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TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Smallpox Vaccination (May 14, 1796)

On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist who pioneered the concept of vaccines, administered the first smallpox vaccination to 8 year old James Phipps. In 1977, with assistance from the World Health Organization, the smallpox virus became the first disease in the world to be eradicated … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom History
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Visit to These English Museums

By Ali Jennings

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrated in the UK, the USA, and Australia to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th, this month highlights the contributions women have made to events in history and contemporary society. If you’re traveling to England during March, there are plenty of museums and … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Family Travel Events & Festivals History The Arts
Isle of Wight beach

An Expat’s Christmas Journey to the Isle of Wight

By Bianka Cramblit

Jude Law stopping by your snow-covered cottage in the English countryside…. Yes, please! The many other festive British holiday movies had left me feeling like I had already celebrated there.   Read more

United Kingdom Events & Festivals
Punting in Cambridge, England

Beyond Big Ben: Day trips from London

By Tara Tadlock

An estimated 30 million visitors per year make London the most visited city in the United Kingdom. Red telephone booths, Tower Bridge, and the allure of a royal family sighting make it the perfect first taste of what England has to offer, but why stop there when there are so … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Architecture History
Tower Bridge in London, England

COVID-19 Report from London including status of P.M. Boris Johnson

The coronavirus in London, England has had a vast impact on the health of Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care. Henry Ridgwell, Voice of America correspondent from London says that COVID-19 has altered British societal norms for years to come and it has … Read more   Read more

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Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.

Searching for Monsters and Magic in the Scottish Highlands

By Daniel Baldwin

The Scottish Highlands are a place of ancient history, stunning natural beauty, and magic. Among the older generations, some claim that high in its earthy hills you’ll find the homes of creatures only heard about in legend. Tales of heroes, monsters, and faeries color its villages, giving them an air … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path History

What to See and Do at Kensington Palace

By Ali Jennings

As the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and the current home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Kensington Palace is a place of fascinating insight into the British Royal Family. A royal palace since the 17th century, the palace’s rooms have been open to … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Luxury Travel History
Standing guard outside of Windsor Castle.

What to See and Do at Windsor Castle

By Ali Jennings

Most people know Windsor Castle as the venue for the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, swiftly followed by the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, but there’s far more to Windsor Castle than just royal matrimonial events. With a history spanning more than 1,000 years, Windsor … Read more   Read more

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Cathedral in Coventry

Why You Should Visit Coventry at Least Once in Your Life

By Ali Jennings

Coventry doesn’t feature much on most people’s travel bucket lists. It’s a city that is known predominantly for being razed to the ground during the Second World War and then rebuilt in questionable design. It regularly makes the list of the least liked places in the UK. But things have … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Architecture History The Arts
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Stone Circles in the UK: Beyond Stonehenge

By Ali Jennings

Pretty much everyone has heard of the massive stone ring known as Stonehenge; it’s one of the most visited places in England, both by domestic and international tourists. An ancient wonder of the world, Stonehenge is a classic example of Neolithic engineering and one of the best-preserved monuments of its … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
Bristol Harbor, Bristol, England.

Escape from London: 6 Cities in the UK to Visit

By Ali Jennings

London is the major port of call for most travelers coming to the United Kingdom, and there’s certainly lots in the capital to keep you entertained for weeks on end. When people do venture outside London, it’s usually to the hotspots of Oxford and Edinburgh. But they are not the … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path
Bath, England on the river.

Amazing UK World Heritage Sites

By Ali Jennings

The United Kingdom is a country with a long and varied history, so it’s no surprise that it has a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most travelers heading to the UK usually visit only a few token destinations outside of London, so they miss out on these wonderful … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom History Preservation

TODAY IN HISTORY: Florence Nightingale is born (May 12, 1820)

On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingal, the pioneer of modern nursing was born into privileged English society. From the beginning of her life, Florence felt a calling for the nursing profession and this posed a scandal with her priviledged family because nursing was considered a profession for the poor and … Read more   Read more

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Grounds of the Hatfield House

Walking in the footsteps of Elizabeth I

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Elizabeth I remains one of the most popular English monarchs more than 400 years after her death. So much about this first woman to reign England in her own right intrigues and captivates us. The daughter of boisterous Henry VIII and his infamous second wife, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth learned early … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Experiences History The Arts
Jewels representing what the Crown Jewels would appear like.

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Theft of the Crown Jewels (May 9, 1681)

On May 9, 1671, a parson visited the Tower of London. A parson is an ordained Christian person responsible for a small area, typically a parish. Talbot Edwards, the 77 year old Master Keeper of the Jewels, was very fond of this parson, and hoped that his niece would someday … Read more   Read more

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