Discovering the Tudors and more!
When people with similar interests come together and spend time indulging in that interest, experiences are created that go beyond the sum of its parts and friendships are formed.Philippa Lacey Brewell, Tour Leader
We had a blast!
Over 9 days I led the Discover the Tudors tour for 13 Tudor and British history enthusiasts. All had their own individual reasons for being there but we all came together with a love for history, learning and travel!
I was once again privileged to have my lovely friend, author and historian, Claire Ridgway assist me in leading the tour. Claire runs the Tudor Society and The Anne Boleyn Files, she has also published many historical books on Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn and the Sweating Sickness.
I hope you were able to travel along with us via Facebook or Instagram. If not, here are some of the highlights, as picked by people on the tour!
A day following the life of Shakespeare
A day focussing on Shakespeare's story and following him in Stratford upon Avon from birth to death.
We were spoilt for places in which we were walking in his footsteps ending our day with a private tour of Halls Croft, after closing, after which we were entertained by Shakespeare players and then ate a lovely 3 course dinner.
Walking in the footsteps of Elizabeth I
Hatfield House where Elizabeth was when she was told she was queen and the apartments specially built for her by Robert Dudley at Kenilworth Castle, where particular highlights for some.
See the video Claire and I recorded live from the Great Hall at Kenilworth Castle, below.
Walking over the grave of Henry VIII at Windsor Castle
Inside St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle we saw the marble slab indicating the final resting place of Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Nearby were the tombs of Henry's maternal grandparents, Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville and in the Quire we saw the banners and plaques of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
All of it!
Honestly that is what everyone said when I first asked the question "What was your favourite part of the tour?" and had to be pressed to pick out parts.That makes me incredibly proud and happy.
Want to come along on a tour?
**New Tour for 2019 - The Life of Shakespeare Tour
There is no better way to understand Shakespeare than to visit the places where his story is told. You will literally walk in the Bard's footsteps, from birth to grave. During this 5 day tour you visit Stratford-upon-Avon and London. In Stratford you will stand in the house, and even the room, in which Shakespeare was born! Visit his schoolroom, the site of his house in Stratford, the place he courted his wife, Anne Hathaway, dine at his daughter's house and visit his grave. In London we will visit the Globe theatre as well as take a walk around Southwark to the site of the original Rose theatre!
The tour is led by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Girl and Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History Tours and British History with Philippa Lacey Brewell.
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