From Witley Court in Worcestershire to the fictional world of Wonderland, we investigate the most eccentric stories that the British Isles have to offer.
Britain is home to more than its fair share of eccentrics. For a small island nation, our history books are packed with pleasingly daft behaviour. One need only look to John “Mad Jack” Mytton, the Regency MP who once arrived at a dinner party riding a bear and even set his own shirt on fire in a bid to cure the hiccups. As such, we have dedicated this issue of Discover Britain to one of our defining character traits: eccentricity.
Inside we’ll introduce you to England’s finest eccentrics via their surviving homes, before detailing some rather unusual hotels. Anyone fancy spending a night in a former prison cell?
We also celebrate the real-life places that inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as an upcoming exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum celebrates this most extraordinary of stories..
ALSO INSIDE THE ISSUE:
- Marvel at Horace Walpole’s gothic creation, Strawberry Hill House (our cover star)
- Discover the unusual reasons behind the odd architecture of Rushton Triangular Lodge
- Learn the truth of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s intentions as the Young Pretender
- Track William Shakespeare’s bloodline to his last living descendant – his granddaughter
- Visit Winchester, a cathedral city on the edge of the South Downs
- Meet the Front of House Supervisor at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries
- Explore the Shropshire Hills, dotted with castles, mansions and market towns
- Go back in time to the Roaring Twenties and pinpoint Art Deco icons still standing in London today
- Win a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in Britain, including flights, worth £5,000