If you can’t trust Queen Victoria, who can you trust? Visit Cowes, one of her favorite places, the center of British sailing, and so much more.
What would a modern-day Mr. Carson be like? Siân Ellis explores the “Downstairs” lives of those “in service”–and shows how much things have changed for 21st-century butlers and housekeepers.
“They’re ringing the curtain down at the right time because the story of Downton Abbey as a place is ringing down…it’s been a paradigm of what happened to the great country houses.”
This season, enjoy a luxury trip without paying luxury prices. Here are some special offers to help you stretch the pounds during your next vacation.
In response to a reader’s question, Sandra takes the ultimate tour of Tower Bridge–from the famous glass floor across the high-level walkways to the hidden “bascule chambers.”
In preparation for the final season, Editor Dana Huntley begins the painful process of saying goodbye to the Earl of Grantham, Lady Mary, the Dowager Countess, Carson, Daisy and the world Julian Fellowes so brilliantly crafted.
We put September’s “On the Road” column to the test! Once again, we explore the sights of Cornwall, including the Eden Project, St. Michael’s Mount and Land’s End, so that you can plan your perfect trip–and avoid all our mistakes.
Do you prefer a pint at a Red Lion or a scotch at a Royal Oak somewhere? Perhaps a Pimm’s Cup at a White Hart in memory of Richard II? Discover the curious etymologies of Britain’s most popular pub names.
Ironmasters of Wales
“At Blaenavon Ironworks, the world’s most advanced ironworks when it opened in 1789, hulking remains of furnaces, chimneys and cast house confront you with the gigantic scale of operations, all glowered over by the monstrous-magnificent balance tower.”
“Scott himself described Abbotsford as “Conundrum Castle” and it has rather unfairly been described as his “finest historical novel.”
Mists Over Glastonbury
Have more spiritual claims and legends attached to Glastonbury than any other place in England?
Lizzie Bennet Tours the Peaks
Jane Austen knew the Peak District. Pemberley might be fictitious, but you can still follow in Lizzie’s footsteps.
Expedition to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands
We’re told that England’s first monks formed monastic communities for quiet, but they were surely also attracted by the beautiful landscape on Lindisfarne.
Haltwhistle: Still the Center of Britain
In the heart of Roman Wall Country, the Northumbrian market town bristles with pride
Home Port: Where English Maritime History Berths Up for Fun
Home of the Royal Navy, seat of the Empire’s maritime power, and beautiful Hampshire cathedral city--Portsmouth has got it all.
Marches Market Town: Where Food Is King
Morsels of Spanish tapas tempt among many ethnic and national cuisines in Ludlow.
Chepstow and the Little Church in the Vale
St. James’ church stands roofless in splendid isolation, eerie traces of the abandoned medieval hamlet that it once served discernible only as bumps in the riverside fields.
The Weird Suffolk Coast
Things are a bit weird on the Suffolk coast.
Somerset’s Thankful Villages
A place where all who served in the Great war returned home safely. Somerset county has nine thankful villages, more than any other county.
Join Pilgrims on the Mayflower Trail
They left everything behind for faith and liberty. Learn the little-known early history of these courageous explorers.
There is no surer way of absorbing yourself in Scottish culture than having a dram or two.
A Pocketful of Rye
Rye's surprising criminal past will provide an added layer of intrigue to your visit.
Civil War Comes to Newark
Sandra Lawrence takes us to the nation’s first museum devoted to the English Civil War.