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Heritage Weekends

52 breaks exploring Britain's past

Heritage Weekends: 52 breaks exploring Britain’s past guidebook – from iconic sites to hidden gems, discover the heritage of England, Wales, Scotland, Jersey and the Isle of Man in this inspirational selection of weekend breaks. Includes detailed descriptions, suggested itineraries, directions and top tips for accommodation and eating out.

Published:  11th Jul 2022
Size:  135 X 216 mm
Edition:  1
Number of pages:  312
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Paperback
ISBN: 9781784778439
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About this book

History and heritage are among Britain’s greatest passions. Travel writers and historians Helen and Neil Matthews have selected 52 places that are wonderful examples of natural, architectural, industrial or cultural heritage. Some are neglected or under-rated and deserve more attention. Others are famous locations waiting to be enjoyed from new perspectives. Heritage Weekends is here to help you explore and indulge your passion for Britain’s past: from the Prehistoric era, through ancient, medieval, Tudor, Regency and Victorian times to the 20th century. With their inspirational guide you’ll meet some of our greatest creative geniuses, monarchs and heroes, eccentrics and legends, giants and saints. And you’ll find everything from the world’s most famous map to a vision of Hell!
As well as detailed descriptions of the sites, Heritage Weekends includes suggested itineraries, directions and top tips for accommodation and eating out. England, Wales, Scotland, Jersey and the Isle of Man are all covered, with weekends divided into in-depth and shorter entries. All weekends include detailed information on how to get there, as well as suggestions for further places to visit if you have time to spare. From St Albans’ Roman remains at Verulamium to Avebury’s stone circle, Windsor Castle to York’s Jorvik Centre, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon to the Neolithic sights of Orkney, there’s more than enough to entice, stimulate and entertain. Chester’s impressive city walls are also included, as is Portmeirion, the war tunnels and underground hospital on Jersey, and Margate’s mysterious Shell Grotto. Literary buffs can explore Jane Austen’s Bath or visit the home of Sir Walter Scott at romantic Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders. Ideal for all the family, whatever your interest, Bradt’s Heritage Weekends lets you create your own magical tour of Britain.

About the Author

Heritage Weekends is Helen and Neil Matthews’ second book for Bradt, following their guide to the Chilterns and Thames Valley (2019), published as part of Bradt’s award-winning series of slow travel guides to UK regions. Their travel writing has appeared in Wanderlust, This England and other publications. Both hold PhDs in history and Helen is a member of the Royal Historical Society. Pen & Sword has published Helen’s The Legitimacy of Bastards: The Place of Illegitimate Children in Later Medieval England (2019) and Neil’s Victorians and Edwardians abroad: The Beginning of the Modern Holiday (2016). Neil’s research has also featured in the journal of the Leisure Studies Association (2012) and in Educating Mind, Body and Spirit: History of the University of Westminster – the legacy of Quintin Hogg and the Polytechnic, 1864-1992 (Granta, 2013). Helen is Director of Academic Services for a Russell Group university, while Neil’s 25 years’ experience as a marketer include four years with an association of independently owned UK historic houses, castles and gardens.

Additional Information

Table of Contents

About the authors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Using this guide
A note on time periods

PART 1: ENGLAND
1. LONDON: BLOOMSBURY SETTINGS
2. Twickenham: Gothic revival and Turner’s retreat
3. ST ALBANS: VERULAMIUM AND ROSES
4. Wycombe: a dash of Dashwoods
5. Windsor and Eton: castle and college
6. Margate: art and funfairs
7. DOVER: IN THE AIR AND BENEATH THE GROUND
8. Brighton: King George’s marvellous medicine
9. ISLE OF WIGHT: VICTORIA’S HOME
10. Portsmouth: naval heritage
11. WINCHESTER: SEAT OF KINGS
12. AVEBURY: PRE-HISTORY MYSTERY
13. BATH: FROM ROMANS TO THE REGENCY
14. Dorchester: giants and martyrs
15. Plymouth: Drake and the Mayflower
16. TINTAGEL: THE ULTIMATE LEGEND
17. Penzance: seaside spectacle
18. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON: THE STAY’S THE THING
19. Colchester: going Dutch
20. BURY ST EDMUNDS: ABBEY EVER AFTER
21. Norwich: wool and dragons
22. Stamford: a vision of Hell
23. LEICESTER: CANAL AND RAIL CONNECTIONS
24. Matlock: birthplace of the factory
25. Lincoln: Roman fortress, English Gothic
26. HULL: FISH, PHIL AND FREEDOM
27. YORK: THE LIVES OF VIKINGS
28. RIPON: WHEN MONASTERIES FELL
29. Barnard Castle: sites for sore eyes
30. Alnwick: magical medieval mayhem
31. HADRIAN’S WALL: KEEPING THE NEIGHBOURS OUT
32. Penrith: meet Long Meg
33. LIVERPOOL: A DAY IN THE LIFE AND DEATH
34. Chester: a walk through two millennia
35. SHREWSBURY: AMONG THE MARCHES
36. Hereford: the world’s most famous map

PART 2: WALES
37. Tintern Abbey: Romantic sublime
38. CARDIFF: CASTLES AND COAL
39. St David’s: search for a saint
40. Aberyswyth: centre of knowledge
41. PORTMEIRION: PRISONER’S FANTASY
42. ANGLESEY: COPPER KINGDOM

PART 3: SCOTLAND
43. KIRKCUDBRIGHT: COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS
44. ABBOTSFORD: ROMANCE IN THE BORDERS
45. GLASGOW: THE RENNIE MACKINTOSH LEGACY
46. Perth: Macbeth and other royalty
47. Fort William and Glencoe: Celtic warriors and an infamous massacre
48. Aberdeen: city of granite
49. LEWIS: SECRETS OF THE STONES
50. Orkney: Norse colony

PART 4: DEPENDENCIES
51. ISLE OF MAN: THREE-LEGGED KINGDOM
52. JERSEY: WHEN GERMANS CAME

Index