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Tour of Windsor Castle
Guided tour of Westminster Abbey
State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, accompanied by Jennie Bond
Hampton Court Palace
The Tower of London, the capital’s greatest building
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and Albert as well as 1,000 years of regal history on this fabulous tour, exploring the royal residences and seats of power of the ultimate royal city – London. From the magnificence of Windsor Castle to the opulence of Buckingham Palace’s state rooms and more, get a glimpse of the life of the royal family, past and present.
Your special guest speaker Jennie Bond
As a royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond was at the heart of events that made headlines. She gave a personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond’s Royals, and is the author of several books on the subject.
‘I’ve reported on the royal family for 30 years, through divorces and deaths, right up to the popularity the monarchy is currently enjoying. I hope my stories will help you understand what goes on behind palace walls – and make you laugh at the adventures royal reporting entails.’
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Talbot Hotel Ripley, where at 14.30 an afternoon tea will await you. In the late afternoon we will depart for Windsor where we will enjoy a private tour of the breath-taking state apartments. Built by William the Conqueror, originally as a motte and bailey castle, Windsor is the longest-occupied palace in Europe, having been used by successive monarchs since Henry I. Our tour will include the unrivalled state apartments, the Royal Collection. This evening, you will enjoy dinner with 2 glasses of wine at the hotel.
Day 2: Westminster Abbey, Banqueting House and Buckingham Palace.
This morning we will visit Westminster Abbey for a guided tour. The traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, then British, monarchs, the present Gothic church was begun in 1245 on the orders of Henry III. Every English/British monarch since King Harold and William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned here, and 16 royal weddings have been held here. After lunch (not included) we visit the Banqueting House, Whitehall - the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall. Our final visit, accompanied by Jennie Bond, of the day is to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace which has been an official London residence of the British monarch since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. Our tour includes an audio guide which will lead us throughout the State Rooms which are used both privately by the Queen and for official banquets and engagements. This evening enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant and a private and talk from Jennie with a Q&A session
Day 3: Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
This morning, we will visit the Tower of London, established by William Conqueror in 1066 to keep hostile Londoners at bay. One of the UK’s most iconic buildings, the mighty Tower of London has been the scene of some of Britain’s most dramatic, fascinating and surprising history and houses the world-renowned Crown Jewels. After lunch (not included) we visit Hampton Court Palace, dating back to 1515 when it was commissioned by Cardinal Wolsey, who later gifted it to Henry VIII. It is one of only two of Henry VIII’s palaces still in existence. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
This historic coaching inn is now a chic four-star hotel, nestled in the heart of the picturesque Surrey village of Ripley. It has many period features from throughout its 500-year history, as well as the benefits of an extensive contemporary refurbishment. Bedrooms all have private bathroom facilities, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.
Talbot Ripley Website
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-September-2019
Most enjoyable and would recommend it, although a lot to fit in ,in a short time, Steven was incredible, so much knowledge.
Review by Peach who travelled 19-September-2019
A superb tour-enjoyed every minute-tour manager so knowledgable, bus driver excellent-he had a lot to contend with-Jenny Bond was also excellent and very amusing. Could easily have missed it but happened to buy the Good housekeeping book that it was in. Stayed at my daughters in Hertfordshire before and after otherwise it would have been a very long drive for me from Notts/Derbys border. Wonder if you could consider coach pickups? Anyway, absolutely loved it - lets have more.
Review by Langton who travelled 19-September-2019
When I checked into the hotel I immediately noticed that I was on the ground floor. I asked if there was any chance of an upstairs room. As a single traveller I felt unsafe in my room which was near the door and the window looked onto the car park. I left the blind down whenever I was in the room! Also the shower room smelled very unpleasant. The hotel facilities did take the shine off what was otherwise a wonderful tour which was very well organised. Jennie Bond was lovely, approachable and open. Lots of fun.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 19-September-2019
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