Author: Hillary Randall

Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay
Portsmouth by 921563 on Pixabay

The city of Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard, proud home of HMS Victory, is a vibrant and popular destination which blends the old and the new.

At the entrance to the Harbour, The Point and the Camber, visitor to Portsmouth will find some of the oldest, and many listed, buildings. In 1180 a wealthy merchant founded a chapel. In time it became the Parish church for the settlement which grew around the Point and Camber, Portmouth. Richard I granted the town […]

Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay
Greenwich Park by Primrose on Pixabay

On the banks of the Thames, Greenwich, home of the Cutty Sark, is one of London’s maritime landmarks. Steeped in the nation’s history, it is a World Heritage site, and home to the National Maritime Museum

The early town grew around the Royal Palace which Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and brother of Henry V, built in 1427. A grand palace, it had battlements and a moat, and became a favourite of the Tudors. Greenwich Park was the ‘garden’ of the Royal Palace. It was the playground and hunting ground for the […]

Lavenham Suffolk by MemoryCatcher on Pixabay
Lavenham Suffolk by MemoryCatcher on Pixabay

Visit Lavenham, a Suffolk wool town, to find a treasure chest of medieval timbered buildings. In its heyday it was one of the wealthiest settlements in England.

The history of Lavenham is one of gains and losses. In 1524 the village, a successful wool settlement, paid more in taxes than either Lincoln or York. Yet, 500 years later in 1824 the village was struggling with poverty. Today, it has recovered and is one of the best preserved medieval English villages. Lavenham in […]

Brighton seafront by diego_torres on Pixabay
Brighton seafront by diego_torres on Pixabay

Brighton, the play ground of the Prince Regent, later George IV, has entertained sea-side visitors in style for more than 200 years.

The Royal connections in Brighton go back before the Prince Regent. Sussex Yatch Club organises the Royal Escape Race  from Brighton to Fecamp in Normandy. The race celebrates the escape to France of King Charles 11 in 1651. Today a bunch of hardy volunteers organises the race and raises funds for sailing charities such as […]

The town sign saying Historic Amesbury the home of Stoehenge © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
© www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Amesbury is a bustling town, surrounded by an ancient landscape including Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, which attracts over a million visitors a year.

Amesbury has a rich history dating back beyond the Iron Age. Settlers built a large Iron Age hill fort here defending the River Avon. And, in 2002, archaeologists found the grave of the famous Amesbury Archer. Notably, it held the most Bronze Age artefacts ever found in Britain. The building of the first abbey began […]

Simon de Montfort on horse © battleofevesham.co.uk
Simon de Montfort on horse at Battle of Evesham © battleofevesham.co.uk

Step back in time to the C13th at the Battle of Evesham between Prince Edward and Simon de Montfort

The C13th Century Battle of Evesham is re-enacted on the 4 & 5 August 2018. This free to attend event, takes place in the Heart of Evesham. It features a mediaeval festival and camp with demos of cookery, weapons and medicine, and the main battle re-enactment. We expect thousands to attend, to witness a battle […]

Aylsham market place © visitnorthnorfolk.com
Aylsham market place © visitnorthnorfolk.com

Aylsham in Norfolk is a traditional market town with two markets a week, a monthly farmers’ market and a busy town centre.

At the northern terminus of the Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham sits beside the river Bure, one of the busiest rivers in the Norfolk broads. Nestling in the Bure meadows is the National Trusts’ Bickling Estate, the birth place of Anne Boleyn. The Gallery Library in the Jacobean mansion contains the National Trusts’ most precious collection […]

Silver Street © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
Silver Street Warminster © www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

Make spring time for Warminster nestled between Cley Hill and Battlesbury Hill, the area offers wonderful spring walks along ancient routes.

Situated beneath the chalk downland, with its abundant flora and fauna, Warminster lies on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area around Warminster shows evidence of early settlers with Iron Age forts. In the middle ages the town thrived on the wool and cloth industries, […]

Briggate Leeds © Hannah
Briggate Leeds © Hannah

Enjoy a huge slice of British history in the bustling City of Leeds in West Yorkshire

Leeds has more listed buildings than any other city outside London. The built heritage here is one to marvel at and enjoy. For a slice of British history the city has plenty to offer. It has a number of nearby historic houses, including Harewood House and Temple Newsam. While Kirkstall Abbey, is one of the […]

Wooler © www.visitnorthumberland.com with Cheviots behind
Wooler © www.visitnorthumberland.com

Wooler in Northumberland lies mid-way between Hadrian’s and the Antonine Walls, and is the gateway to the Cheviot Hills.

Wooler in Northumberland, a market town, became a health resort and a base from which to visit the Cheviot Hills. The town is a popular base for walkers, and is on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. Its visitors include Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Defoe. The town lies on St Cuthbert’s Way between […]