Welcome to Britain Unlimited

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Covering the lives of 250 of Great Britain’s most famous people

We have chosen two hundred and fifty iconic Britons to tell the story of Britain itself. Each page gives you an easy to read guide about who the person was and what they were famous for. It tells you what they did and where they went in a chronological biography and also lists relevant locations so that you can follow in their footsteps for research or purely for pleasure. Select the information you need from one of the menus for either surname or a subject, or you can just visit the Full List of 250. We cover people from the Roman Empire to those who died before the end of the Twentieth Century and with our historical timelines you can see how they fitted into the world around them.

On Britain Unlimited you’ll also find museums dedicated to their memory, places they lived in or visited and examples of the works they achieved. You’ll find lists of the books they wrote and the pictures they painted. In fact everything you need to know to get a flavour of the people that made Britain great. This site is dedicated to individual people so you will not find Kings and Queens although the timelines relate a person to a particular reign to make it easier to distinguish a period. If you want to see who was the Prime Minister at the time you can choose the year from this list.

Follow the links in the top menus for further information about the United Kingdom itself and the organisations and companies that can help you find out more on your chosen subject.


  • A hundred years ago saw the birth of the land and water speed record ace Donald Campbell on 23rd March 1921. See more about him here.
  • 200 hundred years ago in 1821 George Stephenson was surveying the land to build the world’s first commercial railway between Stockton and Darlington. See more about him here.
  • 300 hundred years ago in 1721 Jonathan Swift was writing perhaps his most famous work, “Gulliver’s Travels”. Read more about him here.
  • 400 hundred years ago in 1621 the poet John Donne was inaugurated as the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. See more about him here.
  • 500 hundred years ago in 1521 Sir Thomas More rose to become Treasurer of the Exchequer of England under King Henry the Eighth. See more about him here.

We like to see who the most popular characters are on Britain Unlimited and each year we check to see who has been most read. In 2020 the top ten Britons were as follows:

  1. Grace Darling. Lifeboat heroine who rescued survivors in a rowing boat.
  2. H.G. Wells. Science fiction writer.
  3. John Donne. Elizabethan poet.
  4. King Arthur. Legendary King.
  5. John Milton. Epic poet.
  6. Lewis Carroll. Mathematician and author of “Alice in Wonderland”.
  7. John Baskerville. Pioneer of printing type.
  8. Florence Nightingale. One of the founders of nursing.
  9. George Cadbury. Chocolate manufacturer/philanthropist.
  10. Graham Sutherland. Twentieth century artist.

...and if all that wasn’t enough there’s information on hotels and accommodation, travel tips, tours and how to find historic houses. Please see the menus at the top of the page.

Enjoy reading Britain Unlimited and maybe you’ll discover something new today about the Britain you love.