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Britain July/August 2018

Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.

United Kingdom
Chelsea Magazine
$9.11(Incl. tax)
$36.50(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

Hello! As the new editor of BRITAIN, I’m looking forward to a full immersion in the incredible history, heritage and landscapes of our nation. And what better time to start: we may not be able to count on the weather, but there’s something wonderfully uplifting about the British summer. This issue, we’re embracing the great outdoors in the footsteps of two of our literary greats. Explore Emily Brontë’s atmospheric Yorkshire haunts in Brontë Country (p74) or go On the Wordsworth Trail (p14) in the Lake District. If you can tear yourself away from those dreamy landscapes, the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace is an unmissable event – especially with royal wedding fever still lingering in the air. We trace the evolution of the ultimate royal residence in Buckingham Palace (p32). From the grand…

1 min
your letters

HIT THE ROAD I was stunned to read (in BRITAIN Vol 86 Issue 3) that the South West Coast Path winds a whole 630 miles! That’s a long hike indeed! Linda Goth, Chandler, Arizona, USA MEMORIES OF WALES I am writing regarding the issue of BRITAIN (Vol 86 Issue 1) highlighting Snowdonia National Park. Your front cover that shows the lovely tearoom and bridge [pictured above] brought back memories of my visit to Snowdonia 25 years ago. I recall, going over the bridge, that our experienced driver had to make a 90 degree turn to the left to make our way toward Beddgelert. We visited many of the sites your article speaks of, which were lovely. What I will always remember about Snowdonia is not only the spectacular scenery, but the gorgeous voices that we heard…

1 min
letter of the month trip of a lifetime

Having dreamed of visiting the UK since I was a girl, and being an avid reader of BRITAIN magazine for the past 10 years or more, my first trip to England in October last year (aged 62), with a friend and her husband, was a life-changing dream come true, which exceeded all my expectations. A concert at the Royal Albert Hall, the Changing the Guard, visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Chatsworth House, Lyme Park, Haddon Hall, Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace, Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral, Trinity and King’s Colleges in Cambridge and York Minster, staying with friends in Chelmsford and Ashbury, a day in Oxford, the vivid green countryside, the gardens, the villages – so much beauty and history, and so many wonderful experiences. I felt like a child…

5 min
the bulletin

OUTDOORS Glamp it up Who could possibly turn down the opportunity to sleep in a four-poster bed, even if it is in a tent? Warwick Castle is opening six medieval-themed glamping tents, just in time for summer. The Avenue of the Kings tents feature a four-poster bed with that essential replica stained-glass headboard. Modern additions include power points and a full-length mirror so that you can straighten up your corset and gown, or admire your doublet and hose. The new glamping tents are set in a woodland glade by the river, right next to the medieval castle. Add archery, a jester class and a banquet in the medieval dining hall to your stay. www.warwick-castle.com MUSEUMS And the winner is... The Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world’s largest prize for museums, with the…

1 min
reading corner

Sacred Britannia by Miranda Aldhouse-Green (Thames & Hudson, £19.95) As well as plumbing, the Romans brought their religion to Britain. A riveting account of ancient beliefs. The Du Mauriers: Just as they were by Anne Hall (Unicorn, £25) The surprising family history of the novelist Daphne Du Maurier, starting with a master glassblower. Seaside Hotels by Karen Averby (Amberley Publishing, £8.99) An expansive look at the rise, fall and rebirth of grand coastal resorts. The Oxford Companion to the Brontës by Christine Alexander et al (OUP, £30) A special edition to mark the bicentenary of Emily Bronte’s birth. No, we can’t get enough either. Granny’s Kitchen Cupboard: A Lifetime in Over 100 Objects by John Alexander (Pavilion, £14.99) Nostalgia galore, from post-war chocolate wrappers to children’s toys and vintage pastille tins.…

6 min
on the wordsworth trail

On the evening of 15 April 1802, Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of the poet William, wrote her journal as usual. They had enjoyed a wonderful day. Walking home from visiting friends, the pair had passed through Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater, and witnessed a now-famous sight. Dorothy recalled that the daffodils “tossed and reeled and danced, and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake”. That day became a seed for one of the most famous poems in the English language: William Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, written in 1804. Although well-travelled, Wordsworth never ceased to be inspired by his native Cumbria. He was born in Cockermouth on 7 April 1770, in what is now Wordsworth House. His father was a land agent, and his early…