About Philippa

Where should everyone visit?

I think everyone should visit Salisbury Cathedral at some point. Not only is it a stunning piece of Medieval architecture (and it's floating) but it has so much more to see, not least an original 1215 Magna Carta.

Favourite era in British History

The Tudors - because, despite the dynasty lasting less than 118 years, each of the five Tudor monarchs left an indelible mark on our culture and landscape.

What book are you reading?

I've just finished 'Julian of Norwich' by Dr Janina Ramierez and now I'm onto 'Upstairs Downstairs' about the life of country house servants through history, by Jeremy Musson.

Favourite UK historic place

Dunster, Somerset. It's beautiful, tranquil and steeped in history. There's the high street with its market place and taverns, the working mill and topping the hill, a castle!

Favourite historic place abroad

Rome! It's so rich in history you literally fall over it as you walk around.

Favourite character in history

This changes, but recently I've been looking in the life of Nelson. He is a fascinating character, his self-belief and confidence in his own destiny was incredible!

Where could I keep going back to?

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, for Henry VIII's Mary Rose and Nelson's HMS Victory.

Where's a hidden gem?

Harvington Hall in North Worcestershire. Tudor moated house with the most number of remaining priest holes known in the UK.
  • Where should everyone visit?

    I think everyone should visit Salisbury Cathedral at some point. Not only is it a stunning piece of Medieval architecture (and it's floating) but it has so much more to see, not least an original 1215 Magna Carta.
  • Favourite era in British History

    The Tudors - because, despite the dynasty lasting less than 118 years, each of the five Tudor monarchs left an indelible mark on our culture and landscape.
  • What book are you reading?

    I've just finished 'Julian of Norwich' by Dr Janina Ramierez and now I'm onto 'Upstairs Downstairs' about the life of country house servants through history, by Jeremy Musson.
  • Favourite UK historic place

    Dunster, Somerset. It's beautiful, tranquil and steeped in history. There's the high street with its market place and taverns, the working mill and topping the hill, a castle!
  • Favourite historic place abroad

    Rome! It's so rich in history you literally fall over it as you walk around.
  • Favourite character in history

    This changes, but recently I've been looking in the life of Nelson. He is a fascinating character, his self-belief and confidence in his own destiny was incredible!
  • Where could I keep going back to?

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, for Henry VIII's Mary Rose and Nelson's HMS Victory.
  • Where's a hidden gem?

    Harvington Hall in North Worcestershire. Tudor moated house with the most number of remaining priest holes known in the UK.

    Philippa has written for

    Philippa started travelling the UK in search of places with history stories to tell in 2001 and hasn't stopped since. She established British History Tours in 2014 to create history themed travel itineraries for people travelling in the UK.
    She is also a travel history writer and has written for BBC History Magazine online inflight magazines for CityJet and FlyBe. You can also find her blog and podcasts on the website. 

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