Discover Britain issue 229 is now on sale

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    In this issue we take a look back at the highlights of last month’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, visit several of London’s Royal Warrant holders for a spot of retail therapy, and step inside Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight retreat

    Welcome to the August/September issue of Discover Britain, and we hope you’ll agree that its a royally good one!

    First up, as the nation gradually comes back down to Earth following the huge excitement surrounding the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we’ve rounded up some of the best moments from the Queen’s special weekend, from parties and pageants to tea with Paddington Bear. We also get the royal treatment on a visit to several of London’s Royal Warrant Holders for a spot of retail therapy

    Before being surpassed by Her Majesty, Queen Victoria was this nation’s longest serving monarch and we take a closer look inside her favourite holiday home, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, and we’re introduced to two other historic houses on the island.

    We also discovered timbered cottages, cobbled streets and a fairytale castle in the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe, whose history dates back to Neolithic times.

    You can also be in with a chance of winning an escape to a Scottish island with our competition. We’ve teamed up with The Machrie hotel to offer one lucky winner and their guest a getaway on the Isle of Islay.

    Plus, would you like the chance to stay in five-star luxury in London, taking in the capital’s most famous sights? How about a trip to the quaint villages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds? Or even a visit to Edinburgh, Scotland’s stunning capital? You can win all of this and more in our fantastic Great British Holiday competition.

    Also inside the issue:

    • We visit the bustling Dorset resort of Lyme Regis, following in the footsteps of fossil hunter, Mary Anning
    • We uncover the truth behind the real Dick Whittington, medieval Mayor of London and now a pantomime star
    • As Hadrian’s Wall celebrates is 1900th birthday this year, we discover the history of this 73-mile frontier
    • We delve into the glamorous and scandalous story of the unfortunate ‘Dirty Duchess’ of Argyll
    • 15th-century Spedlins Castle in Scotland comes with a rather spooky past, and is available here
    • We meet the man who looks after the Hampton Court Palace Shires – the last herd of working Shires in the UK

    Buy your copy of issue 229 (August/September 2022) here (available from 8 July) or subscribe online to have Discover Britain delivered direct to your door six times a year.

    Cover caption: Picturesque Cotswolds cottages in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

    Cover credit: Chris At/Getty Images

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