From accommodating King Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, as she sought advice on bearing a son to hosting Churchill, Britain’s historic hotels are symbol of our rich heritage.
Longleat House

With Halloween on the horizon, Discover Britain hears from the mistress of Inveraray Castle, Argyll, who is blithely unbothered by the spirits she shares her...
The Queen’s House, Greenwich, London

The Queen’s House in Greenwich reopens on 11 October this year and one of the centrepiece will be an iconic paintings of Elizabeth I, which has just been bought for Britain following a nationwide fundraising campaign.
Wye valley, autumn

A hidden gem spanning England and Wales and the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is beautiful any time of year but, in autumn, its rich landscape comes alive with spectacular colour.
Leeds Castle

Stay in the “loveliest castle in the world” and enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour Fancy living like a queen for a night at Leeds Castle,...

Great British Holiday winner revealed
Festival of Flowers, Leeds Castle

The state rooms of Leeds Castle burst into bloom this week for the Festival of Flowers, which takes place each autumn. This year's theme is...

With the glamour of period style and the sophistication of vintage wheels pulling the West Sussex estate back in time to the 1960s, Goodwood Revival combines burning rubber with throwback nostalgic fashion, celebrating all things dreamboats and petticoats in a three-day motorsport spectacular.


The Pavilion Wall Garden and Spa, Cliveden

Jemima Coxshaw eyes up five hotels that are as rich with history as they are with luxury.

The independent annual guide to finding great accommodation, the recently published Good Hotel Guide 2017: Great Britain and Ireland has this week revealed the 10 winners of its César award for 2017, known as the Oscars of the hotel industry.

Great British Buildings

Church Of The Holy Cross, Mwnt, Wales

When it comes to religious buildings, the big ones – Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral – tend to occupy the limelight. However, in his new...

Cities & Towns

Durham Cathedral

Summer 2016 saw the launch of Open Treasure, a new world-class exhibition route which has transformed the experience of those visiting Durham Cathedral.

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The Stafford, London

Located in the perfect spot for sight-seeing, The Stafford epitomises traditional British luxury. Discover Britain pays a visit… First impressions The Stafford: Credit: It seems a...
Langshott Manor

As the mercury drops, we round up the best hideaway hotels in which to hole up by the fire this winter...  1. The Witchery by the...
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Frequently overshadowed by its open-air older sibling, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse takes the ambience and electricity for which Globe productions are known and...

This weekend Cardiff was overtaken with the playful spirit of its native son Roald Dahl with massive two-day extravaganza across the capital's streets.
Minack Theatre, Cornwall

Appearing in the BBC smash-hit Poldark, the timeless allure of Porthcurno beach has moonlighted in the likes of Echo Beach and Doc Martin, with...
Roundhouse, London

One of London's most iconic venues, the Roundhouse in Camden, wants the public's memories of the seminal role its has played the capital's cultural life as part of an oral history project.
Windsor Castle

We roundup 10 of the best castles in Britain, which are a testament to the nation’s powerful fortresses and their owners displays of wealth and power.

More than 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the capital’s history have been discovered and the most interesting will go on display at a major new exhibition, Tunnel: the archaeology of Crossrail, at the Museum of London Docklands next year.