Greenwich Maritime Museum

When I was a very little girl, I used to spend a lot of time in London visiting my great grandmother and other family members. We lived in the Scottish Highlands at the time and would get the sleeper train down from Aberdeen and make a real event of the whole thing, visiting the Tower of London, making special shopping trips to Hamleys and Harrods and, best of all, getting a boat down the Thames from Embankment to Greenwich for a visit to the National Maritime Museum. I used to absolutely love Greenwich when I was little – I’ve never […]


Dover Castle

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my recent English Heritage giveaway! The winner has been notified and will hopefully have their membership cards in their clutches very soon! I absolutely love being a member of English Heritage as they really do have something for everyone – from Roman forts to cottages to castles to stately homes, including Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, which I’m hoping to visit over the summer. Last Monday (which was a bank holiday here in the UK) we were invited along to the brilliant WWII event at Dover Castle, which is another […]


The Roman Baths

Even though I have lived in the West Country for over ten years, I am ashamed to admit that until just a few weeks ago I had never set foot inside the famous Roman Baths at Bath. This oversight becomes even more peculiar when you consider that I live in Bristol, which is probably less than fifteen minutes away from Bath Spa by train. However, I can put all of this arrant foolishness firmly in the past now and report that thanks to the kindness of the press team at the Roman Baths, I have now fully sampled the delights […]


Last Day in Edinburgh

I had such an amazing time during my recent research trip to Edinburgh. I’ve already shared posts about my first few days, which were spent researching my three upcoming Marie de Guise books at various royal palaces associated with her residence in Scotland and to cap it all off, here is a post about my last day in the Scottish capital, which I spent mooching around the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland, both of which I wholeheartedly recommend to any fellow history buffs who find themselves in Edinburgh! I even managed to fit in a […]


Linlithgow Palace

Of all the places that I visited during my recent research trip to Edinburgh, Linlithgow Palace was perhaps the biggest surprise. I went along one rainy morning expecting to find a completely empty shell but instead discovered that there is much more than that left standing of the former pleasure palace of the Stewart Kings of Scotland where both James V and his daughter Mary Queen of Scots were born. Along with all the other Scottish royal residences, it was more or less abandoned after James VI went off to England to claim his throne and was eventually burned out […]


WWII at Dover Castle

As long term readers of my blog probably already know, I’ve been on a bit of a massive quest over the last twelve months or so to properly educate myself about WWII, a period of history that I somehow never managed to learn about at school or university and about which I was woefully ignorant about until quite recently when I decided that ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH and started reading about it. Anyway, you’ll be no doubt delighted to hear that I am not NEARLY so ignorant about the Second World War as I was at this time last year and, […]