Ah, the English Seaside, the waves of the sea, and all the fun you can handle. This essentially sums up Brighton, a seaside resort town along the south coast of England. Throughout its history, Brighton has seen settlement from virtually every group that has touched Britain from Neolithic peoples to the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, and the Normans. Mostly existing as a fishing … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Brighton
The Welsh Town of Caernarfon has long been an important place in the United Kingdom. Located on the Menai Strait, it was originally a strategic defense for the Roman forces who built a fort there. Many centuries after they abandoned the area, the Normans would construct a motte-and-bailey castle to defend the lands they conquered. In the wake of this castle, a town grew up … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Caernarfon, Wales
Editor's Note: The following is a guest contribution from Cotswold Walks. While we can't go on these lovely walks right now, there's no reason why we all can't plan to one day in the future. Enjoy! The need to travel to wonderful faraway destinations and discover hidden gems along the way may feel more acute than ever before. Many of us may even feel a renewed sense of … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Costwold Walks – Some of the best short walks in the Cotswolds for when we are free to ramble in the countryside again
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Anglotopia Print Magazine last year. It is now the year of Mayflower 400. Known as Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth has a stunning waterfront position. It’s an enviable location with clean air, easy access to coast and country, and a vibrant cultural scene. LOCATION & TRAVEL Plymouth is a proud naval city in … [Read more...] about CREATIVE, CULTURAL AND COASTAL: Exploring Plymouth As We Approach Mayflower 400
The world is on pause, and it’s going to change in ways that many can’t even predict yet. One thing is for sure, we and Anglophiles all over the world have been grounded for the foreseeable future. None of us really knows when we’ll be able to return to Britain as visitors. With the recent UK government announcement that all foreigners must go under 14-day quarantine on … [Read more...] about Our British Travel Future: Tips on How You Can Prepare for Post Covid-19 Quarantine Travel to Britain Today
As its name would suggest, Portsmouth is a port city in Hampshire, England. It has been vital to trade and exploration for centuries, and as such, much of its culture, as well as its attractions, are dedicated to sailing. Portsmouth has also been home to some of the UK's greatest figures, being the birthplace of former Prime Minister James Callaghan, engineer Isambard Kingdom … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Ten Things to See and Do in Portsmouth, Hampshire
Newport, Wales is the jewel of the River Usk and has been a port for Britain since the Norman invasion. Newport’s town charter dates back to 1314 and it gained city status in 2002. At one point it was a larger coal exporter than Cardiff and though the docks eventually decreased in their importance to the city’s economy, Newport remained heavy into manufacturing. It has a … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Newport, Wales
We love a good guidebook and even in the days of smartphones, it's still nice to pick up a book and dream of the places you want to go. I discovered the guidebooks of Charles Tait a few years ago and love them. They are difficult to find here in the USA and it can take weeks to get them from the UK. So we decided to import them directly and sell them. Orcadian photographer and … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Imports Alert: New Products Live – Beautiful Charles Tait Guidebooks of Britain – USA Exclusive
Carlisle is the county town of Cumbria, and its history goes back to before the coming of the Romans. In fact, Carlisle was one of the largest towns in the area but apparently burned down prior to the Roman invasion. The Romans then established their own settlement here which became the basis for the town as it exists today. Romans gave way to Britons and eventually … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Carlisle
My work requires me to travel to different archives in Britain, and one of the places I have spent a reasonable amount of time is Edinburgh because the National Scottish Library there has a good range of diaries and private materials that are the mainstay of my research. This is fortunate because Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities to visit. Among other things, it has a … [Read more...] about An American Student Abroad: A Visit to Edinburgh
This post was sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust. Anglotopia Readers can get a discount on joining – details at the bottom of the post! Pubs are a cornerstone of British society, with even the smallest villages hosting a pub and the largest cities having one on almost every street. The earliest pubs also served as inns, giving … [Read more...] about Royal Oak: Ten National Trust Pubs and Inns to Visit
Ely has the distinction of being one of the United Kingdom’s cathedral cities and, as such, has been a center of religion in Cambridgeshire for centuries. An abbey existed here as early as the 7th Century, and the cathedral came along starting in 1083 before the Dissolution of the Monasteries reverted all Church property to the Crown. The area around Ely is also known for the … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Places to Visit in Ely, Cambridgeshire
Happy new year! Welcome to 2020! Let's have a look what's happening across Britain this month and see what weirdness I've managed to find this time. Twelfth Night I've been to the London Twelfth Night celebration so can recommend the event but there is also a Twelfth Night celebration in Guildford, Surrey, each year. Counting twelve nights on from Christmas Day, the twelfth … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in January 2020 – Twelfth Night, Chinese New Year, Burns Night, Blenheim Palace, Ballet, Wales, History, and More!
This post was sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust. Anglotopia Readers can get a discount on joining – details at the bottom of the post! The Cotswolds is understandably one of the most beautiful places in England. Picturesque countryside dotted with quaint villages and historical landmarks is a description that doesn’t even do … [Read more...] about Royal Oak: Top Ten National Trust Properties to Visit in the Cotswolds
When it was suggested I should write a feature about somewhere in The Midlands, I could have kept it simple and gone to Birmingham. But I opted for the less obvious choice of Coventry (and not only so I could say I was ‘sent to Coventry’!) If you’ve heard anything about the city, it’s most likely the damage caused during the Blitz in 1940. I was told ‘You won’t find any old … [Read more...] about EXPLORING COVENTRY: Your Complete Guide to This Jewel of the Midlands
And so we reach the height of the festive season. As we don't have Thanksgiving, Christmas is our major winter celebration and the lights go on across Britain often earlier than this month. Families come together for a big roast turkey dinner on Christmas Day and, generally, stay together for the following day as Boxing Day (26 December) is another public holiday. Christmas Eve … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in December 2019 – Christmas in Britain, Wales, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge Winter Solstice, Lincoln, Puddings and More!,
The center of Lincolnshire, the City of Lincoln is a bustling metropolis with a population quickly approaching 100,000, which is a vast difference from the early Iron Age settlements from which the city grew. Like many major cities in England, it really got its start as a Roman colony named Lindum Colonia, eventually shortened to Lincoln. Between the Romans, the Vikings, and … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Lincoln
This post was sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust. Anglotopia Readers can get a discount on joining – details at the bottom of the post! In dark moors and high cliffs, many a spooky old home and ancient castle sits. Even those that don’t appear frightening can sometimes be haunted by the spirits of those who once lived there, … [Read more...] about Royal Oak: Ten of the Spookiest National Trust Properties to Visit This October
Welcome to autumn in Britain. It's definitely cooler at this time of year and usually wetter too. The school children get a week-long holiday to break-up the September to Christmas term. Dates will vary, but it's usually mid to late October. RHS Gardens To start the month, the RHS offers a free entry day to enjoy the autumn colour at its gardens on 1 October. At RHS Garden … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in October 2019 – Royal Horticulture Society, Harvest Time, Hastings, Railway in Wartime, Manchester, Literary Festivals and More!
Editor's Note: The following is a guest article from Jackie Wolfskill, who is running a Downton Abbey themed tour to Britain in summer 2020. See the end of the post for details on her amazing sounding tour! Downton Abbey fans have longed for the return of their favorite characters since the TV series ended over 3.5 years ago. Thankfully, the wait is almost over! The new … [Read more...] about Guest Feature: 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to Most in the Upcoming Downton Abbey Movie – What Are You Looking Forward To?
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Issue #11 of the Anglotopia Print Magazine in 2018. Support great long-form writing about British History, Culture, and travel by subscribing to the Anglotopia Magazine. Every subscription helps keep Anglotopia running and provides us to the opportunity to produce articles like this. You can subscribe here. The first military … [Read more...] about REMEMBERING THE FEW: Top 10 places to Visit for Battle of Britain history
September brings us to late summer yet the weather is usually mild across Britain. The Autumn (Fall) Equinox is on 23 September 2019 so later in the month the days will start getting shorter and the nights get longer. As ever, I've brought together a collection of the quirky and entertaining events happening around Britain this month. Annual Horn Dance The Abbots Bromley … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in September 2019 – Horn Dance, Puddings, Gurning, Heritage Open Days, and So Much More!
This post was sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust. Anglotopia Readers can get a discount on joining – details at the bottom of the post! Some of the oldest structures in the United Kingdom, castles were once fortresses from which kings and lords ruled over and defended their people. For many years, those not directly owned by … [Read more...] about Royal Oak Foundation: Ten National Trust Castles in England & Wales You Should Visit
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Issue #10 of the Anglotopia Print Magazine in 2018. Support great long-form writing about British History, Culture, and travel by subscribing to the Anglotopia Magazine. Every subscription helps keep Anglotopia running and provides us to the opportunity to produce articles like this. You can subscribe here. INTRODUCTION This … [Read more...] about EXPLORING LEEDS: Laura Porter’s Complete Travel Guide to This Yorkshire Hotspot
Longer daylight hours and a bit of sunshine means Britain has a lot of annual celebrations and events this month! Yorkshire Day Start the month by eating Yorkshire pudding to honour England’s largest county as it's Yorkshire Day. 1 August was chosen because it is also the anniversary of the 1759 Battle of Minden when soldiers picked white roses (the symbol of Yorkshire) as a … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in August 2019 – Yorkshire Day, Gravy, Robin Hood, Edinburgh Fringe, Air Shows, and More!