Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney
Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney

A Staycation With A Twist Awaits...

If you think about the magnificent destinations just waiting to be discovered around the world, taking a holiday at home might seem a little pale in comparison. However, if you call the UK home – this needn't be the case. Why? Well, there's a wealth of history, heritage, culture and archaeology to be found here on this small island, and so many stories to be told. And chances are, even if you've lived here for years, there will be sites, museums and towns you've yet to discover – and our experts can take you. 

Highlights of Orkney

Spend 5 days on the magical Orkney Islands with Peter Yeoman, visiting the Tomb of the Eagles at Isbister, the Stone Age mausoleum of Maeshowe and the megalithic Standing Stones of Stenness along with the Ring of Brodgar.

Henry VIII - The Making of a Tyrant

Travel with a leading authority on Tudor history – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, former curator at Hampton Court Palace – as we chart the rise and fall of Henry VIII from acclaimed, athletic young king to paranoid and cruel monarch. 

Agatha Christie & the English Riviera

During this new tour, we focus on Agatha’s life in Devon and meet in Torquay to explore the sites of the area where Agatha was born and lived for many years. Visit Greenway House, the Torquay Museum and Burgh Island.

The Kingdom of Northumbria

On this tour, explore the landmark buildings of medieval York and the Norman architecture of Durham Cathedral, visit the abbey of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow, and tour the monastery of Lindisfarne.

London Through the Ages

A city break with a difference. After setting the scene for Roman Britain at the British Museum, we trace the city’s history from the foundation of Londinium in AD43 to the start of the 20th century at Whitechapel.

The North of Ireland

From enigmatic megalithic archaeology to medieval castles (and the region’s troubled modern history), sample the wonders of Northern Ireland’s varied past. Explore Navan Fort, visit Titanic Belfast and see the Giant's Causeway.

The Roman Remains in South Wales

Visit one of the most important legionary barracks in the Roman Empire at Caerleon, explore Caerwent with its impressive Roman wall and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon.

Great Cathedrals of the Southwest

Experience an architectural journey of a collection of some of our most glorious cathedrals, from Salisbury's great spire to the cathedrals at Wells and Winchester. Travelling with Dr Emma Wells, you'll also see an original copy of the Magna Carta.

Wartime Britain: Dogfights & Double Agents

Get the inside story of the code-breakers and the Battle of Britain in the expert company of Colonel Paul Beaver. Take a guided tour of Bletchley Park, visit Air Chief Marshal Dowding’s office at Bentley Priory and more. 

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A Staycation With A Twist Awaits... was published on 4 September 2020