Cambridge is synonymous with learning. The university has existed there since 1209 and has largely defined Cambridge, but that’s not all the city is. It has been occupied by the Romans, Britons, Anglo-Saxons, and Normans and has its own unique history. There are plenty of great places to visit on campus and off, ten of which we’ve laid out below. Whether you want to marvel … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and do in Cambridge
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
Since my son attends an American school in the UK, I can’t seem to get away from the annual tradition that is the school fund-raiser. With three kids’ worth of nursery through high schools, I have been soliciting donations and putting silent auction items together for almost twenty-five years. (Yes, I know). The whole idea of asking people and businesses to donate isn’t as big … [Read more...] about A Brit Back Home: Silent Auctions and London Cabbies
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
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
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
Did you have a flight going to or leaving from an EU country that was cancelled or delayed? Then you're entitled to some form of compensation, even if you're an American. And there are services to help you get it if you don't want to make the claims yourself. Over two years ago, I was in England for my special trip to Oxford (I can’t believe it’s been over two years!). A couple … [Read more...] about My Experience With AirHelp – Can You Get EU Compensation For a Flight Cancelled Over Two Years Ago? Yes, You can – Details Inside
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
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!
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 National Trust is “a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces—for ever, for everyone.” It is one of the largest charities in the United Kingdom and is funded … [Read more...] about Ten Smaller National Trust Properties You Should Visit – Royal Oak
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the United Kingdom with its origins in an Iron Age settlement that formally established itself when the Romans came to the area in 47 AD. It’s had quite the history since, becoming part of the Kingdom of Mercia, conquered by the Normans, divided by the War of the Roses and the English Civil War, and then becoming a major center of … [Read more...] about Top 10 Britain: Top Ten Things to See and Do in Leicester
Written by Ben Burgum, Britain Travel Consultant at adeo Travel. For international visitors, driving in a foreign country can be a daunting task. The dreaded “other side of the road” has many people leaving their driver’s license at home. But trust me when I say this; driving in the UK is a massive part of the Great British experience and offers the best way to explore this … [Read more...] about Guest Post: The UK’s Top Five Scenic Road Trips
As we reach the 'real summer' in Britain, the schools close and everyone spends more time outside. In Scotland, the school summer holidays from the start of July and in England and Wales, it's from about the last week of the month. Here's our round-up of all the wonderful things you can do in July when you travel to Britain. Alice's Day In case you don't know the connection … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in July 2019 – Alice in Wonderland, Henley Regatta, Leeds Castle, Wimbledon, Festivals, Culture, and More!
As we enter summer the temperature increases across Britain so we've got lots of reasons to be outside this month. (I'm not saying it's hot here but you will find brave locals wearing t-shirts from Lands End to John O'Groats.) This is a bumper round-up of the traditional and quirky events happening across this great land so grab a cuppa and enjoy reading. St Albans Join … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in June 2019: St Albans, Dickens Festival, Yorkshire, Manchester Day, Bletchley Park and Much More!
It’s very rare that big huge changes happen when it comes to the nuts and bolts of travel to the UK. But as of last week, two huge changes have come through. The first is that Americans (along with a few other nationalities) can now sail through immigration at Heathrow using the ePassport Gates, meaning you no longer have to queue to get your passport stamped. The second is … [Read more...] about British Travel Alert: Two Big Changes to Arriving in the UK – ePassport Gates Now Open to Americans and Landing Cards Being Scrapped
We've all been there, we're walking in the British countryside with a trusty OS map and we're completely lost. It's happened to me more than once. I love OS maps, they're beautiful creations of mapping and design. But they're like a foreign language. And while the map key is always there to guide you, sometimes you just get lost (and there's nothing wrong with getting lost, … [Read more...] about Videos: How To Read an Ordnance Survey Map