Packed with 196-pages of the best attractions, days out, places to stay and food and drink destinations, the 2015 BRITAIN Guide is your definitive companion to getting the best out of your holiday. From forgotten medieval villages, to country houses within easy access of London and shopping areas for picking up quintessential gifts, you won’t want to leave home without it.
YOUR LETTERS • Write to us with your thoughts on the magazine and memories of Britain
The BULLETIN • Domestic history, naval battles and royal birthdays
READING CORNER • Take inspiration for your British adventures from these great reads
WONDERS of the WEALD • A sunny swathe of Kent and Sussex, so little changed over the centuries, harbours some of the country’s finest gardens
STATELY SPLENDOUR • Discover London’s finest historic houses, conveniently clustered together in the city’s westernmost reaches
Beside the SEASIDE • Sea, sand and (sometimes) sun: the great British seaside holiday is a much-loved and always evolving tradition
Coin of the Realm • Fifty years ago Britain adopted decimal coinage: a momentous step that was first proposed centuries earlier. From the beginnings of minting to present-day pounds and pence, we tell the eventful story of Britain’s coinage
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CURATING the CROWN • Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman shares the highlights of the job and reveals her favourite haunts
WRITE AT HOME • The houses of our greatest poets are intimate and revealing spaces that still have much to tell us about their former inhabitants
SHREWSBURY • Shropshire’s proudly independent county town has both a unique heritage and a contemporary buzz
Hidden England • With its sleepy stone villages, handsome market towns and rolling countryside, timeless Lincolnshire is full of charm
TOP 10 GLASGOW • Once an industrial powerhouse and the second city of the British Empire, today this merchant city continues to thrive
The Royal Standard of England • A timeless country pub in Buckinghamshire has King Charles I to thank for its place in the history books