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Britain May/June 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

This May marks 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth. Much has been written about her extraordinary reign but less is known about Victoria’s unusual path to the throne: we explore the history ( The great royal baby race, p35) and take a look at artefacts from her life, from her distinctive mourning garb to a poignant scrapbook of memories ( A life in objects, p41). Spring is finally in the air and we’re already dreaming of sunnier days – the chance to take in some country-house opera ( Sound of summer, p45), go cider-tasting in Somerset ( Hills and Levels, p14) or wander a flower-filled garden ( Green & pleasant, p60). We’re also excitedly awaiting the return of Downton Abbey, as our favourite upstairs/downstairs saga makes the leap to the big screen.…

2 min
your letters

STAR LETTER GIRLS IN PEARLS I enjoyed reading the Wives’ Tales article [BRITAIN Vol 87 Issue 1] and loved looking at their beautiful clothes and lovely blackwork on their sleeves and cuffs. Looking at their pearls I wondered what happened to them. We have recently had a Cartier exhibition at our National Gallery and at a lecture it was reported that when Cartier decided to open premises in New York they bought a mansion on Fifth Avenue for two strands of pearls. That really brought home to me how valuable pearls have been for a very long time. I love reading BRITAIN magazine as I dream of our next trip. Sue Daw, Bruce, Canberra, Australia Our star letter wins a copy of Island Gardens by Jackie Bennett (£25, White Lion Publishing), a tour of…

4 min
the bulletin

OPENING A royal residence restored Visitors to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in County Down can now explore its rich history following a lavish £20m transformation by Historic Royal Palaces. HM The Queen’s official residence and home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Hillsborough reopens its doors on 10 April following a 5-year project to transform the beautiful Georgian house. Take a guided tour of the plush State Rooms – including the Throne Room, scene of the Queen’s coronation ball in 1953 – to admire their jewel-bright decor, or wander the formal gardens, which feature a reimagined Walled Garden and the previously unseen Lost Garden, nestled within the 100-acre estate. www.hrp.org.uk EXHI BITION Blenheim in bloom Keen gardeners will have the chance to celebrate the beauty of Blenheim Palace this summer, as the International…

1 min
reading corner

Ships of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain’s Cathedrals by Christopher Somerville (Penguin Random House, £20). A journey across Britain in search of the hidden secrets of Britain’s cathedrals. Tower Bridge: History, Engineering, Design by Kenneth Powell (Thames & Hudson, £24.95). Explore the intruiging history of this much-loved London landmark. The Story of Kensington Palace by Tracy Borman (Merrell Publishers, £24.95). From Jacobean villa to the home of modern-day royals, discover the story of this historic palace. Secret Wartime Britain by Colin Philpott (Pen & Sword Books, £25). A fascinating and wonderfully comprehensive account of Britain’s hidden wartime locations. Henry VII: The Maligned Tudor King by Terry Breverton (Amberley Publishing, £10.99). Read all about Henry Tudor: not as famous as his successor, but one of England’s wisest monarchs.…

7 min
hills and levels

Ensconced between Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon, Somerset is rural Britain at its bucolic best, a rolling countryside of apple-laden orchards and elegant stately homes. This is a county famous for its churches and its cheese. A county whose hills and marshlands are steeped in legend. And whose name, derived from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning Land of the Summer People, reflects a pastoral past that is still very much in evidence today. So where best to begin exploring this idyllic landscape? In a city, actually, and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed one at that. “Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?” asks Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey. The protagonist of Jane Austen’s first novel, set in the city in which she lived, was onto something. This is one of England’s most…

1 min
the planner

GETTING THERE Bath is 90 minutes by train from London Paddington; by car, it’s a short drive from the M4 motorway, which runs direct from London and Heathrow Airport. www.gwr.com WHERE TO STAY Furnished in signature country-house style, The Pig near Bath offers atmospheric accommodation, while the Lord Poulett Arms combines stylish rooms with a superb pub restaurant in the gorgeous hamstone village of Hinton St George. www.thepighotel.com; www.lordpoulettarms.com WHERE TO EAT The Good Earth is a Wells institution, famous for its homemade quiches, chunky veggie pizzas and tasty salads. www.thegoodearthwells.co.uk FURTHER INFORMATION www.visitsomerset.co.uk…