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British culture, art and heritage

Treasures old and new

Britain is an ancient land stuffed with incredible art, historic monuments and some of the world's top museums. Read the curse on Shakespeare’s tomb, unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge, scale the walls of Edinburgh Castle or see modern masterpieces at Tate Modern. Find out more here…


William Shakespeare

The world's most performed playwright enriched British culture with new words and dazzling imagery as no author before or since. From knockabout comedy to searing tragedy.


Westminster Palace

This collection of important historical sites in London includes Westminster Abbey, which has been the crowning place of our sovereigns since the 11th century.


Tower of London

Spanning over 900 years of British history, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror...


Queen Elizabeth II

In 1952, the Queen ascended the throne following the death of her father King George VI. By then,...



World Heritage Site Stonehenge is one of the most important prehistoric monuments in the world....

World Heritage Sites

Did you know that Britain has 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? These range from sites of natural...


Myths & legends

Whether they’re true, just good stories or somewhere in between, we all love a juicy myth or legend. Here are some of Britain’s best and the places to experience them.


Museums & galleries

From Scotland to the South coast, we’ve got dozens of fabulous free museums just waiting to be discovered. Read on for some of the best.



Writers and Poets

Britain has produced some of the world's greatest writers and the British landscape has inspired some of the world’s most famous stories, poems and plays.

In the footsteps of artists

The British landscape has played artist’s muse for centuries. Take a look at some of the beautiful locations that have inspired some of the world’s greatest works of art, and then see them for yourself.

Culture 24: Art

Culture 24: Heritage