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UK Breaks

2 nights from £319

Art and Industry in the Black Country

The magnificent Victorian Wightwick Manor is one of the few surviving examples of an Arts & Crafts house in the country. Stuffed full of original treasures, including Morris & Co wallpapers, fabrics and furniture, you’ll explore Wightwick with expert Prof Anne Anderson, as well as Arts & Crafts Winterbourne House, Birmingham’s St Philip’s Cathedral, the City’s Art Gallery with its outstanding pre- Raphaelite collection and Stourbridge Glass Quarter.

 

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2 nights from £375

Art Deco in Liverpool

During the 1920s and 30s Liverpool maintained its standing as 'second city of the Empire'; a status reflected by its wealth and continued expansion. The city embraced the new Art Deco style and has a wealth of wonderful architecture in both the city centre and the surrounding suburbs. 

Join Art Deco expert Mike Hope to explore the famous landmarks and hidden gems plus important collections of decorative arts and paintings in the national museums of Merseyside.

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2 nights from £469

Art Deco in London

As with so many other cities around the world, London embraced Art Deco with an astounding vigour, which was to define many London skylines and districts. Despite the ravages of war and the subsequent post-war redevelopment London is home to an enormous range and quantity of truly outstanding buildings of all types from factories, garages, stations, hotels, apartment blocks and houses to offices, churches, palaces and cinemas. 

Join Mike Hope, Art and Design specialist and Art Deco enthusiast, on this special weekend where you will visit some of the well-known and not so well-known Art Deco monuments of London. Visits will be supported by two lectures, 'Art Deco an international style in context' and 'Art Deco Art & Design in the UK 1925-39'.

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2 nights from £435

Art on the South Coast of England

Accompanied by Gerald Deslandes visit the best museums and galleries in Brighton and the south coast

Special Event highlights: 

  • Lecture by art historian Gerald Deslandes 
  • The Exotic Royal Pavilion, Brighton 
  • Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 
  • The Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill 

From the Indo-Saracenic style of Brighton Pavilion and Modernism mixed with Art Deco in Bexhill, to the British art of the Towner and Jerwood Galleries, this tour is an exploration of the excellent art collections and fascinating architectural gems of England’s south-eastern coast. With art historian Gerald Deslandes, examine the landmark architecture of Brighton and Bexhill’s pavilions and enjoy the vibrant city of Brighton through the eyes of the artists who worked here.

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2 nights from £329

Art Treasures of the North

Accompanied by Gerald Deslandes, art & aspectual historian, visit the cultural centres, museums and galleries of Manchester and Liverpool. 

In recent years the cultural institutions of Manchester and Liverpool have received a much-needed financial boost, allowing them to display their fantastic and varied collections of British, including Constable, Turner and Lowry, and European, art in suitably ambitious surroundings. Join art expert Gerald Deslandes to examine more closely the collections of the region’s top galleries including The Lowry, the Walker Art Gallery and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

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2 nights from £349

Arts and Crafts from Pugin to Morris

Prof. Anne Anderson’s knowledge of and passion for William Morris is further developed on this superb tour that takes in some of his work, as well as his birthplace in Walthamstow. It also looks at the work of other Arts & Crafts pioneers, including stunning Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, with its magnificent drawing room by Pugin, as well as the International Garden Cities Exhibition at Letchworth, which tells the story of garden cities, a vision of the Arts & Crafts movement.

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2 nights from £389

Arts and Crafts Houses and Gardens

The Cotswolds was an important centre for the Arts and Crafts Movement in the opening years of the 20th century. Despite the impact of the First World War, the Arts & Crafts spirit flourishes to this day. Following in the footsteps of William Morris, artists and craftsmen settled in villages throughout the Cotswolds, including Broadway and Chipping Campden. Arts and Crafts practitioners were drawn here by its rich craft tradition, accessibility to London and natural charm of the villages and countryside. This heritage is explored in the company of expert Dr Scott Anderson.


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2 nights from £339

Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

Explore the legacy of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, inspired by William Morris, in a series of visits that illustrate this influential movement’s philosophy of design and local creativity, best shown in the Cotswolds, including guided tours of privately owned houses rarely open to the public, in the company of renowned expert, Prof Anne Anderson.

Highlights include The Wilson in Cheltenham, Cotswold Farm, Rodmarton Manor and two churches at Selsley and Sapperton. 

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2 nights from £329

At Home with William Morris

A great Victorian in the Home Counties

In 1860 William Morris and his wife Jane settled in Red House, Bexleyheath, a house designed by Morris and Philip Webb to be a ‘Palace of Art’. It was around this time that Morris was founding the decorative arts firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in London, which was succeeded by Morris & Co, whose medieval-inspired design and respect for traditional craftsmanship had a huge influence, particularly on the flourishing Arts & Crafts movement.

Join Prof. Anne Anderson and Dr Scott Anderson as we explore Red House, Little Holland House, Charleston Farmhouse and Standen House. 

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2 nights from £459

Bristol and the Brunel Legacy

Private dinner on board the SS Great Britain, located in historic Bristol Docks

Special Event highlights:

  • Gala dinner on board the SS Great Britian in the First Class dining Saloon
  • Private boat cruise through the original Bristol Docks and floating harbour
  • Great Western Railway expert Tim Bryan speaking on Brunel

In 1859, the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel died at just 53, but in that lifetime he completely revolutionised transport in Britain and beyond, and his engineering achievements are still recognised across the developed world. This wonderful UK short break explores the many aspects of his remarkable talents as an engineer, designer and entrepreneur. 

His ship, the SS Great Britain, is proudly located in Bristol, in dry docks, where she was built in 1843 as the first screw driven purpose built passenger liner. It is here in the First Class dining saloon, where you will dine on Friday evening.

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3 nights from £549

Cathedrals and Churches of the East Midlands

The sixth tour in Mike Hope’s planned series of tours to visit all the cathedrals in England, takes us to the East Midlands, an area rich in ecclesiastical history. From our base in the lovely town of Southwell we visit its Minster as well as the cathedrals at Derby, Leicester (where Richard III now lies), Lincoln and Nottingham Cathedrals as well as a host of historic churches, abbeys and a fascinating glimpse into monastic life at Mount St Bernard Abbey.


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Cathedrals and Churches of the North East

Mike’s enthusiasm for - and knowledge of - England’s ecclesiastical architecture is boundless, this being the fourth of Mike Hope’s 14 planned tours to visit all 61 cathedrals in England. It promises to be one of the very best, visiting spectacular Durham Cathedral, one of the country’s grandest and oldest, and the stunning holy island of Lindisfarne as well as lesser known gems in Hexham, Carlisle, Lanercost, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.


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3 nights from £569

Cathedrals and Churches of the North West

The seventh tour in Mike Hope’s planned series of tours to visit all the cathedrals in England, takes us to the North West, whose ecclesiastical heritage reflects its place in our industrial history, mostly dating from the Victorian period onwards. From Liverpool, with its classical Anglican and astonishing Art-Deco Catholic cathedrals to those in Manchester, Salford and magnificent Chester, as well as a working monastery and several lovely churches, this is a tour is full of interest.


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3 nights from £529

Cathedrals and Churches of the South West Midlands

Mike Hope's fifth cathedral tour takes us to the south west Midlands and some of England’s most revered and grandest cathedrals – at Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester, each of which hosts the famous “Three Choirs” festival in rotation. Added to this is a series of abbeys and priories which are some of the most beautiful in the land, so that this promises to be one of the most alluring of the cathedral tours that Mike Hope is hosting over the coming years.

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3 nights from £565

Cathedrals and Churches of Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s amazing ecclesiastical heritage is the fascinating 3rd in a planned series of 14 to visit all 61 English Cathedrals, with expert Mike Hope. From Libraries to Masons yards, you will be able to gain access to areas not normally open to the public and each tour will be supported by evening lectures.  Highlights of our Yorkshire tour include York and its Minster, Beverley’s Gothic, and near-perfect, Minster and, St Mary’s, and tours of Howden Minster and Selby Abbey, Ripon Cathedral, which is particularly noted for its seventh century crypt chapel, Studley Royal Church (designed by William Burges and built between 1870-8) and the remarkably complete and atmospheric ruins of Fountains Abbey.

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2 nights from £349

Charles II - Civil War And The Great Escape

On 3rd September 1651 Charles II lost the battle of Worcester to Oliver Cromwell’s new model army and became a fugitive, with a price of £1,000 on his head. This fascinating tour tells the story of the first few days of Charles II’s journey of escape after the disaster of the battle of Worcester, when he eventually reached France. Your host and guide is Julian Humphrys, who will entertain you with his wit and knowledge of this exciting historical and epic story.


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2 nights from £449

Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow

Experts take you to see Glasgow's best kept Mackintosh secrets

Special Event highlights: 

  • A special dinner at The Glasgow Art Club
  • House for an Art Lover
  • The Mackintosh Gallery and works by the Glasgow Boys at the Kelvingrove
  • Private visit to Hill House in Helensburgh
  • Mackintosh experts Robin and Karen Cairns

Learn about the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Robin and Karen Cairns whose enthusiasm and knowledge will bring Glasgow’s most famous son to life. Robin is a playwright, speaker, poet and performer whose play about the life of Mackintosh is being currently performed. A long-term student and devotee of Mackintosh, Karen is an artist and architect who has exhibited a collection of watercolours of Mackintosh’s work at Hill House and has worked at several Mackintosh buildings.

Highlights include the House for an Art Lover, Kelvingrove Museum, Scotland Street School, a dinner at The Glasgow Art Club, and Hill House, built for publisher Walter Blackie in 1902.

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2 nights from £359

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales is one of the best loved works of English literature. Written in the late fourteenth century, the story follows a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury Cathedral and each traveller is invited to tell two stories to help pass the time. Join historian and author Mike Ingram, and pilgrimage expert Mike Brown to explore the world of the medieval pilgrim, as we follow the pilgrim’s trail from Southwark to Canterbury, stopping off at key sites along the way.


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Classic Steam Railway Journeys

Experience the wonderful steam railway of the Severn Valley with TV's Paul Atterbury 

Special Event highlights:

  • Travel by vintage steam-hauled train from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth - your ticket allows you unlimited journeys throughout the day
  • Sherbourne Wharf canal cruise through Birmingham
  • Visit and guided tour to Soho House, home of industrialist Matthew Boulton
  • An illustrated talk by Paul Atterbury 

Attend the railway’s annual Step Back to the 1940s weekend, where your full day ticket will allow you to hop on and off the train as you wish, plus entrance to the Engine Room Museum.

The Severn Valley Railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country and for four decades has graduated from relative obscurity to a prominent position in British railway preservation. The railway was used as a transport route for 101 years, from 1862 until 1963, and nowadays the initials SVR are not solely part of the specialist jargon of keen railway enthusiasts but enjoyed by thousands of people who want to enjoy the thrill of steam through some of England's outstanding countryside. The 16-mile route follows the course of the River Severn for much of the time between Kidderminster, Bewdley, Arley, Highley, Hampton Loade and Bridgnorth in Shropshire and Worcestershire.

Your host is Mary Moore, an experienced guide from the area who will also be joined on the first night by Paul Atterbury. Paul is well known for his regular appearances on the 'Antiques Road Show' as well as being a passionate railway enthusiast and has written extensively on the history of Britain's trains and rail journeys.

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3 nights from £649

Country Houses of North Wales

Nicholas Merchant is a popular leader of several tours for Travel Editions both in the UK and abroad. this lovely tour based in North Wales at the ever-popular St George’s Hotel in Llandudno is visiting a host of spectacular and occasionally eccentric country houses with stunning collections of art and furniture that Nicholas will put into context. The tour also takes in Portmeirion, location for the cult 60s TV series, The Prisoner.

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3 nights from £699

Country Houses of Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire

Join Nicholas Merchant, West Yorkshire representative of the Art Fund, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convival weekend exploring some of the great country houses of the East Midlands, complete with illustrative and illuminating lectures.Based on lovely Rutland Water in England's smallest county, whose motto "multum in parvo" (much in little) sums up its appeal, this delightful tour visits some of the east Midlands finest country houses, including Apethorpe Palace, Southwick Hall, Boughton House, Belton House, Woolsthorpe Manor, Elton Hall and more. Please check the itinerary page for places visited on each departure date as they do vary.

Group numbers are limited to 25 participants to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention and service. 


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3 nights from £625

Country Houses of Yorkshire

Explore some of the settings for TV’s 'Victoria' with Nicholas Merchant.

Join Nicholas Merchant, Chairman of the Art Fund West Yorkshire Fundraising Committee, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convivial weekend exploring the great country houses of Yorkshire, complete with illustrative and illuminating lectures. Many will be familiar as they were used for the filming of recent TV series 'Victoria', all are full of wonderful architectural and artistic treasure.


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2 nights from £379

Discover the North West Waterways

Cruise on the Manchester Ship canal and step aboard the amazing Anderton Boat Lift

With a talk by well-known TV personality, antiques expert and inland waterways enthusiast Paul Atterbury, enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the development of the canal system. This specialist tour explores the vital role canals played in the industrial growth of England's northwest and feature a voyage on the famous Manchester Ship Canal, complete with commentary as you glide through locks and under bridges.

Tour highlights include a six hour journey along the 36 miles of the famous Manchester Ship Canal, a guided visit to the extensive National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port and the restored and operational Anderton Boat Lift, built in 1875, which carries your narrow boat from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal 50 feet above.


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Edge of Empire - Romans in Britain

Marking the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall extended from Segedunum on the River Tyne in the east all the way to Solway Firth in the west - an impressive 73 miles long. Today the wall is the best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire, with great stretches of the construction still intact whilst the surrounding area is scattered with forts and temples. 

Join archaeologist Mike Stone to explore these magnificent remains set in dramatic landscapes of ancient Britannia.

 

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2 nights from £399

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

With Blue Badge guide and railways enthusiast James King

The Welsh Highland Railway or Rheilffordd Eryri is a 25-mile (40.2 km) long, narrow gauge heritage railway, operating from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, and passing through a number of popular tourist destinations including Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass. At Porthmadog it connects with the Ffestiniog Railway and to the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. The restoration was built by both civil engineering contractors and volunteers, has received many awards, including North Wales’ top attraction in the 2013 National Tourism Awards.

 


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2 nights from £399

Gardens and Houses of the West Country

This lovely new tour, based in Bristol, visits some of the West Country’s finest gardens and houses in the company of Prof Anne Anderson – glorious Bowood House, Arts and Crafts Courts Garden, Iford Manor and its delightful Peto Garden and the 15th century manor house at Great Chalfield with its Arts and Crafts Garden. Added to these are the lovely towns of Lacock, with its beautiful abbey and Bradford on Avon to complete a scenic, historic and rewarding tour.


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2 nights from £309

Gothic Castles to French Impressionism

It was a love of Gothic Revivalism that bought the 3rd Marquess of Bute together with architect William Burges to sumptuously remodel Cardiff Castle and create the Neo-Gothic fairytale Castell Coch in the late 1800s. It wasn't until the mid-20th century that the Davies sisters contributed their magnificent art collection, one of the most important private collections in Britain, to the National Museum of Wales, drastically transforming its collection. 

This tour brings these fascinating gems of the Cardiff region together with two experts, Matthew Williams and Prof. Anne Anderson who will help you delve deeper into thier respective subjects.

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2 nights from £389

Grand Private Houses

Some of England’s oldest families are still the proud owners of beautiful country estates that they have called home for generations. This private home heritage tour tells the story of both the families and their stately piles from the 11th century to present day with special private tours to view family relics, distinguished collections, magnificent architecture and sprawling parkland whilst discovering more about the Lygons, Scudamore and Berkeley families themselves. 

A very special visit is arranged at Madresfield Court which dates back to the 12th century and was remodelled in the 19th century, as well as a private visit to Kentchurch Court, home of Jan Lucas-Scudamore where we will enjoy a homemade lunch. We will also visit nearby Dore Abbey in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire which was founded in 1147.

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2 nights from £369

Great Castles of North Wales

Visit the spectacular castles built by Edward 1st in the company of acclaimed historian Marc Morris

In the late thirteenth century, in the course of three devastating campaigns, Wales was conquered by the English King Edward the 1st. To cement his victory he built a string of mighty castles which became the greatest chain of fortresses in medieval Europe. Situated along the Welsh coast, against the backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia, they are among the most beautiful and scenic buildings in Britain celebrated since the eighteenth century by diarists, poets and painters. Today their global importance is recognised by their collective designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This tour will take in the most spectacular of Edward's Welsh Castles with your host Dr Marc Morris. Marc is a medieval historian and broadcaster best known for his TV series on British castles. In 2008 he published a bestselling biography of Edward I, "A Great and Terrible King", to widespread critical acclaim and his new book "The Norman Conquest" is every bit as engagingly written.

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Great Royal Palaces and Houses along the Thames

To the west of London lies a collection of royal country residences and grand country houses on a par with any in the whole of England, all lying within a few miles of each other and with spectacular views of the river that defined the development of London and massively influenced British history.  Explore a selection of these including Ham house, Marble Hill House, Hampton Court Palace and Chiswick House on this lovely tour in the company of Blue badge guide, Mike Stone.

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2 nights from £429

Inspector Morse and Lewis in Oxford

With local experts, Alastair and Kate Lack.

Oxford is almost as famous for its association with two of TV’s best-loved characters, Inspector Morse and, more latterly, Lewis as its renowned university. Alastair and Kate Lack, our resident experts, will take you on a tour of some of the series’ haunts with anecdotes and history aplenty. The tour coincides as a “best of Oxford” tour with colleges, museums and – of course – pubs and the famed Randolph Hotel. Morse, starring the great John Thaw, ran for 13 years until 2000 and its equally popular spin-off Lewis, starring Kevin Whately, has graced our screens since 2007.
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2 nights from £299

Joseph Wright of Derby and the Industrial Revolution

This tour will visit the newly redisplayed collection of Joseph Wright’s paintings at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. We shall also visit Cromford and Stoke on Trent, two landmark sites which are associated with the development of the textile and ceramic industries. In doing so, we shall explore how romantic imagination and scientific enquiry shaped the spirit of Britain’s first industrial revolution. Your host and guide is art historian Dr Scott Anderson.

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2 nights from £379

King John's Last Journey

With historian and archaeologist Dr Ben Robinson and medieval battlefield historian Mike Ingram.

Retrace the dramatic last days of King John and attempt to uncover the legend of his lost treasure. King John attempted to avoid East Anglia, which was rebel territory and safely negotiated a route around the Wash, his baggage train, however, took the shorter route through the marshes and was lost in the incoming tide, along with his crown jewels. Aggrieved and depressed, he was carried to Newark Castle in a litter. His condition worsened rapidly and he died there on 18th October, 1216, leaving England in a state of anarchy and civil war.

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2 nights from £349

Land of The Prince Bishops

Visit the World heritage sites of County Durham with Julian Humphrys.

During the Saxon, Norman and Medieval periods, the Prince Bishops of Durham had ecclesiastical and political sovereignty over County Durham. Their influence touched all aspects of the county’s life and left a fascinating legacy, which can still be traced today. During its greatest period in the 7th and 8th centuries, Northumbria was a great centre for arts, learning and early Christianity and was especially noted for the great saints it produced, like Cuthbert, Wilfrid and the Venerable Bede.

Your guide for this fascinating tour is Julian Humphrys, whose passion for early and medieval history has no bounds and he will entertain you with his knowledge and skill as your host and guide.

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3 nights from £899

London End to End Walk

Join Sophie Campbell, travel writer for the Daily Telegraph, to discover London end to end on foot, walking from Hampton Court to the Thames Barrier. Starting at Hampton Court you will walk London end to end with stops overnight in Richmond, Wandsworth and Rotherhithe. En-route visits will include Strawberry Hill House, Kew Palace and Gardens, William Morris' House, Chelsea Old Church, Tate Britain, the Queen's House in Greenwich and finally ending at the Thames Barrier. 

Sophie Campbell
Sophie has been a travel writer for 25 years. She is based in London and has written for many national publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, GuardianCondé Nast Traveller and Saga Magazine. She writes a monthly column on heritage days for the travel pages of the Daily Telegraph and is one of their London online contributors. She has also presented a series of BBC2's The Travel Show, founded a weekend breaks website and lectures regularly on travel writing. Sophie is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for London and her 2013 book on the traditional events of the summer, 'The Season: A Summer Whirl Through the English Social Season' came out in paperback in April 2014. She lives in Battersea, southwest London, and her favourite destinations are Argentina, Japan, Iran and - of course - Britain. 

Please note, as this is a walking tour there will be a considerable amount of walking and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties. Please see the itinerary tab for the distances which will be walked each day. Your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel leaving you free to enjoy the walk.


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2 nights from £399

Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Join the Shuttleworth historic airshow and take a flight in a 1930s aircraft at Duxford. 

Special Event highlights: 

  • Talk by aviation expert, David W. Lee 
  • A flight in the 1930's De Havilland Dragon Rapide 
  • Historic aircraft in action at the Shuttleworth Collection 
  • Imperial War Museum Duxford 

Looking at the story of two historic aerodromes, Shuttleworth Old Warden and Duxford, operated by the Imperial War Museum, this unique weekend allows you to not only enjoy the pageantry of a small historic aircraft show, but includes a short flight on board a famous 1930s plane - a De Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide, a short-haul passenger airliner. With a talk from aviation expert David W Lee, this tour is a must for any aircraft enthusiast.

Please note in order to gain access to the De Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft you will need to climb up 2 steps.

 

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2 nights from £479

Maritime England

Special Event highlights: 

  • A private evening at Admiral’s House (not normally open to the public) with a private three-course dinner with wine and a guided tour of the house
  • Greenwich - maritime England's historic headquarters 
  • Stunning Maritime Museum 
  • The newly-restored Cutty Sark 
  • Historic Docks at Chatham with its collection of historic ships

Britain owes its historic pre-eminence to its military and merchant maritime power and this tour explores this facet of history at two key sites - Greenwich and Chatham historic docks - in the company of your guide, Peter Warwick.

Greenwich's maritime history stems from its location on the Thames where there was a substantial fishing community until the late 19th century as well as much of the shipping activity related to London's role as a major port. The strong naval connections began in 1694 with the establishment of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, subsequently the Royal Naval College, and the role of the Royal Observatory in advancing navigation and astronomy from the 1670s.

On the evening of the second night enjoy a private evening at Admiral’s House (not normally open to the public) with a private three-course dinner with wine and a guided tour of the house. Armiral's House was originally commissioned by Charles II as his new royal palace in 1660, but was left incomplete due to a lack of funds in 1672. In 1696 it was integrated into the larger design of the Royal Hospital for Seamen by Sir Christopher Wren, and became the residence for the Governor of the Hospital, who was invariably a retired Admiral. In 1869 the hospital closed and four years later the Royal Navy moved to Greenwich from Portsmouth. Admiral’s House then became the Admiral President’s Residence and was occupied by the most senior figure on site.

Your guide is Peter Warwick who is Chairman of The 1805 Club, a charity conserving the memorials of Georgian naval heroes and is also Chairman of the International committee for Waterloo 200. He was a leading organiser for Trafalgar 200 in the 2005 bicentenary of Nelson's great victory, and is the author of 'Voices from the Battle of Trafalgar'. Peter is also the Chairman of Thames Alive and was a member of the team who organised the Queens Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant.

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2 nights from £595

Noble Palaces Of The Thames

Further to the success of our London End to End tour, Telegraph walks correspondent Sophie Campbell is leading a less strenuous walking tour of the picturesque West London section of the Thames, taking in some of its stunning historic palaces and grand houses, such as Hampton Court, Strawberry Hill, Marble Hill and Ham Houses with glorious riverside and parkland scenery at every turn. Based right on the river at the stylish Lensbury Hotel which boasts excellent facilities.


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2 nights from £429

Norfolk Grandeur

Visits and guided tour of the great houses of East Anglia

Norfolk's great houses perfectly illustrate the idiom 'an Englishman's home is his castle', as said by prominent East Anglian Sir Edward Coke. These quintessentially English royal and aristocratic houses give a wonderful insight into the grand lifestyles of the past, all nestled into the beautiful landscape of East Anglia. Visits on the tour include Sandrigham House, Houghton Hall, Blickling Hall and Holkham Hall. 

Your host and guide is Mike Stone and there are a number of guided tours arranged for you of these wonderful grand houses.

 

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3 nights from £549

Northumberland - Castles, Coast and Country Houses

The northernmost county in England, Northumberland has a fascinating and turbulent history, a stunning coastline dotted with magnificent castles and a warm welcome. This superb new tour in the company of Julian Humphrys, explores the county’s rich history – from its incomparable castles to country house splendour, dramatic coastline and even a quirky art gallery. The tour is ideally located in 450 acres of grounds near Morpeth at the impressive country house-style hotel, the Macdonald Linden Hall, dating from 1812.


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2 nights from £429

Oliver Cromwell Warts and All

Oliver Cromwell - hero? Villain? Traitor? Whatever your view of this controversial historical figure, he certainly changed England. Cromwell came from humble beginnings - a minor land owner and farmer who rose to become king in all but name. He served as an MP for Huntingdon in the Parliament of 1628 and Cambridge in the Parliament of 1640. Cromwell was identified with those who sought to limit the powers of the King and oppose the powers of the established Church of England in favour of more freedom for Protestant groups. His exceptional organisational abilities and an understanding of warfare allowed him to rise from the rank of a cavalry captain to Lieutenant-General of the New Model Army. This tour takes you from those beginnings in Huntington, to Ely where he lived from 1636 and to Naseby, site of arguably his most famous battle and victory in 1645.

Your hosts and guides: Military historian and popular Travel Editions guide, Mike Ingram. He is accompanied by Dr Ben Robinson, archaeologist and inspector of ancient monuments for English Heritage. In 2015 he presented a BBC Four series The Flying Archaeologist and in January 2015 Last journey of the Magna Carta King on BBC2 which investigated the story of King Johns lost treasure and the last days of his life.


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2 nights from £429

Private Houses and Gardens of Wessex

This lovely new tour, based at the historic Crown Hotel in the heart of the delightful town of Blandford Forum, looks at a variety of styles of garden – from Elizabethan to modern sculpture and two enchanting private houses with tours by the owners. Sights include Shute House and Gardens, New Art Centre sculpture garden, Cranborne Manor Garden, Edmondsham House and Breamore House and Countryside Museum, all led by Prof. Anne or Dr Scott Anderson.


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2 nights from £469

Queen Victoria's Island Retreat

Osborne House, situated at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, is a former country retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The couple purchased the property in October 1845, when searching for a home removed from the pressure of life at court, 'a place of one's own - quiet and retired', as the Queen herself put it, where “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot". Between 1845 and 1851 the Italian Renaissance style house was built and was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite homes throughout her long reign.

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Reach for the Sky

As the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over Britain, the de Havilland Aircraft Company worked, with limited resources, to develop their DH-88 Comet into a combat aircraft that would take the war to the enemy. Designed on unconventional principles, unarmed and made of wood, the de Havilland Mosquito emerged as World War II’s most versatile aircraft.

Discover more about the Battle of Britain, see the aircraft involved and learn about the design and development of the amazing Mosquito. Your guide is aviation historian and official historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association, Dr Robert Owen.

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2 nights from £319

Richard III - The Last King To Die In Battle

Discover more about the dramatic events that led to the death in battle of Richard III, one of England’s most controversial kings, and the rise of a new dynasty – the Tudors. This fascinating tour will include visits to sites associated with Richard III including Leicester Cathedral, the brand new ‘King Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery’ exhibition of the new Visitor Centre, Bosworth and the battlefield where he lost his life.

Join experts Julian Humphrys, Mike Ingram and Richard Buckley to discover more. 

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Richard III Lord of the North

As Duke of Gloucester, Richard III had a long association with the North of England. It began as a youth spending time at Middleham Castle under the tutelage of the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick. After the death of the ‘Kingmaker’, at the Battle of Barnet in 1471, Edward IV made Richard Great Chamberlain and Lord Admiral of England as well as High Sheriff of Cumberland, Warden of the West Marches and Commander-in Chief against the Scots. In 1472, Richard married the Kingmaker’s youngest daughter Anne at Westminster Abbey. During the same year, Edward IV created ‘The Council of the North’ with his brother Richard as the first Lord President, a position which he held until his accession to the throne. This tour explores the places and events during the years Richard Duke of Gloucester lived in the North of England.

Your hosts and guides are Bob Savage and Mike Ingram. Bob has been a Senior Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum since 2001. His love of movies and arms and armour came together when he also co-curated (with Sir Richard Taylor) the highly successful Royal Armories exhibition Arms & Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta (2008). He has an interest in the Jacobite rebellion and battle of Culloden and more recently contributed an entry on the Welsh Castles of Edward I to The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Medieval Warfare & Military Technology (2010). Bob has also lead castle tours and been a historical consultant on a number of movies including Rob Roy, Robin Hood and The Lords of the Rings trilogy.

He is accompanied by medieval historian Mike Ingram, a popular member of Travel Editions specialist guiding team and well known for his knowledge on the Wars of the Roses, Richard III and King John the Magna Carta King. Mike Ingram’s book Battle story: Bosworth 1485 was published in 2011.
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Scottish Borders

Join Nicholas Merchant in a small group to explore the country houses of the Scottish Borders as well as renowned Rosslyn Chapel (as featured in the Da Vinci code) and glorious Edinburgh, with a guided tour of its National Gallery. The houses offer a wealth of art, furniture, ceramics and all have fascinating stories to tell, none more so than Abbotsford, home of pre-eminent Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott. Based at the charming, family-owned three-star Burts Hotel in the country town of Melrose.


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2 nights from £379

Secret War

Unique weekend discovering the secrets of WWII 

Early in WWII, top secret operations were set up in England including the training of Special Forces to work with resistance fighters across Europe and Asia and undertake many covert operations to disrupt enemy lines. For many years much of the clandestine work remained top secret, but now you can share in the knowledge that has been revealed. 

A highlight of your weekend is a special visit to Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire which was Britain's main decryption establishment during World War II. Ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted including, most importantly, those generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.

Your host is Clive Bassett, an Honorary Life member of the OSS Society and over many years has carried out research regarding principally the SOE and OSS.

 

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3 nights from £599

Stately Homes of Derbyshire

Join Nicholas Merchant, Chairman of the Art Fund West Yorkshire Fundraising Committee, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convivial weekend exploring the great country houses of Derbyshire and the beauty of the Peak District, complete with illustrative and illuminating lectures. 

Based in the lovely Georgian spa town of Buxton, the 'gateway of the Peak District', this lovely tour visits Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle.

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2 nights from £319

Stonehenge - Truths And Legends

Veiled in mystery for millennia Stonehenge has long been a captivating site for its many visitors. This tour takes steps to help uncover the truths from myth and legend, taking you to the brand new visitors centre with its 250 archaeological finds, never before displayed, plus a private evening at the Wiltshire Museum to feast eyes on the spectacular gold treasures from the time of Stonehenge's construction. 

Your hosts and guides are Bob Clarke, a practicing archaeologist who currently works for the MoD and has spent some considerable time both surveying and excavating in the Stonehenge area, and Mike Stone, who has spent most of his career working in Wiltshire Museums and has guided groups around Stonehenge and Avebury for over 20 years.

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2 nights from £439

Surrey Arts And Crafts

A full day on this tour is dedicated to GF Watts – his gallery, a classic example of Arts & Crafts architecture, the Watts Mortuary chapel is Victorian philanthropy at its best and Limnnerlease, his home, has just reopened to the public with his great studio at its heart. 2017 marks the bicentenary of GF Watts’ birth with a special exhibition “Watts 200: A Life in Art.” Add to this Norney Grange, a classic Arts & Crafts home, Lutyen’s The Red House, Prof. Anne Anderson and this is a tour to savour.

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2 nights from £329

The Dambusters Raid

"Flying into History" with Professor Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen, the Official Historian of the No 617 Squadron Aircrew Association

The breaching of the Mohne and Eder Dams in May 1943 has gone down in history as one of the greatest feats of arms ever undertaken by the RAF. Achieved through the combined genius and persistence of Barnes Wallis and the skill and courage of the aircrew of 617 Squadron, the Dams Raid continues to seize the imagination of successive generations. The 617 Squadron went on to famously sink the German battleship Tirpitz, using Barnes Wallis's 'earthquake' bombs. 

Discover more about the legendary operations and discuss them in the company of two established authorities: your hosts and guides are historian and author Professor Richard Morris and Dr Robert Owen, the official historian of the 617 Squadron Aircrew Association, who together wrote "Breaching the German Dams - Flying into History", which revealed new aspects of the Dams Raid and the weapon that made it possible.

 

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2 nights from £465

The Life and Work of Alan Turing

Discover the life and work of Alan Turing in Cambridge and Bletchley Park.

This superb new tour, created exclusively by the editors at New Scientist, looks in depth at the life and work of computer pioneer and wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The tour is based in Northampton, from where we look at Turing’s time at Cambridge and through the war years at Bletchley Park.

2 nights from £379

The Mary Rose and Portsmouth's Maritime History

Special Event highlights:

  • Two talks by Christopher Dobbs, Head of Interpretation for the Mary Rose Trust
  • A private viewing of the extensive and fascinating artefacts at the new Mary Rose Museum
  • A day discovering Portsmouth's maritime history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Southsea Castle

On his ascent to the throne in 1509, and faced with ever-present threats from France and Scotland, Henry VIII begun to build up his navy. Mary Rose was to become the pride of Henry's fleet, but after 34 years of service in 1545, she sank in the Solent whilst leading to attack on a French invasion fleet. Here she lay undisturbed until her rediscovery in 1971 and then excavation and salvage in 1982, a milstone in the field of maritime archaeology which uncovered a wonderfully preserved Tudor time capsule. 

On May 31st 2013 the brand new Mary Rose Museum opened in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The museum tells the story of Henry VIII's flagship and displays the many priceless and fascinating objects found in and around the wreck. You will: enjoy two talks about the Mary Rose; spend a day exploring Portsmouth Historic Dockyard before returning for a private evening at the Mary Rose Museum; visit Southsea Castle where Henry witnessed Mary Rose founder and Fort Nelson, home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery.  

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The Rothschild Tour

Join Nicholas Merchant, West Yorkshire representative of the Art Fund, who will draw on his expertise in antiques to deliver a convivial weekend exploring some of the great country houses of the Vale of Aylesbury, including those with a link to the renowned Rothschild banking family. A full day is allowed at Waddesdon Manor whose collection of furniture and 'objets d’art' is one of the finest in the country, reflecting the family’s extraordinary wealth and status. Nicholas will give two talks explaining the family’s history and, more particularly, their role in the development of Waddesdon with his usual wit and verve.


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2 nights from £399

The Royal Homes of Elizabeth I

On November 17, 1558, Princess Elizabeth Tudor was sitting beneath an oak tree at her Hatfield estate when she received the news that she was now Queen of England. Some hours later the new Queen’s Great Council of State was held in the Great Hall, seated under the canopy of estate.

During her childhood years and before becoming Queen in 1558, Princess Elizabeth was moved around a succession of Royal homes and under the reign of Mary I. Elizabeth was suspected of involvement in a plot against her half-sister, Queen Mary I, and in March 1554 was imprisoned in the Tower of London. No evidence was ever proved against her and she was released later that year. On 14 January, 1559, Elizabeth returned to the Tower under very different circumstances, and after the traditional celebrations, she left the fortress to ride through the City of London to her coronation at Westminster Abbey.

According to one foreign visitor during Elizabeth’s reign, Hampton Court was the most splendid and magnificent royal Palace of any that may be found in England or, indeed any other Kingdom. Although Elizabeth did not build during her reign, traces of her work on Hampton Court still remain.  For example, the easternmost kitchen – the Queen’s private or privy kitchen – is now the Privy Kitchen Coffee Shop. There is also a bay window inscribed 1568 that can be seen from the Pond Gardens.  Even without significant changes, half a century after Henry VIII had built Hampton Court Palace, it was still among the most impressive in Europe. With its lavishly decorated rooms, rich hangings and furniture, Hampton Court was designed to inspire awe. During Elizabeth’s reign, Hampton Court was used to stage lavish court entertainments, with dramatic performances and court masques.

This tour is hosted by Julian Humphrys and author, historian and broadcaster Dr Tracy Borman will be the guest speaker.

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2 nights from £429

The Story of Oxford's Colleges

Explore Oxford's famous colleges with Alastair Lack and dine in the hall at Exeter College

Special Event highlights:

  • Tour of Christ Church and its cathedral 
  • Private dinner in the hall at Exeter College
  • Oxford University Union, home to the renowned debating society
  • The wonderful, newly-restored Ashmolean Museum 

The University of Oxford is the oldest University in the English-speaking world, with evidence of teaching dating back to 1096. Today it is one of the world's most famous educational institutions and many tourists flock to the city to see its beautiful architecture and learn about its long history. 

Join Alastair Lack, member of the Oxford Guild of Guides and former Secretary of the Oxford University Society to explore the 'city of dreaming spires' and enjoy a gala dinner in the dining hall at Exeter College.

Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties. 

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2 nights from £849

The Story of the Lancaster

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield, and ride in it! 

Special Event highlights: 

  • VIP day at East Kirkby including a taxy ride in a genuine Lancaster bomber
  • Thorpe Camp Museum, home of the 'Dambusters' 617 Squadron
  • Lunch with the pilot and ground crew - time to talk Lancasters! 
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight exhibition with hangar tour to see the historic aircraft
  • Illustrated talk by official historian of the 617 Squadron Aircrew Association, Dr Robert Owen

NB: Due to a commitment to secure the spaces on the VIP day at East Kirkby the deposit on this weekend break is £400 per person to confirm the booking. (Unfortunately the full amount cannot be paid online and we will contact you after booking to take remainder of deposit over the £75 paid online)

Enjoy a unique opportunity to see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield, and ride in it! First active in 1942, the Lancaster was one of the main heavy bombers of the RAF, becoming the most famous and successful night bomber of World War II, and world renowned as the 'dam buster'. This once in a lifetime opportunity allows you to sit in each position throughout the aircraft including the pilot's seat before a tail down taxy ride along the runway. 

Your guest speaker will be Dr Robert Owen, an aviation historian and the Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Aircrew Association. His interest in the Squadron extends over 40 years and he is co-author of "Breaching the German Dams" for the RAF Museum. He has assisted the authors of numerous authoritative books on the subject together with a number of TV documentaries. He has also contributed to publications for the RAF Museum, Keith Park Memorial Fund, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the RAF's official publication commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.


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2 nights from £459

Three Choirs Festival

One of the oldest music festivals in the world - with many of the best artists, choirs and choral music.

The Three Choirs Festival began in the early 18th century, rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. One of the world's oldest classical choral music festivals, it has long been established as a firm fixture in the British music calendar and a must for lovers of the great choral works. This year the 290th festival will be held in Worcester including performances in its magnificent cathedral and elsewhere, topped off with a visit to the lovely Harvington Hall. 

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2 nights from £549

To The Manor Born

In 1704 The Duke of Marlborough spectacularly defeated the hitherto invincible French army of Louis XIV, at the Battle of Blenheim. For this major victory and as a reward from a grateful nation, a magnificent house was built at Woodstock, between 1705 and circa 1722. Soon after its construction began, the palace was to become the subject of political infighting; this led to Marlborough's exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and lasting damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.

Following the palace's completion, it became the home of the Churchill, later Spencer-Churchill, family for the next 300 years, and various members of the family have in that period wrought changes, in the interiors, park and gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough's marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. The palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. In 1987 Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As part of this heritage special event and tour you will visit two spectacular private houses, Stonor house at Abingdon, which is one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. When you visit you will see why it’s so beautiful, with its historic building and breathtaking grounds. The family collection of art and artefacts is extraordinary. Another private home being visited is Kingston Bagpuize. There has been a manor here in the village dating back to the time of the Norman Conquest. A second house built later was remodelled and sold 1917 to Edward Strauss, a Member of Parliament.

Your host and guide is Mike Stone, a highly experienced Blue Badge Guide and archaeologist with interests ranging from history to historical buildings. The highlight of this tour is a private evening and dinner at Blenheim Palace.


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2 nights from £329

Twentieth Century Art in Yorkshire

Three of Britain’s best known contemporary artists were born and raised in Yorkshire – sculptor and artist Henry Moore in Castleford, sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth in Wakefield and pop artist David Hockney in Bradford. Today the county is home to some of the most important collections of their works in a series of excellent art galleries in Leeds, where Moore and Hepworth studied, Wakefield and Bradford. Join host and guide, former curator, Gerald Deslandes to discover more.

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2 nights from £529

Ultimate Royal Experience

Cover a 1000 years of history in a fascinating weekend exploring the royal residences and seats of power of the ultimate royal city - London. From the magnificence of Windsor Castle, home to royalty since William the Conqueror, to the opulence of Buckingham Palace's state rooms, the atmospheric Westminster Abbey and the fascinating Tower of London, get a glimpse of the life of the royal family, past and present.
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Victorians and Edwardians by the Seaside

Join Prof Anne Anderson on this lovely new tour that explores the history of the seaside in its heyday when fashionable and aristocratic families decamped to the seaside, built sumptuous villas and pleasure gardens, amassed art collections and took the air. Highlights include the Russell-Cotes Museum, a leisure cruise of Poole Harbour, Sea City and Southampton Art Gallery, lovely Lyndhurst in the New Forest and dinner at the Italian Villa overlooking the Roman Garden at lovely Compton Acres.


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2 nights from £499

Wedgwood - Art Fund Exclusive

The Wedgwood factory in Stoke is one of the longest-running production facilities in the world, in constant operation since 1759. Its vast and priceless collection of ceramics was saved for the nation in 2014 by the Art Fund, in its fastest fundraising campaign in its 111 year history. The opening of the Wedgwood Museum in 2015 gives this unique collection a stunning home and the museum have pulled out all the stops to welcome Art Fund members and contributors in 2016 on this superb tour. Each tour includes a donation to the Art Fund to assist with their excellent work. The tour is hosted by industrial revolution era art expert, Gerald Deslandes who will add to the Wedgwood curator, Gaye Blake-Roberts' expertise with overviews and insights into the area’s artistic and industrial heritage.

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2 nights from £359

Wedgwood Museum

The Wedgwood factory in Stoke is one of the longest-running production facilities in the world, in constant operation since 1759. Its vast and priceless collection of ceramics was saved for the nation in 2014 by the Art Fund. This fabulous tour includes a private viewing with talk from curator and an exclusive dinner with wine after hours at the museum. Add to this a day at the fabulous complex of Industrial Revolution buildings at Ironbridge and a talk from expert Prof. Anne Anderson.

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2 nights from £379

Wellington The Iron Duke

The legacy of the Duke of Wellington towers over British history. The hero of Waterloo and vanquisher of Napoleon, the poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson hailed him as the 'last great Englishman'. In fact Wellington was born in Dublin in 1769, Arthur Wesley (later changed to Wellesley) and was the third surviving son in an aristocratic Protestant Irish family. His father's death in 1781 hit the family's financial standing and Wellington followed his mother to Brussels in 1785. He was commissioned as an ensign in the British Army in 1787, serving in Ireland and later rose to prominence as a general during the Peninsular campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, and was promoted to the rank of field marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813. His greatest victory came at Waterloo, when he defeated Napoleons army on 18th June 1815. After Waterloo, the new Duke bought Stratfield Saye with the moneys granted to him by the government of the day, in gratitude and recognition of his outstanding service in the wars against Napoleon, culminating in the victory at Waterloo. We visit this famous house as part of this tour.

Your host and guide is military historian and popular Travel Editions guide, Julian Humphrys.


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2 nights from £339

William Morris - A Great Victorian

Kelmscott Manor became a much loved retreat of William Morris, a place that fitted perfectly with his Arts and Crafts ideals of craftsmanship. Many of Morris’ admirers were to follow in his footsteps by setting up artistic communities in the Cotswolds and have left behind an abundance of fine craftsmanship for us to enjoy today. Explore this and his time in Oxford with Arts and Crafts expert Prof. Anne Anderson.

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William The Conqueror and the Invasion of England

After defeating King Harold's army at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conqueror marched to Winchester, the capital of Wessex, to secure the Saxon Treasury.  Harold's widow, who was in residence at Winchester, surrendered the town to William and his army.  The Conqueror ordered the rebuilding of the Saxon royal palace and the construction of a new castle to the west of the town.

In 1079 the Norman Bishops demolished the old Saxon Minster and started the construction of the new Cathedral in the Romanesque style. Throughout the early Middle Ages, Winchester's importance as a significant royal and cultural centre was reaffirmed, as witnessed by the number of royal births, deaths and marriages in the palace. Your host and guide is author, historian and broadcaster Julian Humphrys, and guest speaker Dr Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, will give a presentation.

Visits include Winchester Cathedral, a guided walking tour of historic Winchester, a viewing of the remains of the old Minster, Wolvesey's Castle, Winchester College, the Saxon Royal Palace and Portchester Castle, which was built within a former Roman fort in the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour. Visits also include Old Sarum and the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.
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2 nights from £369

Wolf Hall and the Tudor Court

This fascinating new tour looks at the sites where the acclaimed BBC TV series Wolf Hall was filmed. Adapted from the two Hilary Mantel novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, the critically-lauded series starred Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and was nominated for eight awards at the Emmys and three at the 2015 Golden Globes, winning for Best Miniseries. The authentic settings were a key part in the programme’s appeal and success, and Mike Stone will bring the settings to life on this new tour.


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2 nights from £329

Yorkshire's Railways and Industrial Heritage

Yorkshire sat at the heart of the Industrial Revolution in England, and today the region's many museums, historic canals and heritage steam railways are testament to Yorkshire's industrial past. This wonderful new tour takes us on two railway journeys through Yorkshire’s unspoilt landscape via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway Covers a distance of 18 miles, and is one of the UK's longest heritage railway lines, running through the beautiful North York Moors National Park, connecting the picturesque market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a five mile long branch line that served mills and villages in the Worth Valley and was built as a single track between 1864 – 1867, when a public passenger services on the Worth Valley commenced. If this were not enough, in complete contrast, no visit to Yorkshire’s past can be complete without a visit to the Bronte Parsonage in Howarth, home to the three famous literary sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte. The picture is complete with the stunning National Railway Museum in York and Leeds’ Industrial Museum, Armley Mills.

Your host and guide is Tim Bryan, who is an experienced museum professional with many years experience in the care and management of industrial and transport collections. He is currently Head of Collections and Interpretation at the British Motor Museum and was General Manager at STEAM Museum, Swindon. His books include Railways in Wartime, 2011 and The Great Western Railway, 2010.


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