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Britain November - December 2016

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
editor's letter

Life is full of surprises. Just when you think you’ve explored every corner of this green and pleasant land or read the stories of the great and good in British history, something – a place, a person, a story, a new avenue of interest – can spring up unexpectedly and really brighten your day. In this issue, I hope you will, like me, find plenty of these little surprises. Take Pembrokeshire (p14), for example. This gorgeous corner of Wales is packed with quiet beaches, historic castles and Tudor history, yet it is often overlooked when planning a perfect British getaway. The Berkshire village of Bray (p77), is another such unsung destination. Just a short day trip from London, it is home to some of the world’s most prestigious and inventive culinary masters. Elsewhere…

3 min
your letters

LETTER OF THE MONTH BACK TO MY ROOTS Whenever you feature Cornwall, I am thrilled. It was only three years ago I finally found my grandfather’s roots there. The breakthrough came when I contacted the Parish Registry for Cornwall and was linked to an amazing genealogist who never gave up the search. Thanks to this researcher’s efforts, in combination with my father’s story about my grandfather’s emigration to Canada, the past was revealed. My father was 14 when my grandfather died in 1901, at age 63, in Canada. All my father knew was that my grandfather’s first attempt to leave England by ship resulted in the drowning of his sister, so he went back to Cornwall then sailed to Canada years later with another sister. However, his simple story proved invaluable. This newfound…

5 min
the bulletin

CULTURE Claiming the Crown This year, HM The Queen became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and turned 90 years old, so it’s a perfect moment to cast an eye back over her historic reign. Yet there will remain much about her eventful life that we can but imagine and, now, streaming service Netflix has done just that with its 10-part TV series The Crown, a factional look at the private life of royal family, charting Elizabeth II’s epic reign. Filmed at a rumoured cost of £100m, the show has been helmed by creative royalty. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen and Frost/Nixon) and directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours), the series also stars a stellar cast, with Claire Foy as the Queen, Matt Smith as Prince Philip and John Lithgow as Churchill,…

1 min
reading corner

The Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton (Head of Zeus, £9.99) Norton interweaves the stories of well-known Tudor women with topics ranging from witchcraft to painting of portraits. London: A Travel Through Time by Dr Matthew Green (Penguin, £9.99) This vibrant history of the city explores six extraordinary periods, from the age of Shakespeare to the Blitz. The Middle Ages Unlocked by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania (Amberley, £9.99) An invaluable introduction to medieval England which looks at aspects of daily life to dispel modern assumptions. The Victoria Letters by Helen Rappaport and Daisy Goodwin (HarperCollins, £20) The official companion to the hit TV drama delves into the young Queen's private writings. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Saraband, £8.99) Man Booker Prize shortlisted, this inventive literary thriller draws you into the…

7 min
the wild west

The sea dominates life in Pembrokeshire. This westerly outpost of Wales reaching out into the Celtic Sea is famed for its beauty: its beaches rank among the world’s best, while the renowned coast path allows unfettered access to its wild headlands, rocky peninsulas, fishing villages, quays, amazing wildlife and more. Yet while a third of the county is designated as Britain’s only coastal national park, that’s far from the whole story. In fact, Pembrokeshire is a place packed with history every bit as spectacular as its scenery. It is home to more than 50 castles, mysterious prehistoric tombs and Celtic religious shrines – it’s even the birthplace of the Tudors. The county is also characterised by contrast, from the castle-dappled southern lowlands (known as “Little England Beyond Wales”), to the rocky…

1 min
the planner

GETTING THERE Car: From London, all except the last 35 miles of the journey to west Pembrokeshire is on the M4 or a dual carriageway. The drive takes around four-and-a-half hours. Train: The journey from Paddington to Haverfordwest is around five hours. www.nationalrail.co.uk WHERE TO STAY Retreats Group offers three top-quality hotels in the area: Roch Castle, in Roch, a six-bedroom hotel sat on a rocky outcrop, is one of the best castle stays in Britain; Penrhiw is a stone’s throw from the centre of St Davids and offers luxury B&B rooms or can be rented exclusively; and Twr y Felin in St Davids is a contemporary art hotel with fine dining and a gallery. www.retreatsgroup.com WHERE TO EAT Cwtch restaurant in St Davids lives up to its name: ‘cwtch’ is Welsh for ‘a warm,…