7 Great British TV and Movie Tours Around the Cotswolds

Given that most people won’t get to go to England all that many times in their lives, we here at IHeartBritain.com are strong advocates of planning your own trip rather than buying an all-inclusive package tour. Package tours are generally pretty broad, and unless it’s a specialty tour that caters …

Great British Reading Club #2: Cormoran Strike Series by JK Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith)

When you’re as famous and successful as JK Rowling, it can be hard to move in a new direction. The lackluster response to her first published adult novel, Casual Vacancy, is a great example of that. Many brought their Harry Potter expectations to the table, and found the novel wanting …

The Mystery of Stonehenge Special Access: How to Get the Inner Circle Tour

I recently planned a 15-day tour of England and Scotland for my parents, and one of the highlights of their trip was stone circle access at Stonehenge. After they posted their pictures, many people commented that they didn’t think you could get in there anymore. Most of them had booked …

Port Sunlight, the Urban Model Village

Around the United Kingdom, you’ll occasionally encounter the curious phenomenon of model villages. And no, I don’t mean something like the miniaturized version of Bourton-on-the-Water you can find in the Cotswolds. A model village was a largely self-contained community designed for the workers and families of a given employer, usually …

Great British Reading Club #1: Maisie Dobbs Detective Series

The British Isles have produced some of the finest writers and novels in the world. James Joyce, William Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Neil Gaiman, H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming…and those are just …