Britain, any questions, FAQs

Who is A Bit About Britain aimed at?

Anyone – resident or overseas visitor – who wants to get to know A Bit About Britain, wants ideas of places to go, or who is just vaguely interested in the place.  The articles are aimed at people who want more than pretty photos, but aren’t interested in dry academic 5,000 word essays; yet.  However, academics and people who just like looking at pictures are very welcome too.


What inspired A Bit About Britain?

Several things.  A love of history, countryside and stories.  A realisation that I was already familiar with a bit about Britain – I probably knew the project before I thought of it.  A view that, despite the amazing information available, in books and online, some of it is mind-numbingly boring, twee or partisan – and the arrogance to believe I could do better.  The sheer fun of it.  An appreciation of the fact that, for all its many faults, Britain still has so much to recommend it – there is an almost embarrassing number of amazing places to visit in Britain.


How are places selected to feature in A Bit About Britain?

Fairly randomly.  There’s an ever-growing spreadsheet and the intention is to select places from different parts of Britain, or different types of places, for featured articles – so you rarely get two similar consecutive items.  I hope not anyway.  Sometimes, an item will be selected for topical reasons.


Why are some parts of Britain featured more than others?

Sorry about this – it’s an inevitable consequence of ‘ABAB’ being a private project.  It simply reflects recent travel – and, in particular, reasonable quality photographs – I don’t want to use too many blurred images scanned from a print taken 20 years ago.  Even so, I’m conscious that parts of the country need more attention – it’s just a matter of time and money.


Have you personally visited every place featured on A Bit About Britain?

Yes – with the exception of some places in guest posts – that’s part of the point. But not everywhere listed under Places to Visit has been personally visited, because this section of the site simply provides information.


How do I get an attraction LISTED on A Bit About Britain?

Easily.  I am delighted to include any sensible attraction in the directory listing, without charge.  Please get in touch via the Contact Page if you would like your attraction added.  I will need an image that sums up the attraction, as a JPEG, in landscape format and a minimum of 2,000 PX wide. It will be cropped for inclusion in A Bit About Britain, but will be credited to you.


How do I get an attraction FEATURED on A Bit About Britain?

Suggestions for featured articles are welcome.  Please get in touch via the Contact Page to arrange a visit. Commissions can only be undertaken on the basis of complete editorial freedom.

Do you accept guest posts?

Always happy to consider guest posts on a reciprocal basis that are in keeping with A Bit About Britain’s content.  This means that something about fluffy bunnies, or your favourite fashion brand, is unlikely to be accepted, but something intelligent and/or amusing about a walk in Britain, or visit to an attraction, might be. It also means that you will consider content from A Bit About Britain on your own website or blog. If you simply want to provide content to A Bit About Britain, please ask yourself how that will benefit me before asking. Please look at guidelines for guest posts.


Can I use a photo from A Bit About Britain?

All material on A Bit About Britain is copyrighted and most, but not all, images are original.  You MUST ask before using any content in any form for any purpose.  Normally, original images can be used for non-commercial purposes without charge, but credit must always be given and, if use is online, a link back to A Bit About Britain will be expected. Please be precise with your request – asking if you can use “the photo of so-and-so” is unhelpful when there are several images of the same thing.

What does ‘free access’ mean?

On A Bit About Britain’s listings of Places to Visit, ‘free access’ means you can see the attraction without making payment to do so. You may still have to pay for car parking or entry to a separate visitor centre.  Most places that do not charge entry welcome donations, of course.  Restrictions might also apply – for example, some places charge for access to special exhibitions or particular parts of a building – like a cathedral tower. Some places may have limited opening times, too; always check before making a special trip.


Why aren’t opening times and charges shown?

Because it would be impossible to keep details accurate and up to date.  However, every entry under Places to Visit is created with a link to an appropriate website at the time.  Provided the website is still there, you will find the information you are looking for.  If the link does not work any longer, please let me know using A Bit About Britain’s contact form.

How can I register on A Bit About Britain to receive updates and become part of the community?

Simply go to the blog page and sign up there. Anyone can comment on posts.


Why hasn’t my comment shown up?

A Bit About Britain loves comments and observations, provided they make sense.  If you are commenting for the first time, have commented before but are now using a new device, or have included a link in your comment, your comment needs to be approved before being published. If your comment is completely meaningless, you’re trying to sell something, or simply being a pillock, then your comment won’t be published.

How reliable is A Bit About Britain?

Oh – I wouldn’t trust a word of it if I were you…  😆

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