Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is open to visitors throughout the year. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.
It was named after the goddess Sulis because they believed her power lived in the water The importance of such places is further shown by their belief that the water cured illnesses and, as thanks, people would throw gifts in to the baths.
Built in several stages, Stonehenge began about 5,000 years ago as a simple earthwork enclosure where prehistoric people buried their cremated dead. The stone circle was erected in the centre of the monument in the late Neolithic period, around 2500 BC.
Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14), a conflict between European powers – including a divided Spain – over who had the right to succeed Charles II as king of the country. The palace was a gift to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the battle of Blenheim on 13 August 1704.
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Cambridge is the UK’s second city of learning, but the first in your hearts (unless you went to Oxford, of course). Prehistoric settlements solidified with the coming of the Romans who set up a fort in the area. After they abandoned Britain in the 5th Century, the Saxons later established a settlement there they called “Grantebrychge”.
The Nobel Prize, in fact. Individuals associated with Cambridge University have won 89 Nobel Prizes in all six disciplines covering physics, chemistry, peace, literature, physiology, and medicine. Cambridge also claims the most Nobel Prizes in physics at 29 in total. The university’s total prize count is well above Oxford University at 58, though Oxford has produced the most Prime Ministers.
The first Archbishop of Canterbury was St Augustine in 597. 2. Nine of the first ten men elected to be Archbishop of Canterbury became saints. The other one was Wighard who died of plague around 666 before he could take up the post.
Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain
Located in Kent, traditionally known as the Garden of England, our overall site of 240 acres is surrounded by a 50 acre landscape of lakes, parkland and trees making it the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy.