From wild Exmoor to the often overlooked English Midlands, a famous battleground to buzzing Glasgow, in this issue we travel all over Britain in search of the nation’s hidden gems
Travel the world all you like, yet you will never find anything else quite like a quintessential British village. Picturesque, quaint and quiet, yet no two are the same; whether filled with Georgian shop fronts, lush stone cottages or lobster pots on harbour walls, variety is truly the spice of life.
Scale is important too. The great Welsh poet RS Thomas put it best when he wrote: “Scarcely a street, too few houses/To merit the title; just a way between/The one tavern and the one shop/That leads nowhere and fails at the top”. The perfect British village is an exercise in economy that should leave visitors wanting more.
This issue, we hope you enjoy a visit to nine of our favourite villages and many more great British destinations…
Also inside the issue:
- Tour cultural Glasgow, the former “second city of the Empire”
- A reappraisal of Anne Boleyn’s brutal fall from grace. Did Henry VIII’s second wife receive a fair trial?
- As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee approaches, gear up for a year of ceremonies and parades
- Explore Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, an overlooked gem in the English Midlands
- Follow in the footsteps of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was inspired by the wild landscapes of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills
- Visit Hastings, a historic battleground that gave birth to a surprising invention
- Delve into the history and world-class collections of Powis Castle in Wales
- Meet Andrew Grundon, a traditional pub sign painter striving to save this lost art
- Enter our latest competition to win a luxury two-night stay in Cornwall
- And more!
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Cover caption: A crooked house on the High Street in Lavenham village, Suffolk. Cover credit: Alan Copson/AWL Images