The British Isles are famous (and arguably infamous) for a variety of unique reasons; our Royal family, important historical figures including Shakespeare and Charles Darwin, our love of a good cup of tea and our fun pub culture. However, there is a wealth of important and interesting strands of British culture that should be explored and discovered by us all, including our history of architecture, literature and politics. There are a number of ways to learn, whether you’re a native of the UK or not.

Podcasts

Podcasts are one of the best ways to learn in our busy modern lives, as we all have technology at our fingertips. For those who love to learn but find it hard to sit down and watch a full documentary at home, this is where podcasts come in very handy. Podcasts are perfect to learn on-the-go wherever you are. They are easily downloadable to your smartphone or tablet, meaning you can listen in the car, at work or while you’re relaxing at home.

Mini-Breaks

Getting up close and personal with British culture is one of the best ways to learn. Across the United Kingdom, you’ll find sites, events, museums and historic buildings that are waiting to be explored. A visit to the capital is ideal for those wanting to learn further about British politics as they can visit the Houses of Parliament, take part in one of the many tours, watch exciting debates and listen to fascinating talks.

Dedicated Classes

Classes don’t have to take place in schools! Throughout the country, you’ll find further education classes that will help you to learn about the many topics of British culture. However, you can also join online courses and learn from the comfort of your own home. With the ease of online learning, you can study at your own pace and in your own time, which is very useful if you work during the day. Online learning may also offer a wider range of topics to study, from the military history of World War 2 to arts and literature of the 1600’s. When you’re learning online, you can discover specialised websites such as ulricofengland.com where you’ll find collector items that you can buy yourself to bring your knowledge of military medals and highlights to life.

Events

To not only learn about British culture, but to really experience it, it’s highly recommended you attend a variety of events across the British Isles. Throughout the year, there are cultural events that will expand your knowledge of the history and culture. These include the legendary Summer Solstice Festival taking place at the stunning site of Stonehenge. Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world and allows you to walk in the footsteps of Neolithic ancestors. While it’s true that exactly why Stonehenge was constructed isn’t known, this doesn’t distract from the awe and wonder that it’s over 5,500 years old. To learn about our extensive literature, past and present, The Water Festival based in Keswick, Cumbria, is the ideal place to take part in lectures, workshops, book launches and exhibitions.