Oscar Wilde

Reading Jail is not normally a top spot for day out but head there this September and October and you could bump into Ralph Fiennes celebrating Oscar Wilde.
St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: VisitBritain

London’s Burning marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London with free spectacular art events at sites across the City, Southbank and Bankside from 30 August to 4 September 2016. The contemporary art and ideas festival explores the momentous event and addresses its contemporary resonance.

For those unfamiliar with Gertrude Jekyll’s books, garden plans and indeed, her gardens, Barbara Segall selects five of the finest gardens created by the renowned Edwardian horticulturalist.
Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth

Interested in Britain’s proud military history? Here are 10 of the best military museums to learn more about our national conflicts through the ages, the lives of the servicemen and women and the work of our armed forces today

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Rick Stein's Cookery School

Cornwall is a county of contrasts, from its rugged north coast to the gentler climes of its southern shores. Now Discover Britain readers have...
Guildhall Art Gallery, last evening

A new exhibition at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery, Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy, is offering a fascinating into the first communications laid across the Atlantic Ocean, the 150th anniversary of which is being marked this year.

You don't need an excuse to indulge in the delights of an Afternoon Tea but from 8 to 14 August, it’s Afternoon Tea week making it positively compulsory. So, here, we list just a few of the ways you can raise a tea cup to celebrate this great British institution at some of our loveliest hotels.


The Grill at the George, Rye

Discover Britain pays a visit to picturesque Rye in East Sussex... First impressions The George, Rye The small town of Rye has always been popular with...
Darwin, Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury in Shropshire has a little something for everyone, as Tania O’Donnell discovers… You couldn’t do much better, if you wanted to immerse yourself in...

Great British Buildings

Boughton House

This August, Northamptonshire’s Boughton House, home of the Duke of Buccleuch and one of Britain's grandest stately homes, will house a specially curated exhibition...

Cities & Towns

For a wonderful ‘age of steam’ train journey around the pretty countryside of Kent you can’t beat Steam Dreams’ Cathedrals Express, taking you to the historic city of Canterbury and beyond to Whitstable’s Oyster Festival on Kent’s north coast.

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Leeds Castle

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