895-1952) with his daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on July 08, 1946. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

Remembering King George VI

King George VI died on this day in 1952. Let's take a moment to remember him.

Queen Elizabeth II.

Does Queen Elizabeth Watch The Crown?

The show has been praised for its accurate and enthralling portrayal of Royal life. But does Queen Elizabeth watch The Crown?

Flask Walk is one of many Georgian lanes that line Hampstead’s attractive and posh residential neighborhoods. Opposite: Though Hampstead still feels a world apart, the village and heath are actually only four miles north of Trafalgar Square.

Escape London city to the calm of Hampstead

Just a few Underground stops from the West End, heath and village are a world apart.

Circa 1480, King Richard III (1452 - 1485) wearing a chain of office and playing with a ring on his little finger. (Photo by Hulton ArchiveGetty Images)

Discovering King Richard III's skeleton - history's biggest find

He lay beneath a Leceister car park for over 500 years, so how did historians discover King Richard III's skeleton?

Bucking Palace, London, photographed at Christmas, in 1985.

A history of British royal family's Christmas celebrations

From William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Christmas celebrations here how Britain's Christmas celebrations evolved through the ages.

Young lovers walking in Gretna Green, c. 1956.

Where lovers run to wed - a history of Gretna Green

Forbes Inglis takes a look at Gretna Green, the little Scottish village of love.

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901).

Inside Queen Victoria's coffin - the sentimental items she's buried with

A stern Queen, overcome by grief, who oversaw 63 years as the Monarch of the UK, Britain, and Ireland, who would have thought that Victoria was so sentimental.

Has the Titanic II project run out of steam or will we still see a 2018 maiden voyage?

The last letter written on board the doomed Titanic

A letter believed to be the last written on board the Titanic went on display, in March 2015, at Titanic Belfast, a visitor attraction dedicated to the tragic White Starliner.

Edward VII.

King Edward VIII announced his abdication from the British throne

On Dec 11, 1936, King Edward VIII addressed the British national, via radio, to announce his abdication from the throne, in favour of his brother.

On April 3, 1912, Titanic arrived in Southampton after departing from Belfast.

Titanic and Southampton - the special relationship between the two

We look at the special relationship the city has with the ill-fated liner, which sunk on this day, April 15, 1912.

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh at the state opening of British Parliament.

WATCH: Incredible footage of the Queen addressing Westminster

Have a look at this amazing footage of Queen Elizabeth addressing Westminster in 1966

Portrait of Mary I of England, Queen of England.

Who was Queen Mary I?

She was the first woman monarch to rule in her own right, and also one of the most unpopular, but what did Mary I achieve and why is she known as Bloody Mary?

Members of the suffrage movement protest for the right to vote.

Podcast: History of United Kingdom suffrage - The ventilator

What was The Ventilator and what role did it play during the suffrage movement? 

Great British Fare: Teatime at Christmas

Toasted crumpets, Dundee cake and mince pies

Circa 1835: English poet and author of \'Wuthering Heights\', Emily Bronte (1818 - 1848). Original artwork painted by Charlotte Bronte.

The Brontë Sisters and their inspirations

It's no secret that the Brontë sisters were inspired by their surroundings, but was it their hometown of Haworth that inspired them or the nearby moors?

John Wesley, the founding father of the Methodist Church, pulled from fire.

John Wesley: Pulled from the fire

The father of Methodism led a charmed life, narrowly escaping death from fire and angry mobs, and winning converts by his quiet dignity and unquenchable (some would say heretical) enthusiasm.

The fishing Harbor of the Cornish village of Polperro, England, UK.

Reasons to visit Britain, especially if you're American

Have you always wanted to visit Britain but could never quite make the journey? Well 2020 is the year, and here are four reasons to visit Britain, especially if you're American.

A Christmas Pudding Recipe

Here's a great recipe for you!

Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth on her relationship with Christ

"I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love."

Queen Elizabeth with, on the left, her daughter Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and on the right Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002), in the garden at Windsor Castle during WW II.

WATCH: A young Queen Elizabeth plays at home

Have you seen this footage of Queen Elizabeth playing as a young child in Windsor?

Zara Tindall

Another Royal baby is on the way!

Some good news for a change!

Iffley Lock on the River Thames. Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Get outta town - the River Thames and the Chilterns

The River Thames is so much more than just a London waterway. Lets get on the road!

The three suns: The battle of Mortimer\'s Cross.

The battle of the three suns - Mortimer's Cross

It's a quiet place today, this Mortimer's Cross. Few clues remain to indicate that on a bitter cold Tuesday, Feb 3, 1461, this sleepy hollow shook to the sounds of war and ferocious battle.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will indeed be getting the Covid-19 vaccine

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth.

Does Queen Elizabeth do an uncanny impression of Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher?

We often think of Queen Elizabeth II as a stern, serious figure, who's known for her stiff upper lip but not according to some!

Worcester Cathedral, on the banks of the river Severn

The best cathedrals in England

Each of these provincial ecclesiastical fortresses merits a place on our list of the ten best cathedrals in England

For those town and city dwellers without a cottage garden, growing fruit and veg on a garden allotment is a long-standing British tradition, and a family activity.

The backache and bounty of British allotment gardening

From surviving World War II to "back to the land" revival and even a Harrod's range, the history, and popularity of Britain's allotment plots.

This year marks the 104th anniversary of celebrating Christmas at Selfridges. More than 160,000 people a day view the Oxford Street store’s famous Christmas windows between October and the New Year.

Selfridges Christmas windows - where the wonder began 104 years ago

Since 1909 every inch of Selfridges has been giving over to celebrating Christmas, in a most American way, including the infamous windows of the flagship department store along London’s bustling Oxford Street.

The Great Outdoors! British Heritage Travel\'s Jan / Feb 2021 issue.

Go adventuring with the latest issue of British Heritage Travel

The January / February 2021 issue of British Heritage travel is filled with hope and adventure! It's time to get planning your next vacation to Britain.

Giant\'s Causeway, Northern Ireland.

The best tourist attractions in Britain

Interested in visiting the UK? Then check out Britain's best tourist attractions to make sure you're getting the most from your trip

Kate and William.

William and Kate arrive in Edinburgh!

William and Kate have arrived in Edinburgh...But should they be there?

A portrait of Mary Queen of Scots from the Hermitage Museum.

Did Mary Queen of Scots kill her husband Lord Darnley?

Was Mary Queen of Scots involved in the murder of her husband Lord Darnley?

2nd June 1953: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth reveals where her father hid The Crown Jewels during WWII

Letters have revealed that in order to protect the royal jewels from the Nazis, they were hidden In a biscuit tin, 60 feet below Windsor Castle on the order of King George VI.

Cinderella and Prince Charming are joined by Fairy May and Baron Hard Up outside Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre, celebrating last year’s production of the pantomime classic. Like all great pantos, the tale is badly fractured

Christmas at the British pantomime

It's a fractured fairytale full of knockabout, cross-dressing, audience participation, and gags as old as Methuselah. It's the inimitable panto!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the case of George Edalji

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a firm believer in the pursuit of justice. How much do you know about this case?

King Richard III.

Unraveling the mystery of Richard III

King Richard III lived a fascinating life and was embroiled in controversy and mystery. The greatest mystery of all being, was he really a villain?

Cinnamon stars.

The Royal Family shares their favorite Christmas recipe!

Have a look at this special Christmas recipe!

The Crown Jewels.

The man who tried to steal the Crown Jewels

Thomas Blood, believed to have been some sort of double secret agent, engineered an insane plot in the only close attempt in history to steal the priceless jewels from the Tower of London

An illustration of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

How a 104-year-old telegraph machine was recovered from the Lusitania shipwreck

Tragic WWII passenger ship sunk in 18 minutes killed 1,198 souls. American owner and team work to uncover secrets of the wreck.

Great Fire of London.

The Great Fire of London

On Sept 2, 1666, the Great Fire of London was ignited and burned for four days gutting the medieval city.

The Darling Buds of May: H.E. Bates’ story of country life in the Garden of England during the 1950s captures the idyllic charms of English rural life.

Follow the trail of the Darling Buds of May through the British countryside

Travel through the countryside which inspired H.E. Bates' novels and one of the most popular British TV series ever made - The Darling Buds of May.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is ready for Christmas!

They've decked the halls at Windsor Castle!

Queen Elizabeth II presents the Chatham House Prize 2019 to Sir David Attenborough at the Royal institute of International Affairs, Chatham House on November 20, 2019 in London Colney, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth and David Attenborough's decades-long friendship

David Attenborough and HRH Queen Elizabeth are both national treasures aged in their 90s but did you know they were pals. This clip of the pair will make you smile.

How to get the best photos of Britain's most famous sights

Here's some expert advice on how to get the best shot of Britain's most famous landmarks - to make sure you can make all your friends jealous!

Robert Pakington was a London merchant who became an MP in 1533.

Three of the best British historical mysteries

There are dozens of unsolved murders and curious causes throughout Britain's noted history, we take a look at three of the best.

Queen Elizabeth II in Belfast.

By Appointment: How to be Queen for a day

A Royal coat of arms and the statement “By Appointment” mark a product favored by the Royal Family and allow anyone to sample the material comforts of the Royals. Ever wonder how you might pretend to be Queen Elizabeth forb a day?

Great British motor museums

Put the pedal to the metal on Britain's motoring circuit and explore the history of the UK's most famous car brands.

Tides out and the sun rises on Cromer beach, Norfolk, uk

Visiting Norfolk: Queen Elizabeth II's personal neighbourhood

The Royal family's connection to Sandringham is long and varied, but just what is it about Norfolk that brings them back generation after generation?

Visit living British history at open-air museums

Immerse yourself in more than 2,000 years of British history at some of the finest open-air museums in the world.

The Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.

Exploring London's maritime Greenwich

The Cutty Sark, The Old Naval College, the historic covered market - up the Thames, London's Greenwich is a wonderland of British maritime history and Georgian and Regency surrounds.

Kirkwall Harbour, in Orkney.

Kirkwall: the bustling capital of the Orkneys

Though separated from the Scottish mainland by only 10 miles across the Pentland Firth, Orkney is one destination that really feels a world away.

 Charles Dickens, English novelist and one of the most popular writers in the history of literature.

Britain's oldest pubs with the best ghostly regulars

Britain's oldest pubs have many a story to tell.

Two pieces of battered fish on a plate with chips.

Where to find Britain's best fish & chips

Are you in love with Britain’s favorite comfort food? Then here's everything you need to know to make sure you're eating Britain's best fish and chips.

Arundel Castle, West Sussex.

Is Arundel, West Sussex, the best town in Britain?

Is Arundel the best town in Britain?

1946: British politician Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) wearing Royal Air Force uniform.

Why Winston Churchill is so fondly remembered In Missouri

The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library is located in Fulton, Missouri. Do you know why? Read more to find out.

Harry, The Duke of Sussex.

Harry claims mother nature is "punishing" humanity

Prince Harry has made some controversial statements about the world's suffering in 2020.

Queen Elizabeth II.

How does Queen Elizabeth remember everyone's name?

Queen Elizabeth spends a huge amount of time meeting people. At 94 years old, how on earth does she remember their names?

History of the Pilgrims and Puritans, their ancestry and descendants; basis of Americanization.

The Puritan migration - Albion's seed sets sail

Who were the Puritans? What do you know about them? We explore David Hackett Fischers' Albion's Seed.

Taking a cruise around the Northern Isles of Scotland

A British Heritage report from the stern of the Bridge Deck - seeing Britain from a cruiseliners luxury.

Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter breaks her silence about The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter has given her take on the controversy surrounding The Crown.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia.

Watch: Footage of Queen Elizabeth II in Ethiopia in 1965

Have you seen this footage of Queen Elizabeth in Ethiopia?

British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) (centre) with Queen Elizabeth, King George VI (1895 - 1952), Princess Elizabeth (left) and Princess Margaret Rose (1930 - 2002) waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during VE Day celebrations. (Photo by Reg Speller/Getty Images)

King George at The Festival of Britain

The summer of 1951 was a special one in the United Kingdom. Why? The Festival of Britain.

Touring the peaks in the footsteps of Jane Austen's Lizzie Bennet

Jane Austen knew the Peak District and the journey of Ms. Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice illustrates that brilliantly.

St. Paul\'s Cathedral, in London.

Wren’s churches - England's greatest architect at work

On this day, Dec 2, 1697, Sir Christopher Wren, the man responsible for London's St Paul’s Cathedral, was born.

Winston Churchill

Roosevelt and Churchill's 1941 Christmas speech during WWII

When Winston Churchill went to Washington following Pearl Harbour, the world took notice.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day, Nov 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth II bought her wedding dress with WWII ration coupons

Two years after the end of the Second World War Elizabeth purchased her wedding dress using ration coupons.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House, London.

Watch: The Royal Family in Scotland in 1955

The Royal Family has always shared a special relationship with Scotland and its people and this British Pathe footage from 1955 shows just that.

An array of Christmas lights brightening department stores Bon Marche and Quin and Axtens on Brixton Road, London. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Christmas in London...In 1955!

Have a look at this wonderful footage of Christmas in London in 1955.

The Crown

Princess Diana's former bodyguard questions The Crown's authenticity

Are these concerns about the Crown's authenticity valid?

Part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, UK, circa 1960. Possibly St Edward\'s Crown. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Have you seen this footage of The Crown Jewels?

The Crown Jewels are consistently held up as one of the most impressive collections of their kind.

Peter O\'Toole and Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia.

Ten of the best British war movies

Have you seen these classics? Here's 10 great British war movies that you need to check out.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

On this day: The World War II Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, was born

We know Winston Churchill as a hard-nosed, inspirational Prime Minister who led Britain through one of its toughest periods. How did that come to be?

Author and playwright Oscar Wilde.

The life of Oscar Wilde in his own words

Oscar Wilde is one of the most quotable writers of all time, and here's his most famous quotes used to tell his life story

Queen Elizabeth giving the Christmas speech in 2019.

Queen, Prince William, Charles and Harry could all be celebrating Christmas apart in 2020

Even the British Royal Family isn't immune to lockdown restrictions.

Elizabeth Woodville

Did Henry VIII's grandmother Elizabeth Woodville die of plague

Does the discovered letter from 1511 prove that the White Queen died from the plague?

English heartland.

Exploring the heart of England - from the Cotswold Hills to Worcestershire

Spending seven days in the "heart of England" - trails through the Cotswold Hills, and encompassing Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she attends a dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard in November 27, 2015.

What does Queen Elizabeth eat everyday?

Is Queen Elizabeth's diet the secret to her good health?

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

The royal tradition that ended with Prince Charles

There was one royal tradition that ended with the birth of Prince Charles, and it may surprise you 

Former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

Remembering Britain's WWII hero Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill, an icon to many, and certainly the United Kingdom's most revered Prime Minister, funeral recalled.

This 1849 vintage print features the portrait of William Shakespeare.

Was William Shakespeare a fraud?

Is everything we know about The Bard, William Shakespeare, true?

Image from page 71 of \"Coaching days and coaching ways\" (1893).

Travel through time at England's coaching inns

Ever wondered how travelers would get rest while crossing countries on horseback? In this article we look at coaching inns, which provided a place to rest for travelers and horses alike

Stonehenge, Salisbury.

Hidden landscapes of Stonehenge

Exciting new discoveries cast fresh light on the world’s most famous henge.

The Fens: Brograve mill at sunset in Norfolk.

Britain's sinking land - exploring the Fens

They're one of Britain's most unique landscapes and provide plenty of challenges for local, what it's really like to explore The Fens

Engraving From 1873 Featuring The Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Burns Lived From 1759 Until 1796.

What you need to know about the Scottish poet Robert Burns

Jan 25 is Burn's Night a celebration of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth launches her own gin!

Queen Elizabeth has a new gin coming out!

A portrait of King George II on his coronation day, by Allan Ramsay.

Remembering King George III

Today marks the birthday of King George III, King of Great Britain and King of Ireland, and we celebrate by taking a look at his official biography.

Kate and William.

Kate and William chat with members of the armed forces

Kate and William have been doing their bit and chatting with members of the armed forces.

Delicious orange Scottish salmon.

Scottish foods you should try before you die

A look at what Scottish food is all about. Think Scottish food is all haggis and potatoes? Well, you wouldn’t be far wrong...

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, UK, 8th July 1946.

WATCH: The Royals celebrate Elizabeth and Philip's engagement in 1947

Have you seen this incredible British Pathé footage Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip from their engagement party?

Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London.

The history of Tower Bridge

Happy Birthday Tower Bridge! After 125 years, we take a look at some of the defining moments in the history of Tower Bridge

The remains of Rievaulx Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey near Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire’s medieval Cistercian abbeys

Did you know there are four Cistercian abbeys in Yorkshire, including a World Heritage site? Visit all four with our expert guide

A traditional English cream tea scone with jam and cream.

A truly British delight, a special scone recipe

The scone undoubtedly, the perfect British treat. Clotted cream, jam, butter? However, you take yours this recipe is dreamy.

The Irish Crown Jewels.The Irish Crown Jewels. PUBLIC DOMAIN/WIKIPEDIA

The history of the Irish Crown Jewels

Did you know that Ireland was presented with crown jewels by both Henry II and Henry VIII?

An interview with the costume designer of The Crown!

Ever wondered who's behind the magical costumes of The Crown?

Documents stacked inside the repository at The National Archives, in Kew.

Whose history? The "migrated archive" and Britain's colonial past

An online lecture as part of the Out of the Ashes Lecture Series, with David M Anderson Professor of African History at University of Warwick.

Christmas pudding

The Royal Family's official Christmas pudding recipe

Christmas is right around the corner, and this is the perfect recipe for the occasion

Staple Inn, on Chancery Lane, London.

Exploring the rare elements of Elizabethan London that remain

The Tudor predilection for building in wood left few remains surviving. Sandra Lawrence uncovers the rarities of Elizabethan London.

Balmoral Castle, Ballateer, UK

Inside Balmoral Castle - Queen Elizabeth II's holiday home

Queen Elizabeth will be setting off on her holidays to Balmoral Castle very soon. How much do you know about this incredible place?

The Royal Family

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at Braemar?

The Royal Family's love for Scotland is very well documented and this footage at the Highland Games illustrates that wonderfully.

The voice of Harry Potter audiobooks, Stephen Fry.

This story from Stephen Fry about Harry Potter is brilliant

Silky-voiced Stephen Fry old the most brilliant story about recording the Harry Potter audiobooks.

Lover of all things English, the Irish American President John F. Kennedy.

Was JFK more British than he was Irish?

America’s most famous Irish son loved all things English, so it possible he was a anglophile?

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day.

WATCH: Incredible footage of Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day

Have you seen this amazing footage of Queen Elizabeth's wedding day? Take a look!

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Jackie Kennedy and her children John Jr. and Caroline during the inauguration of Britain\'s Kennedy memorial at Runnymede.

WATCH: Footage of Queen Elizabeth honoring JFK

On Nov 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Watch this historic footage of the Queen paying her respect.

A magazine illustration from the time for an article on Jack the Ripper, \"the criminal classes\".

Who was Jack the Ripper?

Jack the Ripper is one of Britain's most notorious and mysterious figures. Who was he?

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Everything you need to know about Margaret Thatcher

On Feb 11, 1975, Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for the leadership of the British Conservative Party.

Eastbourne Pier, in East Sussex.

Top tips to know before you visit Britain

Planning a trip to Britain? Here are some things to think about while you're over there.

A stunning sunset in Cornwall.

Vacation in Britain and see it like a local

Are you visiting the UK soon? Here are seven simple ways to avoid being a tourist and make sure you get the most from your trip.

Highclere Castle. Newbury.

The real Downton Abbey: we chat to Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle

She calls Downton Abbey home and lives the real lady of the manor life, so what is it like to be Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castle?

Full English Breakfast!

Full English, a guide to a proper British fry-up

Breakfast: It's Britain's answer to soul food. The art of the proper fry up is still alive today and can be found in kitchens all over the United Kingdom.

Did you know Batman, Christian Bale is British?!

Stars you thought were from the US... but are actually British

Think you know everything there is to know about your favourite stars? Think again.


Deep in the Heart of England

Deep in the Heart of England

Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her birthday in 2018.

What are Queen Elizabeth's hobbies?

Just what are Queen Elizabeth's hobbies for this period of self-isolation?

Prince William

Prince William breaks silence on "cruelty" of Netflix's The Crown

Prince William has broken his silence on The Crown. Here's what he thinks.

A painting of The Battle of Hastings and the Death of King Harold.

The effect the Battle of Hastings had on British history

In one battle, William the Conqueror led the Normans in sweeping away Anglo-Saxon rule.

Mermaid Street in the Cinque Port town of Rye in East Sussex, UK

Are these the prettiest streets in Britain?

Are these the prettiest streets in Britain, get the cameras ready because we think so 

Thames Tunnel Mills, Rotherhithe, in South London.

The real history of pilgrim's ship the Mayflower in London

From Rotherhithe, southeast London, the ship, the Mayflower, first set sail on its famous pilgrim's mission. It's all commemorated on the banks of The Thames.

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is named as the most stylish Royal on the planet

Kate Middleton has been named as the most stylish Royal in a recent poll.

Queen Victoria.

The legacy of Queen Victoria and her 60-year reign

Queen Victoria ruled Britain for over 60 years, but just what effect did her reign have on her subjects?

What a gormless pillock! Ye silly sod.

How many of these British insults do you know?

Why bother telling someone they’re a dummy when you can just call them a "daft git"?

A copy of the Magna Carta can be seen in Christ Church, Dublin, Ireland.

What is the Magna Carta? Everything you need to know

It formed the basis for America's Bill of Rights but what is the Magna Carta, and how did the Great Charter come to be?

A fountain in Cambridge during winter.

Visiting Cambridge - a history lovers heaven

Cambridge - Undoubtedly one of Great Britain's best-kept secrets.

St Edward\'s Crown, the Crown of England, which weighs nearly five pounds, the hollow gold Orb, the Sceptre with the Cross, Sceptre with the Dove, and the Ring

How much is St Edward's Coronation Crown worth?

How much does the coronation crown cost? Let's find out

Queen Elizabeth

Is Queen Elizabeth planning on stepping down?

Some Royal observers believe the time might be ripe for Queen Elizabeth to consider stepping down.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave after marrying in St George\'s Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England.

Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor?

The latest royal wedding was attended by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Prince Philip - but left royal watchers wondering just who is Lady Gabriella Windsor?

Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk

Ten majestic Medieval cathedrals around Britiain

Among the British icons known worldwide, up there with stately homes, pubs and gardens, are its unmatched and well-cared-for medieval cathedrals.

Queen Mary Tudor.

Was Mary Tudor really England's most hated Queen?

Who was Mary Tudor and why was she the world's most unhappy Queen?

Putney Bridge at dusk in Bath.

Bath's sacred spring

Bath's sacred spring at the ancient Roman bath and temple complex in the Somerset city reveals that cleanliness really was next to godliness. 

St James Palace, London.

The history of St. James's - the mall and park

It's been called the epicenter of modern Royal London, so Sandra Lawrence shows us around St James's Palace and surrounding attractions.

Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Netflix's The Crown's opening scene features IRA's Lord Mountbatten murder 

One of the most infamous murders in Irish history is the opening scene in The Crown the period-drama Netflix smash hit.

Duke of Sussex, Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.

Queen Elizabeth II's advice to William and Harry on royal duties

Given the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have now opted out of their royal duties the advice the Queen once handed down to her grandsons, Prince William and Harry, seem even more poignant.

Manchester: Queen of the North

Manchester dominates the North of England on a plain separating the Peak District to the South from the sweeping moorlands of Yorkshire to the Northeast.

Bowl of Yorkshire pudding with green colour pottery.

Yorkshire cuisine... and now for something completely different

The food of Yorkshire is world-renowned for good reason.

Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr.

Owain Glyndwr's legendary fight for Wales

Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr arguably became the most famous and highly regarded figure in Welsh history.

Princess Margaret in The Crown

Fancy a holiday on the set of The Crown?

This is a must-see for fans of The Crown!

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne

What you need to know about Queen Anne

Olivia Colman may play the monarch in the movie The Favourite, but what do we need to know about the real Queen Anne?

Queen Elizabeth II.

Does Queen Elizabeth use secret signals to communicate with her staff?

The Queen reportedly has a number of secret hand signals. Did you know about them?

 John Brown (1827 - 1883), servant and confidant of Queen Victoria.

The truth about Queen Victoria's relationship with John Brown

We know Queen Victoria was devoted to Prince Albert, but did she really have an affair with a servant after his death? Historian Julia Baird certainly thinks so

How to plant an English cottage garden?

Sian Ellis put the question to Gloucestershire-based garden designer Jacquie Gordon, winner at the Chelsea Flower Show for Mr. McGregor’s Garden, inspired by Beatrix Potter’s Tale.

The ultra British Cheddar cheese.

A staple pub fare, tearooms, and kitchens everywhere - English Cheddar cheese

The world's best-loved cheese comes from a Somerset village.

Castell Coch (Red Castle) near Cardiff, South Wales. Built in the 1870s

King coal's castles - touring the castles of South Wales

From Cardiff to Castle Coch the most stunning historic castles to explore in South Wales.

A statue of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.

Robin Hood's merry England - the folk heroes tales in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire

The tale of the notorious outlaw has lived on long after he and his band of merry men have gone.

Lost City of the Legion: Caerleon

The lost city of the legion is always worth a look.

King\'s Cross St Pancras, London, home to the 9 3/4 platform from Harry Potter.

Famous British film locations

Lights, camera, action at places we love to recognize from the small and silver screens 

The medieval streets of Wells, in Someret.

England’s most medieval city has a small town feel

Compact and picturesque Wells makes a great visit.

Dreamland amusement park, at Margarate.

Margate, Kent - revived dreams of Dreamland

Making merry once more at the classic amusement park, Dreamland! Margate’s lost soul was reborn.

Cycling the Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is amazing to cycle.

Chepstow and the Little Church in the Vale

A quirky interlude in the Marcher Borderlands. “Queen sells church for £1” is one of the more curious newspaper headlines back in 2015.

Olivia Colman.

Olivia Colman chats with Emma Corrin about The Crown!

Emma Corrin and Olivia Colman have sat down for a chat!

Michael Fagan broke into the Queen\'s bedroom in 1982.

Man who broke into Queen's room and sat on her bed has no regrets

The break-in was one of the most severe breaches of royal security in history.

Kate Middleton, aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, photographed between Harry and Prince William in 2013.

Did you know Kate Middleton will inherit this title when the Queen dies?

As Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton's title as Duchess of Cambridge will automatically change when Queen Elizbabeth II either dies or steps down

The Crimson Field - putting history into historical fiction

If you have any questions concerning British Army protocol --“the nuts and bolts side of the military"--Taff Gillingham is your man. 

Manderston House, in Duns, Scotland.

Last of the great stately homes - The Edwardian Manderston House

Manderston House in the Scottish Borders, almost completely rebuilt in Edwardian times, is described as being the swansong of that era.

For 200 years, mudlarks scrounged a living in the tidal flats of the River Thames. Today, intertidal archaeology can be a fun London adventure.

Mudlarking on The Thames - in hunt of treasures in London

For 200 years, mudlarks scrounged a living in the tidal flats of the River Thames. Today, intertidal archaeology can be a fun London adventure.

Armistice Day: During WWI 5,711,696 soldiers and 3,674,757 civilians were killed. Today we remember.

Armistice Day - remembering those who died during World War One, the Great War

The "war to end all wars" ended on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William, photographed in March 2019 at the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin.

Kate Middleton’s Guinness dress dubbed the best of the decade

In 2019 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Guinness Storehouse and Kate Middleton's dress made history.

Queen Elizabeth II, or Gan Gan as Prince George calls her.

Surprising nicknames The Royals use with each other

The Royals are just like any other family, which means they all have nicknames for each other, yes, even Queen Elizabeth!

Quarry Bank Mill\'s, Apprentice House, in Wilmslow.

Weaving life at Quarry Bank Mill

Explore the hard lives of workers and families of Georgian England at the Quarry Bank Mill's, Apprentice House, in Wilmslow.

The gift of a golden scepter by Pope Alexander VI to King James IV in 1494 began the priceless collection known as the Honours of Scotland. After a long and colorful history, the Honours of Scotland rest on display in Edinburgh Castle atop the Royal Mile in Scotland’s capital city.

Scottish Crown Jewels's history is an incredible one that starts in Rome

The Scots have placed their affections in some strange places throughout their battle-worn history

A Q&A with the Curator of Hillsborough Castle, in County Down

Dr. Christopher Warleigh-Lack is filled with stories of Hillsborough, and not just ones about its artifacts and artwork.

Princess Diana

'The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess' finishes tonight

The second part of the documentary airs tonight.

Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901).

Is this the last-known footage of Queen Victoria?

Unearthed footage of Queen Victoria in Ireland is clearer than any other thought to be in existence.

Regent\'s Canal as seen near Little Venice, London.

Life on London's Waterways

Cruising the capital city's crowded canals, exploring London's life on the waterways - its challenges, history, and different point of view.

Mary Somerville: Astoundingly, the woman who eventually would be recognized as a mathematical prodigy did not learn even the most rudimentary math until she was a teenager.

Mary Somerville and the Oxford college she inspired

The history of Oxford University, Sommerville College, and the woman who inspired it, the Scottish science writer and polymath, Mary Somerville.

The great castles of North Wales

King Edward I’s chain of stone fortresses, across Wales is as imposing today as it was 700 years ago.

Blaenavon’s Balance Tower is its most impressive sight. Built in 1839, the tower used water power lifting carloads of iron ore to be fed into a battery of smelting furnaces on the left.

Ironmasters of Wales - history forged in the Valley

A trip along the Heads of the Valley road certainly unwraps a rich story, of visionary ironmasters and hard-grafting workers, who forged industrial, social and political revolution.

Queen Elizabeth II photographed in 1977.

Why do only some Royals wear tiaras

Have you ever wondered why only some royals wear tiaras and others never have? We know!

Queen Elizabeth II by the cenotaph in London, on Remembrance Day in 2020.

WATCH: The Royal Family pay their respects for Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday marked Remembrance Sunday, a pivotal day in the British Royal calendar, the Royal Family paid their respects to Britain's fallen heroes.

Inside Mr Straw\'s House.

Time travel with a visit at William Straw's house

Mr. Straw's House, 7 Blyth Grove, in Worksop, a treasure chest of fascinating 1920s objects, fashions, and memories from inter-war Britain.

A wonder English thatched-cottage.

Thatching - an age-old craft in modern England

What was for centuries the roofing of the poor has now become the roofing of the rich. Thatched roofs are stylish, expensive, and quintessentially English.

Longleat House.

Elizabethan Longleat House, in Warminster, a bit of privacy and a lot of light

It is unimaginable to picture Longleat House in any setting other than the one it so perfectly occupies.

John and Charles Wesley.

At home with the founders of the Methodist church, the Wesleys, in Epworth

Following in the trail of John and Charles Wesley in their hometown of Epworth, in North Lincolnshire.

Workers in Bletchley Park.

WW2 hero celebrates her 100th birthday

A WW2 hero turned 100 this week!

Queen Elizabeth\'s youngest son, Prince Edward.

Everything you need to know about Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II's third son

Today, March 10 (1964), marks the birthday of HRM Queen Elizabeth II's third son, Prince Edward, a full-time working member of the Royal Family.

Edward and Wallis Simpson on vacation in Yugoslavia, in 1936.

Wallis Simpson and the royal title that can't be used again

... And all because Edward VIII abdicated his throne for the woman he loved.

The funereal effigy of Phillipa Chaucer, wife of 14th-century poet Geoffrey, rests in St. Mary the Virgin, the village church of East Worldham.

Wandering in literary Hampshire

From Shakespeare to Conan Doyle, this southern county has known the poets and storytellers of England’s past.

Calke Abbey, the Baroque mansion, in Derby.

A glitter of dust, cobwebs and “shabby chic” at Calke Abbey, Derby

Dating back to the early 1700s Sian Ellis takes a guided tour through the atmospheric Baroque mansion and explores its "heart-tugging progress from luxury to the faded glory."

The British Library in London, with St. Pancras station in the background.

Five things to see at The British Library, London

A British Library curator chooses the institution's most valuable items along with the treasures she most enjoys.

Circa 1540, A portrait of King Henry VIII (1491 - 1547), an engraving by T A Dean from a painting by Holbein.

Six old wives tales of Henry VIII

The faiths of Henry VIII's wives are well known, but did you know that each is associated with at least two castles?

The Making of the Pilgrims

From obscure farming villages to the shores of New England

The Scottish Borders - five days in paradise

Scotland is a country filled with some incredible sights. The Scottish Borders in particular offer up some stunning views.

A promo shot for the Downton Abbey movie.

How realistic is Downton Abbey?

The period mellow drama has fans around the world but today we ask just how realistic is Downton Abbey?

Whatever happened to the beers of Burton?

For more than two centuries, “Burton” meant “beer” in the United Kingdom just like “Hollywood” meant “movies” in the United States. So what happened?

Lumos! Travel through the wonder of Harry Potter\'s Scotland.

Tour the magic of Harry Potter’s Scotland

Harry Potter's Scotland is just magic

Buckingham Palace.

The history of Buckingham Palace

The English monarchy has lived at Buckingham Palace since the reign of Queen Victoria, but how much do you know about its history?

A gargoyle perched of Gloucester Cathedral.

Why an ancient craft of masonry remains in demand in Gloucester

“Gloucester Cathedral is looking for a Senior Stonemason. 39 hours a week. Reporting to the Master Mason at the Cathedral.”

The Loch Ness Monster

Has the Loch Ness Monster been spotted again?

Has the Loch Ness Monster emerged yet again?

Eastbourne Pier, in East Sussex.

Ten easily accessible tourist attractions in Britain

Due to visit Britain this year, don’t let walking restrictions stand in your way! Here are 10 of the best tourist sites suitable for those with mobility issues.

Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth's private commemoration of Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey

As Britain prepares for a second COVID-19 lockdown, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II traveled from Windsor Castle to London to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Soldier.

Queen Elizabeth II.

Can Queen Elizabeth get away with murder?

Is Queen Elizabeth immune to the law? Lets find out...

Guy Fawkes: \"Remember, remember the Fifth of November.\"

Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes - gunpowder, treason and fun

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 saw a dozen Catholic conspirators attempt to blow up Parliament and King James. It was Guy Fawkes who was found in the basement of Parliament guarding 26 barrels of gunpowder.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Great Western Railway

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was "the greatest of England's engineers", a "man with the greatest originality of thought and power of execution, bold in his plans but right."

Circa 1805: Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758 - 1805), British admiral, wearing the uniform in which he was fatally wounded.

The personal life of Admiral Horatio Nelson

At the National Maritime Museum's Nelson Gallery, visitors catch a glimpse of the personality of England's greatest naval warrior Admiral Horatio Nelson

Kate and William in Canada.

Need a job? Kate and William are hiring!

Looking for work? Kate and William are hiring!

The royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The strangest rules the Royal Family must follow

Did you know the Royal Family had to follow these rules?

King Henry VIII.

Five things you never knew about Henry VIII

King Henry VIII ruled England for 36 years, yet his reign remains known for his love affairs and marriages more so than his achievements - how much do you know?

Sir William Gilbert, William Conrad, Tim Curry, Angela Lansbury, Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Dana Huntley, Groucho Marx, Beverly Sills, Joel Grey, Eric Idle, Sir Arthur Sullivan.

The comic world of Gilbert & Sullivan

From Barataria to Titipu, the rollicking, madcap light operas of Gilbert & Sullivan parodied Victorian England and still delight audiences around the world.

King Arthur.

The legend of King Arthur

Many and various tales about the legend of King Arthur have continued to arise throughout history - but what can we take as real and what can we dismiss as lore?

Hever Castle was the home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII who was beheaded.

Visiting historical fortresses and castles of Kent

The pastoral garden county of Kent houses an extraordinary collection of historic fortresses, from Canterbury Cathedral to Battle Abbey and Dover Castle there's something for every Anglophile.

British Heritage Travel\'s November / December 2020 issue.

Huddle up this winter and dream with British Heritage Travel

As we move into winter and take stock of what's being an incredibly challenging year let's revel in a very British Christmas and plan ahead for our future vacations to Britain. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince William reveals he tested positive for COVID-19 in April

News has emerged that reveals how Prince William contracted the coronavirus in early April of this year.

Kathleen \'Kick\' Kennedy.

Forgotten love story: JFK's Sister Kick Kennedy & the Marquess of Hartington

The tragic death of Kick Kennedy in a 1948 plane crash was covered up by her family because of the scandalous details that surrounded the young Kennedy's love life.

11th June 1953: Princess Mary the Princess Royal (left) with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) and Prince Charles and Princess Anne on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

What you need to know about Princess Mary, The Princess Royal

She's the Queen's aunt and a character in the new Downton Abbey movie, but who was Princess Mary?

Engraving From 1882 Of The Battle Of Hastings Between The French And English Armies Of 1066.

Weapons the Normans used in The Battle of Hastings

You know that The Battle of Hastings was a bloody fight between the Normans and the Saxons, but do you exactly how the Normans were armed?

Here at Erddig near the market town of Wrexham (pictured below left), the serving staff photographed in 1912 included gardeners, housemaids, footmen, butler, cook, laundress, housekeeper and the estate foreman.

The real Downtown Abbey - servants’ lives below stairs

How shall we ever know if it’s morning if there’s no servant to pull up the blind?

Queen Elizabeth I, a portrait by Henry Gillard Glindoni.

German actress to play British Queen in new Starz series, Becoming Elizabeth

A new eight-episode period drama, Becoming Elizabeth, starring Alicia von Rittberg, will chronicle Queen Elizabeth I's early years. 

Julie Andrews (13) performs for George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in 1948.

When Julie Andrews sang to King George VI in 1948

In Nov 1948 Julie Andrews became the youngest solo artist to perform at a Royal Command Variety Performance, British Pathe captured the moment.

Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill's unlikely friendship

The pair who ruled during World War II enjoyed a deep and enduring friendship despite their differences.

Gibson Mill, a 19th-century former cotton mill, in secluded woodland at Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England.

A history of the British cotton industry

Britain once produced half the world's cotton cloth without growing a single scrap of, so just how did British textiles come to clothe the world?

Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Ten of the best Royal residences in Britain

For those who love the mystery and the magic of the Royal Family, let's take a walk in their shoes.

Sun setting on Knowlton Church, in Cranborne.

Who were the Druids? A history of Druidism in Britain

Our knowledge of Druidism is often full of misconceptions, here's everything you need to know about the history of Druidism and Druids in Britain 

The Crown.

Netflix release the official trailer for The Crown

The official trailer for season 4 of the smash-hit period drama The Crown has been released.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth's lockdown life

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have been spending lockdown at Windsor Castle. Here's everything they're up to!

Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Prince William and Kate Middleton honor COVID frontline health workers with Pride of Britain award

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid tribute to the National Health Service frontline heroes battling COVID-19.

Queen Elizabeth II.

Who are the most popular Royals?

Ever wondered who are the most popular Royals? Thanks to YouGov, now we can find out. And you might just be surprised at who made the top ten!

His Royal Highness Prince Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819 - 1861).

Five facts about Prince Albert

In 2019 Britain celebrated Prince Albert's 200th birthday, here are five unknown facts about Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria.

King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) during his short reign. He was created the Duke of Windsor in 1937 after his abdication in December 1936.

Letters prove Edward VIII believed the monarchy had no future

New letters written by Edward VIII to a former girlfriend show that the Queen's uncle had little faith in the monarchy and didn't want to become king 

Taking a moment: Two Welsh miners pause for cigarette.

When coal was king in the Welsh valleys of the Rhondda

The Welsh valleys have a long and storied history within the mining industry. Read more to find out about it.

The inventor of television, John Logie Baird.

John Logie Baird - the forgotten pioneer of television

Today (Aug 13) in 1888, John Logie Baird was born in Helensburgh. Thirty-eight years later, on Jan 26, 1926, he first demonstrated his invention, the colour television, changing the world forever. 

Edd Kimber's nanna's gingerbread recipe

The Great British Bake Off’s first winner shares a northern treat her nanna's very own gingerbread recipe.

The Venerable Bede.

The Venerable Bede - England's first great historian

About 1,300 years ago, the Venerable Bede was early medieval Europe's greatest scholar and the first to record the history of the English nation.

Sunrise over winding mountain road in Yorkshire dales, England.

Yorkshire's dales and moors - where the journey itself is the destination

Yorkshire's Dales and Moors present any curious traveler with a myriad of things to see and do.

The gravestone of Bartholomew Gosnold.

Bartholomew Gosnold - How England settled in the New World

The man who perhaps more than any other single individual is responsible for the establishment of British North America.

Alfred the Great (849-99), after a painting in the Bodleian Gallery.

A British hero Alfred the Great King of Wessex

Many monarchs in the long history of Great Britain have been mediocre and worse. Some few have been quite good indeed. However, only Alfred, the 9th-century king of the West Saxons, has been honored by history with the sobriquet “Great.”

Ironbridge Gorge, at Telford.

Industrial heritage sites - the engine houses of the modern world

Some of the greatest historic sites in Britain that illustrate how the world changed during the Industrial Revolution.

The Palace of Westminster, otherwise known as the Houses of Parliament, is a Victorian architectural icon.

Five Victorian buildings in London you need to visit

Here are five of London's most beautiful buildings built during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Agatha Christie.

Greenway House: at home with Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple both visited this town on River Dart, in Devon, where the world's best-selling author, Agatha Christie, called home.

Michael Caine in The Italian Job.

Five modern classic British films

Now more than ever we have ample time to sit back and enjoy these modern classic British films.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry discusses racism with activist Patrick Hutchinson

Prince Harry has had a chat with famous activist Patrick Hutchinson.

The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, in London.

Ten free things to do in London

If you're in the capital for a visit this is the essential guide of free things to do in London.

Osborne House.

The history of Queen Victoria's Osborne House

It was Queen Victora's summer home, but what else do we need to know about Osborne House?

A still from the smash-hit show, Outlander, on Starz.

Keeping it real with Outlander's historical advisor

Dr. Tony Pollard, historical advisor to the smash-hit period drama Outlander on Starz tells British Heritage Travel how his role works and how he keeps this TV show on the heritage straight and narrow.

Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth

What to read? Top five British Royal biographies of 2020

Here are the top 5 British Royal biographies to get you through the Winter!

The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at All Saints Church, Daresbury, is better known as the Alice Window.

The real story and places behind Alice in Wonderland

The true history of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the life of Alice Liddell, and what remains in real life of these fantastical tales.

Captain Cook.

Captain Cook: The Greatest Explorer

On this day in 1728, Captain James Cook was born!

A still the movie 1607: A Nation Takes Root.

What was life like in Britain in 1607?

What was life really like for people in Britain during the 1600s, those British who emigrated to America?

The Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

Britain's last romantic poet Dylan Thomas

The upbringing, genius and eventual demise - everything you need to know about the Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

Men and women in Africa captured into slavery.

A timeline of the abolition of the British slave trade

William Wilberforce, "The Saints" and the political events in Britain which led up to the abolition of slavery in 1833 across the British Empire.

King Charles II

The reign of Charles II and the Restoration

Charles II was a polarizing figure. How much do you know about the former King?

An illustration of the Tynewydd Colliery disaster, at Porth, in 1877.

The Tynewydd Colliery disaster

On April 11 1877 at the Tynewydd Colliery, in Porth became flooded by water from the abandoned workings nearby. Fourteen miners were trapped underground at Tynewydd and rescue attempts were begun to find them.

British Aviator: Amy Johnson.

Amy Johnson: The incredible life of a pioneer aviator

The death-defying daredevil life and flights of Amy Johnson a pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia.

General William Howe

General William Howe and the War of Independence

General William Howe was Commander in Chief of the British Army during a crucial period of the War of Independence. How much do you know about the British leader?

Prince William outside a KFC

Prince William stops for...A KFC?

Prince William looks hungry in this photo!

Circa 50 BC, Julius Caesar (102 BC - 44 BC) as dictator of Rome wearing a crown of laurel and holding a symbol of office

Julius Caesar in Britain

Despite two attempts to overtake Britain, Caesar ultimately returned home emptyhanded. Here's a look at the history of Julius Caesar in Britain

A close up detail of Prince William and Kate Middleton\'s wedding cake, from 2011.

The history of Royal wedding cakes

Fruited confections fit for a Queen! We take a look at the history of Royal wedding cakes - from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince William and down to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Loch Ness from Aldourie shoreline, near Inverness, Scotland.

Denizen of the deep - the Loch Ness Monster

Urquhart Castle is surely one of the most picturesquely situated castles in the Scottish Highlands. Located 16 miles south-west of Inverness, the castle, one of the largest in Scotland, dominates a sandstone bluff overlooking much of the length of Loch Ness.

Sir George Cayley, the Father of Aviation

Sir George Cayley, the Father of Aviation

In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the world’s first piloted heavier-than-air flying machine, or so history would have us believe. But they were actually 50 years behind eccentric Englishman Sir George Cayley.

Lady in hoop skirt, rococo era, c. 1780. Hand colored wood engraving, published c. 1880.

An 18th-century woman’s dressing routine

Have you ever wondered how long it took an 18th-century lady to get dressed?

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, a painting by John Collier.

The legacy of Anthony Ashley-Cooper the Victorian social reformer

Anthony Ashley Cooper opened people's eyes to the oppression of the weakest and poorest among them and led the way to easing their misery.

The green worlds of Lancelot “Capability” Brown

After over 300 years, the legacy of history’s greatest landscape architect remains.

Like all the 18th and 19th-century textile mills, Darley Abbey Mills sits next to a river—the water providing the power that drove its vast machinery. DERWENT VALLEY MILLS

Traveling through the history of Britain's textiles

Weaving the tapestry of Northern life. Visiting the historic textile mills opens windows onto the technological innovations of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Queeh Victoria.

The secrets of Queen Victoria

From 1832 Queen Victoria, kept detailed personal journals for 69 years mapping out the monarch's reign but her secrets were edited out after her death.

Hallam Street, London: after the World War II Blitz.

A World War II survivor recalls the London Blitz

Joan McKenzie, a survivor, recalls World War II's Hitler's V-weapon offensive during the Blitz.

The spiritual claims and legends surrounding Glastonbury

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

Kate Middleton

What will happen when Kate Middleton becomes Queen?

Here's what's on the horizon for Kate Middleton!

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan star in first portrait since stepping down from the Royal Family

Harry and Meghan have starred in their first portrait since stepping down from the Royal Family.

Dame Vera Lynn

Great British Heroes: Vera Lynn: ‘The Forces Sweetheart’

In the bleak years of World War II, Vera Lynn’s songs captured the spirit of their times and charged the morale of British servicemen everywhere

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth

Did Prince Philip have an intimate relationship with Daphne Du Maurier?

Did Prince Philip and Daphne Du Maurier have a relationship?

Queen Victoria\'s funeral procession.

Pathe footage of Queen Victoria's funeral

The funeral of Queen Victoria broke royal protocol in every way and changed the way we mourn monarchy forever 

Cantebury center.

What to see and do in Canterbury

A roundup of what to do, where to go, and what you have to see in Canterbury

Queen Elizabeth II delivering her Christmas speech, in 2019.

Why Queen Elizabeth II is in the Guinness Book of World Records

Queen Elizabeth II is a Guinness Book of Records seven times over but what kind of records does the Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith hold?

Queen Elizabeth and members of Apollo 11

What Royal protocol did Neil Armstrong break when he met Her Majesty?

Neil Armstrong had quite the faux-pas on his trip to Buckingham Palace.

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

The myth of middle-class Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is often touted as being middle class. Is this really true?

Leeds from temples to markets - a city built on trade

"From cloth to grain to the industrial revolution, the story of Northern entrepreneurial effort is seen throughout the city."

Prince William and Prince Harry

Royal biographer reveals rift between Harry and William

Did you know Harry and William didn't see eye to eye in this way?

Hand made Banbury Cakes, Eccles Cakes, Granola Slices and Chocolate Brownies for sale on a stall at a UK Farmer’s Market.

The best of British baking

We've all seen the Great British Bake Off, but how much do you know about these British delights?

Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Was Outlander's Black Jack Randall based on a real Jacobite figure?

Fans of Outlander have been wondering whether or not Captain Black Jack Randall was based on a real person or not.

President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a State Banquet in Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011 in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle are in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. During the trip they will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and the President will address both houses of parliament at Westminster Hall. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Did Queen Elizabeth really fall in love with this world leader?

Queen Elizabeth has met every American president since becoming Queen. But which one left the biggest mark? Let's take a look.

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Chatsworth House and Gardens, in Derbyshire.

Chatsworth House and Garden, the palace of the Peaks

Located on the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, Chatsworth is repeatedly named as Britain's favourite stately home.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth honors COVID heroes in birthday honors

Healthcare workers are to receive some special consideration in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honors for 2020.

David Attenborough and Prince William

Prince William and David Attenborough join forces

Prince William and David Attenborough have teamed up to combat environmental issues.

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II.

Is this Queen Elizabeth II's secret to good health?

She's been on the throne for 67 years, but what is the secret to Queen Elizabeth II's good health?

The Haunted Forest in HBO\'s Game of Thrones (Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down).

Seven UK locations that were used for Game of Thrones?

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Did you know that there are 7 locations in the UK that have appeared in the hit show?

The delicious Cornish pasty.

The Cornish pasty - a pastry delight celebrated

Pride in the Cornish pasty runs deep throughout Cornwall, so much so that in 2018 they launched the Cornish Pasty Week.

The North Great Road, Sutton-on-Trent.

Adventures on the Great North Road

The Great North Road was the only way of traveling the 409 miles from London to Edinburgh, or Edinburgh to London, for centuries before the A1 and the motorways of today.

Traditional pot-roasted chicken.

Tom Kitchin's traditional pot-roasted chicken recipe

Tom Kitchin, head chef, and proprietor of Kitchin and The Scran and Scallie in Edinburgh's talk food, fall and reveals his traditional pot-roasted chicken recipe.

Kristin Stewart

Kristen Stewart talks all things Princess Diana ahead of movie

Kristen Stewart has spoken out about her upcoming role.

Exploring Wales and unearthing magic and legends

Exploring the castles, mountains, winding roads, and valleys of the mystical Wales where so many tales of princes, heroes, villains, and saints live on.

A promo shot of Prince William for the documentary series \"A Planet For Us All\".

William takes on role of "People's Prince", just like his mother Princess Diana

The Duke of Cambridge has been praised following a touching conservation documentary series that aired for the first time this week. 

A statue of Edward VII, in Birmingham.

The secrets of King Edward VII

The secrets of the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India including the love for women and the high-life.

Buckingham Palace, in the heart of London city.

A look at the renovated Buckingham Palace

We finally get to see inside the recently renovated Buckingham Palace and it looks incredible 

Ely Cathedral: Close to where Celia\'s horse\'s feet could scarcely stand\' as she crossed the Sands of Dee.

The journeys of Celia Fiennes through 17th-century England

Three hundred years ago, a remarkable woman travelled alone through every county in England. Today, her journal provides us with a glimpse of 17th-century England.

Kateryn Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII of England.

A Q&A with Philippa Gregory: The Taming of the Queen

British Heritage Travel caught up with the author Philippa Gregory in 2015, just after the publication of The Taming of the Queen, the story of Kateryn Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII of England.

What are the most popular baby names in Britain? Find out here.

Here are the most popular baby names in the UK for 2020!

Did you know that these baby names were so popular?

Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe, Boudica.

How many of these famous British women through history do you know?

From Cartimandua to Florence Nightingale and Nell Gwyn to Margaret Thatcher, we look at famous women throughout English history. 

The Plough, The Swan... how did British pubs get their names?

How did British pubs get their names?

How better to celebrate International Beer Day (Aug 7) by revelling in the wonder of British pub names! Cheers.

A picturesque cottage in Dorchester, Dorset.

Walking through Thomas Hardy's Casterbridge also known as Dorchester

The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, is the single work that readers in the early 21st century can recognizably walkthrough virtually scene by scene, in Dorchester, Dorset.

A stream train arriving at the platform of a traditional station in North Yorkshire.

Riding the great British rails

Riding the great British rails guarantees the adventure of a lifetime!

Prince Philip.

Watch: Prince Philip tell jokes through the years

Prince Philip is known as a joker. Have a look at this compilation showing some of his best.

The lush greenery of Tennyson\'s country, the Wolds of Lincolnshire.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s country - the Wolds of Lincolnshire

On this day, Oct 5 1892, the English Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, passed away. Today we explore his home region of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Daphne du Maurier.

Daphne du Maurier's Cornwall

Daphne du Maurier came from a line of distinguished eccentrics.

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth heartbroken as Royal engagements cancelled until 2021

Queen Elizabeth won't be holding any Royal events for the rest of the year.

Heading back to Blighty? A guide to British slang.

The British Heritage Travel guide to British slang

While it’s true Yanks and Brits both technically speak the same language, it’s a slight stretch to say we share a common tongue.

Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth.

Has Prince Andrew made his last public appearance for the Royal Family?

Has Prince Andrew made his last public appearance?

Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II, in The Crown

Netflix releases photos of season four of The Crown

Some images have been shared Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher from the upcoming season of The Crown!

Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham Estate

Is Queen Elizabeth facing a staff revolt?

Could this spell trouble for the Royal Family?

A portrait of Horatio Nelson, by Lemuel Francis Abbott.

On this day: Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson was born

Today we mark Admiral Horatio Nelson's birthday by looking back at his life and the Battle of Trafalgar.

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan sign £112 million Netflix deal

Harry and Meghan's Netflix deal is quite the earner!

The plague of Florence, in 1348.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't the first the British Royal family have weathered

The world is currently battling the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Here is a look back at the pandemics through history and how the Royal Family fared.

Princess Eugenie

Another Royal baby is on the way!

A new Royal baby is on the way!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Harry and Meghan speak out on the US election

Harry and Meghan have added their two cents to the US election.

The Lake District

The UK's favorite road trips

Here are the very best road trips to be found in the UK.

Prince Harry

The prank Prince Harry pulled on Queen Elizabeth

Prince Harry used to be quite the prankster!

The mill buildings at New Lanark, Scotland.

Ahead of the times in the mill town New Lanark

It took people with real vision to change life for our ancestors, a case in point can be found at the New Lanark mills in southwest Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth

A secret diary reveals some facts about Queen Elizabeth's childhood

An old diary has published some interesting tidbits about Queen Elizabeth.

The King of England, Edward II.

King Edward II and Piers Gaveston, the real story of the King and his husband

The relationship between King Edward II and Piers Gaveston is one of the most infamous menages a trois in British royal history.

In the spirit of this edition\'s Literary Britain, I\'m dedicating Around Town to specific places from novels set in the capital.

Literary Britain - uncovering the fiction of London

Discover specific locations from wonderful novels you'll find around the great city of London.

The 5 Royal rules that must be followed while on the move

Did you know the Royals had to follow these strange rules while travelling?

Along the Roman, Fosse Way.

Follow the Roman road, explore the Fosse Way

Follow the Roman Road from Exeter to Lincoln and walk through years of history - ramble the Fosse Way.

Queen Elizabeth

Which country has removed Queen Elizabeth as head of state?

Did you know this country was stepping away from the United Kingdom?

The Royal Family

Will the Royal Family survive after Queen Elizabeth's reign?

Will the Royal Family survive once Queen Elizabeth moves on?

Adam James as John Bellasis, with Alice Eve as Susan Trenchard

Have you seen Belgravia, the drama by the creator of Downton Abbey?

Belgravia, based on the 2016 book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is set to premiere on ITV later this year

Prince William visits with the PSNI and emergency services in Belfast.

Prince William visits Belfast COVID first-responders

The Duke of Cambridge is back getting out and about and doing what he does best, engaging with charities and paying homage to heroes in the community.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

How coal, cloth and steel built Yorkshire

Modern Yorkshire was manufactured from cloth, coal, and steel, and the tale of its construction in the 18th and 19th centuries can be explored in a day.

Prince Edward.

What Does Prince Edward's new title really mean?

For his 55th birthday, in 2019, Queen Elizabeth II gave Prince Edward a brand new title, but what does it mean for the rest of the family?

Stars and stripes and the Union Jack: The US and UK\'s special relationship.

Our special relationship - the UK and the USA

The UK and the USA have long enjoyed a special relationship. We thought we'd take a look into it.

A suffragette being arrested in London.

A century of women’s suffrage in Britain

Chaining yourself to the railings of Number 10 is always going to garner more headlines than a well-argued letter to the Times.

The countryside in west Somerset.

Somerset - the “Land of the Summer People”  

Take a day-by-day trip with us through Somerset, a county loaded with history and scenery, so often overlooked.

Crown Mines ruins in Cornwall.

The story of Cornish tin mining

It was not cream teas and pasties, but metallic ore built Cornwall, on the in South West England.

Prince Philip

New book claims Prince Philip is disappointed with members of the Royal Family

Prince Philip isn't happy with certain members of the Royal Family.

The Roman Baths, in Bath, Somerset.

Amazing places to add to your Britain must-see list

Our expert British travel writer's nine places that ought to be on every must-see list for anyone planning a trip to the United Kingdom.

Schoolgirls dance around the maypole at the spring fête in Dilwyn, Herefordshire.

Examining the quintessential British fête

From sales of work in post-World War II to the modern archetypal feature of rural British village life here's everything you need to know about British fêtes.

Queen Elizabeth

The fast-food that Queen Elizabeth just can't resist

Did you know Queen Elizabeth enjoyed this food so much?

Cover art for the book, \"The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York\", by Anne de Courcy.

Husband hunters: American heiresses who married Into the British aristocracy

Anne de Courcy, author of the book "The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York" talks with BHT about the real-life Downton Abbey, Lady Coras, and their history-changing legacies.

Blast furnesses at Blaenavon Ironworks, Monmouthshire.

Top ten industrial history museums in Britain

Scores of industrial history museums unpack the tale of the Industrial Revolution. Here are 10 great visits that help tell the story.

Iconic Britain - BHT's favourite places

We asked our contributors to tell us a little bit about some of their favorite spots in Britain. Here's what they said.

Princess Elizabeth arrives to Balmoral with baby Prince Andrew and family.

Have you seen this footage of the Royal Family at Balmoral?

Remarkable British Pathé footage shows the Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth and newborn Prince Andrew, arrive at their Scottish castle in 1960.

King Arthur’s Sword - Bardsey Island

Britain's best known myths and legends and where to visit them

The most well-known and forgotten myths and legends of Britain's favorite holiday locations. How many of them do you know? 

10 Of The Best Dog Walks In Britain

Bring your four-legged friend along on your next UK adventure, with our list of the best 7 dog walks in Britain 

The beautiful coast of Dorset.

Thomas Hardy’s Wessex Country

Still far from madding crowds, Sandra Lawrence explores the countryside of Dorset.

Queen Elizabeth II: A portrait painted during her 1959 tour to Canada.

Queen Elizabeth's advice on wearing a crown

Have you seen this charming clip?

Princess Diana

Friendship between Princess Diana and an Irish nun

How an Irish nun gave comfort to Princess Diana during her fraught marriage from 1992.

William \'Billy\' Hill - the London Irish gangster who mentored the Kray twins

The London gangster who shaped the Kray Twins

London gangster William 'Billy' Hill helped shape the criminal career of the notorious Kray twins.

Princess Diana.

Prince William and Harry announce Diana statue to be installed for her 60th birthday

Ahead of the anniversary of her death, her sons revealed the statue they commissioned will be unveiled for her 60th birthday.

The cover of the Sept / Oct 2020 issue of British Heritage Travel.

The Sept / Oct 2020 British Heritage Travel magazine is out now!

The September / October 2020 issue of British Heritage Magazine is winging its way to our subscribers!

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Top facts you should know about Eleanor of Aquitaine

Here's everything you need to know about Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Some 6,000 Roman legionnaires gathered in Isca’s amphitheater for sport and ceremony.

Lost Roman city of the legion: Caerleon

Where ancient Roman history and legend make romance in the small Welsh town of Caerleon.

Prince Philip hoped for peace in a letter in 1979.

Prince Philip called for peace after murder of Lord Mountbatten by IRA

Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA in 1979 when the terrorist organization blew up his fishing boat off the coast of Sligo.

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester.

Who is Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Happy Birthday to Prince Philip, The Queen’s cousin, and a full-time working member of the Royal Family.

Queen Elizabeth with Donald Trump

Four times the Royals have gotten involved with politics

Meghan Markle has been on the receiving end of some harsh criticism due to her involvement in politics but she isn't the first!

Queen Elizabeth

Calls intensify for Queen Elizabeth to strip Meghan of her title

A section of the media believes Queen Elizabeth should strip Meghan of her title. Do you agree?

Drimla Lodge, on the shores of Kildonan, Isle of Arran.

“Scotland in miniature" - the Isle of Arran

If you're looking for a single whistle-stop tour take a trip to “Scotland in miniature”, the Isle of Arran.

Queen Elizabeth photographed at Sandringham.

Queen Elizabeth will not return to Buckingham Palace, due to COVD-19

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been praised for her decision to move back to Windsor Palace.

 Prince Harry whiPrince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Do Harry and Meghan have a TV show in the works?

Are Harry and Meghan planning a television series?

Old Portsmouth.

Exploring the picturesque and historic southeast coast of Britain

The coast of Britain! This is looking through a kaleidoscope of English history and a window into the English soul. 

In Which We Serve: John Mills, Noel Coward. and Bernard Miles re-create a dramatic moment in the sinking of HMS Kelly, an actual event upon which the (mostty) historical film was based.

Real to reel: World War II and British film

The historical fact often takes a back seat to dramatic conventions when Britain war effort is portrayed on film.

Soldiers in the trenches on the southern section of Gallipoli Peninsula during World War I. The men belong to the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

The glorious dead - the war memorials around Great Britain

In the aftermath of the First World War British people needed a place to focus their loss and grief. War memorials were erected up and down the country in a show of national pride that lasts to this day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Might Prince Harry be returning to the UK?

Could a move back to the UK be on the cards for Prince Harry?

A promo shot for the TV show, Foyle\'s War.

Foyle's War - the most missed British TV show of the 21st century

Foyle's War has beated Downton Abbey as the most missed British TV show of the 21st Century, according to a new poll from The Radio Times 

Visitors stroll down the pretty riverside walk from the Peak Cavern to the village of Castleton, nicknamed “Gem of the Peaks.”

Derbyshire’s glorious Peak District

Spelunkers and backpackers, film crews, and folks who love stately homes: visitors flock to the oasis of the Peak District for many reasons.

Quayside on the River Exe draws folk for river cruises or browsing in its shops and galleries.

How to spend 24-hours in Exeter

Whether you're based in Devon, Cornwall, or further field and in search of history, fine museums and underground excitement Exeter is a wonderful town to visit.

The Fosse Way, Exeter in the southwest and Lincoln to the northeast of Britain.

The very best Roman road trips in Britain

Some of these Roman road trips will bring you on a proper adventure!

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

On this day: Winston Churchill gave his famous speech "The Few" in the House of Commons

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.

Planning a vacation to Scotland and don't know where to start?

If you’re intrigued about visiting Scotland but don’t know where to start let this be your guide...

Some new information has emerged regarding season 6 of The Crown!

Some new details have emerged regarding season 6 of The Crown!

Abbotsford, Melrose, Borders, home of Sir Walter Raleigh

Ten of the best historic literary homes

The varied homes and birthplaces that have influenced the lives of writing of some of Britain's most iconic writers

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace

The 5 most ridiculous myths about the Royal Family

Have you heard these outlandish claims about the Royal Family?

Call the Midwife.

Five British period dramas to revisit

You've watched Downton Abbey and lapped up Peaky Blinders? You're gotten hooked on British period dramas!


British castles to dream of

Castles have been around forever. It was the Normans, though, who developed the castle-making art that we know.

Meghan Markle wears a poppy for remembrance day

Meghan Markle has re-found her voice

Meghan Markle has re-found her voice - and plans on using it.

Brighton Palace Pier.

Brighton - taking a day trip to England's most famous seaside resort

Just an hour from London on Brighton is most certainly England’s most famous seaside with plenty to see and entertain.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne's alternative career path

Can you imagine Princess Anne with this vocation?

Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Dumfries House - A modern success story for a house steeped in Scottish history

A house fit for an Earl! The history of Dumfries House in south-west Scotland largely revolves around two men, separated in time by almost 250 years. 

Albury Park, Surrey

Dream home? King George III's historic apartment goes on sale

Fancy living like a King? Well, now's your chance!

Prince Harry shaking hands in Sheffield.

Is Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie's friendship over?

Reports have emerged that claim that Harry and Eugenie's friendship is on the rocks.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall on March 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Dawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan's social media gets the axe

Harry and Meghan's social media has been all but removed from the Royal Family's website.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall look at eachother as they reopen the newly-renovated Edwardian community hall The Strand Hall during day three of a visit to Wales on July 4, 2018 in Builth Wells, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Are Prince Charles and Camilla renewing their vows?

Should Prince Charles and Camilla renew their vows?

Pretender to the throne, Perkin Warbeck.

The curious career and uncertain past of pretender to the throne, Perkin Warbeck

Was Warbeck just another in a long line of pretenders to the throne of England, or did his appearance in Ireland in 1491 prove the innocence of Richard III, whom most historians accused of murdering his nephews, the Princes in the Tower?

The United Kingdom of beer - land of hops and glory

Celebrate International Beer Day (Aug 7) by rejoicing in Britain's history with and great love for beer!

Meghan Markle

6 Things you didn't know about Meghan Markle on her birthday

Here's some fun facts about Meghan Markle on her birthday!

Princess Anne, Princess Royal attends The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo cast rehearsel at Redford Barracks on August 2, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Princess Anne Is Once Again The Hardest Working Royal

The latest statistics from the Press Association are just in, and shows that Princess Anne is the hardest working royal

Everything you need to know about Isambard Kingdom Brunel

He's one of the world's most accomplished engineers but what do we need to know abut Isambard Kingdom Brunel? 

 In this photo illustration, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Queen Elizabeth II speak to carers via video call to mark Carers Week 2020 on June 11, 2020 in London, England. Princess Anne, Princess Royal founded Carers Trust, formally known as The Princess Royal Trust, to recognise and support carers across the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Princess Anne teaches Queen Elizabeth how to use Zoom!

Princess Anne has been passing on some knowledge to Queen Elizabeth on the inner-workings of Zoom.

Harry and Meghan

Are Meghan and Harry really 'done and dusted' with the Royal Family?

Harry and Meghan may have burned all bridges with the Royal Family, according to several Royal sources.

Queen Elizabeth's new portrait is revealed!

Queen Elizabeth has tagged along to a virtual unveiling of her very own portrait

The Beatles and Liverpool - exploring the history of where the world's greatest band began

Liverpool is best known as the home of The Beatles, but there's more to the city than that. Join us as we take a trip through Merseyside.

Churchill War Rooms. London.

Touring World War II landmarks in Britain

A collection of terrific visits that illuminate and inspire, and bring World War II to us today.

Queen Elizabeth

The true story behind Queen Elizabeth's 'War of Words' with Harry and Meghan

Earlier in the year, an announcement by Harry and Meghan allegedly left Queen Elizabeth none too plussed. Here's the details.

The son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince George.

Everything you need to know about Prince George on his birthday!

Prince George turns 7 today. Here's everything you need to know about the young prince.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry fires back at criticism of his charity

Prince Harry's representatives have responded to allegations made about him and his charity.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice leaving the chapel at Windsor.

Princess Beatrice marries during COVID... here's what happened

Princess Beatrice married her fiancee, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small private ceremony at Windsor.

Prince Beatrice, the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York.

Princess Beatrice marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in private Windsor ceremony

The Duke and Duchess of York's eldest daughter, Beatrice, has married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Windsor, where Queen Elizabeth is living during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal Yacht \'Britannia\' during Queen Elizabeth II \'s visit to Tonga, February 1977. (Photo by Serge Lemoine/Getty Images)

Britain's most impressive museum ships

Join Dana Huntley as he takes a look at 10 of Britain's most impressive museum ships.

AW Gamages

Are you being served? The great British department store!

Join Jim Corbett as he takes a trip down memory lane and recalls his time spent working in AW Gamages.

Edward Jenner.

Edward Jenner, the founder of immunology

Given the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, it's worth remembering to look for the helpers. In doing so we remember the man who halted the spread of smallpox.

Lord Mountbatten

New documentary makes salacious claims about Lord Mountbatten's affairs

A new documentary has shed some light on the details regarding Lord Mountbatten's personal life.

Muriel Matters chained to the Grille

Podcast: History of United Kingdom women's suffrage - the grille

The Grille incident of 1908. What was the grille and what role did it play during the suffrage movement? 

The Crown

The Crown is returning for a 6th season!

The Crown will be returning for the 6th season. Here's all the details!

Fireworks over the Edinburgh skyline, as seen from Calton Hill.

The ultimate United Kingdom Lonley Planet Travelist

What did Lonely Planet choose as the UK's top attraction?

Detail from a mosaic at Chedworth Roman Villa. 

Sites of Roman Britain - villas, towns and forts

Occupied by the Romans from the 1st to the 4th century, Roman historic sites abound in modern Britain. Here's where to found them.

Hexham, Northumberland.

Comfortably unique and familiar - Britain's best market towns

Our favorite market towns, each rich in history—where you can still buy a cauliflower or local cheese in the open-air market.

Queen Elizabeth with the Royal Family on the main balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2012.

Has Queen Elizabeth left Buckingham Palace for good?

There has been some job losses at Buckingham Palace, fueling speculation that Queen Elizabeth may have moved out for good.

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look on during the pre-game ceremonies before the MLB London Series game between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry calls on the Commonwealth to face up to it's 'uncomfortable' past amid Black Lives Matter protests

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken out about the Commonwealth's legacy, and what it means moving forward in the modern era.

Edward I (1239-1307) on engraving from 1845. King of England during 1272-1307. Published in London by J.S.Virtue.

Was Edward I the most romantic royal ever?

On this day, July 7, 1307, King Edward I, conqueror of Wales and “Hammer of the Scots” died on the way to Scotland to fight Robert the Bruce.

Carlisle Castle

Considering the history and heritage of the cathedral town of Carlisle

Carlisle is a cathedral city in the North-West of England. Join Susie Kearley as she looks at what makes it so special.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016 in London, England.

Take our ultimate Royal Family quiz!

Think you know everything there is to know about the Royal Family? Take this quiz!

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Subscribe to British Heritage Travel this 4th of July

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Old haunts with fresh eyes - 9 days traveling the UK!

Join Dana Huntley as he takes a trip through the UK!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

JFK and Jackie insulted Queen Elizabeth at royal dinner

How accurate is the The Crown's depiction of the 1961 meeting of the Kennedys and Queen Elizabeth II?

Prince Harry

Prince Harry shares an emotional video on his mother's birthday

Prince Harry has shared a video of a speech he gave to recipients of the Diana Awards.

Check out the July / August 2020 British Heritage Travel print magazine.

Summer's British Heritage Travel is out now! Start planning your next UK vacation

British Heritage Travel July / August takes a stroll down memory lane to help you plan your next vacation.

Portobello Market, London: If you\'re chatting with the locals it\'s best to know what\'s cracking or why they\'re gutted.

British slang to learn before your next UK vacation

Are you still dreaming of a vacation in Britain? Here's a list of slang that you should know before you travel. 

The Princess of Wales with her sons William and Harry on the chair lift during a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria, April 1991. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Remembering Princess Diana on her birthday

On what would have been her 59th birthday, we take a look back at some of the defining moments throughout the late princess's life.

The memories of a soldier

Join Jim Corbett as he reminisces about his previous life as a soldier in the British Military.

Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye: Stay cozy like the Scottish, practice corrie.

Forget Danish hygge, this year we're practicing Scottish coorie?

Move over hygge, the Danish term referring to coziness and comfort, this year we’re all about Scottish coorie.

The Royal Air Force

Magical Montrose! The first home of the RAF

The UK's first operational airbase had quite the history. Let's take a look into what made it so special.

Harry and Meghan come under fire for their branding

Harry and Meghan have received backlash for using a crown in their branding when dealing with charities. Twitter users were disappointed to see the Royal links still being used.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple\'s four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany

The reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Eizabeth II is officially the world's longest reigning monarch, but what comparisons can be made between her reign and that of Queen Elizabeth I?

Buckingham Palace

Covid-19 cancelled your London vacation? See inside Queen Elizabeth's Buckingham Palace

Holiday plans may be cancelled due to Covid-19, but a virtual trip to Buckingham Palace is still possible!

Prince William and Kate Middleton

The Royal Family share some new photos for Father's Day!

Father's Day just passed, and the Royal Family shared some special photos to mark the occasion. Take a look!

Princess Diana

The Hollywood star set to play Princess Diana

Kristen Stewart has been chosen to play Princess Diana in the upcoming film 'Spencer'. Do you think this is the right call?

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Happy Birthday to Prince William Duke of Cambridge

This Sunday, June 21, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, celebrates his 38th birthday! Here's everything you need to know about Britain's future king.

An artist’s conception of conditions inside the “Black Hole,” based on Holwell’s account.

Just how "black" was the Indian prison, Black Hole of Calcutta?

A genuine narrative of the deplorable deaths of the gentlemen who were suffocated in the Indian prison known as the Black Hole of Calcutta.

The Royal Guard

Everything there is to know about the Royal Guard

Think you know everything there is to know about the Royal Guard? Join us as we take a look into the history of these mysterious men.

The iconic World War II singer, the Forces\' sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn, the British Forces' sweetheart, dies aged 103

The beloved singer, Dame Vera Lynn, was best known for her work during World War II, when she kept spirits high with her wistful songs.

Picturesque and memorable British villages

Scores of villages across our island offer breathtaking photo opportunities and prompt wistful romantic dreams of a simpler time and a simpler life.

How much do you know about how to store tea right?

How to correctly store tea

Loose leaves, strong flavors, delicate aromas - here's everything you need to know about storing tea, a comprehensive guide on how to store tea.

Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in a horse carriage on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

The Royal Ascot 2020 will be a little different this year

The races at Royal Ascot is one of the best weeks of the year. Sadly, this year the event will be held without fans. Queen Elizabeth has shared a message of hope ahead of the event.