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The Great British Pantomime Tradition

The Great British Pantomime Tradition

Pantomime, or ‘Panto’, is an essential part of the Christmas experience for a British child. What are these strange shows, and where do they come from? We investigate this strange tradition: What Is Pantomime? Panto is a musical show put…

The Best 20 Castles To Visit In England

The Best 20 Castles To Visit In England

The Finest English Castles (Updated November 2022): (NB Below are some great English castles – but we’ve recently launched a sister site british-castles.com for those interested in castles from across Scotland & Wales as well as castles in England). English castles are…

Highclere Castle | Downton Abbey Meets Ancient Egypt

Highclere Castle | Downton Abbey Meets Ancient Egypt

Highclere Castle is home to Crawleys on Downton Abbey & the Earls of Canarvon (one of whom funded finding Tutankhamun’s tomb) in real life. Here’s our guide (which first appeared at https://british-castles.com/highclere-castle). Highclere Castle is more of a stately home…

Bolsover Castle | Peak District Fairytale Castle

Bolsover Castle | Peak District Fairytale Castle

Hidden away in the Peak District of Derbyshire, Bolsover Castle is a fairytale castle perfect for exploring, or combining a visit with nearby Chatsworth House, 30 minutes drive away. (This post was originally published at https://british-castles.com/bolsover-castle) History of Bolsover Castle…

Arundel Castle | Ancestral Home of The Dukes Of Norfolk

Arundel Castle | Ancestral Home of The Dukes Of Norfolk

(This post was originally published at https://british-castles.com/arundel-castle) Arundel Castle, which was built in the 11th century, is the historic home of the Dukes of Norfolk and has been continuously occupied and renovated over the centuries. This vast castle, located in…

Durham Castle | Norman Castle Now Part Of Durham University

Durham Castle | Norman Castle Now Part Of Durham University

Durham Castle is a wonderful Norman castle in the centre of the North East England city of Durham, itself a wonderful old city dominated by the castle, cathedral and the university. Indeed the castle is now part of one of…

The Secrets of Pontefract Castle, England

The Secrets of Pontefract Castle, England

Pontefract Castle is a castle located in the town of Pontefract, in the West Yorkshire county of England. The castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1068 and has been described as “one of the key castles” of medieval…

Ludlow Castle – The Shrophire Home Of The Kingmaker

Ludlow Castle – The Shrophire Home Of The Kingmaker

Ludlow Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the town of Ludlow in the English county of Shropshire. It was first constructed as a wooden structure by the Norman baron Roger de Montgomery around 1085 and was rebuilt several times,…

English National Parks: All 10 UK National Parks In England

English National Parks: All 10 UK National Parks In England

Discover The English National Parks: The Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, South Downs, Northumberland, Lake District, Norfolk Broads, New Forest, Dartmoor, North Yorkshire Moors & Exmoor. Despite the density of its population, England manages ten national parks and half the country’s…

Buckingham Palace | The Queen’s Official London Residence

Buckingham Palace | The Queen’s Official London Residence

One of the most famous landmarks in all of the United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace is the monarch’s residence in London, as well as the administrative headquarters of the royal family, located within the City of Westminster. Always an important site…

London Travel Guide: Westminster Abbey

London Travel Guide: Westminster Abbey

A trip to London is not complete without a visit to Westminster Abbey. Although its correct name is the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter, Westminster, it has been known as Westminster Abbey since it first opened for worship in 1065,…

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

Yorkshire Castles: Yorkshire in northern England is a rugged county known for its warm non-nonsense people and gorgeous countryside. It has lots of treasures, from York and its Minster, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and acres of moorland which inspired the Brontes.…