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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Wish you were here... • Inspiring postcards from around the British Isles
Mystical Britain • As the two halves of King Arthur’s Tintagel are reunited for the first time in more than 500 years, Ravneet Ahluwalia goes in search of Britain’s most fascinating sacred sites
Princes & Puffins • As Prince Charles opens a B&B on Scotland’s remote north-easterly tip, Janice Hopper escapes to Caithness to discover an area rich in natural beauty and historic ancient sites
SIGNS OF THE TIMES • Coats of arms appear everywhere from government buildings to ketchup bottles, but what do they mean and where do they come from? Nancy Alsop investigates
Lost the PLOT • As the 450th anniversary of Guy Fawkes approaches, Diana Wright asks: was the Gunpowder Plot conspirator a traitor or just a scapegoat for a canny king?
Building a vision • From plush country houses to stark war memorials, Sir Edwin Lutyens could seemingly turn his hand to anything. Adrian Mourby celebrates the life of this visionary architect
VISITING LUTYENS • Five of the architect’s greatest designs to discover across the UK
DISCOVER LONDON • Hidden London opens On-board the 250-year-old Cutty Sark The Tube’s Victorian beginning
Ship Ashore • Built 150 years ago, Cutty Sark is the world’s last tea clipper and a testament to Victorian industry. Martha Alexander hops aboard to hear stories from life at sea
Down the Tube • The London Underground is a marvel of Victorian engineering. Oliver Green charts the feuds and fanfare that lead to the grand opening of the world’s first urban underground railway
24 hours in… CANTERBURY • Make the most of a pilgrimage to the Kent cathedral city
Glorious GOODWOOD • Curator James Peill gives us a tour of Goodwood, the quintessentially English estate home to a blue-blooded dynasty and centuries of sporting tradition
10 DOWNING STREET • Facts, figures and stories about the official residence of the British Prime Minister
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS • From cathedral-like caves and wild, quarried hillsides to the “Woodstock of the mind”, the Brecon Beacons is filled with awe-inspiring destinations, as Jenny Rowe discovers
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Autumn Retreats • Five historic hotels in locations that you are bound to “fall” for
The Pendle Witch Trials • This 17th-century witch hunt involved Shakespeare, King James and a nine-year-old star witness