Nicola Rayner

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All over Britain, country parks and estates are now dressed in their seasonal best, so wrap up warm and get outside to enjoy the...

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein while she was still a teenager. Two centuries on, Nicola Rayner explores the troubled gestation of this landmark British novel When Mary...

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” wrote Jane Austen in Emma. But the truth is: one of Britain’s most loved novelists was...
Hill Top Farm

Nancy Alsop looks back on how Beatrix Potter's “little books” were shaped by the landscape of the Lake District, which redeemed her life after...
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...
Charles Dickens Museum

How better to experience the rich traditions of a Victorian Christmas than in the home of the author of A Christmas Carol? Discover Britain looks...
Royal Albert Hall

With more visitors a year than Venice, South Kensington, dubbed "Albertopolis" for its links to Prince Albert, is the home of science, art and...

Mary, Queen of Scots had the potential to be one of the most powerful rulers in Europe. 450 years after Mary’s abdication, Nicola Rayner...
Castle Howard

It is the landscape that abounds with natural wonders and wild moorland. Roaming the county that raised the Brontë sisters, Nancy Alsop picks 10...
Torquay Harbour. Credit: Getty Images

Agatha Christie, the best-selling crime novelist, based many of her stories around her home on the English Riviera (South Devon), we look at some...