Elizabeth I Experience with British History Tours in association with The Tudor Society


18th - 23rd September 2021


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Elizabeth I, arguably the most successful Tudor monarch, was the leader of a Golden Age in England.

Visiting key places, with top historians, we will tell the story of the life & times of Elizabeth. Covering her relationship with Robert Dudley the man she called her “eyes”, her patronage of the arts all the way from her birth in 1533, her accession to the throne in 1558 through to her death in 1603 and the end of the Tudor dynasty. 

If you are an Elizabeth I admirer then this is the tour you've been waiting for!

  • Private dining in the Castle Dining Room

    Private dining in the Castle Dining Room

  • Expert Speakers

    Expert Speakers

  • 2 nights at the Award Winning Arden Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon

  • Staying for 3 nights at Hever Castle

    Staying for 3 nights at Hever Castle

  • Dinner and Breakfast in the Tudor Suite

    Dinner and Breakfast in the Tudor Suite

  • Hidden Hever Castle

    Hidden Hever tour with Owen Emmerson

  • Hatfield House

    Bespoke Private Tours

Tour Highlights

  • Private Hidden Hever Tour of Hever Castle with Owen Emmerson

  • Dinner in the Castle Dining Room

  • Expert Talks from Claire Ridgway and Lesley Smith 

  • Private use of the Tudor Suite of Hever Castle including our own private lawn next to the moat, tennis court, snooker room and outdoor pool.

  • Dual location tour in Stratford upon Avon and Hever Castle


Claire Ridgway

Claire Ridgway

The much loved and respected Tudor Historian, Claire Ridgway joins this tour as resident historian and co-tour leader.

Claire is the author of the best-selling books; George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Dipomat (co-written with Clare Cherry), On This Day in Tudor History, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II and many more.

Claire is the genius behind The Anne Boleyn Files history website, known for its historical accuracy, Claire's mission is to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story and to share that with everyone. 

Lesley Smith

Lesley Smith

M.Phil, M.Univ. (Hons.), F.S.A. (Scot.)

Lesley has been the Curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire since 2000. She is a medical historian holding an M.Phil in Tudor medicine, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and is also a Member of the Society of Medical Writers.

She has also appeared in over 120 television programmes some of which have been broadcast to 38 countries. Lesley is also well known for her highly entertaining and informative costumed portrayals of a variety of historical characters.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 20th September

    Meet at our convenient London meeting point before boarding our luxury coach to Stratford upon Avon.

    After settling into your room and having time to explore Stratford, meet the group for a beautiful 3-course dinner followed by our first talk, from Claire Ridgway, on Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley.

  • Day 2 - 21st September

    After a relaxed breakfast we head to Kenilworth Castle, the bricks and mortar of the love story of Elizabeth and Dudley, where you will have time to explore the romantic ruins which witnessed 4 visits from Elizabeth I including an extended final visit in 1575.

    We then visit the tomb of Robert Dudley before returning to Stratford to visit the Shakespeare's birthplace.

  • Day 3 - 22nd September

    We leave beautiful Stratford upon Avon and head to a place very special to Elizabeth's story, Hatfield House.

    After a private guided tour, we continue to the magical surroundings of Hever Castle where you will be shown to your beautiful room. While we are here you will enjoy exclusive access to the entire Astor Wing with its own private heated swimming pool, tennis court, billiards room and lawn next to the moat.

    Settle in before meeting the group in the early evening for our 'Hidden Hever' tour, with Owen Emmerson, before dining in the Castle's dining room! (the one normally roped off)

  • Day 4 - 23rd September

    A leisurely breakfast is followed by a visit to Penshurst Place, where Elizabeth visited on many occasions and reportedly danced La Volte with Robert Dudley, the subject of the famous portrait also housed there.

    After our guided tour we return to Hever for a free afternoon and a talk from the incredible Lesley Smith as Elizabeth I!

  • Day 5 - 24th September

    Today we span Elizabeth's entire life with a visit to the site of her birthplace, Greenwich Palace followed by a journey up the river to her final resting place at Westminster Abbey.

    We return to Hever for a relaxed farewell meal and a chance to talk history for one more evening!

  • Day 6 - 25th September

    Wake up for a final time at Hever. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a walk around the grounds, perhaps even a game of croquet on the lawn, before boarding our coach back to London from where we say our final farewell!



Ticket Prices


per person with Double Occupancy, Single Person Supplement of 50% Applies

Sharing opportunities may be available - please enquire


What's Included

  • Accommodation at the Arden Hotel, Stratford upon Avon for 2 nights and Hever Castle for 3 nights

  • Private use of the Astor Wing of Hever Castle including our own Private Lawn next to the moat, Tennis Court, Billiards Room and Outdoor Heated Pool

  • All Dinners and Breakfasts included

  • Expert History Talks from top historians, Lesley Smith and Claire Ridgway 

  • All Admissions as stated in the itinerary

  • Hidden Hever Tour after it closes to the public!

  • Dinner in the Castle Dining room

  • Private Guided Tours at various locations

  • Resident historian for the tour - Claire Ridgway

  • Philippa as Tour Manager

  • Luxury Coach Transfers

  • Pick up and Drop off in London

  • An Experience of a Lifetime!

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