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Britain January/February 2017

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

Visit any attraction across the British Isles – a museum or a stately home, for example – and you will almost always come across someone a story to tell. With this in mind, this issue looks in particular at the many unexpected ways in which Britons have told their stories over the years. The History of Britain in 10 Buildings (p48) looks at the various ways in which major architectural achievements speak of the times in which they were created and provide tangible links to our ancestors, while Local Delicacies (p61) includes six regional specialities steeped in both flavour and fascinating stories. Meanwhile, in a more literal storytelling sense, we celebrate 90 years since the BBC (p71) received its royal charter and developed into the beloved institution that speaks to hundreds of…

2 min
your letters

FRIENDS REUNITED The photo of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea (Vol 84, Issue 5) immediately reminded me of an event in 2014. Earlier in the year, my school chum of 58 years had located a fellow pupil from our class. He was in Eastbourne but attempts at communication had been unsuccessful. However, while I was staying with my cousin and his wife in Eastbourne, it transpired they not only knew the person but also that his and their children had been at school together. Furthermore, the street he lived on was one block from where my cousin lives. A quick look in the phone book and a call later, his surprised wife took a message from me. His wife had a little bit of fun with the message (words to effect…

1 min
letter of the month going viral

I enjoyed ‘Think Big’ (Vol 84, Issue 5), your article on Britain’s biggest thinkers. I would like to add another pioneer to the Edward Jenner story: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. In addition to writing her fascinating letters from Turkey, she introduced smallpox inoculation to Western medicine. Lady Mary travelled to Turkey in 1716 when her husband was made British ambassador to Istanbul. There she encountered inoculation with live smallpox virus – variolation – and had her son inoculated. She then promoted the procedure back in London. She paved the way for Edward Jenner’s safer vaccinating with cowpox in the 1790s. Patricia Graboske, Maryland, USA PHOTO: © PHOTO RESEARCHERS INC/ALAMY. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS FOR PUBLICATION…

5 min
the bulletin

NEWS Tour of duty More than five million people visited the poignant art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which bathed the Tower of London in a sea of ceramic poppies in 2014. Its unprecedented popularity saw two parts of the original installation, Wave and Weeping Window, go on tour as part of 14-18 NOW, a programme of arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Taking in places as far afield as Scotland's St Magnus Cathedral [left] and Caernarfon Castle in north Wales in 2016, so far a further 1.5 million people have experienced the moving memorial by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Now, six more venues have been announced seeing the tour through 2017. Wave will be installed at The Barge Pier, Southend-on-Sea, in April and the…

1 min
reading corner

Treasures of British History by Peter & Dan Snow (£30, Andre Deutsch) The 50 documents that best illuminate our nation’s story complete with facsimiles. The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques (£16.99, September Publishing) More than 900 of London’s most interesting inhabitants and their former homes are brought to life. Good Hotel Guide 2017 (£20, The Good Hotel Guide Ltd) An unbiased and independent way to find the perfect place to suit your holiday needs. Henry III: The Son of Magna Carta by Matthew Lewis (£20, Amberley) This in-depth look at one of our less documented monarchs comes 800 years after he became king at the age of nine. Crown of Blood by Nicola Tallis (£20, Michael O'Mara) A dramatic retelling of the life of the Nine Day Queen, Lady Jane Grey, this…

8 min
searching for camelot

Set high on the rugged, windswept Cornish coast, few places beat the drama and romance of Tintagel Castle The legends and myths of King Arthur swirl throughout Britain, with countless locations from Scotland to the far south west of England claiming connections to the fabled leader and his adventures. Few though can beat the drama and romance of Tintagel Castle, said to be the place of Arthur’s magical conception. Set high on the rugged, windswept coast of North Cornwall, history and legend have become inextricably intertwined here, steeping the ancient site in a sense of mystery. And Tintagel is just the starting point on the trail of Arthur in Cornwall. From the magnificent court of Camelot to the final, fatal battle with Mordred, some of the most famous tales about the king…