British Empire Sites

If you’re looking to explore British Empire sites and want to find the best places to view British Empire history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of British Empire sites and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of  British Empire sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring British Empire sites.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other sites of the British Empire, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.
 

British Empire: Site Index

Anglo-Boer War Museum

The Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein explores the history of the Second Anglo-Boer War a crucial conflict for the British Empire in Southern Africa.

The Anglo-Boer War Museum, also known as the War Museum of the Boer Republics, in Bloemfontein, South Africa is one of the country’s most comprehensive museums about the Second Anglo-Boer War. The Second Anglo-Boer War was a major conflict between Britain and the Orange Free State republics and Boers of South... Read More

Attingal Palace

Attingal Palace is an historic site located near Attingal, Kerala. It is one of the oldest palaces in Kerala and was the site of a rebellion against the British Empire.

Attingal Palace is an historic site located near Attingal in Kerala. It is one of the oldest palaces in Kerala and played a part in several of the key events of the region. The palace bore witness to many of the milestone proclamations of the ruling dynasty. In 1721 Attingal... Read More

Bacon’s Castle

Not only is Bacon’s Castle Virginia’s oldest brick house, this 17th century Jacobean creation is also said to be the last of its kind anywhere in North America.

Located in Surry, Virginia, Bacon’s Castle was built in 1665, the home of plantation owner Arthur Allen. Yet the name Bacon’s Castle refers not to its original master but to the anti-colonial uprising known as Bacon's Rebellion which banished Allen’s son and heir from the house in 1676. Today, Bacon’s Castle... Read More

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Cliveden House

Cliveden House is an eighteenth century historic home in Philadelphia and the site of a Revolutionary War battle.

Cliveden House is an eighteenth century historic home in Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighbourhood. Built from 1763 to 1767, Cliveden House was intended as the summer home of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Chew and his family. In fact, it would go on to fulfil this role for seven generations of Chews,... Read More

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Colonial National Park

English Colonial America started and ended in the area now known as Colonial National Park.

Colonial National Park encompasses the areas in which the English established their first permanent American colony in 1607 and the battlefield on which they surrendered to George Washington’s army in 1781, thus ending their rule. Incorporating Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, together with the Cape Henry Memorial commemorating the location of... Read More

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Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is the recreation of the 18th century capital of Virginia.

Colonial Williamsburg is a historic site in Virginia made up of an entire town restored to its colonial state. From homes to public buildings and shops, Colonial Williamsburg takes visitors back to the time when Williamsburg was the capital of Virginia – between 1699 and 1780. Later, during the American War... Read More

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Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall, known as the Cradle of Liberty, was the scene of protests leading up to the American War of Independence. It is one of many important British Empire sites.

Faneuil Hall in Boston was constructed in 1742 by wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil and although it burnt down in 1761, was rebuilt the next year. Faneuil intended the brick building to be a centre of commerce, a function which it still fulfils today. However, it was during the eighteenth century that... Read More

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Fort Frederica

Fort Frederica was an 18th century British Empire fortification in Georgia, US.

Fort Frederica is a National Monument in the state of Georgia, USA which was originally established by the British General James Oglethorpe in 1736 to fortify a British settlement. It was named for the Prince of Wales, Frederick Louis. At that time, what is now the state of Georgia – the... Read More

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Fort Lytton

Fort Lytton is an important historic site. Built in 1881 and used for the defence of Brisbane until the end of the Second World War, it is a pentagonal fortress concealed behind grassy embankments

Fort Lytton is a 19th century fortress which formed the focus of Queensland’s defensive forces and was used to protect Brisbane until the end of World War II. Built in 1881, it was constructed in typical pentagonal shape, hidden within a grassy mound and surrounded by a moat. Fort Lytton... Read More

Fort Rinella

Built in 1878 by the British, was the most technologically advanced war machine of its day., housing the 100-ton gun created by Sir William G. Armstrong, the world's largest muzzle-loader gun in History. Everyday day a full-animated tour is held in the Fort starting at 2 p.m.

Fort Rinella was an imposing stronghold built in Malta in 1878 by the British. Intended to defend the harbour and British trade routes in the Mediterranean, particularly from the then perceived threat of the Italian navy, Fort Rinella was at the cutting edge of military design, boasting a 100-ton gun... Read More

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Grand-Pre

Grand-Pre in Canada was the focal point of the 18th century expulsion of the Acadian people - descendents of French settlers - starting a tragic set of events known by some as The Deportation.

Grand-Pre was the focal point of the 18th century expulsion of the Acadian people, starting a tragic set of events known by some as The Deportation. Acadians were the descendents of French settlers who had arrived in the region now known as Nova Scotia - which became part of... Read More

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Historic Jamestowne

One of the most interesting British Empire sites, historic Jamestowne was the location of the first successful British colony in America in 1607.

It was in Historic Jamestowne in 1607 that the English established their first successful colony in America. Previous attempts, notably that of Roanoke in 1587, had been made, but the colony the English formed in Historic Jamestowne was the root of what was to eventually become America. Due to its strategic... Read More

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Historic St Mary’s City

The historic St Mary's City in Maryland was once a thriving colonial capital before religious dissention saw it slowly decline. Today, a living history recreation and museum tell the story of these early settlers.

The historic St Mary's City in Maryland is the site of the fourth oldest permanent British settlement in Colonial North America and birthplace of religious tolerance in the US. Founded in 1634 by Leonard Calvert, St. Mary's City quickly became a prosperous tobacco colony and capital of Maryland. It was here... Read More

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Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament are the home of the UK Parliament.

The Houses of Parliament or 'Palace of Westminster' is where both houses of the UK Parliament are located. Originally part of the great royal palace that had been home to English monarchs for over 500 years, Westminster Palace became the home of parliament in the 16th century after reign of King... Read More

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Independence Hall - Philadelphia

Among the most important British Empire sites, Independence Hall is the place where the The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were both signed.

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the most important landmarks in US history, being the site where the nation declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on 4 July 1776 by signing the Declaration of Independence. Completed in 1753, Independence Hall served as Philadelphia’s State House and the... Read More

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Independence National Historical Park

Independence Hall is the site where the The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were both signed.

Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is home to a plethora of significant national landmarks in the US. From Independence Hall which was the site where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed and Congress Hall, seat of Congress from 1790 to 1800, to the home of Benjamin Franklin,... Read More

Lalbagh Fort

The Lalbagh Fort is an unfinished seventeenth century Mughal fortified palace in Dhaka which was the centre of failed rebellions against the British Empire.

The Lalbagh Fort is a seventeenth century Mughal fortified palace in Dhaka which was never completed. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Lalbagh Fort was the scene of - ultimately unsuccessful - revolts by the local soldiers against the British during the Great Rebellion.... Read More

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Lower Fort Garry

Lower Fort Garry is a well preserved 19th century fur trading post and the site of the signing of Treaty Number 1 between the First Nation people and the Crown.

Lower Fort Garry is a well preserved 19th century fur trading post and the site of the signing of Treaty Number 1 between the First Nation people and the Crown. Built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1830s, Lower Fort Garry was intended as a fur trading post to... Read More

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Majuba Hill

Majuba Hill in South Africa was the site of the final battle of the First Anglo-Boer War.

Majuba Hill in South Africa was the final battlefield of the First Anglo-Boer War. Sometimes known as the Transvaal War, the First Anglo-Boer War was an approximately year-long conflict in which the Boers rejected British annexation of the Transvaal region of South Africa. Approximately 400 British soldiers, made up of the... Read More

Malta Saluting Battery

The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily! For almost 500 years, its guns protected the harbour against naval assault and were used for ceremonial purposes.

The Malta Saluting Battery - known locally as just the Saluting Battery - dates back 500 years and is one of the oldest of its kind to still be operated. In addition to providing the vibrant spectacle of the gun firing for visitors, the Malta Saluting Battery is also a... Read More

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National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is a museum of the history, culture and heritage of Australia.

The National Museum of Australia is a museum of the history, culture and heritage of Australia. Using a mix of multimedia displays, information, objects and artefacts, the National Museum of Australia explores a variety of events, themes and issues. One of the main permanent exhibits at the National Museum... Read More

Old North Church - Boston

Old North Church played a vital role in igniting the American Revolution and is part of the Freedom Trail.

Old North Church is Boston’s oldest church, having been built in 1723 in the Georgian style. Originally called Christ’s Church, Old North Church was also the tallest building in Boston at the time and thus came to serve an important role in the American Revolution. In the eighteenth century, the British... Read More

Old State House - Boston

The Old State House in Boston played an important role in the American Revolution and was where the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed.

The Old State House in Boston played an important role in the American Revolution and is now one of the sites included in the Freedom Trail, a tourist trail made up of sixteen sites relating to the American Revolution against the British. Construction The Old State House was originally completed in 1713... Read More

Plimoth Plantation

The Plimoth Plantation is a living museum which includes a recreated 1627 English village and a Wampanoag homesite.

The Plimoth Plantation is a living museum which includes a recreated 1627 English village and a Wampanoag homesite. The English village is the main attraction at the Plimoth Plantation and brings to life the 17th century farming settlement built by the colonists. Buildings have been recreated and the site... Read More

Prince of Wales Fort

The Prince of Wales Fort near Churchill, Canada, was an 18th century fortified fur trading base.

The Prince of Wales Fort near Churchill was an 18th century fortified base of the Hudson's Bay Company, a fur trading business, and is now a National Historic Site of Canada. Part trading post, part stronghold, the Prince of Wales Fort was begun in 1731, at a time of great... Read More

Ruapekapeka Pa

One of the most important British Empire sites in New Zealand, Ruapekapeka Pa was the site of one of the last military confrontations between British forces and Maori tribes in the War of the North.

Ruapekapeka Pa was the site of one of the last military confrontations between British forces and Maori tribes in the War of the North, a conflict which erupted over British policies seen as unfavourable to the Maoris. The local Maoris spent months preparing for the battle at Ruapekapeka Pa. Knowing that... Read More

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a tour through Boston’s historical sites relating to the American Revolution and is one of the most interesting British Empire sites.

The Freedom Trail takes visitors to Boston through a tour of sixteen sites in the city which were of importance before and during the American Revolution against British rule in the 18th century. Boston played a central role in igniting the American Revolution, also known as the American War of... Read More

The Liberation War Museum

One of the latter British Empire sites, the Liberation War Museum chronicles the history of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

The Liberation War Museum (Muktijuddho Jadughor) chronicles the history of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Located in Dhaka, the Liberation War Museum starts in the lead up to this nine-month long conflict, looking at different aspects of the war and its outcome. From photographs and newspaper extracts to personal... Read More

The Lucknow Residency

The Lucknow Residency in Awadh was the site of a famous nineteenth century siege against British Empire forces.

The Lucknow Residency was the home of the British High Commissioner during the British colonial period in Lucknow, the capital of what was then the area of Oud. The British had annexed Oud in 1856, a move which created a great deal of resent amidst locals. In 1857, there was an... Read More

The Quebec Citadel

The Quebec Citadel is a 19th century British fortress and the biggest built by the British Empire in North America.

The Quebec Citadel (La Citadelle) is a 19th century British fortress and the biggest built by the British in North America. Built between 1820 and 1850, the Quebec Citadel is still garrisoned today as the home of the Royal 22e Regiment. The Quebec Citadel also has a museum dedicated... Read More

The Quebec Fortifications NHCS

The Quebec Fortifications NHCS are the only surviving historic city defences in North America.

The Quebec Fortifications NHCS (National Historic Site of Canada) are the only surviving historic city defences in North America. The origins of the Quebec Fortifications can be traced back to 1608, when the city was founded by Samuel de Champlain as the capital of New France. However, most of what... Read More

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Voortrekker Monument

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria commemorates South Africa’s Boer pioneers.

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa commemorates the exodus of the Boers – Voortrekkers meaning pioneers - from the Cape Colony from 1835 and 1854. Sparked by the British abolition of slavery in all their colonies in 1834, this “Great Trek” resulted in the creation of several republics and laid... Read More

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are considered to be the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand. One of the most important British Empire sites in the country.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are considered to be the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand. It was in Treaty House at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on 6 February 1840 that the founding document of New Zealand was signed. This document was the Treaty of Waitangi and it was between a... Read More