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English National Parks: All 10 UK National Parks In England

Share Tweet Pin 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…

The Best 20 Towns & Cities In Southern England

We’ve put together some of the best towns and cities in southern England for a day trip, holiday, or vacation.

From epic coastline to quaint villages and ancient cities, there’s just a lot to explore in South England.

Here are our picks…

20 Best County Durham Villages, England

County Durham is a North Eastern county based around the ancient city of Durham. It’s just above Yorkshire, but below the better known county of Northumberland.

Yorkshire Castles | Great Castles In The Northern County Of Yorkshire

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.

However, it also has quite a few castles from the majestic to ruins – here’s our guide to the best Yorkshire castles:

Welsh Castles | From The Land Of Our Fathers

Although we focus on England, here are a couple of Welsh castles we thought you’d like, as featured in our sister site British-Castles.com Welsh Castles Remember To Check Out Our…

Richmond Castle | Imposing Yorkshire Stronghold

Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire towers over the prosperous market town of Richmond, and the River Swale. Here’s our guide. The castle was originally built from 1071 onwards by Alan…

Windsor Castle | The Queen’s Favourite Home

Windsor Castle spans hundreds of years, starting with the original structure from the 11th century. From royal weddings to christenings, deaths (sadly including Prince Philip who died at Windsor Castle…

Corfe Castle | Wild Dorset Ruin

Corfe Castle sits of one of the steepest hills in Dorset, England, overlooking the village of Corfe on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula. It nestles within a decisive gap cutting…

Harlech Castle | Spectacular North Wales Fortress

(From our sister site: https://british-castles.com/harlech-castle) Harlech Castle looks out from an imposing rocky bluff, with the sheer peaks of Snowdonia as its backdrop. Located in North Wales, Harlech Castle has…

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Scottish Castles – The Finest Castles In Scotland

Historical, magnificent and revered for their grandeur, Scottish castles are just as essential to the country’s stunning landscape as its lochs and dramatic mountains. Whether you’re dreaming of adventuring to…

20 Gorgeous Buckinghamshire Villages

Buckinghamshire villages are some of the finest examples of villages in England. Here are just some of the loveliest, all within a short drive from London. England is a small…

Henry V | Agincourt, Shakespeare & More

Henry of Monmouth, best known as Henry V, ruled England from 1413 until he died in August of 1422. While he only reigned for a short period, Henry V is…

Castell Coch | Discover This Fairytale Welsh castle

(This post is from our sister site: https://british-castles.com/castell-coch) The magnificence of Castell Coch in South Wales is due to its distinctive conical roofs. This castle is a wonderful image of…

Alnwick Castle | The Real Hogwarts In Northumberland

(NB This post was originally published at https://british-castles.com/alnwick-castle/) Alnwick Castle – or the exterior of Hogwarts to Harry Potter fans – is a medieval castle in Northumberland. It is a…

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the iconic sites of London. Standing on Ludgate Hill in the City Of London it is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of…

Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Victorians?

How well do you know England’s Victorian Period? Here are 20 questions to find out… How Well Do You Know The Victorians? Take our quiz to find out…. Click ‘Start’…

20 Gorgeous Hertfordshire Villages To Visit

Hertfordshire villages, in the area just north of London, don’t have the most glamourous of reputations. Many people would see the county as a suburb of London, or commuter belt…

The Best 20 Castles To Visit In England

The best castles in England. Take a look at some of the most monumental castles in England and learn about the rich history of these awe-inspiring structures.

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UK Historical Events In April

Here are some of the many UK historical events that happened in April…. The Joint Coronation of William of Orange and Mary (11 April 1689) The date 11 April 1689…

The Cities Of Northern England

Our profile of the cities of Northern England including Manchester, York & Liverpool and the other English cities in the North. We’ve done posts on many of them and have…

Lincolnshire | Lincoln, Skegness & More

Lincolnshire is a rather forgotten county on the East Coast of England. It’s not quite in East Anglia and not quite in the North either. It’s also not quite on…

Gallery: 20 Gorgeous Norfolk Villages

Norfolk villages are more diverse than you’d think being in England’s flattest county, Norfolk, in East Anglia. Whether it’s riverside villages that dot the Norfolk Broads to the windswept seaside…

Region in Focus: East Anglia

Situated on the east of England, the region of East Anglia is sometimes overlooked by visitors drawn to the better known beauty spots of the Cotswolds, Lakes or Peak District….

Best Birdwatching Places in England

Birdwatching is one of the most popular pastimes in England partly due to the country’s diverse range of birdlife. Whether birdwatching is a relatively new hobby or you have been…

20 Gorgeous English Thatched Cottages

English thatched cottages are popular as homes, and with visitors from overseas as quintessentially English. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best examples.

English Buildings & Attractions

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Leeds Castle, Kent

Claiming to be the “loveliest castle in the world”, Leeds Castle in Kent (and, confusingly, nowhere near the city of Leeds in Yorkshire) is one of the most famous castles…

20 Essex Villages You Shouldn’t Miss

Essex is one of the UK’s largest counties, and across it, you’ll find a diversity of landscapes, from the rural north to the more built up south. Here are 20…

The 20 Best Villages in Lancashire

From the mill villages and the moors to the seaside settlements of the coast, Lancashire has a wealth of little places to explore. Here are some of our picks for…

20 Gorgeous Suffolk Villages: Quintessential England

The best, most gorgeous, Suffolk villages seem like they’ve been plucked right out of a postcard. Complete with pretty thatched-roof cottages, winding cobblestone streets and cosy village pubs perfect for…

Rutland: England’s Forgotten County

If you haven’t heard of Rutland, England’s smallest county, than don’t be too distressed. Many of the English would struggle to place this tiny part of the Midlands. Discover Rutland:…

The Best & Prettiest Villages In Surrey, England

Surrey has the reputation for being on the London ‘stockbroker’ commuter belt and therefore not a great place to visit. However, even they do I’m sure contain many stockbrokers, the…

Quiz: Which English Place Am I?

How well do you know the places of England? For each of the following, an English place is being described – which of the 4 options is correct? Answers are…

Traditional English Food With Strange Names

Discover traditional English foods such as Toad In The Hole, Bubble And Squeak, Spotted Dick and Jellied Eels. The English have never been known for their cooking ability (the French, very…

Top 10 Great English Stately Homes

English stately homes, like its castles, have been a feature of the British landscape for the past 500 years. A key part of a gentleman’s status, along with the accompanying gardens, a fine…

English Regions & Cities

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English Countryside & Rural Life

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English Life & Traditions

Here’s our loose collection of posts on English life and its many weird and wonderful traditions: Remember To Check Out Our Most Popular Posts: The Cotswolds: The 20 Best Places…

English Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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The English Weather: The Making Of A Local Obsession

We take a look at what lies behind the national obsession with the weather in England, and find out how the language has evolved to cover every aspect of the Englishman and woman’s favourite topic of conversation.

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Canterbury Cathedral: Piety, Murder & Beauty

Canterbury Cathedral has a menacing beauty. The seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Church of England and global Anglican Communion – there are few more…

Visit Northamptonshire, England

Visit Northamptonshire – a beautiful county in the East Midlands of England, also known as ‘The Rose of the Shires’. Here’s our guide.

Blenheim Palace: Birthplace Of Churchill

Blenheim Palace is not, and never has been, a home to the British royal family – and yet it is a palace. Not only that, it is considered by many to be the most magnificent residence in Britain, a rival to Queen Elizabeth II’s many not-so-humble abodes.

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The 2018 EnglandExplore Christmas Quiz Take our Christmas quiz and find out just how much you know of England during the holiday period. Press ‘Start’ to begin: The EnglandExplore Christmas…

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London Architecture’s Hidden Gems

London is full of fantastic famous buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. But it’s also home to some less well known gems, the best of which are here… 

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Gallery: Cornish Fishing Villages

Cornish fishing villages dot the coast of Cornwall, in the far south west of England. The county is famous for its smugglers, wild seas and pretty little villages that have grown up around the coves and inlets of this rugged coast.

Discover The 20 Prettiest Devon Villages

We’ve featured Devon in South West England several times before, but thought we’d concentrate on one of the reasons for the county’s popularity with visitors: its many lovely villages.

London’s Sky Garden: Rise Above it All

At the Sky Garden in London you can get a breathtaking bird’s eye perspective on the capital – without spending a pound.

Visiting the stunning bright and sunny observation deck of 20 Fenchurch Street, called the Sky Garden, is completely free and it offers one of the best views of the city. Compared to the Shard, which costs £15.95 just to get in, this is a budget-friendly way to admire London from above.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know England?

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The Suffragette Movement: Its Deeds, Campaigners and Legacy

It is less than a hundred years since the suffragette movement and the right to vote being extended to English women on the same terms as men. The suffragettes had a prominent profile in the struggle – but who were they, and what was their real legacy?

Gallery: The Abbeys And Priories of England

The abbeys and priories of England were hives of activity until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Henry VIII’s time the – and often the focal point of a local area.

England’s World Heritage Sites: Durham Cathedral

Standing proudly on a rocky peninsula looking out over the city, Durham Cathedral seems to have been around forever.

A familiar point in the northern landscape to anyone who regularly travels by train in the North East on the East Coast Main Line, the cathedral has over nine centuries of stories to tell.

Longleat House & Safari Park – Lions, Mazes and Wifelets

Longleat House is a place of firsts. In 1547, it was the first house in England to be built in the Classical Rennaisance style.

In 1947, it was the first privately-owned stately home opened to the public.

In 1966, it opened the first drive-through safari park outside Africa and in 1975, it became home to the longest hedge maze in the world.

Here then is our guide to this most singular of stately homes.

Great English Hoaxes: Fairies, Aliens and African Royalty

English hoaxes have ranged far and wide in the subject of their pranks – from pretending to be foreign royalty to offering evidence of mystical creatures and alien life. It seems there’s nothing some people like more than pulling the wool over each other’s eyes. We take a look at some of the most famous tall tales concocted through the decades.

The London National Gallery And Its Art Collection

England ranks alongside Italy and France among the world’s most popular spots to experience the best in art. An abundance of galleries and museums showcase traditional and contemporary works to suit a variety of personal tastes and styles. One of the most renowned (and most visited) is The National Gallery, located on Trafalgar Square in central London.

Inklings of Greatness: The Story of an Oxford Institution

If you’d been so fortunate as to step inside the college rooms of C. S. Lewis on a Thursday evening in the 1930s and ’40s, you’d have found yourself in august company. It was there that a group known as the Inklings assembled to discuss some of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But this wasn’t just any book club – the people discussing those works were their authors.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Chatsworth House is one of the finest country houses in Europe. Situated in Derbyshire near the Peak District it’s a wonderful way to see how the other half live.

Gallery: 20 Windmills In England

Evidence of windmills in England date back to the 12th century. Most windmills these days don’t serve their original purpose, but some still produce flour.

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English Literature Locations: Places To Be A Hero Or Heroine

Love English literature? Dream of seeing the world through the eyes of Elizabeth Bennett or Jane Eyre, Heathcliff or Mr Darcy? Step this way and enjoy our tour of ten wonderful places made famous by the great classics of English literature.

Feature: Tate Modern In London, England

Discover One Of London’s Most Popular Tourist Destinations: The Tate Modern, the large world-class contemporary art gallery located on the banks the River Thames in London.

Nottingham: 20 Things To See, Do & Eat

Nottingham, a city in East Midlands, is full of character and history. If you’re visiting for a day or two, there is plenty to do, see, and explore. City’s award-winning public transport system ensures that everything is within easy reach and you can move around quickly and carefree.

Essex: 20 Things To See, Do, Or Eat

Essex is a vibrant location with various attractions to keep visitors occupied, but discovering what to do can be tricky considering it’s difficult to know where to start. Since you’re…

Harry Potter Movie Locations: A Magical Tour Of England (And Scotland)

It’s now 17 years since we first saw the world’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter, come to life on screen. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ in the US) was released way back in 2001 and easily became the highest grossing film of that year.

Best Mid-Priced Hotels in London

London is one of the most famous cities in the world and its rich history attracts visitors all year round. There are thousands of hotels and properties to stay at during your next visit, so how do you choose just one?

Exploring Wales

Any trip to the United Kingdom is incomplete without a day, or a few days, spent discovering the charms of Wales.

Queen Victoria – The Monarch Who Was Not Amused

Queen Victoria, Queen of England and Empress of India, tends to be remembered today as a rather dour, jowled old lady with a stately and rather humourless personality. Yet that’s only part of her story, here’s our guide to this most complex of English monarchs.

Strange Folk Remedies From English History

Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease… For centuries before the development of modern medicine the inhabitants of the British Isles relied upon all manner of folk remedies to tackle…

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Bath, England

With its elegant Georgian buildings and ancient Roman Baths, the city of Bath on the River Avon is truly inviting. As you have probably already guessed from the name, this…

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The 10 Best English Archaeological Sites

From the mysterious stone circles at Stonehenge, to Roman cities and fortifications, to the medieval ship burials at Sutton Hoo, English archaeological sites suit every age and interest. Don’t miss…

London Travel Tips: Top 10 Hacks For Travelers to London

London Travel Tips: So, you’re going (or thinking of going) to London! Right now, you might be a bit overwhelmed with all the preparations but fret not, this guide will give you a couple tips that may come in handy on your trip to London.

Boating On The Norfolk Broads

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – The Wind In The Willows.

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Lancashire: The Best Things To See And Do

Lancashire is an ancient county to the west of its arch rival, Yorkshire. This rivalry dates back from the Wars Of the Roses fought in the 1400s between the House…

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How much do you know about English places? Take our England Geography Quiz below to find out. For each statement, choose which of the four options is being described. (Answers…

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Region In Focus: Peak District

The Peak District is an upland area of Northern England, in the county of Derbyshire, similar to the Yorkshire Dales (but probably less well known). Like the Dales it offers…

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KING RICHARD III : A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! Richard III, Scene IV. (William Shakespeare) Richard III (1452-1485), of the House Of York, was the last…

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(Updated February 2022) Cheshire in England is one of the oldest and most historically relevant counties in the country. It is situated in the northwestern part of England and has…

10 Best Places to Visit in Leicestershire England

Leicestershire, a landlocked county in the English Midlands, is one of the foremost places of tourist attraction in England because of the choices it offers in activities, places to visit, cultures, and architectures.