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 Historvius 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.

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.

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.

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Cliveden House

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

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Colonial National Park

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

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Colonial Williamsburg

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

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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.

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Fort Frederica

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

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Houses of Parliament

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Majuba Hill

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

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.

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National Museum of Australia

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

Old North Church - Boston

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

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.

Plimoth Plantation

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

Prince of Wales Fort

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

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.

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 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 Lucknow Residency

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

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 Fortifications NHCS

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

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Voortrekker Monument

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

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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.