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The Norfolk Broads: Boating, Pretty Riverside Villages & More

“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.

11 Historic London Churches To Visit

Historic London churches are some of the best showcases of the capital’s history, culture and character. They are places popular with all tourists, regardless of their interest in religion. Here is a handy guide that details eleven of the best churches to visit in London.

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.

9 Great Places To Visit Near London

London’s a great place to visit, but it would be a shame if you didn’t also grab the chance to see a bit of what else England has to offer whilst you’re there. Here’s our list of places we’d visit.

Hever Castle | Anne Boleyn’s Childhood Home

Hever Castle is a beautiful medieval castle located in England and has been called one of the most romantic and picturesque buildings in Europe. Almost everybody who loves castles and English history should…

The Shard: The Tallest Building in London

The city of London is a city of magnificent buildings erected in various historical as well as modern architectural styles. You will find buildings built in Victorian, Neo-Gregorian, Modern, and…

How is London in December?

While the days become shorter, the temperature drops and the nights grow longer in December. But December in London is not a dull place.  Christmas activities and sparkling Christmas lights…

Weather in London in May: Enjoy Spring

Do you know why the weather in London is known for being dramatic and unpredictable? Because it rains roughly all year round and for half of each month, even in…

Why is it Always Cloudy in the UK?

Everyone has the same old question: “Why is it always cloudy in the UK?” Because we hear about the rain and the gloomy weather but rarely about the sunny days…

15 Most Famous & Iconic Stadiums in London

London is a big city with a rich cultural heritage representing the history of the British Empire and much more.  Sports has always been a massive part of British culture,…

14 Most Famous Bridges in London

London, the historic city of England, has been the bearer of British culture and the century-long history of Europe. The Romans built this marvelous city around the famous River Thames,…

The Most Luxurious Penthouses in London

Penthouses have magic in the spacious floor plans, expansive outdoor areas, and jaw-dropping interior design. The best part is the views that you get from London penthouses. They are views…

Weather in London in November

London in November is the start of chilly breezes with occasional rain and possibly some snow. During this month, London starts to become its cloudy and gloomy self after a…

Weather in London in September

Tourists contemplating a visit to London overlook September, although it is one of the best times to visit. But why?  Well, you can get the summer vibes for the first…

Weather in London in August

Summer arrives in London in June and lasts until August. As a result, you will encounter pleasant and comfortable weather if you plan your trip during August.  Although the temperature…

Weather in London in March

People who wish to visit London often ask the same old question- ‘When is the perfect time to visit London?’ The question makes sense, as the weather in London is…

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…

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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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…

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…

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…

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The Secrets of Tamworth Castle: A History

A little over 900 years ago, the first motte and bailey castle was built in what is now Tamworth, Staffordshire. Over time, it has been rebuilt and expanded to become…

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 England.

Lincoln Castle | Home To The Magna Carta

Lincoln Castle in England is one of the best preserved Norman castles in existence. It was built by William the Conqueror following his victory at the Battle of Hastings in…

Shakespeare’s England

Here are a couple of the most important English places closely associated with Shakespeare and his works.

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, with its final version as a stone castle being built after 1190.

Top 12 Things to Do in Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle sits along the northern banks of the Tyne River. It is one of North East England’s most populated areas and is well known for its nightlife, strong sporting traditions, and other tourist attractions that bring in tons of visitors from all over the world.

Cardiff Castle | Medieval Castle In Welsh Capital

Cardiff Castle is a Norman keep and Victorian Gothic revival mansion in Wales.

The castle has been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, including Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.

Visitors can explore the tunnels, towers, courtyards and gardens of the castle grounds.

But always be on the lookout for the infamous ‘Dragon’ of Cardiff Castle…

The Kings And Queens of England: From William the Conqueror To Charles III

The Kings and Queens of England have had a huge impact on the direction of the country throughout its long history. From William the Conqueror to Henry VIII’s establishment of the Church of England and our own Queen Elizabeth II’s unequalled years of service, we take a look at the men and women who have worn the English crown.

Raby Castle: A Fine Royal Day Out in England

Raby Castle is one of the most beautiful and historic castles in England. Situated in County Durham, Raby Castle has a fascinating history dating back to the Norman Conquest. Today,…

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. Welsh Castles Remember To Check Out Our Most Popular Posts: The Cotswolds: The 20…

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

(Originally posted on our sister site: British-Castles.com) Harlech Castle looks out from an imposing rocky bluff, with the sheer peaks of Snowdonia as its backdrop. Located in North Wales, Harlech…

Edinburgh Castle | The Scottish Capital’s Imposing Fortress

Edinburgh Castle holds a long history and several years of battles. It is one of the most enthralling sites in Scotland. With breath-taking views and stories, this Castle is open to the public after serving as a home to many monarchs and military bases.

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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…

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…

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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…

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle is the largest hillfort in England extending 45 acres, and lies about 2 miles to the south of Dorchester town centre. The hillfort was first occupied in around 3000 BC, and contains a complex arrangement of ramparts and ditches.

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.

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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 in England.

Appearing in the Domesday Book, Leeds Castle has been a stronghold for the Norman armies, a royal residence, and a royal palace occupied by kings and queens.

The location of the castle is nothing short of stunning, with it being situated on two islands in a beautiful lake. Here’s our guide:

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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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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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.

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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.