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

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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...]

Brit Dessert: A Primer on Puddings – A Brief History of British Desserts With a Recipe For Your Own

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What’s for pudding, Mum? This question is asked on a daily basis across the British Isles where they are exceedingly fond of a good pudding. But what exactly is pudding and where did it come from? Coming from America, pudding means a creamy, … [Read more...]

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

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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

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‘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 Britons: Oliver Cromwell – Everything You Need to Know about Britain’s Controversial Interregnum Dictatorial Ruler

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Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. He ruled as Lord Protector and was Britain's only non-monarch ruler (during the Interregnum period). He ruled … [Read more...]

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

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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: An Irishman at the Court of St James – Part Two – More True Stories from a Royal Protection Officer

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Editor's Note: This is the second installment in an ongoing series by Martin Mcguckin - a former Royal Protection Officer. Read the first here. The first time I did duty at the Garden Gate Entrance to Buckingham Palace on a daytime shift was on a … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Great British Houses: Highclere Castle – Everything You Need to Know about the House Made Famous by Downton Abbey

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If you possess a passion for grand English houses, then Highclere Castle should surely be on your list of favorites. Located just south of Newbury, Berkshire in the county of Hampshire, is the settlement of Highclere Park which hosts the location for … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]