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Britain January/February 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
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor's letter

I pride myself on being pretty clued up on Britain’s stately homes, so my interest was piqued when a book landed on my desk extolling the virtues of one I had never heard of: Longford Castle. And so this issue we travel to Wiltshire to bring you the story of this fascinating property, as well as several other historic houses in the region in Castles & Treasure Houses (p14) . Another stately home that has remained something of a mystery to me is Blickling Hall – the supposed birthplace of Anne Boleyn (and a place she is said to haunt), so I sent my deputy to do a bit of investigative work. You can read all about her findings in Ghosts of Blickling (p24) . I don’t know about you, but this…

1 min
your letters

TALES FROM THE SCOTTISH ISLES We’ve just returned from our most recent trip to Lewis and Harris – wild, wet and very windy, but fabulous all the same. In my article on Lewis and Harris (Volume 85, Issue 5), I said that we’d “heard good things about the North Harbour Bistro”. Now, having been, we can confirm that it’s a superb restaurant. Top quality seafood cuisine and a great atmosphere – you must go. Peter Williamson, by email THE YELLOW DOOR Your article on the Royal Crescent (Volume 85, Issue 6) brought back a great memory. In 1985, we stayed in a B&B at number 22 and we particularly noticed the yellow door. The property had huge rooms and an ancient birdcage elevator. Our host told us he had purchased the residence just six weeks…

1 min
letter of the month britain’s biggest fan

Having been a subscriber of BRITAIN magazine for 40 years, I have recently donated every issue dating from 1970 to 2010 to the University of Helsinki (English Philology), as well as the index of all those copies. My index is available online at http://bit.ly/2zPs2G6. I am now 81 and retired, but I will always be interested in Britain and its sights, especially its castles and stately homes and I have a huge collection of photos taken during my 52 visits here. This photo (left), taken in 2009, shows my wife Raija and I at the Edward Elgar Museum in Worcestershire. Risto Hurmalainen, Helsinki, Finland BRITAIN replies: Thank you so much for your tireless work indexing all of these issues of BRITAIN, We’re sure many of our readers will find your resource of great…

5 min
the bulletin

TRAVEL Best for the Bard Here’s a challenge: how many attractions can you visit in one, two or three days? The new Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass gives you free or discounted entry into 19 Warwickshire attractions – not, of course, that you must visit all of them. Your golden ticket applies to a wealth of Bard-related sites, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (pictured) and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Play’s the Thing exhibition. And when you’re Shakepeared-out, you can head to Warwick Castle, Radley Hall or Kenilworth Castle. It will also give you discounts at shops, hotels and restaurants. An adult pass costs £49 for one day, £65 for two days and £75 for three days. www.shakespeares-england.co.uk ANNIVERSARY Emily Brontë 200 If 2016 was the year of Charlotte Brontë…

1 min
reading corner

History of Britain in Maps by Philip Parker (HarperCollins, £25) The story of Britain told through 100 maps, from forts along Hadrian’s Wall to the rich and poor areas of Victorian London. Anne Boleyn: Adultery, Heresy, Desire by Amy Licence (Amberley Publishing, £25) A startling new look at the second wife of King Henry VIII. Was she a calculating femme fatale? The Oldest House in London by Fiona Rule (The History Press, £20) The intriguing tale of the oldest house in the City of London, 41-42 Cloth Fair. Revolting Remedies from the Middle Ages by Daniel Wakelin et al (The Bodleian Library, £9.99) ‘Recipes’ to cure spotty skin and make yourself invisible, collected from old manuscripts. Painter of Pedigree: Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury by Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver (Unicorn Publishing, £30) An enlightening biography of…

7 min
castles & hidden treasures

Wiltshire is packed with famous historic sites – Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Old Sarum, to name but a few – but the county also has some lesser-known places that are equally worth visiting. Longford Castle is just such a place. Sitting peacefully on the banks of the River Avon south of Salisbury, it has been the home of the Earls of Radnor since the 18th century. Longford’s striking design owes much to its Elizabethan origins – it was originally laid out in an unusual triangular shape comprising three circular towers – a rare sight in Britain at the time and one that borrowed much from the Scandinavian style of the day. This foreign influence may have been due to its Swedish-born dowager, the Marchioness of Northampton, who together with her second husband, Sir…