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Discover Britain

Discover Britain June/July 2019

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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From the rousing chorus of Rule Britannia! to the stirring work of Elgar and Britten right through to the pop hits of The Beatles and The Stones, our small island has always punched above its weight when it comes to composing classic songs. Music can also be a wonderful way in which to explore the rich history and geography of Britain too. For this music-themed special, Alexander Larman sings the praises of Britain’s best-loved classical composers (p18), while I conducted a tour of London’s historic venues (p61) and David Atkinson riffed on The Beatles (p40), celebrating 50 years since the Fab Four’s last live performance and recording session via a magical history tour of their home city of Liverpool. Let us take you down to the real Strawberry Fields, via The…

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What’s in a name? As always, issue 209 was excellent and a joy to read. However, the article on St Davids, may have left your readers puzzled. It is Britain’s smallest city but why a “city” since it is smaller than a great many towns? Well, it is a city because it has a cathedral. And, a cathedral is not just a church on steroids; it is the church of a bishop. So because St Davids has a bishop and a cathedral, it is therefore a city. Hope this clear things up. Jonathan Hayes, Oregon, USA Crumbling statues The “24 hours in Newcastle” article in issue 208 has me a little curious. The view from High Level Bridge shows statues near the bottom of the picture. But off the fork of the tallest one…

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discover britain

Editor and Publisher Steve Pill Deputy Editor Zara Gaspar Art Editor Clare White ADVERTISING Head of Market James Davis Senior Sales Executive Paul Beckham Senior Sales Executive Jamie Smith MANAGEMENT Managing Director Paul Dobson Deputy Managing Director Steve Ross Chief Financial Officer Vicki Gavin Director of Media James Dobson Circulation Manager Daniel Webb Senior Marketing Executive Drew Brown ONLINE Digital Product Manager Ben Iskander Email Marketing Manager Emma Shriwardhankar PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY William Gibbons Ltd…

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wish you were here...

Great West Way, South of England New 125-mile route links London landmarks with idyllic rural England A new touring route stretching 125 miles from London to Bristol in the southwest of England has been established along a historic road first laid out by King Charles II. The Great West Way represents a loose corridor that takes in six counties via the A4 Great West Road, the Great Western Railway, the River Thames and the Kennet & Avon Canal. The route represents something of a trail back in time, as it takes in ancient sites at Stonehenge and Avebury, the medieval Windsor Castle, the Jacobean charm of Stonor Park, the Georgian architecture of Bath and more. Suggested itineraries, route highlights and even a dedicated magazine can be explored online at www.greatwestway.co.uk LAUDER, SCOTTISH BORDERS One of…

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king of the castles

Standing across the mouth of the River Seiont from Caernarfon Castle, it is easy to see why Edward I chose this particular spot to build the most impenetrable of medieval fortresses. Looming above a harbour full of little boats stands the massive Eagle Tower, with a Welsh flag flying proudly from its turrets. Caernarfon is the most symbolic of the castles that make up Edward I’s “Iron Ring”, a series of fortifications built across north Wales to keep a lid on the rebellious Welsh princes. They are widely considered some of the finest examples of military architecture in Europe, with four of the most complete – Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris – now forming part of a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortresses were built around Snowdonia, the mountainous region of…

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discover the gwynedd

Visit Away from King Edward’s castles, the northwest Welsh county of Gwynedd is filled with attractions. Snowdonia National Park dominates the landscape, home to the country’s highest peak in Mount Snowdon, the cute lakeside village of Capel Curig, and countless walking trails. Elsewhere, the mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog celebrates the area’s industrial heritage via Slate Mountain’s tours (www.slatemountain.co.uk), while the pastel-coloured Italianate village of Portmeirion (www.portmeirion.wales)is a photographer’s paradise. Eat and drink For contemporary twists on British classics made from locally-sourced produce, head to Bistro Bermo in Barmouth (www.bistrobermo.com).The Ty Coch Inn on the Llyn Peninsula (www.tycoch.co.uk) was voted one of the top ten beach bars in the world, though this 1823-built establishment is more draft ales and cosy ambience than cocktails and grass skirts. Sleep Antique mahogany furniture, chandeliers and chintz abound at…