Britain is rich in ghost stories, some of which go back centuries and relate to places and names that are no longer familiar. Other towns have remained close to their eerie pasts, and Discover Towns has made a selection of places that offer group-friendly ghost trails and walks. York In 2002, Ghost Research Foundation International […]
Britain has a rich variety of spa towns – which became popular from the 17th century as the health benefits of local mineral waters were realised. As drinking and bathing became fashionable, the towns developed additional facilities, and a tourism boom resulted. Discover Towns profiles a number of towns that could provide a focus for […]
The Great West Way is a new touring route between London and Bristol, being promoted by a marketing initiative undertaken as one of the projects supported from the government’s Discover England fund. The historic route, once defined by Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway line and the A4 road, now a lot quieter since the construction […]
There’s been a revival of interest in recent years in the distinctive history and character of London’s individual local areas and their history as separate towns and villages. Before the sprawl of the 20th century, our inner urban areas were more tightly defined, and beyond the city centre conurbations were made up of a cluster […]
Britain’s quirky towns and picture-postcard villages offer a perfect location for period dramas and blockbusters. Some towns have become iconic for hosting films such as Harry Potter and Notting Hill. Nothing can give you a greater insight into your favourite film or TV programme like exploring the location it was filmed. At Discover Britain’s Delightful Towns […]
In the past, townsfolk were reliant on a resident Town Crier – who would relay information on multiple topics: proclamations, bylaws and market days.
Twenty towns where breweries are a key part of their history and significance Britain has been brewing beer for hundreds of years, the art dates back to before the Domesday Book. Until the middle of the C20th most towns had a local brewery, many of them independent family firms. Sadly, mergers and takeovers of big international brands has seen a lot of […]
According to a newly released YouGov poll, including data from over 55,000 people questioned, York is Britain’s favourite town or city. Given a list of 57 places to choose between, more than 9 out of 10 Britons say they most like the historic city based on the original viking settlement.
In early September the doors will be open on hundreds of unusual and exceptional historic and iconic properties. We start you off with some ideas of where to visit around the country.
Thaxted church, described as the cathedral of Essex, is very grand. It is a ‘cathedral style’ church with a narrow crossing between the nave and the chancel. The medieval stone spire, unique and tallest in the county, is now 181 feet high, and so dominates the countryside. For more information visit The church has 3 […]