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Welcome to InfoBritain, for historical visiting information in the UK. InfoBritain tells you what happened and where it happened. We have articles and visits relating to all historical periods from prehistoric Britain to recent times, and to the lives of major British authors, artists, musicians, scientists, politicians, military and royal figures. You can use our site search, or our various menus to find suggested visits relating to times or people. Alternatively go to the regions menu, find a place to visit in a particular area, and then link back to the history relating to it. We also have a full accommodation booking service for all parts of the mainland UK. We specialise in historic accommodation, but we also have comprehensive lists of hotels of all types and price ranges. See the regional menus on the right. Enjoy!

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We're on holiday this week in Devon. We'll answer e-mail when we get back.

While we're away why not read about the history of holidays.

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Historical news for July

English Heritage stages Europe's biggest historical event this month at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire. 2000 re-enactors will be involved, staging presentations illustrating two millennia of history. Event runs 19th and 20th July. Go to

It is not often you get the chance to sample Iron Age cuisine. This month at the Scottish Crannog Centre it is possible to do just that. The event includes cooking and tasting of foods that people would have eaten over two thousand years ago. Event runs on 17th July. Go to

London grew up around a bridge over the Thames. An exhibition exploring the significance of London's bridges opens at the end of June at the Museum of Docklands. The exhibition uses historical art works and the museum collections to tell the story. The exhibition runs 27th June - 2nd November. Telephone 020 7001 9844.

Items from the Royal Archives are going on display at Windsor Castle this month. Many of the items have never been seen in public before. Items include letters exchanged between Prince Albert and Queen Victoria during their engagement. The exhibition runs 17th May - 25th January 2015. Telephone 020 7766 7304 or go to


Anniversaries for July

1st July 1963: The British government reveals that former intelligence officer Kim Philby had fled Beirut, where he was working as a journalist, and had been given asylum in Russia. This was a reward for his work as a Soviet agent.

4th July 1862: An Oxford don named Charles Dodgson takes Alice Liddel and her sisters for a boating picnic on the Thames, from Folly Bridge in Oxford. To amuse the children he tells them a story about a girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole into a topsy turvy world called Wonderland. Alice is so excited by the story that she pleads with Dodgson to write it down. The result was Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, written under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll.

6th July 1483: Richard III is crowned King of England, after the mysterious disappearance of the young heir to the throne Edward V.

12th July 1962: The Rolling Stones perform their first concert at the Marquee Club in London. They played blues numbers, and songs by Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

14th July 1965:The first close up pictures of another planet are taken by NASA space craft Mariner 4 as it passes Mars.

25th July 1965: Bob Dylan plugs in an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, signalling a major change in his own music, and popular music in general.

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