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Let’s Explore Britain

Built on a geological bedrock first laid down three billion years ago, Britain is an archipelago landscape. When homo sapiens first arrived on this collection of rocky outcrops they carried with them beliefs and traditions. They would spark ideas that would change the world and share myths that would evolve into nation states.

They would inspire us

Six of the Best Landscapes

Northumberland

Northumberland is a dramatic landscape of coastlines, rugged hills, imposing castles and charming small towns. This ancient former kingdom of Saxon Britain became England’s contested frontier with hostile Scotland after the Norman Conquest. A place on the edge – it has a powerful and unique identity. Home to two UNESCO world heritage sights, the Northumbria National Park, and the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne – where the early Celtic church brought Christianity…read more…

The Peak District

The Peak District is a collection of rolling hills and picturesque valleys. With classic rural market towns and fantastic country houses blending into idyllic landscape. Amazingly it was in these quite dales that the first modern factories sprang up. It was at the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage site where the technological and cultural ideas that would change the world would first be seen…read more…

East Anglia

This is England’s rural heartland. A patchwork of yellow and green fields, outlined by beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and dotted with pretty little villages sculpted in flint. This was medieval England’s engine room and it shows in the countless beautiful cathedrals, churches and abbey’s built under the patronage of wealthy nobles. East Anglia is also unique in the amount of stunning pre-reformation artread more…

Manchester & Liverpool

Manchester and Liverpool are connected in so many ways. The cities both grew up in the Cheshire plain, rising on opposing ends of the River Mersey, as the region became an industrial powerhouse. This was the 19th century Silicon Valley. Then as the economic fortunes of the cities dwindled during the 20th century, people looked to music for inspiration with Liverpool and Manchester being synonymous with Pop music through bands like The Beatles, Oasis… read more…

The English Lake District

The English Lake District is England’s most mountainous region, a beautiful collection of glacial lakes and tarns with fantastic gardens that enhance the dramatic scenery. It was here during the 18th century that the picturesque and romantic movements would celebrate the landscape, through the arts of poetry, painting, and narration. These movements eventually evolved into first national park in the world. Today the Lake District is celebrated as a UNESCO…read more…

Yorkshire

Yorkshire is England’s largest county, containing two national parks and two UNESCO world heritage sites; this is a region that has fantastic culture, heritage and natural scenery. The landscape varies from the barren moors that inspired the Bronte sisters, to the characteristic Victorian seaside resorts that welcomed Bram Stoker’s Dracula. From beautiful medieval monasteries that once dominated the land…read more…