Downton Abbey: First Look at new Downton Series 5 – ITV Releases Preview Trailer and Airdate – Video Inside

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Downton is coming. ITV have announced the UK airdate - the next series of Downton Abbey will begin airing September 21st in the UK and in the USA in January on PBS. They have also released the first trailer giving us look at footage from the … [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...]

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

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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...]