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Britain July - August 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.

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Chelsea Magazine
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6 Issues


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editor's letter

With summer upon us, we’ve been struck with the urge to escape the office, soak up some sunshine and explore the best of Britain outdoors. Our cover feature celebrates the Secluded Beauty (p24) of Britain’s secret walled gardens. From the tumbling rustic charms of Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan to the rigorously planned organic fruit and vegetables in HRH Prince of Wales’s Highgrove, you’ll be sure to find a great spot to while away a summer’s day.Elsewhere in the issue, we have picked out the five best outdoor attractions in London, the perfect way to enjoy a Summer in the City (p63). The selection includes an amazing maze, a gorgeous street market and a theatre that really has to be seen to be believed.And if the traditional British weather reverts…

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your letters

LETTER OF THE MONTH COME FLY WITH MEI eagerly tear off the wrapping when BRITAIN magazine arrives. Every time I am amazed at the quality of the content. The story about our Queen (Vol 84 Issue 3) was interesting, to say the least, but besides that there was the article on William Shakespeare as well [Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, below].The magazine gives my wife and I the ability to reminisce on our many lovely trips to Britain over the past 28 years. I have told my wife we should fly into Heathrow, pick up a car and just “take-off” to see as much of the country as possible.Rod Faulkner, New South Wales, Australia Our Letter of the Month wins a copy of This Land by Joe Cornish and Roly…

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the bulletin

OPENHOUSEUpstairs, downstairsIf Downton Abbey piqued your interest in the class divide and you want to see how the other half might have lived, make a trip to Blenheim Palace this summer. For a limited period, the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site is offering two rare behind-the-scenes tours – one upstairs and one downstairs.The former takes in the sumptuous guest rooms and reveals a few stories about the many famous guests to grace the four-poster beds over the years, including Queen Mary and Yves Saint Laurent. The latter tours the servants’ quarters, which at one time was home to more than 100 staff, giving a flavour of what it was like to serve the Dukes of Marlborough.Both tours run daily until September.www.blenheimpalace.comSTAYA fine romanceIf you’re looking for the perfect couple’s getaway, where…

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reading corner

A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution by Travis Elborough (Jonathan Cape, £18.99) Discover how humble green public spaces played key roles in British history. Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Life of an Engineering Genius by Colin Maggs (Amberley, £20) This biography draws on diaries and letters to construct a portrait of the great engineer. Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon – The True Queen by Alison Weir (Headline, £18.99) The historian turns novelist in this first of six fictional accounts of the wives of King Henry VIII. Walking Away by Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber, £8.99) The self-deprecating Yorkshire poet guides us along England’s southwest coastal path with wit and wisdom. Wild Guide: Lake District and Yorkshire Dales by Daniel Start and Tania Pascoe…

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northern charms

The cathedral and castle keep a watchful eye on the town belowThis photo: Durham Cathedral’s imposing sandstone pillarsDurham Castle is now home to the city’s prestigious universityWith its magnificent Norman cathedral squaring off against an 11th-century castle, an impressive sight greets those arriving at Durham by road or rail. Yet there is far more to this majestic and compact northeast English city than its medieval architecture.Quirky shops, pubs and cosy tearooms line the cobbled streets of this university hub, living museums are awash with industrial heritage and you are never far from the tree-lined banks of the River Wear. On a fine day, grab a picnic lunch to enjoy on the riverbank while watching rowing boats glide along or enjoy a cruise on the water.Durham is home to numerous attractions,…

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the planner

GETTING THERETravel to Durham with Virgin Trains East Coast. Journey time from London King’s Cross to Durham is around three hours. www.virgintrainseastcoast.comWHERE TO STAYThe historic Durham Marriott Royal County hotel dates back to the 17th century and many of its rooms have views of the castle and cathedral or city centre. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, gym and sauna. You can enjoy snacks and drinks in Bar 1815, or more substantial fare in No 59 Old Elvet restaurant. www.marriott.co.ukWHEN TO GOThe summer sees the epic Kynren take place in the shadow of Auckland Castle. A unique, 90-minute journey through 1,000 years of history, this open-air theatre show involves more than 1,000 cast and crew, and runs on select nights from 2 July to 17 September. www.kynren.co.uk. The popular Durham…