The Anne Boleyn Experience 2020

10th - 14th September 2020

Following on from the massive success of The Tudor Travel Guide's 1535 virtual progress, which followed in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII through Gloucestershire, there is now the opportunity to do it for real in September 2020.

We will take in Sudeley Castle, Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, Berkeley Castle, Thornbury Castle - and as an additional extra - the glorious Acton Court, which is rarely open to the public!

Plus,  guest speakers Dr Jonathan Foyle and Lesley Smith with Sarah as our resident historian and guide. 

For the duration of the tour you will stay in an Elizabethan Manor House in the beautiful Cotswolds, for 4 nights of luxury!  

From our convenient London pick up point, you will be transported in a luxury air-conditioned coach for the duration of the tour so you will arrive everywhere in comfort and style!


  • Luxury Coach Interior

    Luxury Coach Travel

  • 4 Nights at the 4* Greenway Hotel

    4 Nights at the 4* Greenway Hotel

  • Dinner and Breakfast in the Tudor Suite

    Dinner and Breakfast Included

  • Guided Tour at Tower of London

    Bespoke Private Tours

  • Exclusive Access

  • Dr Sarah Morris is our Resident Historian

Tour Highlights

  • Visits to 7 locations visited by Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII during the 1535 Progress

  • Talks from Historians Jonathan Foyle and Lesley Smith

  • Exclusive access to Acton Court which is rarely open to the public

  • Resident Historian and co-Author of 'In The Footsteps of Anne Boleyn', Sarah Morris.

  • 4 nights in a 4* Elizabethan Manor House in the Cotswolds

Historians on this Tour

Sarah Morris

Dr Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris, also known as The Tudor Travel Guide, lives in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside.
She has written two novels of Anne Boleyn, Le Temps Viendra Volumes 1 and 2 plus co-authored two non-fiction books; In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII.
In 2018, Sarah established The Tudor Travel Guide: your visitor’s companion to the houses, castles and manors of sixteenth century. She has appeared on numberous TV shows on the Tudors and was central in the rediscovery of the ‘Anne of Cleves’ Heraldic Panels’.
Sarah also produces a monthly podcast, The Tudor Travel Show, exploring Tudor places and artefacts.
Dr Jonathan Foyle

Dr Jonathan Foyle

Dr Jonanthan Foyle is one of the most respected historians today

Jonathan was a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for eight years, and took his PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's Palace.

He has presented numerous television series including BBC4's often repeated 'Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer?'. His most profound interest is in the origins and meaning of the rich court culture of Henry VII and recently played an important role in the identification of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's wedding bed.

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.

Philippa Brewell

Philippa Brewell

Philippa is well respected within the history and travel industries for creating historical experiences which consistently exceed expectations.

Philippa entertains thousands each week with her videos and stories from across the UK and British History. This ability to engage an audience in British history as well as being an expert in travelling the historical sites of the UK, makes her the perfect tour manager.

Her aim is to provide once in a lifetime experiences but which you'll want to repeat!

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 10th September

    Meet at the designated, convenient pick-up point in London where you will board our luxury private coach bound for the Cotswolds. On arrival at our hotel you will be shown to your beautiful room and can begin to explore your home for the next few days.

    We meet again early evening to enjoy a welcome drinks reception before our evening meal and welcome talk, from Sarah Morris.

  • Day 2 - 11th September

    On our first full day, we visit the enchanting Sudeley Castle, not only a stop for Anne and Henry during their 1535 Progress, but also a place visited by their daughter Elizabeth I and the final resting place of Henry's 6th wife, Katherine Parr.

    Nearby are the romantic ruins of Hailes Abbey where we will spend some time exploring before returning to our hotel for a 3-course dinner and a talk from Dr Jonathan Foyle!

  • Day 3 - 12th September

    On day 3 we continue in the footsteps of Henry and Anne, visiting the medieval town of Tewkesbury and in particular, the church, which was originally part of Tewkesbury Abbey, referred to as second only to Westminster Abbey on account of the royalty buried here!

    A mere 20-minute coach ride will take us on to Gloucester where you will learn about the ceremony involved in greeting the couple at the entry into any Tudor town or city, and follow in Anne and Henry's footsteps as they approached Gloucester and were welcomed at the abbey.

  • Day 4 - 13th September

    On day 4 we continue our progress southwards and visit the mighty Berkeley Castle, which at the time of Anne and Henry's visit was owned by the Crown. 

    Our general guided tour of the castle will be followed by Sarah taking us to the part of the castle in which the royal couple lodged. This part of the tour will be our opportunity to see a sequence of public and private rooms that were typical of a high-status building - and which once lodged the king and queen.

    In the afternoon, we will make our way to Thornbury Castle to enjoy afternoon tea and a very special audience with Anne Boleyn. Thornbury was one of the principal country residences of the Duke of Buckingham, who was executed for treason in 1521.

    If the weather is kind to us, we will take a very English afternoon tea in the splendid gardens. We will also enjoy tales of Anne and Henry's week-long stay at the castle from our guest of honour - Anne Boleyn herself.
  • Day 5 - 14th September

    We have one more fantastic and rather special place to visit before we say our final farewells back in London!

    Acton Court is simply a fascinating Tudor building, augmented especially for the visit of the king and queen in 1535 by Sir Nicolas Poyntz. The building is unique. It remains in its raw state and is rarely open to the public

    By special arrangement with the owner, we will be able to explore the rooms created for the visit, which include a rare, painted freeze in what was once the royal privy chamber. 

    Monday afternoon, we will say goodbye, sharing incredible memories of our time on a royal progress.

 

 

Ticket Prices

£2,100*

per person with Double Occupancy, Single Person Supplement Applies

Sharing opportunities may be available - please enquire

 

What's Included

  • 4 nights Accommodation at a 4* Elizabethan Manor Hotel in the Cotswolds.

  • Breakfast

  • 3-course evening meals each night with drinks*

  • Private Guided Tour at Berkeley Castle.

  • Tour of the rarely open, Acton Court.

  • Expert History Talks from Top Historians, Jonathan Foyle and Lesley Smith 

  • Resident historian for the tour - Dr Sarah Morris

  • Philippa as Tour Manager

  • All Admissions as stated in the itinerary

  • Luxury Coach Travel from pick up to drop off

  • Access to Spa Facilites at our hotel


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