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Discover Britain

Discover Britain April/May 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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On 24 May 2019, Britain and indeed much of the world will mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria. In many ways, however, it seems like far more than two centuries have passed since the birth of one of our nation’s most famous monarchs, such was the length of her reign and the significant advances during that time over which she presided. For our own Discover Britain tribute to Her Majesty, we’ve turned to her biographer Lucy Worsley, the popular TV presenter and Historic Royal Palaces curator. Join Lucy for an intimate and entertaining tour of the Queen’s favourite places around the British Isles (p12). Continuing that regal theme elsewhere, this issue’s London section (p55) is also devoted to our current Royal Family, as we reveal the various palaces, boutiques, restaurants and…

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Trouble is brewing I was disappointed that in your recent article on Newcastle you failed to mention one of its outstanding luminaries, Charles, Earl Grey, and the city’s prominent monument to him. While best known today as the inventor of Earl Grey tea, Newcastle’s affection for him was based on important, popular legislation. Becoming Prime Minister in 1830, he spearheaded the Reform Act of 1832, legislation to abolish the slave trade, and increased funding for schools. That the monument was erected during his lifetime signals the great esteem Newcastle had for this important reformer. Daniel D. Reiff, Kenmore, USA Unchartered territories I love my Discover Britain! As a self-described Anglophile, I eagerly look forward to every issue. More often than not, I take your suggestions and, during our annual visit to the UK, implement…

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wish you were here...

Powys, Wales Experience of schoolgirl refugees recreated at Powis Castle During the Second World War, Powis Castle provided refuge to evacuees from the Ashford Welsh Girls’ School in Middlesex where George Herbert, 4th Earl of Powis was a governor. Now, 80 years after the war began, this medieval castle is working with Theatr Clwyd [sic] to bring the girls’ story to life. From 26 March, the top floor of the castle will be open for the first time for the Worlds Apart in War installation. Using archive photographs, six rooms there will be transformed into the girls’ dormitories and audio recordings of their conversations will be played. The aim is to help people better understand what it means to be displaced by war. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden SLEAFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE Last surviving eight-sailed windmill restored Following a £1.5-million regeneration project,…

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royal progress

Victoria wasn’t born to be queen. In 1819, she was quite low down in the royal pecking order, and her father the Duke of Kent was deeply in debt. It was only as her more senior but sickly baby cousins predeceased her, one by one, that it became apparent that she would one day wear the crown. Her relatively unimportant – and impecunious – parents didn’t have a grand country house of the kind owned by rich aristocrats or grander royals. Instead, they lived in a ramshackle apartment within Kensington Palace, and for holidays, they followed the new middle-class Georgian fashion of leaving London for rented holiday houses by the British seaside. Ramsgate in Kent was a resort to which the young princess was often taken by her mother the Duchess…

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win a great british holiday

What would your dream holiday to Britain include? A five-star stay in London and tickets to a West End show? A trip to one of Britain’s finest stately homes? How about a stay in the Cotswolds? Well, with our Great British Holiday competition, you can win all of this and more. London luxury Starting with free flights (for overseas entrants), the winner and their guest will be whisked to London to enjoy two nights of luxury in the iconic Shard, staying at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. Enjoy afternoon tea in the TÎNG Restaurant while viewing some of London’s most famous landmarks. Your visit will also include tickets to a top West End theatre show. First class to Edinburgh Next, our winner and their guest will travel to Edinburgh on the…

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city of light

Out of all the nations and cities touched by the Enlightenment – that period in the late 17th century and early 18th century when the world intellectually stepped out of the ‘dark’ Middle Ages – one was particularly transformative. ‘Auld Reekie’, the affectionate name for Edinburgh, referred to the smokiness and stench of a city known for its overpopulation, festering loch and air pollution. Like a phoenix from the flames, Edinburgh arose anew during this period to become one of the leading lights of the Enlightenment movement. The French philosopher Voltaire himself said “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”. The poster boys of Scotland’s scientific and cultural revolution included philosopher David Hume, geologist James Hutton, architect Robert Adam, chemist Joseph Black and economist Adam Smith, as well…