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Britain November/December 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

This issue, we travel back in time to the Roman Baths (p42) in the city of Bath, a truly awe-inspiring place with intriguing origins. Created by the hedonistic Romans and appropriated by the Georgians, whose zeal for ‘taking the waters’ put the town on the map, it’s a place steeped in history. The Baths are one of the country’s most-visited sights, and rightly so, but we pride ourselves on seeking out Britain’s unsung destinations too. In A River Runs Through It (p14), we wander Shakespeare’s old stamping ground along the meandering River Avon, stopping at idyllic villages and quaint market towns, while A Literary Land (p70) highlights an unassuming little church in the midst of the Sussex countryside that holds a rather special claim to fame. Elsewhere, we go castle-spotting…

2 min
your letters

LETTER OF THE MONTH IN THE GENES I am definitely an Anglophile! For my entire life I’ve been in love with everything British. I’m addicted to British movies and TV shows, love English history and literature, and, of course, scour every issue of BRITAIN magazine word for word. After retiring as an English teacher in the year 2000, I made my first trip to England and have returned five times since –including hiking part of the Southwest Coastal Path and Hadrian’s Wall [pictured below]. I’ve used BRITAIN magazine as inspiration and motivation for our travels. I thoroughly enjoy the features on quaint English villages and British historical figures, and the suggestions for London and beyond. I recently submitted my DNA for analysis and learned that there’s a reason for my lifetime love…

4 min
the bulletin

OPEN HOUSE A splendid Saloon Dripping in red, silver and gold, the Saloon at Brighton's Royal Pavilion exudes the extravagant tastes of King George IV. The Pavilion, built in 1823, was, after all, his pleasure palace. Now, after three years of intensive renovation, the room has opened to the public again. Expect serious lavishness with silver and white wall decoration, silk panels and shining gilded frames. A fine reproduction of the original circular carpet, with its exotic design of dragons, sun rays and lotus leaves, now snuggles up to the floor. “Visitors will be able to experience the Pavilion in the way George IV intended.,” says Janita Bagshawe, Head of Royal Pavilion and Museums of the Saloon. brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion STAY Country estates Ten years ago, the National Trust took over three country houses owned by Historic…

1 min
reading corner

Mr Barry’s War by Caroline Shenton (OUP, £25) After a fire destroyed the Houses of Parliament in 1834, plans were laid for an architectural masterpiece. Challenges followed. Mercia: The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom by Annie Whitehead (Amberley, £20) Brush up on the neglected Anglo-Saxon region that helped shape England. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (www.foliosociety.com,£34.95) This beautiful edition of Waugh's classic tale of pre-war privilege has wood engravings by Harry Brockway. Darling Winston by David Lough (House of Zeus, £9.99) Rifle through 40 years of intimate letters between Churchill and his mother, the American-born British socialite Lady Randolph Churchill. A Royal Christmas by Louise Cooling (Royal Collection Trust, £12.95) This illustrated book explores the festive traditions of the royal family through objects and archive photos. PHOTOS: © DAVID LOFTUS/ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST/© HER MAJESTY…

6 min
a river runs through it

The word ‘Avon’ derives from the old Brythonic ‘abona’, meaning ‘river’, which accounts for why you will find numerous British waterways bearing the name. But there is nothing prosaic about the river known as Shakespeare’s Avon that flows for nearly 100 miles from Naseby in Northamptonshire, via Stratfordupon-Avon in Warwickshire, to Tewkesbury on the edge of the Cotswolds. This Avon segues through idyllic villages to market towns crowned by castle or abbey. Sheer liquid history and poetry, it’s a wonderful route for a tour. So pull on your walking boots and shadow the river along the Shakespeare’s Avon Way long-distance footpath. Or hire a narrowboat (in season) and drift the 46-mile navigable section of the river from Alveston Weir above Stratford to Tewkesbury. Alternatively, simply take to the road and dip…

1 min
the planner

GETTING AROUND For information on walking the 88-mile Shakespeare’s Avon Way see www.shakespearesavonway.org.The Avon is navigable over 46 miles from Alveston Weir above Stratford-upon-Avon to Tewkesbury. Hire a narrowboat from Starline Narrowboats, www.starlinenarrowboats.co.uk, or Valley Cruises, www.valleycruises.co.uk WHERE TO STAY For a treat, stay in a Tower Suite in the 14th-century Caesar’s Tower at Warwick Castle. Woodland lodges in the Knight’s Village and medieval-themed glamping are also available. www.warwick-castle.com WHERE TO EAT Good enough for Shakespeare, The Bell Inn, Welford-on-Avon, serves tasty fare such as sirloin steak with hand-cut chips. www.thebellwelford.co.uk EVENTS Catch the annual April pageantry that fills Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare’s birthday, with festivities across town and a costumed procession featuring the Bard (27-28 April 2019). www.shakespearescelebrations.com…