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Ultimate Royal Palaces with Suzannah Lipscomb

2 nights starting from
£599

  • Private champagne tour of Windsor Castle

  • Guided tour of Westminster Abbey

  • State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

  • 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 SUZANNAH LIPSCOMB

Historian , author and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, right, is a Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in History from Balliol College, Oxford. She has worked as a research curator at Hampton Court Palace and also presented many historical documentaries on the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and National Geographic, including Elizabeth I, and the three-part Bloody Tales of The Tower. She is the author and editor of several books, including “A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England.” A brilliant, thought-provoking speaker who specialises in Tudor history, Dr Lipscomb will give insights into the forces that shaped the most dramatic stories of the royals. Suzannah will give an exclusive private talk with Q&A on the eve of your visit to the Tower of London and accompany you the next day to the Tower.

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29 - August - 2019 £ 599.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

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 and a glass of champagne. This evening there will be a late dinner in the hotel restaurant.

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 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, you will enjoy a private and talk from Suzannah with a Q&A session.

Day 3: Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
This morning, accompanied by Suzannah Lipscomb, 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.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Talbot Ripley Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room 
  • Afternoon tea at the hotel
  • First and second night dinner at the hotel restaurant 
  • All guided tours and admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTELS

Talbot Ripley
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

MORE INFO

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.

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