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
Royal Progress • During her 63-year reign, Queen Victoria visited more parts of her kingdom than any of her predecessors. On the 200th anniversary of her birth, join author, curator and TV presenter Lucy Worsley as she follows in those tiny royal footsteps
WIN a Great British holiday • Enter our competition for your chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two, including free flights
City of Light • Enlightenment swept across Europe and the US in the 18th century, yet nowhere was more receptive to this than Edinburgh. Janice Hopper visits the Scottish capital to explore the legacy of that transformative period
EXPLORE PERTH • Perth is a hub for culture and arts. Nestled on the banks of the River Tay, it boasts a wealth of history, culture and entertainment.
MY BRITAIN • Henrietta Lovell Tea connoisseur
The DEEP SOUTH • The green belt directly below London is often overlooked by capital day-trippers. Yet this is an area rich in heritage gardens, Tudor villages and more, as Nancy Alsop discovers
The Iron Duke • Diana Wright celebrates the 250th anniversary of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon, lead his country twice, and was feted by Queen Victoria
NOVEL IDEAS • Want to get closer to the places that inspired the classic stories from Pride & Prejudice to Peter Pan? Plan your next trip around one of these five literary escapes
DISCOVER LONDON • Stately homes and palaces Banquets fit for a queen Shops with the royal seal of approval
At home with the Queen • Our Royal London special begins with a look at the four official residences in the British capital that our current Royal Family call home – and how you can visit them
Spend a King’s Ransom • Shop your way around the British capital’s luxury department stores and boutiques that have been granted a royal seal of approval
Royal Banquet • Continuing our Royal London Special, we book a table at the capital’s finest public restaurants that have been patronised by the Queen and her family over the years
Resting Palace • From princesses letting their hair down to foreign kings taking refuge, London’s most luxurious hotels have been frequented by the monarchy through the years
24 hours in… FALMOUTH • Make a day trip to this historic Cornish harbour town
MOUNT PLEASANT • Largely designed in the image of the eccentric Marquess of Londonderry, Mount Stewart is one of the finest country houses in Northern Ireland, as Martha Alexander discovers
FOUNTAINS ABBEY • Facts, figures and stories about Britain’s largest monastic ruin
POETRY IN THE HILLS • Home to England’s deepest lake and tallest mountain, the Lake District is famous for its natural beauty. Zara Gaspar explores the landscape that inspired the Romantic poets
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Barnyard breaks • Hit the hay in one of these five luxury farm stays
Morris Dancing • Elaine Massung celebrates a quintessentially British folk pastime with rather exotic roots