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Britain Attractions Guide 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)
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Welcome to the BRITAIN 2019 Guide, our annual look at the very best that the country has to offer, from must-visit heritage sites to off-the-beaten track destinations, and from London restaurants with skyline views to castles you can actually stay in. We’ve profiled our favourite stately homes; cherry-picked the best of the heritage rail routes; and visited the country’s most beautiful corners, from Shakespeare’s old stomping ground to Scotland’s magical Inner Hebrides. With all this and more, you're sure to find plenty of inspiration for your next trip. Enjoy! @BRITAINMAGAZINE FACEBOOK/BRITAINMAGAZINE PINTEREST/BRITAINMAGAZINE @BRITAIN_MAGAZINE…

13 min
stately splendour

Highclere Castle, Berkshire With the new Downton Abbey movie finally due to hit our screens in September, there’s never been a better time for a visit to ‘the Real Downton’, Highclere Castle. Not that we need an excuse: this beautiful ancestral home is one of Britain’s finest. It has been the family seat of the Earls of Carnarvon since 1679, though its history stretches back centuries further. In 749 an Anglo-Saxon King granted the estate to the Bishops of Winchester, who built a stately medieval palace on the parkland here. Various rebuildings and developments later (including the landscaping of the grounds by Capability Brown), in 1842 it was transformed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, into the Italianate gem you can admire today. The twists and turns in the…

5 min
timeless travel

Modern trains might be convenient, but where’s their charm? They neither send out billows of smoke, nor whistle as they pull into stations. Meanwhile, Agatha Christie – or her characters – wouldn’t be seen dead on the carriages, as clean and functional as they might be. Where’s the crystal in the buffet car? Where is the buffet car? Fortunately, several hundred steam locomotives and, even better, their carriages, still run in Britain – and on historic routes, too. Many are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most came out of regular service in the Sixties, and are now run by volunteers. Here, we chuff through some of the best of Britain’s heritage railway lines. BELMOND ROYAL SCOTSMAN Fancy a Highland fling? The sumptuous carriages of the Belmond Royal Scotsman whisk you…

1 min
flying scotsman

Once, you could catch a talkie in the cinema, order a house cocktail in the bar and have your hair cut at the barber’s on Flying Scotsman, the 1920s locomotive chuffing between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. The first service ran in 1862 and took 10 and a half hours. In 1934, Flying Scotsman became the first locomotive in the UK to reach 100mph. Travel by steam this year from London to Salisbury, or through the Surrey Hills, as the engine hauls special tours across the UK. Or spot the Scotsman at rest on select dates at York's National Railway Museum. www.flyingscotsman.org.uk…

1 min

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong Londoner, Britain’s vibrant capital is entrancing. ‘Tired of London, tired of life’ goes the old adage, and it’s true: beyond the top tier of world-class sights, from the Tower of London to the British Museum, there are numerous smaller museums, galleries and buildings to absorb you, each with stories to tell. And even if you don’t set foot in a single one, you’ll find endless (and free) entertainment browsing the capital’s markets, exploring tucked-away Georgian squares and City backstreets, or joining the throngs on the South Bank, home to Tate Modern, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe. Then there’s the food. London has evolved into one of the world’s great culinary capitals, with an impressive 69 Michelin-star restaurants; take afternoon tea, join a…

2 min
london essentials

HIGHLIGHTS TOWER OF LONDON From the Crown Jewels to the legendary beefeaters, explore 1,000 years of history at this fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. NATIONAL GALLERY This beautiful gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, and also offers stunning views over Trafalgar Square. Discover over 2,300 paintings, including masterpieces such as Constable’s The Hay Wain. TATE MODERN The home of contemporary art in London, this iconic museum puts on thought-provoking exhibitions and was the city's most-visited attraction in 2018. ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece is full of wonder. Walk across the floor where Prince Charles and Diana were married in 1981, take a pew for Choral Evensong or climb 528 steps to the Dome for breathtaking views. BRITISH MUSEUM One of the oldest museums in the world, the British Museum has over…