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The first umbrella, used by Jonas Hanway of London: wood engraving, 1871. Credit: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy

Umbrella Day may be held on 10 February each year, but as Alice Rush discovers this beloved British icon is still celebrated daily at Europe’s oldest...

The British Museum, London

With almost 8 million items in its permanent collection, the British Museum is an outstanding treasure trove. Here are three of the most amazing...

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Credit: Houses of Parliament ©Parliamentary Archives, FAR/4/1

Today marks the first ever London History Day, a day to recognise the amazing 1000 year history and heritage of this great city An initiative...

The formal gardens behind the main Elizabethan house of Longleat in Wiltshire. Credit: T.M.O.Travel/Alamy

In the June/July 2017 issue of Discover Britain we explore the mystery of some of Britain’s iconic areas, from crime-writer Agatha Christie’s South Devon to our guide...

Buckingham Palace. Credit: British Tourist Authority/VisitBritain

The deadline is looming, our Great British Holiday Competition is drawing to an end, with entries closing on 12 May 2017. Have you entered...

Gary Waidson – 'Circle of Fire' The Carles, Cumbria, England. Your View 2016. Landscape Photographer of the Year awards

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, a new luxury anniversary edition coffee table book featuring the winners...

Blenheim Palace

April 18 marks World Heritage Day, a time to reflect on the cultural significance of international monuments and sites. To celebrate, here is a gallery of our favourite British UNESCO...

Liberalism and the Social Problem by Winston Churchill

A collection featuring 152 separate items of books, maps, posters, photographs and leaflets from every phase of Winston Churchill’s long career and from World...

Award-winning travel author Bill Bryson

National Churches Trust has launched Explore Churches, a dedicated website to the UK's many stunning abbeys, cathedrals and churches. Here celebrated author Bill Bryson shares...

The sword, found in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

A remarkable discovery of an ancient sword by National Trust employees has been made in Snowdonia, Wales. Could it be the sword of King...