Great British Houses: Chartwell – The Beloved Home of Sir Winston Churchill – The Home That Was His Daily Inspiration

IMG-63021-590x393

The family home of Sir Winston Churchill for most of his adult life, Chartwell is a museum and shrine to the man who led Great Britain to victory during the Second World War. Now a National Trust property, Chartwell is an understated Victorian … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: 10 Things to See and Do in Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff Trip Planning Guide

View from St Davids

Travel agents call it the "dozy“, boring capital of Wales, but there is much more to Cardiff than you might expect. Most people know Cardiff as the home of Doctor Who and as a location used to stand-in for London in Sherlock and other BBC … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s Great Seaside Retreat

English Heritage Photo

The treasured houses of England are widely populated by visitors every year. Any glimpse of a royal artifact or architectural design common from an ancient era entices the attention of many. One house in particular that has a long standing name on … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Caledoniatopia – Top 10 Things to See and Do in Edinburgh Scotland for the History Buff

Edinburgh

  Edinburgh is an outstanding city and my favorite place in Great Britain to visit. Perched on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, the capital of Scotland is filled with stunning views, fascinating history & architecture, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Hever Castle – The Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn Eventually Owned by American William Waldorf Astor

DIGITAL CAMERA

There are many remarkable and grand houses in England that have been the center stage for life changing historic events throughout time. Hever Castle is one estate on the map that is enriched with history and beautiful architecture. The Castle is … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Lyme Park – Made Famous as Pemberley in Pride & Prejudice – A Beautiful National Trust Property in Cheshire

South_facade_of_Lyme_Park_house,_2013

An exquisite estate is usually described as having intricate architecture, a thorough background in historical events, and many highly sought after collectibles contained within the house. An estate that is very much categorized as such is Lyme Park, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Longleat – Everything You Need to Know About Longleat House and Safari Park

DSC02858 Longleat

The first stately house to open to the public as a tourist attraction was Longleat. It also has the first safari park to be established outside of Africa. If you are searching for a fun location, where your family can enjoy outdoor entertainment with … [Read more...]

Anglophile Deal: Anglotopia Readers Can Now Save 40% on a Subscription to Britain Magazine – Exclusive Discount – Details Inside

Britain-Magazine-Cover-Coll

We've got an exciting exclusive offer for Anglotopia readers. We're big fans of Britain Magazine, which is the 'official' magazine of Britain. Despite the success of internet and tablets, I still love the feeling of thumbing through a glossy magazine … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire – The House Made Famous by The Remains of the Day

DSC03233-590x393

Large and grand homes dot the English countryside. However, one mansion in particular is enriched in baroque design elements. Dyrham Park is nestled within a deer park, located near an ancient village in South Gloucestershire, England. The house … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Foyle’s War – A Guide to the Hastings of Christopher Foyle – Shooting Locations to Visit In Person from a Local

1a Foyle Guide cHastings BC

‘Did watching Foyle’s War make you want to move to Hastings?’ I’d like to say ‘yes’, and possibly the atmospheric scenes filmed in Hastings Old Town helped, even if only subliminally.  However, we did not move here full-time until 2011, and most … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: The Stourhead Estate – Everything You Need to Know about the Great House and Gardens in Wiltshire

IMG_8699-590x393

If you have a passion for unique English houses, then Stourhead would definitely be well worth a look. The Stourhead estate, which measures at 2,650 acres, is located near Mere, Wiltshire, and at the source of the River Stour. The overall estate … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: The Telly Travelers – A Journey Around Britain to Visit Famous Brit Telly TV Locations

british-telly

The journey begins in Southampton.  Four retirees from the States, two arriving via air, two arriving via sea.  Rental car.  The driver originally from South Africa and well versed in driving on “that side” of the road.  A navigator aided by a GPS.  … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Brit Music – The Top Ten Summer Music Festivals in the UK that Every Brit Music Fan Should Attend

IoW

So, although this year’s festival season is nearly over, you are checking the schedule and planning which ones to spend your hard-earned cash on next year. Let Fiona Cooper’s experience guide you on the best ones to attend. Glastonbury Top of the … [Read more...]

Laura’s British Adventures: Exploring Edinburgh on a Perfect 3 Day Mini Break – Many Ideas for Your Own Trip Inside

edinburgh-590x442

I've been to Edinburgh many times and, unusually, many of those visits over the years have been during August so you might expect that I've seen a lot of the Festival offerings. But, even though I found myself in Edinburgh again this August I've … [Read more...]

Guest Travel Post: Top 10 Things To Do in York, England For the First Time Visitor

YORK - DAME JUDI WALK

York is an often-overlooked gem.  It’s been continuously inhabited for over 2000 years and remains a beautiful, well-preserved city with a medieval center that’s second to none.  It’s somewhat off the beaten path (but only about 2 hours by train from … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Castle Howard – Everything You Need to Know about the Real Brideshead

Castle-Howard-South-Front-Atlas-Fountain

Castle Howard is one of the most treasured homes in England, located in North Yorkshire. It has been the home to the Howard family for over 300 years, and is still a private residence for the current Howard family. While the house is not a real … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Hardwick Hall – Everything You Need to Know about this Elizabethan Marvel

Hardwick_Hall_in_Doe_Lea_-_Derbyshire

There are many grand and architecturally significant houses in England. However, there is one in particular that stands out from the rest. Hardwick Hall, which is located in Derbyshire, is the former home of Elizabeth Shrewsbury, also known as Bess … [Read more...]

New Weekly Series: Great British Houses – Everything You Need to Know about Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

VB21985183

The are many grand and remarkable houses in England that have been a part of British history for years. They are a must-see in any tourist itinerary or for those who wish to get away from the normal bustle of their daily life. Located along the … [Read more...]

Introducing a New UK Tour Company: Britain Your Way Tours isn’t for everyone … but it might be the perfect solution for you – $100 off for Anglotopia Readers

sheila-bio-xlarge

I’m Sheila Stone and I love to travel.  I’ve done a lot of traveling independently but know there’s a downside to going it alone. For one thing, it can get lonely; there’s no one to share the experience with. For another thing, it can get costly; … [Read more...]

Anglotopia Slow TV: Take a Thames River Cruise from Wesminster To Greenwich – Full Journey in HD – 41 Minutes

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 10.28.19 AM

There's a new trend in YouTube videos called Slow TV, where a camera is setup and then left to record a long journey. There's a popular video going around of a 9 hour train ride in Norway. Going through our archives, I remembered I recorded our the … [Read more...]

Guest Feature: Caledoniatopia – Our Intrepid Writer Goes on A Spontaneous Day Trip to Glasgow

DSC_0218

Next week over 1,000,000 people will flood Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It's a proud moment for this city that has been through cycles of boom and bust for hundreds of years, sinking into squalor and scraping its way up again. Today it's … [Read more...]