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Discover Britain

Discover Britain August/September 2018

Celebrating the best of our nation, every issue of Discover Britain is packed with features from history to travel. Read about the events that changed history, as well as British traditions and their origins, or be inspired for your next trip with great ideas for where to go and what to see. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or an escape to the countryside, Discover Britain is your essential guide to getting the most out of your stay.

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There aren’t many things that Britain does better than hoarding old stuff. We have more than 2,500 museums in the UK and five of the world’s 20 most popular ones in London alone. And we decided to celebrate this rich history with a museums special. The Treasure Island feature (p22) kicks things off with a look at the nation’s most priceless hauls from the Crown Jewels to the Staffordshire Hoard – a stash found by an amateur metal detectorist that includes 11lb of gold. Our taste for the unusual is celebrated in Passion Projects (p46), as we uncover eccentric collections of dog collars, lawnmowers and teapots. And finally, we’ve picked out the 15 best exhibits you can see for free in London (p64), perfect for a cheap, cultured day out in…

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Relishing the challenge Having had the privilege to reside in the UK for several years and with a return every year, I continue to be frustrated by the endless range of historic opportunities that are available. It requires great discipline in order to tour and maintain focus, and it must provide an even greater challenge to you and your staff to determine what valued presentations you will image next – a challenge you are indeed blessed to have and your readers are enriched to receive. John WB Coulter, Toronto, Canada One shouldn’t become frustrated, John. View it instead as a lifetime of possibilities – and remember we are always here to help. A little gem of a day In September 1987, my friend, who is a Douglas, and I set out to find the…

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wish you were here...

Westminster, London First look inside Westminster Abbey’s ‘new’ 13th-century attic galleries Westminster Abbey’s medieval triforium has opened to the public for the first time in more than 700 years. Stained-glass panels and robes from HM The Queen’s 1953 Coronation are among 300 treasures on display in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee galleries. Situated 52 feet above the Abbey’s floor, the views are worth the trip alone. www.westminster-abbey.org St Peter Port, Guernsey Les Misérables author’s home to become less miserable Hauteville House, the former home of Victor Hugo, is set for a £3.1-million restoration. The French author designed the mansion during his 15-year exile on the Channel Island from 1856, completing some of his most famous works here, including Les Misérables. The house, which is now a museum, will reopen in April 2019. In the meantime, fans…

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highland paradise

At 1,748 square miles, Cairngorms is the largest of the UK’s 15 National Parks. To put this in perspective, it’s twice the size of the Lake District National Park and bigger than the whole country of Luxembourg. With a little thought, however, the park’s vast size can be broken down into bite size chunks, revealing the very best of Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park is a beautifully unspoiled region, home to 55 ‘Munros’ (mountains above 3,000 feet in height, named after Sir Hugh T Munro, who catalogued them all in 1891), including four of the five highest peaks in Britain. Nearly half of the entire park is designated ‘wild land’. Such scale and ruggedness has huge appeal, but equally the Cairngorms has a far gentler side, having been a civilised holiday…

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discover the cairngorms

Visit While much of the Cairngorms comes alive with reds, golds and greens in early autumn, the area around Pitlochry and Killiecrankie is particularly stunning. For a breathtaking view over Loch Tummel, head to Queen’s View – a lookout that Queen Victoria assumed was named after her when she visited in 1866. Eat and drink Aviemore boasts several of the best restaurants in the Cairngorms. The Old Bridge Inn (www.oldbridgeinn.co.uk) is an atmospheric haunt whose Speyside location guarantees a menu laden with fresh fish, while the bar boasts live music and more than 100 malt whiskies. Sleep For a stylish stay, head to Killiehuntly (www.killiehuntly.scot),a working, 19th-century farmhouse given a contemporary, Nordic-style makeover courtesy of Danish owner Anne Storm Pedersen and her husband Anders. Much of the restaurant’s produce is grown on the couple’s 4,000-acre…

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treasure island

For centuries, it had been thought that the scenes of plunder and ritual burial described in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf were artistic exaggerations. “For one warrior stripped the other, looted Ongentheow’s iron mail-coat, his hard sword-hilt, his helmet too,” it reads. “They let the ground keep that ancestral treasure, gold under the gravel, gone to earth, as useless to men now as it ever was.” But then two modern discoveries suddenly rooted such poetic flights in reality: the Sutton Hoo ship burial near Woodbridge, Suffolk, and the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon war gear near Lichfield in the West Midlands. Both finds caused sensations, having lain undisturbed since the seventh century. Both dispelled the misnomer of the Dark Ages, their exquisitely crafted and bejewelled gold, silver and metalwork evoking a world…