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Go back in time – in the present: historic Britain

Britain’s history is all around us, from the castles of Scotland to Stonehenge and exploring it makes for a fascinating holiday for all the family.

History is not just a bunch of old wrecks and relics, there are lots of interactive and exciting ways to enjoy our heritage, from medieval pageants at historic castles, to multi-sensory trips back in time like the Jorvik Centre in York or the London Dungeons. You can also visit battle reconstructions and hands-on activities that show you how to do ancient crafts such as woodcarving and blacksmithing.

The very ancient sites

You can explore Britain’s history from the very beginning by visiting one of the many stone circles that are dotted around the country. But if you can only fit one in, Stonehenge is the one to add to your itinerary. Now with a brand new visitor centre, it is even more intriguing than ever to try and understand this timeless monument. Nearby Glastonbury Tor is also worth a visit to see if you can sense the Ley Lines that supposedly converge on the area.

Roman roads and ruins

Moving forward through time, Britain has plenty of Roman ruins to explore, including the wilds of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and classic Roman cities like Bath and Chester, as well as York.

Many museums, large and small, have displays of Roman artefacts, allowing you to see just how people lived 2,000 years ago in Britain.

Moving into modern history

The dark ages threw up many conflicts, and many castles to fight them from, and nowhere more than in Wales. From magnificent coastal fortresses, like Caernarfon and Conwy, to border posts like Ludlow, Wales has castles of all shapes and sizes waiting to be discovered. Head north to Scotland and you’ll find even more!

History has often gone hand in hand with religion, and this has left us with lots of breath taking abbeys and cathedrals to visit. Explore the ruins of Tintagel and Fountains Abbeys, or take in one of the many stunning cathedrals that are still in use, such as Wells, Exeter, Hereford and Durham and discover some of the country’s most beautiful architectural gems.

For a bit of history with a strange twist, you could also plan to see the new tomb of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. Found buried under a car park in the City, King Richard was laid to rest in a more dignified spot in Leicester at the end of March 2015, an event that made headlines around the world.

Of course, you don’t have to go back hundreds of years to explore Britain’s history. Ironbridge has at least nine great museums to visit, including the incredible Blists Hill Victorian Village, where the kids can exchange their holiday spends for old money and shop in traditional stores.

From Norman castles to Roman walled cities, Viking exhibitions to ancient stone circles, Britain has so much to explore this summer when you take a step back in time.

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