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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
The Heart of England

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: The Heart of England

 

The heartland of England has sights that put the “Great” in Britain — its venerable universities, its royal heritage, and reminders of its industrial might. At Oxford and Cambridge, we’ll see where kings and prime ministers studied. At Blenheim Palace — Winston Churchill’s birthplace — we’ll connect with English aristocracy. At Ironbridge Gorge, we fire up memories of the Industrial Revolution. And all along the way, we’ll be driving on the left and polishing our pub etiquette.

 

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Secrets of Chatsworth

 

Over five centuries, Chatsworth Estate has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and is the home of the current 12th Duke of Devonshire and his family. We discover the stories throughout its 500 years that have shaped the history of Chatsworth into the acclaimed and distinguished house it has become.

 

The Manners of Downton Abbey:
A Masterpiece Special

 

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey. Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants. Bruce, who holds the prestigious Order of the British Empire, is an expert on royal ceremony and custom. Among his responsibilities is to consult with the actors on how to speak, stand, sit, eat, drink, dress and keep a stiff upper lip.