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Britain January/February 2019

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

The first sight of a castle – a glimpse of turret or an expanse of high stone wall – never fails to set the heart racing. Whether romantic ruins or dramatic fortresses, Britain’s castles are endlessly fascinating, both for their intriguing history and their extraordinary architecture. This issue, we’ve indulged our castle obsession with an array of Britain’s most beautiful examples. The Norman hilltop castle at Durham (p87) lords it over the city, while many-turreted Glamis was the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (The Queen and the Bowes Lyons, p51). And if you’d like to try out castle life for yourself, some of the country’s finest examples are open to the public as luxury hotels, complete with fourposters, sweeping staircases…

2 min
your letters

STAR LETTER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE BUCKET LIST As someone who has visited Britain at least every couple of years for the last two decades, I have been an avid reader of BRITAIN. It both allows me to remember places I’ve visited and to add to my “bucket list” of places to include on a future visit. The article about Buckinghamshire (Vol 86 Issue 6) has taken me to Cliveden, where I’ve had the opportunity to overlook the grounds from the magnificent parterre (and peek into the hotel from the back door). But next time I’m there, I’ll have Hughenden and Bletchley Park as “must see” places. Barbara-Anne Eddy, Vancouver, Canada Our star letter wins Maps of the United Kingdom by Rachel Dixon and Livi Gosling (£17.99, Wide-Eyed Editions), an illustrated book that examines the regions…

5 min
the bulletin

EXHIBITION Royal riches Britain has been linked to Russia for over 300 years through war, diplomatic alliances and family ties. Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs, a new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, explores the relationship between Britain and Russia and their royal families over three centuries, from the visit of Peter the Great to London in 1698 to the dynastic marriage between Queen’s Victoria’s granddaughter, Alix of Hesse, to Nicholas II. State portraits, jewellery and paintings of family gatherings illustrate the fascinating history between the two countries. The exhibition runs until 28 April 2019. www.rct.uk HERITAGE Picture this The Long Gallery at Hever Castle has undergone a major change to give visitors a flavour of how its portraits would have been displayed in Tudor times, thanks to the guest curation of historian…

1 min
reading corner

111 Places in Glasgow That You Shouldn’t Miss by Tom Shields (Emons Verlag, £12.99) Discover locals’ favourites in the Scottish city, from castles to cafés, and parks to the Piping Museum. Lady of the House by Charlotte Furness (Pen & Sword, £12.99) Celebrate these three 19th-century women who ran estates, influenced politics and developed businesses, alongside aristocratic life. Victorian Cornwall: A look at Cornwall though the eyes of our forefathers by Malcolm McCarthy (Fonthill Media, £16.99) Take a visual tour of Cornwall 150 years ago through the lens of local photographers. Around Britain by Canal: 1000 miles of waterways by Anthony Burton (Pen & Sword, £20) Journeying by canal, take in both rural beauties and hidden urban corners. The Railway Adventures: Places, trains, people and stations by Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall (September Publishing,…

5 min
hidden beauty

Few ranges in Britain are quite so satisfyingly shapely as the Malvern Hills. The rounded belt of green peaks stretches to a total length of some eight miles – no great distance, but the chain’s pleasing bulk is accentuated by flatlands on either side, making the hills not just an uplifting sight but a natural magnet for the eye. The range rather begs to be walked, and the good news for those who heed the call is that the summits are simple to climb and afford deep, drowsy views over both English and Welsh countryside. The hills certainly worked their allure on the great composer Sir Edward Elgar, who was born and spent much of his life in one of the counties spread under them: proud, peaceful Worcestershire. Elgar, whose Pomp &…

1 min
the planner

GETTING THERE The county has a number of well-served railway stations, including Worcester Foregate Street, Great Malvern and Droitwich Spa. The region is easily reached from both London Paddington (direct to Worcester) and London Euston (services via Birmingham). Journeys take 2-3 hours. WHERE TO STAY Brockencote Hall is a luxury country-house hotel near Kidderminster set in 70 acres of grounds – the main building was once a Victorian manor. In Great Malvern, the ivy-clad Abbey Hotel is a classy four-star with views of the Malvern Hills. www.brockencotehall.com; www.sarova-abbeyhotel.com WHERE TO EAT West of Worcester in the village of Knightwick, The Talbot is a traditional family-run inn with an on-site bakery, kitchen garden and daily changing menus. A two-minute walk from the Severn Valley Railway terminus in Kidderminster, meanwhile, La Petite Gare is a cosy breakfast…