This study identifies selected British travelogues as one of possible sources used to examine an image of the Russian Empire which was being created in Britain at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. The given source contributed significantly to dissemination of information concerning Russia, primarily from a cultural social perspective. The first part of the study describes a political climate and diplomatic relations between European powers at the turning point, i.e. the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. This is followed by recounting life stories of British visitors and stating purposes of their travels. The third and crucial part focuses on a detailed analysis of selected issues, i.e. individual impressions and knowledge gained by selected Britons. Thus the aim of the study is to analyse individual travelogues and show what image of the Russian Empire may have been formed from all the acquired information in Britain at that time.